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Trying to hook iPad up to outdoor speakers with apple tv, need help

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    I'm trying to hook my iPad 2 up to my onkyo home theater system so I can play music on my outdoor speakers wirelessly from my iPad (a rep at the apple store told me it can be done). Will this work?

    Here is a link to the home theater system I have with a visual pic.


    Please help or let me know what I cab do to hook it up wirelessly.

    Thanks!
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    3 posts to post a link....
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    If you are using an Apple Tv, it will work for sure. Hook your HDMI cable to your tv set and your ready to go!

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    It's not to a TV. Only to a home theater stereo that powers my outdoor speaks. See link above
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    I saw, but the diagram shows DVD input, so surely it will work...

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    Do I need one hdmi cables or two? Need to connect to DVD player or not?
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    Thank you for helping!
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    If you're using Zone 2 for your outdoor speakers on the Onkyo, you can only play an analog input device. HDMI connection alone will not work since it's digital. You'll need to use the Apple TV's analog audio connection (assuming it has one - I understand the newer Apple TVs don't).

    See http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1273759
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    It is a new apple tv. I'm guessing im sol and can't go wireless?
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    Read the AVSForum link above for workarounds. You'll need some additional equipment in the $30 to $50 dollar range to convert optical output to analog.

    Something like this with the appropriate optical Toslink and audio cables should do the trickfor under $50.

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    For sound only, not via HDMI/TV, use the optical (TOSLink) output. If your system has an optical audio input all you need is an optical "cable". My system only has RCA type inputs, so I also needed an optical to RCA converter.

    You may also need to update the ATV's firmware. When I first tried this, I found that I needed HDMI/TV on to initiate sound output to ATV. I could then turn off the TV and still get sound via the optical output, all quite unsatisfactory.

    Since upgrading the ATV firmware, ATV can be selected for audio output via TOSLink, when the HDMI/TV is off, as you would expect.
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    He'll need the converter, since the TOSLink cable is outputting digital which can't be used in Zone 2.
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    Yes, that's what I was trying to say.
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    Will I need the toslink cables or will any digital optical cable work?
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    As far as I know, "TOSLINK" and "digital optical cable" are interchangeable names for the same thing.

    TOSLINK - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    (With the Monoprice adapter above, you could also use a digital coaxial cable, if you have that output)
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