Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a one set of speakers, 2 macbooks (girlfriend and I), an iPod touch and a XBox.

Now, I struggle with the audio because anytime I want to listen music or use the xbox, I have to switch the RCA cables plugged into the speakers.

It seems that Airport Express could be a solution and airplay seems really nice, but I don't know how/if it will work with the XBox?

Do you see a solution to simplify that situation?

share|improve this question
1  
Did you consider using an audio receiver with multiple inputs? The situation you describe is common and an audio receiver with multiple inputs is a typical solution. –  Chris W. Rea Mar 18 '12 at 23:42

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

You are right that the AirPort Express would work for the iPod and Macs. It won't, however, work with the Xbox. For that, I recommend getting a little RCA switch and RCA-minijack adapter. Using the adapter, plug the AirPort's audio out into one of the input ports of the switch. Plug the Xbox another input port. Plug the speakers into the switch's output end.

When the switch is set to the AirPort's input, you can AirPlay music. When the switch is set to the Xbox's input, you'll hear sound from your Xbox.

share|improve this answer
    
Yes but i'll drop the idea of the Airport express actually, it doesn't enable to stream the mac audio, only iTunes songs (and with a big lag anyway). The switch will do. –  Matthieu Napoli Mar 19 '12 at 20:53

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.