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#195785 3-May-2016 20:11
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I want to get my mother in law some WiFi speakers, as I've got a Spotify Premium account (free through my Spark mobile subscription).

 

Nothing expensive (under $100) as she's certainly no audio geek.

 

Would something like the Kaiser Baas Sound Shift be an OK buy?
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/home-audio/other/auction-1079731220.htm

 

She's got an old stereo (probably 20 years old or more). I assume Kaiser Baas Sound Shift would work with this.

 

Or would the Pioneer XW-BTS1 be a better choice?
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1599166

 

Or finally, the LG Music Flow H3?
https://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/ipod-mp3-portables/wireless-audio/lg-music-flow-h3-wi-fi-multi-room-speaker/91287

 

She would control the music through her Samsung Galaxy tablet and I don't want to buy her a speaker, which only can run on batteries. It has to be plugged into a power socket.

 

She basically has to be able to stream music from Spotify and also TuneIn radio (or similar).

 

One more thing: The router is downstairs, but we would like the speaker to be upstairs.
We've got a Sonos Play 5 ourselves and it's worked fine with having a Sonos Bridge next to the router and then the Sonos speaker elsewhere in the house.
Can something similar be achieved with a cheap WiFi speaker?


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  #1546300 3-May-2016 21:00
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What about a Chromecast Audio for an existing set of speakers?




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  #1546303 3-May-2016 21:06
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JoshWright:

 

What about a Chromecast Audio for an existing set of speakers?

 

 

Not a bad idea.
However, I'm not sure about the kind of speakers that she has.
If it's something like this, then it obviously wouldn't work, right?
http://stockarch.com/files/imagecache/Preview/files/10/02/speaker_connections1.jpg

 


Or would it work, if I connected the Chromecast Audio to the actual stereo's AUX?
Or would the stereo need a Line In?

 

Sorry about all the questions, but this is unknown territory to me.


 
 
 
 


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  #1546306 3-May-2016 21:10
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danepak:

 

JoshWright:

 

What about a Chromecast Audio for an existing set of speakers?

 

 

Not a bad idea.
However, I'm not sure about the kind of speakers that she has.
If it's something like this, then it obviously wouldn't work, right?
http://stockarch.com/files/imagecache/Preview/files/10/02/speaker_connections1.jpg

 


Or would it work, if I connected the Chromecast Audio to the actual stereo's AUX?
Or would the stereo need a Line In?

 

Sorry about all the questions, but this is unknown territory to me.

 

 

That's alright! It's powered by Micro USB, and connects with a 3.5mm Aux in plug to the stereo.

 

 




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  #1546311 3-May-2016 21:19
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JoshWright:

 

danepak:

 

JoshWright:

 

What about a Chromecast Audio for an existing set of speakers?

 

 

Not a bad idea.
However, I'm not sure about the kind of speakers that she has.
If it's something like this, then it obviously wouldn't work, right?
http://stockarch.com/files/imagecache/Preview/files/10/02/speaker_connections1.jpg

 


Or would it work, if I connected the Chromecast Audio to the actual stereo's AUX?
Or would the stereo need a Line In?

 

Sorry about all the questions, but this is unknown territory to me.

 

 

That's alright! It's powered by Micro USB, and connects with a 3.5mm Aux in plug to the stereo.

 

 

 

 

OK, I just need to ensure that the stereo has an input.
I remember that I back in the days had a stereo (back in the late 80s) and I seem to remember that it didn't have a Line In or AUX In, only Line Out or Aux Out.
A stereo like that would obviously not work with the Chromecast Audio, right?

 

I guess I just have to find out, next time we visit her.


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  #1546325 3-May-2016 21:27
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danepak:

 

JoshWright:

 

danepak:

 

JoshWright:

 

What about a Chromecast Audio for an existing set of speakers?

 

 

Not a bad idea.
However, I'm not sure about the kind of speakers that she has.
If it's something like this, then it obviously wouldn't work, right?
http://stockarch.com/files/imagecache/Preview/files/10/02/speaker_connections1.jpg

 


Or would it work, if I connected the Chromecast Audio to the actual stereo's AUX?
Or would the stereo need a Line In?

 

Sorry about all the questions, but this is unknown territory to me.

 

 

That's alright! It's powered by Micro USB, and connects with a 3.5mm Aux in plug to the stereo.

 

 

 

 

OK, I just need to ensure that the stereo has an input.
I remember that I back in the days had a stereo (back in the late 80s) and I seem to remember that it didn't have a Line In or AUX In, only Line Out or Aux Out.
A stereo like that would obviously not work with the Chromecast Audio, right?

 

I guess I just have to find out, next time we visit her.

 

 

 

 

Correct needs to be Aux/Line in, not out.




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  #1546346 3-May-2016 22:06
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This is the stereo.
Good or bad news?

 

Haven't found out what speakers she's got yet.

 

Click to see full size

 

 


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  #1546375 3-May-2016 22:25
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From a quick Google search this model appears to have a Phono/RCA input on the rear, so a Chromecast Audio could possibly be used with a 3.5mm to RCA cable.


 
 
 
 




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  #1546383 3-May-2016 22:34
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Thanks mate.
I'll give it a go!


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  #1546391 3-May-2016 22:55
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JoshWright:

 

From a quick Google search this model appears to have a Phono/RCA input on the rear, so a Chromecast Audio could possibly be used with a 3.5mm to RCA cable.

 

 

Cant use the phono input, as in that era of stereos it was always at turntable level as there was no preamp in turntables.

 

Putting line level stuff into that will just overload the amp and have nothing but distortion.

 

If they dont use any of the other crap on the vintage stereo then perhaps just buy a small cheap amplifier like a lepai or another class D amp and use the existing speakers and free up the space that giant antique takes?





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  #1546393 3-May-2016 22:58
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richms:

 

JoshWright:

 

From a quick Google search this model appears to have a Phono/RCA input on the rear, so a Chromecast Audio could possibly be used with a 3.5mm to RCA cable.

 

 

Cant use the phono input, as in that era of stereos it was always at turntable level as there was no preamp in turntables.

 

Putting line level stuff into that will just overload the amp and have nothing but distortion.

 

If they dont use any of the other crap on the vintage stereo then perhaps just buy a small cheap amplifier like a lepai or another class D amp and use the existing speakers and free up the space that giant antique takes?

 

 

OK, interesting. Thanks for the info. Might have to look for a cheap amplifier then.


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  #1546394 3-May-2016 23:00
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Friend got one of these - his feedback is that its loud enough for background but not enough for a party - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-New-Recommended-F900-hot-sales-DIY-30W-2-Mini-Bluetooth-amplifier-Wireless-receiver-for-phone/32302404979.html

 

Has bluetooth and also an aux in so thats both bases covered.





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  #1546396 3-May-2016 23:03
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actually not sure if that listing comes with a power brick or not. Its not english. Find that amp from an english listing with a power adapter and it should be ok.





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  #1546402 3-May-2016 23:15
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A car amplifier?

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  #1546405 3-May-2016 23:18
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danepak: A car amplifier?

 

Need too much current at 12v to be viable. Since you have wall power, then you can just grab a 24 or 32v power adapter to get more power from a class D amp, heaps of them on aliexpress branded with various made up names. I got a couple of nice "breeze audio" branded ones to replace my underpowered and horrible volume control lepai amps for the other speakers off the home theater amp.





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  #1546466 4-May-2016 09:11
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http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/peripherals/speakers/21-2-speakers-sub/auction-1080438794.htm

 

Would this otherwise work as a solution?
Apparently my mum in law wants to continue to use the turntable from the old stereo.


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