: Mac -> Dock/Stereo wireless music


mwzrd
Sep 23rd, 2009, 09:59 PM
Hi all, first time posting here, long time reader.

So here's my situation. My stereo (good sound) is across the room from my macbook (terrible speakers = awful sound). I want to be able to play music wirelessly from my macbook to my stereo. I have a dock attached already, and only one aux input on my stereo, and would like to keep using my ipod and dock combo, but i'm willing to compromise.

So i've been looking into it, and I've found a few things. both use bluetooth, which should have ok audio quality, which i'm willing to live with (especially since that means i don't have to get a transmitter and receiver.
First is this iSkin CERULEAN TX + RX - iPod Bluetooth Audio Transmitter + Receiver. (http://www.iskin.com/ceruleantx/) which does what i'm looking for, but is really expensive. then there's this https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14667, essentially a chinese alternate, which is great, but on backorder.

So i'm looking for alternates, or alternate suggestions. what's your audio setup like?
thanks in advance!

Macified
Sep 23rd, 2009, 10:19 PM
For wireless, the AirPort Express can't be beat. It will take up your aux port. You can get stereo audio switchers that will allow you to connect both.

keebler27
Sep 23rd, 2009, 11:46 PM
For wireless, the AirPort Express can't be beat. It will take up your aux port. You can get stereo audio switchers that will allow you to connect both.

i 2nd the airport express. I have one linked up to a pair of speakers upstairs and I've always got music cranking from my mac pro to it. works awesome.

mwzrd
Sep 24th, 2009, 12:37 AM
hey, thanks for the quick replies.
I was looking at the airport express, my only problem with it is that its pretty expensive for what it is. as i recall, it doesn't support networked HDD attachment via its usb port? if i'm going to replace my router, or even spend that much money on a router that i don't really need (i live in a studio apartment, 2 routers is a lot), i'd rather just pick up that bluetooth thing that sits in my ipod dock, for a little cheaper.
again thanks, if i had some extra money kicking around i'd for sure pick up an express, but my wallets broke thanks to tuition.

chas_m
Sep 24th, 2009, 09:54 AM
hey, thanks for the quick replies.
I was looking at the airport express, my only problem with it is that its pretty expensive for what it is.

Not really. You just don't understand how to use it.

if i'm going to replace my router,

Stop thinking of it as a router. Certainly you can use it that way, but really in this case you're using it as a wireless audio system. Given that refurb ones cost $99 at the Canadian Apple Store (the Cerulean link you posted is considerably pricier), and the sound quality is phenomenal, this seems to be a no-brainer to me.

but my wallets broke thanks to tuition.

The "chinese knockoff" BT solutions might (or might not) be a little cheaper, but are going to be a lot crappier. There's a reason why you don't see every iPod owner on earth walking around with BT headphones, and it ain't about price.

If you're really that broke I can't see how this is much of a priority, when you could just wire it across the room and use a throw rug to hide/avoid tripping on the wire for instead of $.

HowEver
Sep 24th, 2009, 09:58 AM
People upgrade their "A/B/G" Airport Expresses to "N" units. You see them in the Classifieds here from time to time, anywhere from $30 to a few times that, depending on how new they still are. If you're tight, that's the way to go, even if all you use it for is wireless music, and not as a wireless router and for wireless printing as well--although of course it does all those things.

Z06jerry
Sep 24th, 2009, 06:21 PM
X3 for the Airport Express.

FWIW, if your TV is part of your system you can also use an AppleTV (and for $169 in the refurb store you get the benefit of everything else it can do)!