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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.

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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)

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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

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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.

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