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how to best use my old stereo to stream music?

Nick

My name is Nick
Sep 21, 2001
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I have had and enjoyed an old Sonos Bridge connected to my Denon stereo to stream music. Well, Sonos recently killed support for the Bridge and sure enough it no longer works. Does anyone use a similar device to stream Spotify, Pandora, etc on a traditional stereo?

Thx.
 

stevew

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Sep 21, 2001
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what i hate about newer phones...no headphone jack....sometimes bluetooth just aint loud enough...
 

Pesqueeb

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On a related note, what music app/program are people using these days? I loathe iTunes and google is deprecating Play Music soon. I need a way to store/sort/play music on my PC and phone. Any recommendations?
 

Full Trucker

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Feb 26, 2003
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I have had and enjoyed an old Sonos Bridge connected to my Denon stereo to stream music. Well, Sonos recently killed support for the Bridge and sure enough it no longer works. Does anyone use a similar device to stream Spotify, Pandora, etc on a traditional stereo?

Thx.
I use an "older" Airport Express and it works okay, it was easy enough to setup and picks up music from pretty much any of our devices in the house over the WiFi. So we can stream to the stereo from either phone, or any of the three laptops in the house. NB: we have all Apple shiza. Two (2) iPhones and three (3) MacBooks of varying age. What I don't love about the system is that it does drop the music signal occasionally, which is annoying. I'd also like to extend the system with additional speakers, but that has nothing to do with the Airport Express. The Canadian has a couple different Airports in his place for different zones, and they also both cut out very occasionally. YMMV.

Since I don't have anything else (like a CD player, turntable, etc.) connected to the receiver (which is on semi-permanent loan anyways) and likely don't want/need to hook up anything else, I am kinda interested in getting something like this Stereo Hybrid Tube Amplifier with Bluetooth to power my sweet 80s vintage KEF speakers.

Apple airport express if you use apple stuff, or a Bluetooth thinger like this startech one, or if you want a fancier one with better guts, this audio engine one
Nice, I'll check those other two thingers out... kind of always on the lookout for what asides from an Apple thing would work.
 

6thElement

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we have all Apple shiza. Two (2) iPhones and three (3) MacBooks of varying age
Do you have any use for a 2009 Macbook and an Airport Express? No idea on details as it's wife's old one she hasn't used for several years and I'm not cool enough to understand Apple stuff. It would need formatting etc.
 

Full Trucker

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Do you have any use for a 2009 Macbook and an Airport Express? No idea on details as it's wife's old one she hasn't used for several years and I'm not cool enough to understand Apple stuff. It would need formatting etc.
I appreciate the thought/offer, but probably not. Our older laptops are mid-2010 and they're starting to struggle a bit, they're both running the newest OS they are able to and it's a couple major versions behind. I can't even run the latest version of some of my design software on the older laptop due to the older macOS. @Nick could maybe try the Airport Express as proof of concept? Looks like the AirMusic app can make that happen from Android, which might be relevant to @Pesqueeb's intredasts asswell?
 

6thElement

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I appreciate the thought/offer, but probably not. Our older laptops are mid-2010 and they're starting to struggle a bit, they're both running the newest OS they are able to and it's a couple major versions behind. I can't even run the latest version of some of my design software on the older laptop due to the older macOS. @Nick could maybe try the Airport Express as proof of concept? Looks like the AirMusic app can make that happen from Android, which might be relevant to @Pesqueeb's intredasts asswell?
No worries, if you're able to assist me in formatting/updating the OS at some point I'd appreciate it and I'll see if I can get a few beer tokens for it on CL.
 

Westy

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Nov 22, 2002
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I demo'd a Bluesound Node 2i based on reviews that the sound quality was outstanding. You can stream via a multitude of services or from a USB drive. I was pretty damned impressed by it and decided to keep it. Bluesound has a product line similar to Sonos but doesn't use a proprietary interface but it seems that the DAC in the Node 2i is the real giant killer. This will let you pretty much play any digital format through any stereo with RCA inputs.
 

crashmtb

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I demo'd a Bluesound Node 2i based on reviews that the sound quality was outstanding. You can stream via a multitude of services or from a USB drive. I was pretty damned impressed by it and decided to keep it. Bluesound has a product line similar to Sonos but doesn't use a proprietary interface but it seems that the DAC in the Node 2i is the real giant killer. This will let you pretty much play any digital format through any stereo with RCA inputs.
You can buy a little module from them that plugs into some NAD receivers(owned by the same company). Pretty slick.