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post #1 of 13 Old 11-23-2007, 09:47 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for the best solution to getting my MP3 content from my computer to my home stereo. I want it to be wireless but not involving an IPod (I say that because that seems to be most of the advice I'm getting) I don't have an IPod and don't want an IPod.

I have an XP computer with about forty Gig's of music that I want to listen to over my home stereo (Parasound preamp, Sunfire amp) and not the eighteen dollar speakers sitting on my PC table.

I've read that the RF rigs are cheesy and that the 2+ mghz wireless transmitters are problematic but less so than the RF.

Any thought's out there?

D-Link any good?

Any experience with SONOS?

I should mention that my PC is not networked and I have a dial-up account as I live in the sticks so it's pretty much a stand alone computer.

Help, please.
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http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/

Not an iPod, but it is from Apple. Probably does more than what you are looking for, but for $99 is a pretty good deal, and it's on sale today for $88.

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According to the website: AirTunes requires iTunes 4.6 or later.

I'm investigating further, it looks good but I really don't want anything to do with iTunes or IPods or any of that garbage, I want to remain off the grid if you know what I mean.

Thanks for the tip, and I'm looking into it.
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By the way, on sale where?
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You would need to use iTunes, so that could be a problem as the PC version gets mixed reviews.

It's on sale at the Apple Store website. You have to add it to your cart to get the discount.

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Also, Linksys makes a product not bound to any software. It also retails for around $90.

I believe the model is WMB54G.

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You're going to need to get at least a wireless router to make this work.

Linksys option: http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...=2202640536B01

Logitech option:
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/sp...s/881&cl=us,en
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The Slim Devices SqueezeBox is great. I'm listening to it right now. I'm not sure if dial-up is fast enough to stream effectively or not, but my DSL works great. It sounds great and the internet radio is an awesome bonus. I listen to that all the time now.
You'll need a wireless router and the SqueezeBox is about $300. It has high quality DA converters and streams my uncompressed CD collection beautifully through my system. I never have to touch a CD again. It's great.
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+1 on the Squeezebox. You'll need to install a wireless network, but in this case it's worth the time and trouble. I wouldn't screw around with the other options you mentioned; the rest of your setup sounds like it's too good for that.
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You can use the iSkin Cerulean kit to transmit stereo audio over a bluetooth link, can ignore the iPod connectors as it also allows USB or analog in and has analog out: http://www.iskin.com/ceruleantx/inde...19634419887999

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even though the op stated his desire to "remain off the grid"...

i second the airport express solution... i use 2, and am perfectly content with them...

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There's also a new Denon ipod dock that is also wireless, in addition to ethernet. It will access and display with s-video out any libraries of music you have on your network. And it's also an ipod dock to boot.
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FWIW I use the Linksys Wireless Music Bridge (the WMB54G) , and I have had no problems with it, though some have reported installation issues. You do need a wireless network (i.e., a router) to make it work. In my setup I stream FLAC files from a hard drive, decode them with foobar2000 in my laptop, then out its wireless card to the WMB. Audio out from the WMB is two-channel stereo via optical digital, up to 96kHz (it can't pass 192kHz audio). I've never been able to find documentation of what the bit depth is, though it appears to pass 24-bit audio.
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