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#198775 - 02/03/11 07:06 PM Internet radio over home stereo  
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Any recommendations for a whole house type digital FM transmitter? I'm looking for something to send internet radio, like Pandora, to my home stereo, which has much better speakers than my computers audio system does. I found this, which looks like it will work, but it seems to have mixed reviews.
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#198777 - 02/03/11 07:25 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: KJay]  
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1) How about a long headphone cable from the PC to line inputs on the stereo?

2) Dedicated "dumb" PC connected to the network and the stereo?


#198783 - 02/03/11 10:00 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: LarryC]  
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Thanks, but I think what Iím really looking for is called a wireless music bridge. I do have a WiFi network, but not sure what would be needed to utilize it. The Linksys G Bridge looks like it could be what I need, but I see that it has been discontinued and I donít know what else is currently available.


#198785 - 02/03/11 10:42 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: KJay]  
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Would look at a 900mz solution. The FM (broadcast band) stuff is power limited to the point of being useless most places. It will usually compress the sound too.
My PC feeds a 900mz transmitter and I have an assortment of wireless speakers and headsets I use around the house for my MP3s but I still like wire to feed any high fidelity speaker system using a pure source. Cat5 seems to handle the line level signals quite well.


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#198787 - 02/04/11 05:42 AM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: KJay]  
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Have you looked at something like this? Connects to Pandora over WiFi, and has a control interface. I know there are many others that have different features (and prices) but I think this is probably what you're looking for:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...amp;cm_re=pandora-_-82-902-019-_-Product

You will be losing audio quality if you have to send it over FM; you want something that's digital all the way to your stereo input.

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#198788 - 02/04/11 10:33 AM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: noderaser]  
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Thanks for the responses. I was able to find some very nice high end digital systems from Sonos, but they were way out of my price range at this point in time, so I ended up going with the Sony Altus ALT-A33PC wireless audio delivery system. It was a closeout because Sony recently discontinued them, but it has good reviews and the price was much more reasonable, so if for some reason it doesnít work as planned I wonít really be out that much at all.
Sony Altus


#199007 - 02/10/11 12:21 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: KJay]  
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Just in case anyone else is looking for a similar setup, this Sony Altus ALT-A33PC is a great little unit and is an absolute steal for under $60.00. Iím getting full house coverage, everywhere from the basement with fluorescent lighting to the second floor bedroom at the far end of the house. The signal is crystal clear even with an active Wi-Fi N-router right next to the USB stick transmitter.
It was plug and play right out of the box for Win7 and surprisingly, even for my crappy old Win2K notebook. I didnít need to install any drivers or the S-AirCast software. Whatís also nice is that you donít need to use a media player of any sort as it will transmit Pandora right from an open window on the desktop. Iím using the simulated stereo function on my receiver to compensate for the analog signal and the sound quality seems very good this way. It comes with a standard RCA to RCA patch cord for a home stereo, but I also picked up an RCA to 1/8" pin patch cord so I could plug this in the AUX terminals of our Bose Wave and Dewalt radio. Iím thinking that Sony might have screwed the pooch by discontinuing this system.


#199014 - 02/10/11 02:42 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: KJay]  
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I might think about something like this if I did not already have copper going everywhere.


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#199017 - 02/10/11 03:15 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: KJay]  
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I have an LG Blu Ray player with wireless WiFi and it has Pandora, You tube and lots of other stuff built into it. Since the TV, Bluray, Gaming console and all that is already connected to my home stereo it works great. Now I just have to put some speakers in other rooms. It was $148 at Best Buy


#210719 - 07/25/13 08:09 PM Re: Internet radio over home stereo [Re: Gregtaylor]  
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I have digital A/V receiver that has Sirius/XM on it. However I choose not to pay for music via satellite or internet. I also have a SONOS. http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/connect

A bridge connects to your wireless router and the Zone player connects to your A/V receiver. You can than play internet radio on your stereo whether FREE, like Pandora or pay services like XM, if you don't already have it on your A/V.


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