In order to take advantage of Airplay 2 in my set up I am thinking of using an Apple TV to send sound via Airplay 2 to a Beam Bar with surrounds and sub.
I am using a beamer, that would avoid having a HDMI cable from back to front.
My question is: does using Airplay 2 for movies enables 5.1 with surrounds sound balance when sent to a Beam or Playbase?
Best answer by Smilja
Ryan, any updates on this now that the Beam and Airplay2 is released? I just set up my Beam in a surround set up. Just curious if Airplay2 to the surround set up will give me true 5.1 surround with movies as it seems my TV only outputs stereo from HDMI-ARC.
AirPlay 2 audio is sending stereo, not 5.1 audio. Your Playbase will treat the audio the same way it plays music, so if you have the rears set to "Full" you'll hear the stereo channels played in the front and back at the same time, if it's set to "Ambient" you'll hear an upmixed sort of surround, but it's not the same way we handle normal stereo TV audio. The Playbase doesn't have a way to know what the source of your AirPlay content is, Netflix vs YouTube vs Spotify, so it treats it all as music.