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Apple Quietly Discontinues the $69 ATV3 with optical output


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Arse Technica article

 

The ATV3 was the last one that has an optical toslink output. So if you want to stream music using an ATV, you will need an HDMI-equipped receiver or DAC and a more expensive generation 4 ATV.

 

With so many options now available to stream music this feels anticlimactic and with HDMI so ubiquitous (except in some Hi-Fi circles) seems like a pretty safe move on Apples part.

David

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Arse Technica article

 

The ATV3 was the last one that has an optical toslink output. So if you want to stream music using an ATV, you will need an HDMI-equipped receiver or DAC and a more expensive generation 4 ATV.

 

Thankfully the Airport Express still has a TOSLINK output--but of course no video.

 

And I won't get started on just how badly Apple blew it by crippling Airplay rates and making major restrictions on 3rd party s/w & h/w for it (along with usurious licensing fees).

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