Stream from PC to hifi - possible?

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  1. mhuk05

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    Is there a wireless device that I can plug into my hifi amp e.g. rca connections, to receive a stream from my PC, either using wifi or RF?

    Does such a device exist?

    Thanks :)
     
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    Squeezebox 3 springs to mind, as does products from the likes of Roku.

    www.slimdevices.com for squeezebox.
     
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    Thanks for that. Is there nothing else along the lines of a Streamium SL50i e.g. simple and not too expensive?

    In a nutshell all I want is to play winamp (which can stream) and then plug in a small box to my hifi to receive the wireless stream. Screens and remotes not needed.

    Just a basic receiver that can play MP3 (winamp converts to MP3 and ShoutCast does the streaming). Does that sound like any devices on the market?
     
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    The cheaper option are the Netgear MP101 and Streamium SL550i (The SL50i has been discontinued)

    Both have screens and both need some UPnP software running such as Twonkyvision to stream to the players, it won't work directly from winamp, you could use shoutcast, but Twonky makes more sense

    For one without a screen, check the Logitech Wireless Music System

    Netgear: http://www.audiofi.co.uk/reviews/netgear.php
    Streamium: http://www.audiofi.co.uk/reviews/philipssl50.php

    Logitech: http://www.dabs.com/productview.asp...&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=0

    If you have any questions, let me know, I have both the MP101, SL50i and Squeezebox so can test things out on them


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    Thanks for those links, I'll have a read.

    The reason why I mentioned ShoutCast is that I can play the stream from ainamp/ ShoutCast on my satellite receiver, which is connected to my AV amp. But if Twonkyvision can do the same (stream from an IP address/ port) I could use that instead.

    Cheers again :)
     
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    How do you think the Logitech Wireless Music System compares to the Streamium SL300i or SL50i (£50, £70, £40)? Reliability and quality of audio?
     
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    I haven't tried the Logitech yet, but had an SL300i for a while and couldn't get to grips with it.

    As it is video and audio, it needs a TV for use and also took ages to boot up, out of the two, I would go for the logitech

    Edit: The SL50i isn't too bad, but the screen is far too small and needs a backlight, I would suggest the Noxon 1 or 2 over the SL50i personally
     
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    How reliable is bluetooth for music streaming (the Logitech)? 10m range isn't much.

    Was it the Philips software that was crap? If i got one of the Philips I'd not be using Philips software- I have a Philips MP3 player and soon ditched the Music Manager thing: utter rubbish.
     
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    Personally, I like the SL50, it's a great intro into the world of streaming music...but it's very basic. You will most likely want to upgrade, as i did fairly quickly.

    I would go for the Logitech. It's receiving rave reviews everywhere at the moment, and gets around the small screen most of these devices have by having it built into the remote.
     
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    I imagine bluetooth would be reliable, but the range would be limiting.

    I agree, the philips software is terrible, but needing a TV to play music put me off the SL300 (it wasn't very good with video either!)

    The SL50i is reliable (using twonkyvision), but the screen is terrible, the Terratec Noxon at the same price is a lot better
     
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