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Topic # 113933 1-Feb-2013 21:35
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I'm after an airport express to use as an airplay reciever. It'll be hardwired so I don't care about which protocol. I'd like to pay around $50 if possible.

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  Reply # 754601 1-Feb-2013 22:29
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I am pretty sure that as an airplay receiver it will only work wirelessly. The ethernet connection is used solely for its use as an access point.

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  Reply # 754604 1-Feb-2013 22:41
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Yogi02: I am pretty sure that as an airplay receiver it will only work wirelessly. The ethernet connection is used solely for its use as an access point.


Question: I have a third-party 802.11b/g/n wireless access point. I want to put AirPort Express next to my home theater and stream iTunes to it. Can AirPort Express join the third-party network?
Answer: Yes. AirPort Express can join a third-party network in client mode, or if it is connected via Ethernet to a LAN port on the non-Apple wireless access point.

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  Reply # 754605 1-Feb-2013 22:43
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Other option is get a Raspberry Pi and case. That will be around your budget.

You can run XBMC on it which act as an AirPlay reciever. That's what I use with my home theatre.




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  Reply # 754608 1-Feb-2013 23:01
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I'm running a raspberry pi at the moment but the analogue audio is rubbish, even with a USB sound card. I need the analogue output as it's driving zone 2 out on the deck.

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  Reply # 754616 1-Feb-2013 23:37
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Handle9: I'm running a raspberry pi at the moment but the analogue audio is rubbish, even with a USB sound card. I need the analogue output as it's driving zone 2 out on the deck.


Interesting, I have not found it so bad at all.




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  Reply # 754630 2-Feb-2013 00:40
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Yeah streaming music from our iDevices to home theatre via XBMC on the Pi sounds great




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  Reply # 754656 2-Feb-2013 07:01
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The raspberry pi doesn't have a proper DAC so there's a certain amount of distortion and artefacts that come through. I was hoping a USB sound card may help but TBH it's still not great (at least with the cheap card I'm using). HDMI audio is fine, it's just analogue that's not to flash.

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