Music streaming via Airport Express

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by hjames, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. KevinCorr

    KevinCorr AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,788
    Location:
    Fairbanks Alaska
    I just connected an Airport Express to a Bluesound Vault 2 to the home hifi and it sounds good and runs reliably with no drop out. Streaming Tidal and playing cds burned into the Vault 2.
    This is my first digital playing except Tidal with headphones and a USB DAC.

    It is a nice set up into a Marantz Integrated Amp, Spendor A6, Quad 11L Classic, Rel T5 sub.
     

  2. What is the purpose of the Airport Express when used with the Bluesound Vault to stream Tidal and listening to cd's?

    Is that for wifi?

    (I think I will be getting a Node 2 in the coming weeks. My thought is that it would let me take the AE out of my system.)
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
    KevinCorr likes this.
  3. chicks

    chicks Lunatic Member

    Messages:
    16,731
    Location:
    The Big Valley, CA
    One reason would be to play audio portion of YooToob videos to the Node. Chromecast Audio can also do that now if you have a subscription, while using a lot less bandwidth.
     
  4. uofmtiger

    uofmtiger Super Member

    Messages:
    4,300
    Location:
    Memphis
    While we are guessing, doesn't the Vault require a separate app? It may be for convenience, using the service's native app (which some might prefer), and/or more app support (Overcast, Podcast app, etc.) via iOS.
     
  5. For me, I do not feel like I need high fidelity to watch cat videos. :biggrin:
     
    uofmtiger and chicks like this.
  6. KevinCorr

    KevinCorr AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,788
    Location:
    Fairbanks Alaska
    Yes, the Vault must be hard wired to the internet modem and my hifi is not near the modem. Instead of moving everything around or adding a 25 foot ethernet cable, I send it by wifi to the Apple Airport Express which is hard wired to the Vault. Works seamlessly and sounds good. Using Tidal and CDs I burned into the Vault 2 and all sounds great. Having fun now. Not that I was not happy with CD and records but am planning to move where I can't haul all that physical media along.
    The Bluesound has an App for the Mac OS and another for iOS. I don't know about windows. So Tidal or my play list show up in the Bluesoud app.
     
  7. KevinCorr

    KevinCorr AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,788
    Location:
    Fairbanks Alaska
    So a few days into Tidal on my home hifi via Airport Express into Bluesound Vault2:

    I am happy with the sound and access to new music. Reading downbeat and play what I am reading about. Now that is fun. Instant gratification so to speak.

    The Bluesound App makes Tidal even harder for me. I don't intuitively get Tidal and have to mess around to do what I want. This is even fussier on BluOS app. Still worth it.

    Now I guess I should start trying out some software to organize the music. Roon, JRiver, etc. This will either make it simpler or worse.
     

Share This Page