Challenges / Questions:
Can I set up the Playbar without an optical connection? It's a Sonos speaker right? So I should be able to add it to a Sonos network, or so I thought. But the app keeps wanting me to connect via optical. Neither the projector nor the AppleTV has optical ports. Is that the end of the discussion??
Assuming I CAN add in the Playbar without optical, my plan is to run a minijack (3.5mm) audio cable out of the projector and into the Play 5. The projector's ONLY audio out is this minijack. That feed will power all the other Sonos Speakers, to include the playbar and eventually two Play 1 speakers as tweeter/surround sounds. Is there a better way of getting audio into the Sonos network other than the Play 5? Maybe with a Connect?
FYI my projector is mounted on the ceiling so I'd really rather not have a bunch of cables taped along the ceiling and wall. I'm currently using an iOGear wireless HDMI switch to connect the AppleTV to the BenQ projector.
Assuming optical-to-playbar is required, perhaps I can get an audio to optical adapter that takes minijack as an input. If this were wireless that would be great, otherwise it's a LONG optical cable from the ceiling at the back of the room all the way to the front and down to the playbar.
Why can't we have nice, wireless sound?? My AppleTV talks Airplay and Bluetooth. Is there a bluetooth adaptor for all this sonos gear??
Best answer by melvimbe
You could connect it in 1 of 2 ways.
Apple TV -> IO Gear -> Projector
IO Gear -> hdmi/optical convertor -> playbar
Apple TV -> hdmi/optical convertor -> IO Gear -> Projector
hdmi/optical convertor -> playbar
I would probably go with the first option since you won't have to worry about the video quality of the hdmi/optical convertor.
And just a random comment. I get why people assume that everything is going to easily work with everything these days, but the reality is that there are still a lot of different protocols and standards out there, with different levels of quality and ease of use. It won't always work together nicely. It's always a good idea to figure out how everything is going to work together before you add a new product into your A/V system.