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So I'm pretty much set on buying a projector for my dorm next year. I simplied things down to just my macbook pro so I'd like to pick up an apple tv to use with the projector. My question is what setup would provide a decent audio setup.

Projector / Speakers

the ports on the apple tv are as follows, hdmi would go to the projector



I'm looking for a decent setup that I could use to attain 5.1 sound through my speakers, from files store on an apple tv.
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You'll need a decoder for that
     
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is that all you think I'd need. I'm not really sure if that Optical Audio port on the right side of the apple tv is what I'd be using. Does anyone have any links to an actual decoding device or anything else that take advantage of the multiple channels of my logitech speakers?
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if you want 5.1 sound you would need a digital pair of speakers like the Logitech Z5500's and use digital input, or if you don't want to spend that much you could get an analogue 5.1 setup and use the matrix mode.

You could also get just about any home theater setup as long as the receiver had a decoder (almost all do) and then price would be whatever you wanted to spend starting at about $300 for a decent setup. CC has a decent Onkyo set for $300 that I looked at today.
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yeah, i think I'll just use my Z-5300e speakers in matrix mode for the time being. I've got flash videos and design projects for school saved in avi format, what is a good program for converting them to the H.264 format the the apple tv can play?
post #6 of 10
not sure, but I just posted in the deals section that Dell has the Z-5500's on sale for $211 w/ free shipping. I ordered myself a pair

I picked up a pair of Z-540's the other day but was a little underwelmed w/ them so they're going back to the store.
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That digital out may only be 2 channal
     
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That digital out may only be 2 channal
the digital out will be in whatever format the source file is encoded in. Could be anything from mono to 5.1/7.1
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Actually I gave it a good deal of thought last night. The apple tv at the moment does not support content that even uses a surround setup. So what I', going to do I uses the Apple TV for all the media that I dont need super high fidelity for, and build and HTPC with an X-Fi Extreme Gamer that I already have. I'll put them right next to each other, hook them both up video wise to the projector and just switch the audio plugs when I need to. I might try to come up with some kind of fancy switch box for the speaker plugs, but thats down the road. I want to get an All-In-Wonder, do they make those any more?
post #10 of 10
For H.264, the best and easiest way is with quicktime pro. I use it for all my video exports and audio because it has the best customization and settings for exporting. That, and it isn't some cheap quick fix download, it's a very good program and easy to use. It works right in the quicktime player.
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