Originally Posted by toolio
Have the airport express dropout problems with airplay been resolved? Something you might want to consider. This post in an unrelated forum (January 2014) describes the problem.
"Well-documented on web forums is the sad fact that the AirPort Express when used with AirPlay is unstable if outputting through digital out (tosLink) going to a high-end DAC (and then on to your amplifier). Dropouts are so prevalent as to render the music unlistenable. This has been the situation with all Expresses and all firmware releases for the past two years. (Please note that your setup has to be exactly as I described for the dropouts to occur, namely digital out + high-end DAC -- mine is exaSound e20, $2,500.) I have tried various purported "solutions" to the dropout problem (changing my AirPort Extreme's network security settings, WiFi frequency, firmware, etc.). None worked."
Some more on this -
The airport express has had three versions, A1084, A1264 and A 1392.
The A1084 was the original g band version, sold from 6/04 to 3/08.
The A1264 is the N band "plug in the wall" version, and the A1392 is the current square version that looks like a white Apple TV.
The A1264 works great, but the newer A1392 has had compatibility issues for some dacs dropping signal.
You can still find the A1264 on ebay for about $50 if this is an issue for you. Mine are both A1264.
On June 27, 2012, Computer Audiophile tested both versions - "the first generation Airport Express ( the A1264 tested, not the original A1084) is sonically a better performer".
Sorry for any confusion!
Edited by boatheelmusic - 8/8/14 at 5:22am