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Question: Best way to get music from my home server to my stereo system?
3 February 2013 | Notary Sojac

Posted on 01/03/2014 10:49:01 AM PST by Notary Sojac

I have over 300 GB of high quality (256 and 320 MP3, and FLAC) digital audio in a hard drive on my home server.

About forty feet away is my living room stereo, an old but quite decent sounding Technics receiver (which far predates the networking era) and floor-standing JBL speakers.

What I would like to figure out is a way to get the latter to pull tunes from the former, via my wireless router.

Is there a device that will read the server contents and feed them to my existing receiver's audio inputs?? What is it?? Or do I need to get a new receiver that will recognize the network, and if so, what sort??

The only "must" feature is that I want to be able to browse the folders and files of my music collection from the living room (receiver) location.

And yes, I have thought of just buying a laptop and sticking it in the living room, but the design of my stereo shelving wouldn't permit that without a major rebuild. Something with front panel display, that would fit in a stereo component sized hole (replacing the CD player it would make redundant) is what I'm really hoping to find.

Thanks as always to the Freeper community for your expertise......


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: digitalmusic; logginginissues; music; pc; stereo; vanity
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1 posted on 01/03/2014 10:49:02 AM PST by Notary Sojac
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To: Notary Sojac

Are you Logged in?


2 posted on 01/03/2014 10:50:32 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Notary Sojac

there is a simple connector that plugs into the same port as for your earphones on the computer, with RCA jacks on the other end

less than $10 at radio shack


3 posted on 01/03/2014 10:51:13 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Notary Sojac

What model JBLS ?


4 posted on 01/03/2014 10:53:22 AM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Notary Sojac

LOL

5 posted on 01/03/2014 10:54:07 AM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: Notary Sojac

If only I could upload photos to FR.....

(Butler setting a stack of 45 rpm records onto a stereo....)


6 posted on 01/03/2014 10:54:27 AM PST by G Larry
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To: Notary Sojac

Wireless..... cloud service, mp3 player plugged into audio inputs on receiver. Its easy.


7 posted on 01/03/2014 10:54:51 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: Notary Sojac

You could get an unamped sonos box and plug that into your receiver. The sonos app on the ipad/phone is great and would work anywhere in your house.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 10:55:12 AM PST by overtaxedindc
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To: Notary Sojac

>home.provide.net/~djcarlst/45EY2.htm<

I don’t see the problem.....?


9 posted on 01/03/2014 10:56:18 AM PST by G Larry
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To: Notary Sojac
I have a Sony blu-ray player that will connect to a DLNA server either built into some newer routers or as a PC program. I've used Serviio (with two i's) on a PC before I got a router with it.

I also have a bluetooth receiver I picked up for about $20 which will take music sent from my iPod Touch and play it on the stereo.

10 posted on 01/03/2014 10:56:42 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Notary Sojac
Ge JasHO97686 Wireless Computer To Stereo Transmitter
11 posted on 01/03/2014 10:58:11 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Notary Sojac

>http://home.provide.net/~djcarlst/45EY2.htm<

ok...how’s this


12 posted on 01/03/2014 10:58:26 AM PST by G Larry
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To: Notary Sojac
I use Push 2TV. You will need WiDi on your computer though.

I also have a wired cat 5 connection. The former is great for YouTube videos, the latter is great for stored music. The quality of hard wired vs wireless is noticeable but negligible.....depending on how critical you are when listening to music. Push 2TV is also 5.1 capable as well as 1080P.

13 posted on 01/03/2014 11:01:28 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Notary Sojac
This might help

Airfoil = Mentioned in the artical

14 posted on 01/03/2014 11:02:17 AM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: Notary Sojac
I just did this - but even better.

All my music is now on a hard drive wired to the wireless router. I used a WD My Book, though I use some cloud storage too.

Then I use a cheap laptop with Bluetooth connectivity to send it to a Bluetooth speaker.

The Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Charge are really nice and can go anywhere in or outside.

Time to ditch the old stereo system.

15 posted on 01/03/2014 11:02:18 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Notary Sojac

I use an HP netbook for this and it works nice. If you search ebay for “netbook 311” you’ll see some results for HP netbooks for pretty cheap. These netbooks have HDMI out and Nvidia ION chips for even gpu accelerated video. I can even play x264 encoded (H.264/MPEG-4) 1080P movies i’ve downloaded on it. I installed 3GB of RAM on mine and installed Win7. Though its a slower ATOM processor it runs fine as long as you don’t load a bunch of crap that runs in startup like antivirus. Just don’t web browse on it or do stupid stuff that will get it infected and you can use it just as a media player.


16 posted on 01/03/2014 11:03:56 AM PST by brandon24
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To: Notary Sojac

I stream my collection through my Roku. I created a music channel and linked it to my PC. I am hoping for something that will stream Google play seamlessly. I make do now by streaming through my smartphone via an HTC hdmi / Bluetooth adaptor. I can stream video surprisingly well this essay too.

Just for music I stream from and old smartphone to my sound bar wirelessly to Google play where all my music can be found, works pretty good.


17 posted on 01/03/2014 11:04:43 AM PST by BornToBeAmerican (Don't forget love)
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To: Notary Sojac
http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-transmitters/fm-transmitter-2.asp After you get it you need to to a Mod on it to improve the distance and output. http://www.outlawradio.us/CCrane_Mod.html
http://youtu.be/n71jvpeAhSs
18 posted on 01/03/2014 11:05:09 AM PST by Jayster
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To: Notary Sojac

I use iTunes and AppleTV.

Wife loves it.

700 CD’s and 400 movies.

P.S. I am not an Apple fanboy - typing this via Windows 7. If you do have an iPhone or an iPad there is a remote app (Apple Remote App) that is wonderful. Much less than a Sonos setup.

Good luck!


19 posted on 01/03/2014 11:05:38 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Notary Sojac
There is a device you can buy that will plug in to your PC's 1/8" audio line out (or headphone out) and then transmit an FM signal that can be picked up by your tuner (or receiver) and amplified at that point. It transmits on a range between 88Mhz and approx. 95Mhz FM. Get one that is a bit more expensive than the crap ones on eBay to get more features and better signal lock (cheap ones tend to drift). I've used one on long trips to get my MP3s on my phone to play on the car stereo. They work very well.

That's just off the top of my head but with some additional cipherin' I could come up with something that will use the wifi connection.

You say a laptop is out? Why not an inexpensive tablet like the Asus MeMo?

139 bucks and you're in business. Wireless networking, shared folders and an audio app that probably comes with it and bingo!

20 posted on 01/03/2014 11:06:36 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, it's learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: G Larry
It's easy, here's how: <img src="insertlinkhere">

Just right click over the image and copy the address and paste it between the quotation marks. No spaces allowed.

21 posted on 01/03/2014 11:06:37 AM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: al baby

They’re L200B’s.


22 posted on 01/03/2014 11:07:57 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Mi tio es enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Sonos! You’ll be able to play it anywhere in your house and it has a great selection of music via streaming.


23 posted on 01/03/2014 11:08:18 AM PST by FranklinsTower
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To: Notary Sojac
HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System
24 posted on 01/03/2014 11:09:26 AM PST by Heartlander (We are all Rodeo Clowns now!)
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To: Notary Sojac

I have an old Carver CM-1090 driving two JBL Studio Monitors (commercial version of the old Century 100s - my JBLs have been rebuilt by JBL once as they’re over 40 years old).. I use a Mac Mini to supply the music, it does this via a USB audio interface {BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA202)

Yes, I just use iTunes, but this allows to also send music to other audio systems in my house over the network. I use Apple Airports (they have audio jacks - optical even)

It sounds great - And I can pick my music via my iPad.


25 posted on 01/03/2014 11:10:15 AM PST by tje
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To: Mr. K

Later versions of I-touch devices can share audio files off a wireless network drive using a headphone jack to RCA plug cable, plus allow you to play Pandora Internet radio though your stereo. You might be able to pick up one used.


26 posted on 01/03/2014 11:10:22 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: G Larry
If only I could upload photos to FR...

You can't. But you CAN link to an image on an external site. See post #21.

Or the FR HTML Sandbox.

27 posted on 01/03/2014 11:11:25 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, it's learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: Notary Sojac

I run my computer into my amp via the standard audio jacks. For video, I have my computer hooked into my TV via HDMI cable (HDMI2) so that I can parallel my audio for youtube etc.


28 posted on 01/03/2014 11:12:04 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: tje

I have a Carver receiver - WOW! Does old Carver equipment sound great!

‘Nuff said.


29 posted on 01/03/2014 11:13:20 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Notary Sojac
Here's the youtube video which explains how to use your HDTV as a monitor...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k9ObJOF7Ug
30 posted on 01/03/2014 11:15:27 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Notary Sojac

It sounds like you are missing a DAC. The server outputs a digital stream, right?


31 posted on 01/03/2014 11:17:05 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Notary Sojac

I have a 3TB Mybook Live external NAS drive plugged into my router. Then I have a PS3 hooked up to my TV and stereo surround sound system. The PS3 will search for media servers and pick up my Mybook. I can then play any song I want via the PS3 interface.


32 posted on 01/03/2014 11:17:22 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Jayster

Whoa. I wonder if that mod works on other transmitters. I have a couple and they suck. Every song has a nice mix of static in the background. Been looking for a decent transmitter for a while.

I noticed they are worse in the car when you are playing from an iPhone that is recharging at the same time.


33 posted on 01/03/2014 11:19:57 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Notary Sojac
Another option could be to put iTunes on the server, enable home sharing, then get an AppleTV to hook up to your receiver.

I just set one up for my mother-in-law for Christmas.

Pros:

Con's:


34 posted on 01/03/2014 11:22:20 AM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Notary Sojac

Another computer with a wireless connection.


35 posted on 01/03/2014 11:23:09 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: mmichaels1970
It does not matter if the Mod works on others. It works on this one GREAT!!!! Like 3 blocks. I also went to Radio Shack and purchased a longer antennae. I have a 2 story 3,000 sg ft home with 8 radios in it. I have an extra iphone that I now use as an itouch and stream music all through my house. I have Pandora One on it and it is only $3 a month and has a higher bit rate and goes for 5 hours before you have to show activity. It is a no brainer.
36 posted on 01/03/2014 11:26:28 AM PST by Jayster
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To: BBB333

Yeah, I love this amp.


37 posted on 01/03/2014 11:28:10 AM PST by tje
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To: mmichaels1970

Did you mean that you had other Ccrane Transmitters?

If you do, yes the Mod works on them.

I have the FM 1 and a friend has the FM 2......works on both


38 posted on 01/03/2014 11:29:36 AM PST by Jayster
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To: Jayster
Did you mean that you had other Ccrane Transmitters?

No. Some generic transmitters I bought years ago. I'll seriously look at the Ccranes possibly as a future gift to myself.
39 posted on 01/03/2014 11:31:38 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Notary Sojac

I’d go wire, audio out on the comp to audio in on the stereo. If you insist on going wireless a DLNA receiver hooked up to the stereo then you need to have DLNA sharing running on the computer sharing the music. 40’ cable is cheaper and easier to work with.


40 posted on 01/03/2014 11:32:46 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Jayster
It does not matter if the Mod works on others. It works on this one GREAT!!!! Like 3 blocks.

That's awesome. Looks like about $50. May have to seriously look at getting one. All I want is 10 feet of clear audio.

Heck, with three blocks, we could act as DJ for the family caravan trip to Myrtle Beach.
41 posted on 01/03/2014 11:35:00 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

Serious.....do it

$49

You HAVE to do the Mod and add the antennae. Otherwise it only has a range of about 30 feet. With the Mod, all through the house and then some.


42 posted on 01/03/2014 11:35:28 AM PST by Jayster
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To: mmichaels1970

“Heck, with three blocks, we could act as DJ for the family caravan trip to Myrtle Beach.”

Yes you could and also works great at a campsite to stream audio.....All that someone would need would be a FM Radio to pick it up.


43 posted on 01/03/2014 11:38:42 AM PST by Jayster
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To: G Larry
If only I could upload photos to FR.....

There's a difference between uploading photos and posting photos. Uploading means you're uploading the actual file onto this site where it would be stored (not allowed). Posting a photo like those you see all the time here, merely links to a photo stored on some other site. To do this, use the little HTML formula posted above. Right click on the photo to copy its (url) location, often ends with jpg. Then paste it into the formula between the quotes.

44 posted on 01/03/2014 11:39:05 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Yeah man. My tape of choice back in the day.


45 posted on 01/03/2014 11:39:46 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Notary Sojac

Bit by bit seems to work best... ;-P


46 posted on 01/03/2014 11:44:28 AM PST by MortMan ("Choice" is properly exercised the night before, not the morning after.)
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To: Notary Sojac
With the new XBox One out, I'll bet you can come by a prior generation XBox 360 cheap on EBay or somewhere else. They are easy to setup to play digital music from a server running Windows Media Player.

You can use a wired or wireless Ethernet connection to your server, and the audio out from the 360 supports L/R analog or a digital optical interface to your receiver for 5.1. Of course an XBox 360 is also handy for playing slide shows of pictures and other multimedia file types you may have on your server.

47 posted on 01/03/2014 11:47:57 AM PST by MCH
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To: SecondAmendment

“...•Only Apple’s lossless (non mp3) format supported, so you may need to re-rip some of your CDs in iTunes.”

Whoa, Tex!

Any MP3 or AAC file will play just fine.

I have NO ‘lossless’ encoding - just 128K AAC, 256 AAC and 128 MP3.

Works GREAT.

Best!


48 posted on 01/03/2014 11:48:14 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Notary Sojac

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-transmitters/fm-transmitter-2.aspx

I have the “version 1” of this which can be hacked to boost the output. I have no idea if Version 2 can be.

Attached to computer audio output (I tested it) or XM radio I can receive signal anywhere on my little patch of earth. Left stoks with no hack, it’ll do the whole house plus a bit (depending where it is located).


49 posted on 01/03/2014 12:03:41 PM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Jayster

You got that posted WAY before mine. Good job.


50 posted on 01/03/2014 12:05:40 PM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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