‘Speaker Check for Apple TV’ Puts Your Surround Sound to the Test (Literally!)

iPad and Apple TV

Speaker Check for Apple TV arrived today for iOS and the Apple TV, bringing Apple TV fans an entertaining utility app to help them determine if their surround sound system is optimized for iTunes HD movies and TV shows.

The app works by streaming specially produced music tracks encoded in the same Dolby Digital 5.1 format used in iTunes HD movies and TV shows. As the tracks are streamed to the Apple TV, users follow along with audio and visual cues to determine if their system is properly decoding the audio sound track.

iPhone running app

Speaker Check for Apple TV was conceived by guitarist and surround recording artist Jeff Perrin while producing music for his 2014 surround sound instrumental app-album titled ‘Home Theater Ear Candy’. Following a series of field trials involving early mixes of his music tracks, Perrin realized he needed a quick-and-easy way to confirm the integrity of the various surround sound speaker and receiver set-ups. Speaker Check for Apple TV brings this practical utility straight to the home consumer!

Speaker Check for Apple TV can be downloaded for free at the Apple App Store. [Direct Link]


Update 3/2/16: Speaker Check for Apple TV is now listed as "Home Theater Speaker Check" on the Apple App Store.