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HDD Phone Receiver....Is it possible!!

post #1 of 6
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Hello guys,

 

I want to be able to access music/video on my external hdd via phone (to navigate) and play it through my receiver. 

Wat is a good way to do this or is it even possible?

 

External HDD -->something --> Phone(To Navigate) --> Receiver --> Speakers

 

What is that something???

 

I am not looking for home server suggestions please.

post #2 of 6
There are a few ways to do this these days. But first of all, what kind of phone are you using?

What I would do is have an external storage (NAS, external hdd) connected to a computer on your network or directly attached to a media device that supports external storage. Lots of gear does this now. Then you can interface with this storage on your phone in one way but an explanation of that would depend on what phone and OS you're using. More on that later. Then you can pick up a Bluetooth adapter for your AVR or attached media device if it has that capability. Your phone would use your home Wi-Fi to stream your music from your home network and onto your phone. Then the bluetooth is used to send it right back to your audio system.

That's it pretty much. Wireless digital sound from your phone. A more thorough explanation of all this can be had once we know what kind of capabilities your phone has. wink.gif

You could eliminate the whole phone and bluetooth bit by using a modern AVR (if youre using one) and just hook up an external hdd straight to the AVR. Most AVR's these days have the ability to stream music off your home network or from a direct usb connection. That way all you need is the remote from your AVR to control your music. In fact, most of these capable AVR's will have an onscreen interface for all the streamed content.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Scott Simonian View Post

There are a few ways to do this these days. But first of all, what kind of phone are you using?

What I would do is have an external storage (NAS, external hdd) connected to a computer on your network or directly attached to a media device that supports external storage. Lots of gear does this now. Then you can interface with this storage on your phone in one way but an explanation of that would depend on what phone and OS you're using. More on that later. Then you can pick up a Bluetooth adapter for your AVR or attached media device if it has that capability. Your phone would use your home Wi-Fi to stream your music from your home network and onto your phone. Then the bluetooth is used to send it right back to your audio system.

That's it pretty much. Wireless digital sound from your phone. A more thorough explanation of all this can be had once we know what kind of capabilities your phone has. wink.gif

You could eliminate the whole phone and bluetooth bit by using a modern AVR (if youre using one) and just hook up an external hdd straight to the AVR. Most AVR's these days have the ability to stream music off your home network or from a direct usb connection. That way all you need is the remote from your AVR to control your music. In fact, most of these capable AVR's will have an onscreen interface for all the streamed content.


Thanks. I have both android and ios devices at home.

Can you give me a few examples of those modern receivers that are capable of playing directly from usb hard drive.

Presumably those receivers have app interfaces to use a controller to navigate.

post #4 of 6
Pretty much any AVR in the $500+ range that was made in the past two or three years. Look for a usb input and any mention of streaming capability. There are dozens upon dozens that can do it.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Ok I found the answer by testing

 

Yes::

1. Any receiver with dlna capability can do this by connecting to a NAS box

2. You can used a phone app if available to control playback

 

No::

1. Just having a USB port in front/back of the receiver does not mean that it can read audio from a HDD

2. The USB port can read from mp3 players, flash drives and small HDDS that are FAT formatted.

3. NTFS formatted hard drives do not work usually

4. Highest denon receiver (4520ci) would not read from the HDD (NTFS) as well

post #6 of 6
Yup. Pretty much what I said.

Did you find an AVR that you like?
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