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Help configuring outdoor movie theater

  • 3 August 2018
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Configuring an Apple TV 4K (only has hdmi) with Epson Projector along with Playbar wirelessly. Can this be done? I have an old Apple TV with an optical audio in addition to the hdmi that needs a converter to coax hooked up to my connect amp to group my playbar. The problem is that I have some drops that get annoying. Anyone have a solution?
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Best answer by melvimbe 15 August 2018, 15:36

I am confused as to the role of the Connect in this. Can't you just take the optical output and plug it directly into the Playbar?

I think @jwagner910 is using the connect:amp (or connect) to wireless send a signal to the playbar.

First, I'd say that this isn't the recommended way to set this up. The best audio you can get from this is stereo audio, so you aren't really utilizing the full functionality of the playbar. You're also introducing a slight delay between the audio and video in this method. If it doesn't bother you, not a big deal.

So, sticking with this method, you could look at changing the compression method to remove dropouts.
https://support.sonos.com/s/article/1080#compression

And since it's outside, there may not be too strong of a wifi (or sonosnet) signal out there.

But, as an alternative method, you could look into wireless hdmi to transmit the hdmi signal from the projector to the playbar. and then a hdmi switch that can outout optical for the playbar. That method would not need a connect or connect:amp to work and should elimate dropouts and any delays.

Personally, if it's at all possible, I would wire the connection. Long lead cables are pretty easy to get, and often aren't as intrusive as they may seem. And I'm assuming you have to setup the projector, screen, and playbar everytime you use it, one extra wire isn't going to be that much of a setup burden.
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I am confused as to the role of the Connect in this. Can't you just take the optical output and plug it directly into the Playbar?
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I am confused as to the role of the Connect in this. Can't you just take the optical output and plug it directly into the Playbar?

I think @jwagner910 is using the connect:amp (or connect) to wireless send a signal to the playbar.

First, I'd say that this isn't the recommended way to set this up. The best audio you can get from this is stereo audio, so you aren't really utilizing the full functionality of the playbar. You're also introducing a slight delay between the audio and video in this method. If it doesn't bother you, not a big deal.

So, sticking with this method, you could look at changing the compression method to remove dropouts.
https://support.sonos.com/s/article/1080#compression

And since it's outside, there may not be too strong of a wifi (or sonosnet) signal out there.

But, as an alternative method, you could look into wireless hdmi to transmit the hdmi signal from the projector to the playbar. and then a hdmi switch that can outout optical for the playbar. That method would not need a connect or connect:amp to work and should elimate dropouts and any delays.

Personally, if it's at all possible, I would wire the connection. Long lead cables are pretty easy to get, and often aren't as intrusive as they may seem. And I'm assuming you have to setup the projector, screen, and playbar everytime you use it, one extra wire isn't going to be that much of a setup burden.
Thanks Danny! Yes, I am trying to do this all wireless.