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How do I start streaming music?

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by grillebilly, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. grillebilly

    grillebilly Empty Head Subscriber

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    I am considering joining the 21st century and streaming music at home. Where and how do I start? I do not have a smart phone. I have a computer obviously.
    My preamp (McIntosh C47) has a lot of inputs, including a USB port. Is there a device that can plug into one of the ports and stream wireless from my computer? Is that a preferred method?
    Any and all advice is welcomed and thanks in advance.
     
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  2. palsapal

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    Have a look at Chromecast Audio which is a small device that plugs into your hifi using RCA phono inputs. Once set up this communicates with a router via wifi & any music-playing device connected to the same network can play its files on the hifi. I have one & play music files on my desktop (wired to the wifi router) to my hifi on the other side of the room using wifi.
     
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  3. cpt_paranoia

    cpt_paranoia Well-Known Member

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    Streaming from where? A commercial service? Your PC? A NAS?

    The simplest method is a 3.5mm to RCA lead from headphone output of your PC to a line input on your amp, with a streaming service program, or media player/manager program on the PC.

    Beyond that, you have many choices of how to get audio files from the PC to a DAC, and thence to your amp.

    Have a read of these threads:

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index....ur-digital-files-to-your-hi-fi-system.826709/

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/questions-on-making-server-for-flac-playback.742307/
     
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  4. Rockyhill

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  5. grillebilly

    grillebilly Empty Head Subscriber

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    I am thinking of subscribing to a service through my computer. I don't want to listen on the cheap computer speakers, though, it needs to be somehow connected to my main system. Sending a cable from the computer to the pre is not something i want to do, as they are far apart but still in the same room.
    Thanks for the links I will take a look now.
     
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  7. PAGS

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    For the absolute cheapest way to get started, get one of these:

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    A 3.5mm to RCA cable.You likely have several of them lying around. Or you can buy from Monoprice cheap (or Amazon, etc.) -- as long as 50 feet. Plug the single end into your computer, speakers out, and the double into a pair of available RCA ins on your preamp.

    Then go here and set up a free Spotify account: https://www.spotify.com/us/. The free service is lower quality and has commercials, but it's free. You can always upgrade later if you like it.

    Stream...
     
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    It looks like I need a phone or other chromecast device to use it.
     
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    Thanks, that looks easy enough but the description says it's a speaker. Does it get bypassed when run into another system?
     
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    pc works also
     
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  11. PAGS

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    See above. Note that Chromecast Audio generally doesn't work well with just a computer (but there are some workarounds you might consider after getting your feet wet).
     
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  12. grillebilly

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    Ok it looks like I can download Chrome to my PC. And then I should be good to go.
     
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  13. Rockyhill

    Rockyhill No marigolds in the promised land Subscriber

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    No phone needed, although having a smart phone makes using a CCA even more convenient. Just review the instructions I gave in the link.
     
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  14. chicks

    chicks Lunatic Member

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    Yes.
     
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  15. Rockyhill

    Rockyhill No marigolds in the promised land Subscriber

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    Walmart sells them. You could be casting in a few hours.
     
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  17. 4-2-7

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    PC> Audioengine D2 24bit WiFi DAC>McIntosh

    You don't need a service, plenty of music out there and your computer files are not dependent on the quality of your internet.

    OK I forgot you have a nice DAC

    PC, USB out> Audioengine D2 24bit WiFi DAC, Optical out>McIntosh Preamp Optical in
     
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  18. PAGS

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    You can also get a used Galaxy tablet for as little as $20 and "dedicate it" to streaming via CCA. I use an el cheapo Verizon Elypsis 7. Works great.
     
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    Looks like there are lots of choices. Thanks.
     
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