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Airport express - what exactly?

want to move my windows PC to my spare room. All itunes is stored on this.

Have my home cinema in lounge - want to connect to this.

PC uses netgear wireless router to connect to tinternet.

want to stream itunes between the two.

What exactly do i need santa to buy me for christmas?

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An airport express and either a headphone-to-2xRCA audio lead (plugged into a spare stereo input on the Sony) or a mini-toslink-to-toslink optical cable, to take advantage of the receiver's DAC. Job done.

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Though Gerrard could chip in here with a recommendation for something like his Media Centre Extender, which would also give you browsing your music on your telly - he has a thread a while ago, though it could depend on the format you're music is in - if it's apple lossless, an Apple TV is your best bet if you want to use its (gorgeous) Cover Flow brosing hooked up to the telly. Both a fair bit more expesnive, but you might think it's better value, and it depends on how good you've been (Santa knows, you know).

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I bought the Apple TV in July and i think it's one of the purchases i've made! anything you play thru itunes then you can play thru the Apple TV. and the cover flow is stunning!ÿ

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Hello


 I would buy a pair of Netgear Powerline adapters and disable the wireless.


Then down by the TV I would put a Squeezebox Duet.


 


Wayne

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waynefarnworth:I would buy a pair of Netgear Powerline adapters and disable the wireless.



Sorry, but I'd absolutely not do that - ethernet over the mains is total hifi anathema. Wireless or wired is the way to go IMO.

The question of whether to go Squeezebox or AE or Apple TV is another matter......

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Re: Airport express - what exactly?
JohnDuncan:Though Gerrard could chip in here with a recommendation for something like his Media Centre Extender, which would also give you browsing your music on your telly - he has a thread a while ago, though it could depend on the format you're music is in - if it's apple lossless, an Apple TV is your best bet if you want to use its (gorgeous) Cover Flow brosing hooked up to the telly. Both a fair bit more expesnive, but you might think it's better value, and it depends on how good you've been (Santa knows, you know).



Linksys DMA2100 media extender. Connect to your 875 using hdmi and coaxial and you can get live tv, music, photos and videos straight to your screen and amp. You could copy your songs to your media center on your pc and then you are ready to go. Each song or other added will be added to your extender. They cost £150 from pc world, or very compact and easy to use.

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The issue with not using the Express or Apple tv is that other devices such as the SQ Duet and the likes can't stream the DRM music in my library - is that correct?


Therefore, wouldn't be able to access my whole library. 

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Yes that's correct - don't think the SB can handle *any* DRM music (happy to be corrected), but nothing will play specifically iTunes DRMd music apart from Apple products AFAIK. You can work around it by burning a CD and reimporting, but that's a faff if you have a lot of it.

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JohnDuncan:
waynefarnworth:I would buy a pair of Netgear Powerline adapters and disable the wireless.



Sorry, but I'd absolutely not do that - ethernet over the mains is total hifi anathema. Wireless or wired is the way to go IMO.

The question of whether to go Squeezebox or AE or Apple TV is another matter......



Absolutely. Homeplug puts so much rubbish onto your mains supply, it kills the sound. For true sound quality, wired is the way to go, but wireless isn't that far behind...

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Provided you use this of course.


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Based on my experience I wouldn't purchase an AX. About as much use as chocolate teapot.

I would have rather taken £65 and burned it!

I'm bitter though, don't listen to me!

If you get ANY Apple product and it works straight away - then congratulations, you have a seamless, elegant product.

If however, you're one of the unlucky ones (and there are quite a few of us) that have trouble, of any sort. Prepare to want to commit murder. And if you think Apple 'support' will help - HA - think again!

John is however very knowledgable and should be able to help you fix any potential isssues

;ª)

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JohnDuncan:Provided you use this of course.



Good god. $500 for a piece of CAT5e worth £3.

And get this "The AK-DL1 employs high level tin-bearing alloy shielding not typically available in commercial cabling, to eliminate data loss caused by noise".

I'm sorry...? What do they think the twists in the Cat5e cables are for then? If you can get 1Gbps of error corrected data across a £3 lead, then... actually, I'm sure I don't need to go on.

Funny spot though JD!!!

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PJ1200:Based on my experience I wouldn't purchase an AX. About as much use as chocolate teapot.

I would have rather taken £65 and burned it!

I'm bitter though, don't listen to me!

If you get ANY Apple product and it works straight away - then congratulations, you have a seamless, elegant product.

If however, you're one of the unlucky ones (and there are quite a few of us) that have trouble, of any sort. Prepare to want to commit murder. And if you think Apple 'support' will help - HA - think again!

John is however very knowledgable and should be able to help you fix any potential isssues

;ª)



I've bought an AX, and it works lovely (on iTunes 8 JD). But feel free to ask if you get problems - there are a few "gotchas", like only using WPA wireless encryption and not WEP (even though it says it supports it...), and if using iT8, make sure the host PC is on a wired part of the network...

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PJ1200:John is however very knowledgable and should be able to help you fix any potential isssues Wink



John who?


fatboyslimfast:make sure the host PC is on a wired part of the network...



Ah.

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If you have an N network it might be ok but I've had no problems (unlike lots with iT8) and the only differentiator that I can see is that my host is wired into my router, not on wireless.

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