Audio quality vs Airport Express

Thus far I'm loving the AppleTV. My (untrained) ears feel like there is a difference in music playback quality, though, compared to my previous setup - Airport Express/Airtunes. Anyone else noticing this? Does the AppleTV process the music for ProLogic the way that the Sound Enhance setting does in iTunes? Could that be the difference?

This analysis is completely subjective. To really know, you've got to run this against a singal/noise analyser to see how clean their DAC and amp electronics are. I remember seeing a write-up of this somewhere on CNET, but then again, their product laboratory findings I don't hold in very high esteem.
I was actually suprised by the amount of noise the Apple iPod video generated. This became apparent when I had the volume turned all the way up, and I went through simple actions, like navigating my library. It reminded me of the noise I heard when listening to the huygen's probe as it decended tothe surface of titan (it picked up alot of internal electronic noise).
Since most of the amplification will be done by your own stereo equipment, and it does so in a far cleaner way, I wouldn't expect there to be much of a problem. If you don't like the way your AppleTV sounds, run it through an EQ first. If you still don't like the way it sounds, get a better amp and speakers, and think about running it optical.

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    I am glad it works.
    I use the Digital Optical cable instead the standard cable and the audio is Awesome. B298EB6&nplm=M9573LL%2FA

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    Can I stream audio to my airport express? but not only iTunes.
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    Nickonor wrote:
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