I have a very nice 5.1 surround system which I use for watching movies in my man cave. I entertain there - often. When entertaining I will usually play music via Apple TV streaming from the collection on my server. (I even have some of my favorite commercials, MTV promos, and clips of VJs from the 80s.) I often also will cast videos from my iPad to the Apple TV (like when we are doing Karaoke - and for Karaoke I run the audio out the headphone jacks and through a PA instead of my 5.1 speakers)
My parties often spill out onto my patio. I would like to be able to set speakers out there that can carry the music outside.
I tried using bluetooth, but the Apple TV makes me choose between HDMI to the receiver or bluetooth - never both at once.
I am suspecting that Sonos may be the way to do it, but I am concerned that if I try using Sonos with my Apple TV (or a replacement receiver) that it will be the same problem that I have with bluetooth; always be an either/or - never both.
I don't mid buying a new receiver nor do I mind buying a few more speakers - what I do mind is investing several hours in shopping, setting up, manual reading, and probably returning after finding out that it won't do what I want. Can anyone here save me some time?