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thebpg
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Tidal streaming via iphone app --> apple tv or apple tv app direct

Hi all,
What is the best bit rate/ quality I can get with my setup:

I have an Oppo BDP105 with ethernet, and an apple TV w wifi connection only. When I play Tidal via the apple tv app, this will be getting data via wifi which I presume = lower audio quality that if it had ethernet connection correct?

Also, when I play Tidal from my iphone (for the convenience) and output audio via bluetooth to the apple tv, this will be a further reduction in quality right?

So, my best option is to connect the ethernet to the apple tv right? If so, do I need a special splitter or whatever to branch the one ethernet cable coming out of the wall to go into the oppo and the apple tv?

Cheers and thanks for any thoughts.

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WiFi isn't the only limiting factor in your delivery stream...

...Apple and Bluetooth are, too -- and likely moreso than WiFi.

From https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212183:
"Apple TV 4K currently doesn’t support Hi-Res Lossless (sample rates greater than 48 kHz)."
(And FWIW, nor does the ATV support MQA.)

Take a look at this chart:
https://www.headphonesty.com/2020/03/bluetooth-audio-codecs-explained/#Comparison_of_the_Codecs

Your best option for streaming Tidal in your stated environment is through the Oppo:
https://tidal.com/about/oppo

If you wish to connect your ATV via Ethernet, you'll need an Ethernet switch -- not a splitter.

And remember: there's a reason Apple doesn't advertise in audiophile-related sites and publications.
;-)

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What a place this is

Awesome advice, thanks!

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