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Downsides to playing music over wifi into an Apple TV?

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Does the audio quality suffer if it's played over wifi? I have the ATV hooked up to a Fiio E17 > Yamaha RX-V367 > PSB T6. I was figuring as long as the audio signal makes it to the ATV, the DAC will take care of converting it into a clean signal. But I'm not sure, which leads to the question, is playing over wifi even worth it besides the convenience?
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Does the audio quality suffer if it's played over wifi?
No. WiFi has more than enough bandwidth to carry lossless signals.
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Hi Brian,

Welcome to the forum.
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Originally Posted by abrian View Post

Does the audio quality suffer if it's played over wifi?
No.

It would be a little delayed, and in some circumstances you could get drop-outs, but the audio-quality will be the same as if it was hard-wired.

Edit:
Mcnarus beat me by 9 seconds!
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No Hi-res streaming, but that's may not be an issue for you. apple tv maxes out at 16/48 iirc
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I've used an Apple TV to play lossless files from iTunes for two and a half years. Until a couple of weeks ago I used a wireless network. Only very occasionally did I have signal dropouts because of interference or whatever. Now I use powerline network adapters for higher bandwidth, so I can stream high-definition video also.

Sound quality hasn't been an issue for me. I listen mostly to classical music, feeding the Apple TV into an NAD receiver and PSB Image B25 bookshelf speakers. The sound is identical (as far as I can tell) to a CD played on my Blu-ray player, connected (like the ATV) to the receiver via HDMI.
Edited by jtbell - 8/13/13 at 3:37pm
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