My family has been pretty happy with the addition of our Harman Kardon Aura Wireless Speaker. The setup was pretty easy and the HK Remote iOS app is fairly straight-forward to use.
The sound quality has been a huge improvement over the television or the iMac speakers. AirPlay compatibility was a huge selling point for us. We can send music from our iOS devices and other Apple computers quite easily.
Our only gripe is when the Apple TV occasionally loses its connection with the speaker and defaults back to the television. We have the television on mute and when it flips like that, we need to switch it back in the Apple TV’s AirPlay settings.
It could be more of an issue with my second generation Apple TV. When the fourth generation Apple TV comes out, hopefully in June at WWDC, I’ll get the new model and perhaps solve my issue of losing the speaker.
I’m not an audiophile but the sound coming from the speaker sounds great to me.
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Hey schulte! Rookie question but What do you have to do to connect the Apple TV to the Hk aura? I just got one myself and I’m trying to figure what were supposed to do.
I originally used AirPlay to connect the Apple TV to the Aura.
About a month after my post, I ended up buying an AirPort Extreme and extended my wireless network with the AirPort Express. The AirPort Express now connects directly to the Aura using its Analog/Optical Audio Jack. The AirPort Express handles the AirPlay connection to the Aura.
Since I made this adjustment, my wireless network has been way better and the reliability of the Aura has been solid.