- WiFi speaker to play music from a network drive, is there such a thing?
Does such a thing exist? I have loads of music on a NAS drive and would love some sort of WiFi attached speaker system that could play the music directly from the drive.Posted 1 year ago
I’ve been searching for a bit, but seem to keep coming up with the same things, mainly the Sonos music players, but they seem to need the music on your phone or tablet and as far as I can see won’t connect to a NAS drive. There are other things that look like they might work, but need an amp and speakers to connect to (plus they run into several hundred quid alone!)
Anybody got anything or know of anything that will perform this task or am I wasting my time on a fruitless search?
it’s a moderate faff but it is cheap:
get a chromecast audio for £25ish
plug it into an input somewhere
download plex app onto your computer (index all the mp3’s) and phone (to control it.
this has the advantage that you can send spotify, bbc radio app etc from your phone to the chromecast, and also any chrome tabs from your computer 🙂Posted 1 year ago
@doris, problem is that I don’t have anything anymore to plug a chromecast into. Hence the wish to have something with speakers built in. I’m starting to think that what I want is gonna be expensive!Posted 1 year ago
My old smart tv used to see the music on my NAS and I assume that I could have played it through there (not 100% sure as I never tried) but just got a very basic TV now so that’s not an option. But a smart tv is much the same cost as something like the Ruark with the added bonus of better sound quality than the crappy one I have now, so may be the way forward.
Oh how the strange world of STW and Google works. Just done a search on alternatives to the Ruark R2 and it came back with this post STW Post which in turn lead me to the Pure Contour which is now discontinued but hence on to the Pure Evoke F3 which seems to do what I’m after for less than half the price of the Ruark.Posted 1 year agoulysseMember
I know it’s oldskool these days, but this is why I’ve stuck to a HTPC as the core for our home entertainment system, even the turntables & mixer run through its music library via Serato, the soundcard in the mixer with a sub and satellites sounds as good and almost as powerful as the Arcam separates and 3 foot high floor standers I used to havePosted 1 year agodaniel_owen_ukMember
Something like a roberts S1?
I suppose any DLNA speaker. The problem is you are talking about playing “direct from a NAS drive”. That doesn’t really exist, your previous TV played the files due to the NAS having a DLNA server inbuilt.
Anything with DLNA will do the task.Posted 1 year agoajantomMember
Not quite what your after, but I’ve recently bought a couple of Chromecast audios (£15 each at Currys), one of which I plugged into my stereo, and the other into a Blaupunkt BPS-2 portable speaker (£25 from Sainsburys – pretty decent sound for its size)
Then the nice bit is if you download the Google Play extension to your computer it auto downloads all your music onto cloud storage – you get 50,000 songs of free storage! I’m assuming you could either get the NAS drive to talk to Google Play, or link it to a PC so it could be seen.
So now all my music (well non-vinyl music anyway) is on the cloud, and I can play it from phone or tablet wherever I have Wifi. So at home I have 2 rooms sorted, and when I was at a mates yesterday I was able to inflict my music taste on him too!Posted 1 year agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Bose SoundLink 10, 20 or 30. Actually pretty decent – they were talking of having it so you could link to 10’s in a stereo pair which would be rather nice.
I sold my single 10 (simply wasn’t using it) though before they released the firmware so don’t know if they ever got round to it.Posted 1 year agoalanfMember
What’s the issue with having a iPod/iPad/smartphone with a NAS app connected via Bluetooth to a normal bluetooth speaker?
(Synology – DSAudio; QNAP – QMusic etc)
Actually, this – I use something similar.Posted 1 year ago
An Airmusicbox plugged into an old system in the garage and use DSAudio through the phone from my NAS. works a treat and only needed the Airmusicbox thingy to get it working. Does mean you need to have a means of plying music in the first place though.
Sonos doesn’t play music off your phone/iPad
Exactly what I said/meant. Sonos is an expensive way of doing it – I have one of the mains Sony boxes in my kitchen, does the job brilliantly (and it can also play CDs/DAB/AUX/andsomethingelseIcan’t remember).Posted 1 year ago
Old iPhone 4 does the streaming off my QNAP NAS.
(And it looks a hell of a lot nicer than that gash Pure Evoke thing!)sirromjSubscriber
Old iPhone 4 does the streaming off my QNAP NAS.
(And it looks a hell of a lot nicer than that gash Pure Evoke thing!)
Some people would rather just have a device specific for the job at hand. Mobiles are too cluttered there’s so much going on. Also, the funny thing about touchscreens is you can’t use them by touch alone, you need your eyes. Not so with a remote control.Posted 1 year agofrogstompSubscriber
Some people would rather just have a device specific for the job at hand. Mobiles are too cluttered there’s so much going on. Also, the funny thing about touchscreens is you can’t use them by touch alone, you need your eyes.
That’s why I asked what the issue with using a device to stream to the speaker was. (My iphone 4 only has one app on it so it’s not “cluttered” btw).Posted 1 year ago
How can you select what music to play without the display, or is that not an issue? I like to see what’s playing, myself.
That Phorus thing reminds me of a networked mini-hifi that my brother used to stream from his NAS with. Can you still get that sort of thing?
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