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Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« on: March 27, 2021, 06:25:50 AM »
My Apple AirPort Express Optical out is not  working anymore.

Wondering if Apple have disabled this with some of the updates

It used to be on by default or if remember correctly as long as AirPlay was enabled.

I have this problem with both the first and second generation now.


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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2021, 08:42:40 AM »
I did a quick internet search and there is nothing that appear to indicate that it is due to firmware upgrades or a common recent problem.

Is the issue not with the device receiving the digital signal (so assuming a DAC of some sorts)?

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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2021, 01:54:33 PM »
There is no signal coming from any of them usually you can see the optical light.

Also AirPlay is enabled in the settings.

I still get the analog signal output.




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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2021, 01:55:29 PM »
I presume you have tried a reset?
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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2021, 03:29:22 PM »
I did a reset on the second gen, still no luck.

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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2021, 09:49:56 PM »
I'd suggest it (or they) have reached their "best before" date.  Maybe hastened by load-shedding
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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2021, 03:46:08 PM »
I'd suggest it (or they) have reached their "best before" date.  Maybe hastened by load-shedding

possible, but on all three at once?

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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2021, 04:45:15 PM »
Well, load shedding is the only common denominator

I'd open one up and see if you can measure a voltage to the optical port relative to ground.  It might just be the laser diode that has failed
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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2021, 12:30:20 PM »
I used to have 3 of these units, and two of them have over the last couple of years failed i.t.o. either optical out that stopped working (in one's case) and the other stopped having the ability to airplay.

The 3rd unit is however still going strong and is my main airplay transport to my DAC. I am certainly holding thumbs it will last for a while still.

It is tough to replace these units, as simple and cheap as they were, the compatibility with all things Apple and the quality of Optical output is great, and easy to use for a "technology non-savvy" guy like myself.

With the above being said, I do hope you somehow manage to get it fixed. And all three at once may mean it's not hardware related.

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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2021, 01:42:00 PM »
Raspberry pi with volumio and a digital hat will give same airplay functions. 
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Re: Apple AirPort Express Optical out not working
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2021, 06:57:13 PM »
That is good to hear G, will talk you to sometime about it.