Originally Posted by horsegoer
Yes I'm thinking iPad, plus app such as Irule, Roomie etc. and pandora , iTunes is all I need to control my music/receiver. No?
Maybe yes, maybe no - as I mentioned, the iPad's audio stream needs to be decoded somewhere - this can either be done by a receiver that is specifically designed to handle an iPad generated stream (these are available, but not too common) or you need another piece of hardware to perform the translation of the stream into a format that a standard receiver can handle (optical, RCA, etc.). Just because a receiver is IP-enabled doesn't mean that it can decode what's coming from the iPad - the IP interface is typically used only for control of the basic receiver functions (vol, source, etc.), not as a conduit for audio signals (95%+ of receivers fall into this category).
As an example, I use an iPad to play Pandora - to direct this audio to either my Lexicon pre-amp or my B&K whole house "receiver" I use an Apple TV to translate the iPad's output into something both these devices can understand (in my case an optical signal). I then use Roomie to control the Lexicon and the B&K.
If the receiver you use is Airplay-enabled, like a Yamaha RX-V573, your mental model is correct. If it's not, you need the additional piece of hardware. Again, apologies if you were intending to buy something like this Yamaha anyway (you never specifically mentioned a model), but every time you posted it sounded like you were assuming that all IP-enabled receivers could handle the task.
DaveEdited by DGF - 3/16/13 at 2:57pm