Originally Posted by Adam1971
Or do what I did, HDMI from my Mac Pro to the AVR. I can mirror the displays for watching movies rented on itunes. And I use the free remote app on my iphone to control my itunes library. All with 0 audio/video quality loss.
As mayhem mentioned going the ATV or Airport express is a great option if you can't run HDMI from your computer.
For the HDMI out from my Mac I use a DVI/Optical to HDMI converter from monoprice. Works like a charm.
My 4th ATV arrived this morning. I like the speed and interface of the 2nd generation so I've updated both TVs in the house. I am using the toslink out from one of the older ATVs as a digital input to zone2 on a Denon 4311. This has replaced an old airport express which has been retired because it was G radio only among other things. Incidentally iTunes runs from a mac mini which is connected via USB M-Audio output to an external DAC into a Rotel Pre-amp on to 500W power amp and then 2 channel stereo B&W 803Ds. The same mac mini is controlled from iPads and iPhones via the remote app and destinations over AirPlay (formerly airtunes) are selected for output.
I say all this just to establish bona fides when it comes to the world of iTunes and Apple centric music streaming. I've been doing it since the very first airtunes airport express shipped several years ago.
Needless to say this isn't about the money for me just the principle of being charged $50 for what I believe is a very poorly implemented feature by Denon/Marantz. If they correct it and I can stream directly to zone 2 on my 4311 then I'll be very happy and it will be $50 well spent. I would get to remove another link in the chain, power down an old ATV and I get the original source (albeit downsampled) directly to the AVR.
The best suggestion for fixing this I have read on this forum is for the AVR to present all three zones (if configured/selected) to iTunes. If only one zone can be configured for AirPlay control (there may be a processor limitation) then make it optional in the configration. What really gets me about all this is what on earth was Denon thinking when they decided to do it this way. Given that Airplay (as far as an AVR is concerned) is for streaming audio and specifically *not* video then why lock it to the home theatre zone? Seriously does anyone really care to see "what's playing" on their big home theatre screens? For those that don't use zones why would anyone spend $50 for AirPlay when you can get a complete ATV2 for $99? The *only* rationale for AirPlay on an AVR that makes the remotest sense to me is to support audio to the other zones.