wireless pc to audio
Thread poster: Olly Pekelharing

Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
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Oct 10, 2011

I just put my old laptop on my stereo and hooked it up via the headphone jack and now I'm addicted to jazzradio.com! But it means having an extra laptop (or other device) on all day, which is bad for my footprint, so I want to connect my work laptop to my stereo wirelessly and cheaply and with good sound quality and listen to internet radio from that. There are a few things on the market, eg. "Sitecom Wireless Music Streamer 2.4ghz WL-061", but the reviews are mixed if there are any at all, so wondering if fellow translators can share experiences.

Thanks.


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Andrzej Mierzejewski  Identity Verified
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FM transmitter Oct 10, 2011

You could try an FM transmitter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_transmitter_(personal_device)

No personal experience, so I don't comment on reception and sound quality.

AM


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Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
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No tuner Oct 10, 2011

Interesting, but my stereo does nor have a tuner. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Oxymoron? Oct 10, 2011

Olly Pekelharing wrote: I want to connect my work laptop to my stereo wirelessly and cheaply and with good sound quality and listen to internet radio from that.


"good sound quality" and "internet radio" are incompatible notions — oxymoron.

(I don't know Internet-radio stations that broadcast lossless formats.)


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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Why using another PC? Oct 10, 2011

Use Line-out socket in your tower.
I have my Sony HCD-AZ2D connected this way:



I just open a radio in one of the browser tabs and listen all over my place...
Why do you need a separate PC?


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Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
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I'm happy Oct 10, 2011

Hi Sergei,

That's what I thought too, but I've been listening to jazzradio.com and the sound quality is good enough (on my fairly high-endish Marantz system). In fact I can barely hear the difference between the streaming quality and a cd, but then, I'm no audiophile either.


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Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
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seperate pc Oct 10, 2011

That's the point! I don't want a separate pc, but I mostly work from my laptop at one of two different spots in the living area and would like to drive my stereo system wirelessly from it.

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Internet radio receiver Oct 10, 2011

In my home office I use my desktop computer to receive Internet radio programs which I then play through my cheap stereo receiver and speakers. In my living room I have an Internet radio receiver (Logitech Squeezebox -- my unit is about the size of a clock-radio) which is connected to my high-end stereo system. If you enter "internet radio receiver" in Google you will see that there are a number of systems available in a wide price range. I don't know whether you can order from Amazon where you are, but their website shows a number of these devices.

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Jabberwock  Identity Verified
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DLNA music system Oct 10, 2011

Olly Pekelharing wrote:
That's what I thought too, but I've been listening to jazzradio.com and the sound quality is good enough (on my fairly high-endish Marantz system). In fact I can barely hear the difference between the streaming quality and a cd, but then, I'm no audiophile either.


If you say you don't hear the difference and admit you are not an audiophile, then I am afraid they might take your Marantz away from you... Audiophiles are somewhat strict abouth those things.

Have you had a look into DLNA sound systems? There are low-end devices (just search "internet radio") or high-end ones, too. The advantage is that you can listen to Internet radio even without your laptop on, but if you want to, you might (with proper software - DLNA controller) remote control the audio system from the laptop.


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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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In those good old days... Oct 10, 2011

... I had a VCR with an aerial (RF) transmitter (a separate device) to throw beams to all TV sets in the apartment (kitchen and rooms). All TV sets were tuned to the same channel.
I think similar things still can be found... say, at ebay...

Option TWO.
Lay thin (like for headphones) wires with jacks at the ends from your Marantz to all possible locations you might land with a laptop. And you will be able to hook-up locally.


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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Footprint issue... Oct 10, 2011

Jabberwock wrote: DLNA sound systems

Should we still mind the footprint issue?

They all start from $1,200 ... So, you'll save more in the long run, if you keep a second PC on...

It doesn't look like a very good idea. I guess Olly is looking for some lean solution.


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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Sonos Oct 10, 2011

Dear Olly,

I know this isn't exactly what you're asking for, but anyway: You might want to have a look at Sonos (www.sonos.com).

It's a fully scalable/modular music distribution system. A Zoneplayer90 (and possibly a Zonebridge, if you have no LAN connection where your stereo sits) will do what you want, and a lot more.

Quality is superb, initial costs aren't high (until you start craving for more modules in your home - I have started with one zone and have 5 now).

Kind regards,
Erik


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Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
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sonos Oct 10, 2011

looks very cool, but way above budget. I was thinking along the lines of 40-50 euros, not 350!

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Jabberwock  Identity Verified
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Not really... Oct 10, 2011

Sergei Leshchinsky wrote:
Should we still mind the footprint issue?

They all start from $1,200 ... So, you'll save more in the long run, if you keep a second PC on...

It doesn't look like a very good idea. I guess Olly is looking for some lean solution.


Actually, they start on Amazon from $49:

www.amazon.com/RCA-RIR205-Infinite-Tabletop-Internet/dp/B0016OI1BY

Is this lean enough?

Edit: Sorry, this one does not support DLNA. The cheapest ones with that cost about $100.


[Edited at 2011-10-10 15:49 GMT]


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