iPhone to a vintage receiver...help!

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by Rob Thomas, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Rockyhill

    Rockyhill 148 State Street Subscriber

    Like most aspects of the audio pursuit, personal preference varies. And of course what you are willing/able to spend. At one time I favored AirPlay over casting. But I have migrated back to the CCA and cast Tidal and Pandora Premium; I stopped my Apple Music subscription. Occasionally I listen to Amazon Unlimited. Who knows, my pendulum may swing back to the Apple camp some day! I still have the equipment and sometimes listen via AirPlay (not Amazon tho) as you can control the volume from the app.
  2. uofmtiger

    uofmtiger Super Member

    For me, the biggest issue with Casting, besides the lack of services that it supports (which is my biggest issues with it), is the fact that it isn't built into any of my music playing components. I have three receivers and a Yamaha WXC-50 that have Airplay built right into them. What this means is that instead of needing a remote to turn on my receiver and switch to the correct input, I simply have the iPhone send audio to the receiver and it will turn it on and switch over to the Airplay input. It is just more convenient on a lot of levels. I could switch to CA when I am streaming from my NAS or use Google Music around the house (I am subscribed to Youtube Red), but it really just comes down to habit and with Airplay built into my daily processes, I never really think to use the CA or my other Casting devices. Also, with Google Play, I lose Siri (which only works with Apple Music) which is a feature I use nearly every time I listen to music from the iPhone.

    However, I agree that it has a lot to do with the phone (or tablet) brand you use, how you listen, your wifi signal, and the services/apps you plan on using or plan on never using. There isn't just one good answer. It is smart to get all the information you can, though.

    Personally, I am only using two Airport Express units nowadays since I have so many other things that support Airplay around the house. For some of my lesser setups, I have switched to Bluetooth (Amazon Echo Dot) since it has many of the same advantages of Airplay (works with any service I want) and connecting it to my phone is as easy as saying "Alexa, connect to phone". Just really convenient, not to mention that the Dot has Tune In, Pandora, and Amazon Music available without needing to connect it to my phone. Also, the Dot can be used to control Plex and J River in my other systems.

    The Dot has also added multi-room audio, so it is getting better all the time. Its main downfall is the lack of a digital output and Bluetooth compression.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2017
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  3. mattd008

    mattd008 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Concord, CA
    I have two Airport express and one works fantastically where the other continues to drop. Both were craigslist purchases and the one that keeps dropping out might have been going bad. I really like

    I know this is a tangent from the original post, but I have been curious about where to set the multiple volume settings on the digital stuff that I use often. If I am playing music from my apple computer (over airplay) where do I set the volume? I like the ability to control volume from the keyboard and not walk across the room to turn the volume on my receiver, but is it better to have the volume at 100% on the computer and use the knob on my receiver to make adjustments? I realize that isn't exactly the scenario the '100% to take its effect out of the circuit' came from, but i'm curious none the less.
  4. E-Stat

    E-Stat Super Member

    The idea is to maximize your S/N ratio by optimizing the level of various attenuators in your system.

    My office system is like yours with a computer source and amplifier having a gain control. There's no one "best* setting, but I run the amp's gain control at about 12:00 and use the computer for setting overall level for the same convenience factor stated.
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