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Options for streaming music with old receiver

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I am looking at ways to stream music from my server / network with an old receiver that has optical and coaxial inputs.

 

Is an xbox 360 a good option?  How about a raspberry pi?  Each seems to be around $50 or so. 

 

I am looking at setting this up in maybe 3 or 4 locations in the house and want a cheap but good solution.  New receivers seem to be disposable and I have receivers with DACs in each of the places where I want to stream (except for one which will need RCA audio line inputs). 

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Easy fix, Chromecast Audio.  They are $35.00 each and you can use multiples around the house.  I currently have one in my bedroom rig and soon to get another for my living room. 

 

Bill

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A bluray player with Pandora, and other apps is also an option.   Most will have an optical out and connedt wired or wireless to the nome network.

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5 minutes ago, willland said:

Easy fix, Chromecast Audio.  They are $35.00 each and you can use multiples around the house.  I currently have one in my bedroom rig and soon to get another for my living room. 

 

Bill

This will access music on my server?  Sorry, I do not have the time to look this up right now. 

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It will but I think you have to download some type of app on your computer.

 

Here you go.

 

http://www.guidingtech.com/37079/stream-music-chromecast/

 

https://www.google.com/chromecast/audio/

 

I have not tried to stream via my home network but often stream Pandora/Spotify to my CCA with my SMART phone.

 

I hope these links will provide what you need.

 

Bill

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Take a look at Plex:

 

https://www.plex.tv/

 

There are Plex players for most platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone, Roku, AppleTV, nVidia Shield, Android TV, xBox One, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, as well as a web-based client). 

 

The Plex server app is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, several NAS systems, and Docker.

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Amazon echo dot works very well. $50 You can link it to Pandora, iheartradio, Spotify, and even Sirius/XM if you have a subscription. I use mine all of the time when I'm listening to music. I plug it into my receiver's switched outlet so it turns off when I'm not listening. Just a warning, if it has power, it's always listening.

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I use my ipod touch or old iphones to plug and play streaming while charging....on one of the Pure i20 ipod docks with digital outputs. Sounds pretty darn good, is versatile and they sell on Ebay for under $100. I believe Arcam or Cambridge Audio also make one similar.

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I will have to look into all of this.  I assume that any streaming solutions involve internet streaming.  I am more concerned about streaming from a server or storage attached to the device.  Actually, making several copies of my music collection on hard drives and attaching with docking stations would be ideal as I would have several copies of my music and can easily turn them on and off instead of running a server all of the time. 

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Find yourself an older Popcorn Hour A100 or even a newer one or a similar one from a different brand.  They will be able to stream music from your network.  Oppo bluray players can also stream from network or PC drives.  Additionally you could look at a NAS from QNAP or similar that will run a music app or PLEX or KODI etc.  The raspberry PI is also a good option but not really plug and play.  You will have to fiddle with it.  Another option is to get an old notebook with an optical or digital output and use that with something like Media Monkey.  I have used all of these options and for me the network media streamers like the Popcorn Hour are the easiest and most reliable method to do what you want (most of them will also accept an internal HD or USB HD that you can play your music from).  The notebook media monkey is great when you really want to explore and manage your music library.  I have over 70,000 songs that I manage with Media Monkey.

 

Here are some good links to get you started:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/39-networking-media-servers-content-streaming/

 

https://www.cloudmedia.com/

 

http://dune-hd.com/eng

 

EDIT: Forgot to add that you can get a USB DAC so really any older notebook with work, not just ones with a digital output. I use this one.  I like that I can also covert my old mix tapes and LP's to digital if I want to

 

https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UCA202-BEHRINGER-U-CONTROL/dp/B000KW2YEI

 

Laters,

Jeff

 

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I have a Chromecast Audio plugged into an old NAD amp. I am currently streaming lossless from my pc using Plex. I can control it with my Android phone remotely. A very slick and inexpensive solution.

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7 hours ago, Trogdor420 said:

I have a Chromecast Audio plugged into an old NAD amp. I am currently streaming lossless from my pc using Plex. I can control it with my Android phone remotely. A very slick and inexpensive solution.

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Plex is the name I was looking for in my reply earlier.:emotion-21::)

 

Bill

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