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Or get an amp with optical in, then plug in a Chromecast Audio.
Doesn’t have to be an optical in. You can just hook it into a normal RCA connection.
Google aren’t manufacturing the Chromecast Audio anymore though, so if you think you want one, get one quick.
I got my first one for Christmas, then heard that they weren’t making them anymore so bought 3 more just in case. Should have bought a couple more, really.Posted 4 days agosillysillyMember
I can honestly say that the best way is to sell me your totem dreamcatchers and just buy a Sonos 😂
Or invest in a chromecast audio > into a decent Dac (Beresford work well on a budget) > into a decent Amp (some nice class D or class A without boutique names floating around second hand. Have fun…Posted 4 days ago5labMember
just to add to the options, the amazon echo link amp is also coming out which should give this functionality (probably a chunk cheaper than the sonos too) – but if you have some old amp, just hook that up to a chromecast
you don’t really want to be pushing audio over bluetooth to nice speakers, but using sonos\chromecast\echo you control from your phone, but the music is generated locallyPosted 4 days ago
That Tangent Ampster looks good, I was considering the Audiolab M-One but will look into that. Ruark Mr1 Mk2’s were high on my list of small but great sounding Bluetooth speakers but my Totems are gathering dust and if can partner them up with my phone and Spotify then I’ll be a happy chappy 😀Posted 4 days ago
Dirt cheap option!…
…I use one at work and it sounds fine.Posted 4 days ago
Just connect your computer or tablet or phone to the amp with a bit of wire?
That’s what I do – gave up with faffing about with bluetooth/chromecast, just plug phone into the lead dangling from the Aux socket.Posted 4 days ago
That said, has OP got a amp, or just speakers? Ah, silmulpost… no amp 😀
Need an amp then matey!catfoodMember
Something like muffin-man’s option with a cable straight from your phone will do the trick, I had a similar set up for my son when I gave him a set of old Technics speakers, worked fine, he now has it connected to the old Technics amp which does sound much better but for about thirty quid you can’t grumble.
You could always buy a second hand amp off gumtree/ebay, some nice older stuff going very cheap, either connect it directly with a cable or via an airport express, which will make it sound much nicer as you’ll be using the airport express’s dac rather than the phone’s (check out Ken Rockwell airport express review (although I know many consider him a bit of a bell end)).
Depends how far you want to go sound quality wise.Posted 4 days ago
It’s from an iphone, so you will need something that accepts AAC, not just bluetooth otherwise you will end up with the lowest quality bluetooth.
Are the speakers connected to your HiFi that also has the TV on – in which case you could get an Apple TV and Airplay to it. I’ve just got one for that reason.Posted 4 days ago
I’ve just thought of another option if you do want to be able to ‘throw’ from your phone and not connect with cables – a Sony SBH56 bluetooth adapter – which will accept AAC from your iphone and so will be better quality than with most bluetooth adapters.
It is more for headphones but if you plug the charger port into a mains adapter to keep it powered up and then a cable from it’s headphone socket to the amp that drives your speakers.
here’s one on ebay :
I listen to one every day, had to change from the SBH52 because of the Apple AAC thing when I changed form an android phone to an iphone.Posted 3 days ago
The speakers and the amp all have sit on a narrow window sill, so a full sized amp won’t fit. I’m not looking for the cheapest option just the one that offers the best sound and convenience…. convenience being just being able to walk into the room and Bluetooth spotify to it. I think the tangent ampster is looking to be what I might go for.Posted 3 days ago
see. What other device could I use that uses aptX?
no, you want AAC as you have an iphone – I hit this problem when I changed from a sony phone ot an iphone.
Same issue if you buy bluetooth headphones, they need to support AAC.
That SBH56 adapter I posted up above would accept AAC, or if you have an old tablet or phone lying around that does aptX you could use that with the Tangent.
Or the airport express solutions to work with your iphone that other people have posted.
Or this page lists some DACS of various prices, some of which do Airplay/AAC – add a cheap amp like the nobsound and it’s around the same budget as the Tangent :
Neet did something and their stuff is normally good but it seems to be unavailable :
I think this Yamaha does AAC and a lot more but is a bit big for you :
ths page has more details on the differences :Posted 2 days agocsbMember
To piggyback on the thread, I’ve just got an Amazon echo input for 15 quid as an add on to an mp3 player and bluetooth speaker for my daughter.
I think it will plug into my amp (which is CD and turntable) but I have no idea how they access music. I have Wi-Fi so do I need an Amazon prime account?Posted 2 days agostumpy01Member
With all that stuff about AAC and Apple up there that I don’t really understand, perhaps something like this would be a better solution than the Bluetooth ootions…?
Or this, but you’ll probably have to site it sideways….Posted 2 days agoturboferretSubscriber
I have 2 little Denon systems, an N5 and an N9 I think, both powering smallish bookshelf speakers, with the primary source being MP3’s Airplayed from my NAS. I have found the WIFI to be a bit flakey, not sure if that’s down to my network or the units themselves, but now I’ve hardwired one of them it’s been rock solid. Also does internet radio etc. I’ll be getting more and sticking them in other rooms in the house.Posted 1 day ago
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