Apple TV 4K + NDX2 for the win!

Being a two channel guy, I’ve been looking for a solution for sound for the TV and had finally settled on a sound bar last year. Optical out from the TV was the best solution before then - but the sound delay was not something I could get around. Also didn’t want to do an AV receiver with AV Bypass since didn’t trust the av receiver to do any good to the amp. In addition when I had played around with a marantz into a uq2, the uq2 straight up actually was better!

Tried the Apple TV 4K with AirPlay into the NDX2 - and no delay! And, allows me to use the 282/250 with speakers and a REL woofer too boot!

Simple! And the totem speakers do a great job of imaging - don’t need a center channel!

So - saved the money and hassle of an AV receiver!

The NDX2 was purchased mostly as a Unitocore endpoint - but more and more it’s being used by the kids with Spotify - and now tv duties. Hey - as long as it gets used I’m happy - since it’s powered on all the time anyway!

This system is NDX2/XPSdr/282/250 into Totem Sugnature Ones and Rel subwoofer in a fairly large room.

The 500 system has moved to a smaller room with the kudos 606s - the delicate sound of the big system is wasted on the big room!

This echoes the other recent thread (that is now closed)


On a parallel note, got a toslink optical yeaterday that worked first time from my MacPro into my NDX.

1st time using either method, have had the Mac for 10 years or so but never had anything to use the optical for until now😬

Great to know it ‘just works’ as some say!

Edit not for serious listening, it’s much better NAS-NDX not MAC-NDX

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Being feeding the TV :tv: signal into the audio since the 1980s and I can’t imagine it without it . Used to feed my PlayStation in as well, the sound of Lara Croft’s screams and Uzis used to give enormous pleasure

It’s the sports these days , and you really do hear an awful lot

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I run my tv through my 282’s AV bypass into a reasonably good Marantz receiver. How can this hurt my 250? Also, would the sound be better through the NDX2? As I said, my Marantz receiver is a reasonably good one.

i meant - would be concerned with ground loop issues etc.
@LuckyLarue - what amp are you using? I was thinking of a basic Marantz receiver too -
i figured I’ll connect various HDMI devices to it, and hook it up to the TV, and use it’s preamp out into 282’s AV bypass.

It’s a Marantz 6008 receiver. Movies and tv shows sound pretty good through it, but I’d appreciate knowing it somehow using the NDX2 would be even better.

I should add that I had a helluva hum issue at first, but it turned out there was a grounding issue which completely resolved it.

If you have an Apple TV you can send the sound straight to the NDX2 via airplay.

You can also try using optical out from TV or marantz into NDX2. There will be lip sync issues probably - but it will give you a sense of whether the audio is better/worse.

Waiting for you to report back. :slight_smile: