HolidayBuyer's Guide

TVs & Home Theaters forum

General discussion

Speaker advice for laptop

by hallju2 / November 20, 2010 6:32 AM PST

Finally packed away 1980's stereo system. Miss the power of 50 watt speakers! Want to use Macpro to stream music/play iTunes library, with some sort of speaker system bigger than the usual desktop speakers. I listen to classical/jazz mostly and like to hear full range of the music. Intrigued by wireless systems for the portablity. I don't know much about Airtunes device, and wonder what possibilities that offers as for as speaker set-up.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Speaker advice for laptop
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Speaker advice for laptop
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Simplest AirTunes (soon to be AirPlay) setup is as follows:
by minimalist / November 21, 2010 3:53 AM PST

1. a computer running iTunes
2. a wifi network
3. an Air Tunes/airplay enabled device in each room you'll be streaming to.
4. (optional, but nice) an iPhone, ipad or iPod touch running the free "Remote" app to control the whole system.

The setup is basically a more affordable version of the excellent Sonos wireless music systems. If you already live in the iTunes/Apple ecosystem it can be even more affordable because you likely have some of the required components.

The airtunes/airplay devices listed above can be several things:
1. 99 dollar Apple Airport Express with a stereo mini-jack (connect via appropriate cable to powered speakers or a receiver)
2. 99 dollar Apple TV (streams video and audio but limited to optical or HDMI output)
3. Any of the coming AirPlay enabled powered speakers or receivers (iHome, Denon, etc)

Collapse -
still unclear
by hallju2 / November 21, 2010 10:02 AM PST

Not sure I totally understand what equipment I'd need for my new system. I have laptop. We use Netgear wireless router for wifi system. Can I stream music via Netgear? Or still need 99Airport express? What specs are important in speakers? Any recommendations for specific brand?

Thanks! JH

Collapse -
Netgear vs. Airport
by Dan Filice / November 21, 2010 10:23 AM PST
In reply to: still unclear

The Netgear is supposed to work but I never had luck using any router for iTunes other than the Airport. If you do use the Airport, then all you need to do is select the Airport network on your computer to play iTunes. But this means you can't use your computer for the Internet while you play iTunes. So you ask, can I use the Airport to surf the Internet? This shoul work, but I have never got this to work because my phone service (AT&T) does not work with Apple routers. I've tried everything with no success. I now use both the Airport Express for iTunes and a 2Wire router for Internet.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

The Samsung RF23M8090SG

One of the best French door fridges we've tested

A good-looking fridge with useful features like an auto-filling water pitcher and a temperature-adjustable "FlexZone" drawer. It was a near-flawless performer in our cooling tests.