Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 12:05 PM (in response to Tom Nash)
This sounds very suspicious of either a wifi LAN bandwidth issue or wifi interference.
I used to get stuttering playing from macs to Express until I changed router (or perhaps it was teh channel settings) - microwave was a common cause of interference.
Current Express maxes out at CD quality 16 bit 44.1 kHz.
AppleTV2 apparently upsamples to 16 bit 48 kHz fro some odd reason.
I don't think we know enough about Airplay internal working to know if it preserves audio quality or adapts to lower speeds by downgrading quality. In theory I would expect it to preserve CD quality from lossless rips but there are many factors at play.
An option I would consider would be hooking up the Macbook to the reciever via optical/Toslink to miniToslink, then using the iPad Remote app to control itunes on the Macbook.
Add something like BitPerfect app, Fidelia or Audirvarna app into the eqaution to improve the sound quality if uisng analogue out instead. Not tried to see if it improves optical jitter.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)
I'll see if I can test the interference theory. Maybe setting the channel as well.
I used to have a mini to serve up music direct to receiver via toshlink... my wife is constantly adding new music to her MBPro though and that extra step to keep the mini up to date with her new music just wasn't working out. So I was looking for the best setup where she can play direct from her ipad and MBPro easily and not have to sit next to the receiver but also with decent sound.
From a sound quality standpoint with a decent receiver and good set of Bose bookcase speakers, I'm really not impressed with the sound from either ATV or Airport Express with the source being iPad 1 or MB Pro. I'm going to have to compare using a toshlink from MBPro to receiver to rule out the receiver/speakers next.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 3:07 PM (in response to Winston Churchill)
I've never tried it with bridge mode. I'll give it a shot are report back.
So if I have the express upstairs in bridge mode (joining the network downstairs which has the modem) will a user connected to the express upstairs have an internet connection? Sorry if that's a dumb question. Haven't used bridge mode before.