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Streaming Itunes from Mac to a Denon AVR-3310CI/990

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I need help. Could someone help me figure out how to stream audio (and video if possible) from my Mac directly to my Denon AVR-3310CI? Do i need software between itunes and the AVR? If so, what do people recomend? Thanks for the help! This is my first time here and it's great!
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Originally Posted by syd81 View Post

I need help. Could someone help me figure out how to stream audio (and video if possible) from my Mac directly to my Denon AVR-3310CI? Do i need software between itunes and the AVR? If so, what do people recomend? Thanks for the help! This is my first time here and it's great!

There are many ways todo it but one thing you need to figure out is how use friendly you want it. The main idea is to stay digital and let the 3310 do the needed digital to analog convertion. Personally if its 90% music you want i would vote for getting a AppleTV and use a touch/iphone as a remote. You will rediscover your music this way and get a near perfect 2way remote setup.

But provide more info on what your goals are,

Daniel.
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syd... the link in my sig might help...
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Three options, from most expensive to least:

1. AppleTV - all your iTunes audio and video; With Airtunes and Airfoil, can stream Pandora

2. Airport express - need cable to go from mini jack in AE to optical in; Streams your music via Airtunes, and Pandora with separate purchase of Airfoil.

3. MediaLink - in my 4310 (check on the 3310), I can stream all my music directly to the AVR. Also works for photos. I know it does NOT work for video purchased via iTunes (DRM?). Not sure about other video, but probably would work.
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I'm interested in this info as well. Looking to buy a 3310 and I'd like to send iTunes to it. I'm confused by the responses though. The 3310 is a network connected AVR. I think the OP was asking if there was a way to connect iTunes on a Mac to the 3310 via its network connection. Sure you can use a piece of hardware like the airport express, but is there a way to avoid this extra cost and send music via the network connection in the 3310. As the OP suggests, I'd think there would be some sort of third party software to do this. Any suggestions? I don't think the 3310 supports audio from the Mac natively but I could be wrong.
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Sure you can use a piece of hardware like the airport express, but is there a way to avoid this extra cost and send music via the network connection in the 3310. As the OP suggests, I'd think there would be some sort of third party software to do this. Any suggestions? I don't think the 3310 supports audio from the Mac natively but I could be wrong.

To clarify what RSTide said:

Its depends... if the music came from the iTunes store and is not in the iTunesPlus (DRM free) format then NO you have to buy an Airport Express/AppleTV

However if you ripped all your CDs into iTunes yourself then YES it should steam as is, all you just have to run a DLNA server of some kind (wiki article HERE)on the same PC/Mac with iTunes.

Sorry I don't know Denon's interface so I don't know how you set it up... I just know its possible since the PS3 is a DLNA media player and I stream my ripped CDs from iTunes using EyeConnect (on my iMac) all the time.

AppleTV really has the best interface for doing this; it lets you do photos, music and videos. It supports any and all iTunes purchases.
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i don't have a denon but, the easiest and cheapest way to do it for a MAc as mentioned is eyeconnect. also if you have directv and their hd dvr you can stream music that way as well with eyeconnect.

eyeconnect will allow you to do music, photos and movies depending on the version you get.
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No you can not stream iTunes directly to the Denon, due to copyright protection within iTunes. You either need an Airport Express, Apple TV, or Plug your computer into the receiver itself with an optical cable.
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I tried MediaLink and it worked as advertised, but I found the AVR's interface kinda clunky and I did not like that I was not actually using itunes. I may give it a shot with my PS3.

Apple TV looks like a good solution, but I can't buy anymore toys for the time being.

The most cost effective solution I could find was a 50ft Toslink to Mini M/M cable from monoprice that I ran thru the wall to where my laptop usually is. While it does not afford me the ability to watch movies or see pictures on my tv it sounds great. Also, as I have run speakers all over the house, the Remote app on my Iphone makes listening soooo easy.

I'm going to give eyeconnect a shot, for boring people with slide shows.

Thanks for all the help!!!
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