Wireless audio question

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by lefteri, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    I need a device that I can plug into the rca line ins on my amp that will receive wireless audio from my laptop (2011 MacBook Pro)

    A few years ago I bought such a thing from maplin for about £40 but it didn’t work properly so I returned it. Is there something reliable and not stupidly expensive for this purpose?
     
  2. existentialist

    existentialist Danced on by a twerking bee

    We're a bit light on details here - what kind of "wireless audio" are you talking about here?

    There are audio Bluetooth receivers that would do the job, for example - provided that your laptop is up to streaming audio over Bluetooth.
     
  3. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    I’m not bothered what kind of wireless audio it is as long as it works and sounds good - Bluetooth is quite poor quality, are there others that use WiFi?
     
  4. existentialist

    existentialist Danced on by a twerking bee

    Depends on the codecs the Bluetooth is using. A decent bit of modern kit is, I would imagine, going to be as good as anything really needs to be.

    Wifi music receivers are also available - just Google "<RF technology> music receiver" and you'll get plenty of whatever you're after. But the quality of the audio chain and codecs in that will be equally critical. My guess is that a £20 one will be less wonderful than a £150 one, but it'll be up to you what your own personal wonderfulness/price ratio is.
     
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  5. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I use a chromecast audio to do this from phones and computers. I don't have a mac, but a quick google suggests its possible.
     
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  6. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Suburban robots that monitor reality

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  7. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, seems like decent audio through Bluetooth means aptx which I don’t think my old Mac supports

    The alternative is something like the Neet WiFi one but that seems to rely on airplay which from what I gather won’t be as simple as transmitting any audio my Mac happens to be playing
     
  8. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    The Apple solution is to Airplay from your MacBook to an Airport Express that is wired to your amp:

    Mac - AirPort Express

    ETA - it's got an optical digital out so you could feed a DAC if you wanted better quality.
     
  9. skyscraper101

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  10. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Isn’t that iTunes only though? I hate iTunes with a passion

    I ordered an arcam miniblink in the end after discovering that my Mac can handle aptx Bluetooth
     
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  12. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

  13. skyscraper101

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    Was that pricey? They retail for almost £100 on Amazon!
     
  14. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Yep, after the discussion above I didn’t want to take a chance on a cheap one
     
  15. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    I guess as it’s Bluetooth it’ll allow me to stream from phones which is quite handy
     
  16. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I can't help but think you could've achieved all that for a lot less.
     
  17. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Yeah cheers :p
     
  18. existentialist

    existentialist Danced on by a twerking bee

    Never mind. At least you have the peace of mind of knowing that you've got a solid solution that should meet all your needs. That's hard to put a price tag on...
     
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  19. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Yeah I imagine the DAC in the arcam is an order of magnitude better than anything in an apple product as well
     
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