Gripes about Apple TV 2

Nice things:

  • Slide show is great - the transitions (including Ken Burns) are really nice
  • Airplay can wake it from sleep mode
  • Airplay (but not good enough in it’s current iteration)

Bad things:

  • fonts looks unaliased to me
  • Airplay doesn’t always “just work”. maybe it’s because i’m using both the hdmi and optical output (so i don’t have to have the tv on to listen to music)
  • Airplay sound quality is lacking — for non-dynamic range compressed albums like classical music, in quiet passages you can hear clicking sounds
  • video quality of airplay mirroring is still not good enough for me
  • lag. uncompressed wave files (which is how airplay works) shouldn’t have 3 seconds of latency
  • too much loading time - flickr, etc takes too long to load (it should be buffered more)

Verdict: Returned.


  1. Tom said,

    March 9, 2012 @ 10:55am

    I’ve never been an Apple fan, but especially after listening to MAN!

    Thing is, folks are protesting about this stuff. Would they be willing to pay the extra money to have their Apple products made by machines and such as they originally thought they were? Bet not.

  2. editor-in-chief said,

    March 9, 2012 @ 11:54am

    people like to complain, but they won’t give up the toys

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