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First let me describe my current system.  We are setting up a second home for winter living, Snow Birds.  

 

My Samsung TV, and Apple TV are connected to my Onkyo receiver.  I have a Mac Mini on my home network and the Apple TV sees each of the computers in the network.  The mini has my latest iTunes library. I am able to select the  am able to manage Apple TV as an input for the receiver.  This displays the mini's library including playlist, artist, albums and songs.  Controlling the Apple TV with the remote lets me select which items I want to hear.  I do not use any of the other options on the Apple TV

 

Now, I am shopping for the second house.  I was looking at  a new Samsung TV.  The BestBuy Geek Squad guy tells me that the generation 7 TVs have an Apple TV App.  He could not bring it up on the demo tv in the store.  He also suggested I use a sound bar instead of a receiver and set the TV up as the media manager.  Has anyone had any experience with the Apple TV app on a TV set?  Thanks for any feedback and info.

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Samsung TVs seem to have poor manf'ing reliability - e..g. a line of red or green that appears all the way down the screen (like mine)

 

I use an Apple TV box to 'catch' AirPlay delivered Redbook, but the only app is a remote on my phone.  That generation is available used or as a refurb.  Some receivers have the facility built in.

 

I suggest not relying on BestBuy employees for anything.


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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AFAIK, the Apple TV app on smart TVs is TV only, not music. I do agree with a soundbar for a TV, unless you are really demanding regarding the sound of movies and TV shows you watch. If you get a Dolby Atmos soundbar, you'll even get faux surround sound. It beats all the wires needed for speakers around a room. 


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