Yes, you're right. If you went with the Marantz NA7004 you wouldn't need an Apple TV as far as accessing your iTunes for internet radio and your music library. It has built-in Airplay to connect with your iTunes. It also plays internet stations outside of iTunes. But you'd be missing the TV functionality of Apple TV if that was important to you.
I think the other contributor woud agree in recommending to take a look at similar Onkyo products (as we mentioned earlier). That Marantz has quite a hefty price tag, but I don't doubt the quality.
Thanks for all of your advice it is much apprecitated. Apple would certianly prove more cost effective if I can figure out a way for it to work. What if I take the ethernet out of the back of the Sony and put in the Apple T.V and then still take HDMI from Apple to Sony T.V. The Audio cable would still go to a non digital amp on other side of room.
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I would use some kind of wireless connection to the amp but that would mean another AppleTV or Airport Express or equivalent.
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I think that would work. It seems that Apple TV is a good solution for your configuration, as it has ethernet input and HDMI output. So as you say, ethernet to Apple TV, HDMI from Apple TV to Sony TV. Then Sony TV audio out to your amp...via analog RCA cables.
I'm assuming you also have a coax cable from an antenna or cable company to go to a cable box or directly into your TV.
Yes I have two coax cables one for the tuner and one for the Sony T.V. As an update I am taking the F.M tuner for repair on Monday. I will still pursue an Apple T.V though for Internet radio and will give Apple a ring just to double check the above configuration.
Once again thanks for your help
I notice that some users are also including a DAC with the Apple. is this an essential in this set up or an addition to improve the sound?
As the ATV doesn't come with analogue connections, it needs to be hooked up to a DAC at some point in order to get the signal from the digital into the analogue domain, so whether that is using the one in an amp or a standalone one, you'll need one!
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Does the TV not have one fed from my audio cables to the amp?
think id just find a squeezebox classic on ebay for 50-60 quid. Plug it into your amp via analogue and enjoy all you want.
Its beginning to look like either a Squeezebox or a dedicated tuner/streamer sucas as the Denon which is now available for 199 may fit the configuration of the room more easily. Before I do though can someone clarify whether Apple TV is out of the question in my set up
On one side of the room I have Sony television and ethernet fed homeplug. An audio cable feeds my non digital amp on the other side of the room.
Could I add Apple TV and a DAC and associated cabling to the Sony and the only cable that goes to my amp is the existing audio cable?
Since your amp is analog (no included DAC), the TV's DAC can be used. No additional DAC needed. So you have to go from TV to amp with an analog connection. AppleTV would connect to your TV via HDMI. This is the least expensive configuration while enjoying the benefits of Apple TV (which includes internet radio and music server).
Squeezebox is an option that connects only to your amp. But for only a few quid more, Apple TV is the latest technology with a very nice onscreen menu system, TV/movie viewing options, its own little remote, and direct access to iTunes. Just plug your ethernet cable into Apple TV and you're ready to go.
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