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Apr 17, 2013, 12:40 AM
I work at a gym which has an old stereo system with aux inputs. Is there a device that I can plug into the stereo which will relay the music from my iPhone? I want to be able to control the music as I'm moving around during the class from any given point of the gym. We have wifi setup so I was hoping the market has something like a wireless bridge between my phone and the stereo.

Thanks in advance.

Apr 17, 2013, 07:23 AM
Apple's AirPort Express (http://amzn.to/Ta1FD3) - connects to your WiFi, plays your music wirelessly, and hooks straight into your stereo via a 3.5mm to RCA cable (http://amzn.to/11tuH0J).

Apr 17, 2013, 07:32 AM
Apple's AirPort Express (http://amzn.to/Ta1FD3) - connects to your WiFi, plays your music wirelessly, and hooks straight into your stereo via a 3.5mm to RCA cable (http://amzn.to/11tuH0J).
http://images.apple.com/airportexpress/images/overview_hero_gallery_1.pnghttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81nvt5nqMKL._SL1500_.jpg^-- this is the highest quality option. Streaming full quality music.

But the caveat. Requires configuring a WIFI network in the Airport Express and connecting to it, and it won't have an internet connection. So when you connect to it's WIFI in order to Airplay, you're going to confuse the iPhone and lose any sort of data connection. As it will be trying to use the WIFI, which has no internet connection.

Alternatively, you could get a Bluetooth device. The audio quality is lower with most consumer low cost devices, re-encoding to SBC codec before transmission... but it's often sufficient.

I use this at work:
I often use the miniature earbuds it comes with, but sometimes I plug a larger stereo into it's 3.5mm audio jack with a cable like what Giuly posted.

Apr 17, 2013, 10:59 AM
He mentioned that he has a WiFi, so you can put it into client mode and have it join the existing network.

However, the Bluetooth solution is even better. Belkin has a Music Receiver (http://amzn.to/Z3kJnq) for stationary use, which should do the job and is 1/2 the price of the Sony Ericsson.

It even has the 3.5mm to RCA cable included.

Apr 17, 2013, 03:26 PM
The main difference between Bluetooth and Airplay is that Bluetooth doesn't need to be on wifi. Because of this, you need to be inside the bluetooth range or the music will cut out. With Airplay, you can connect to the receiver from anywhere in the building that has access to the wifi network. Also, sound quality is usually better with Airplay since it supports lossless formats and is reported to be bit perfect.

I usually prefer Airplay when I am at home because the iPhone will see it when I am on the network. My bluetooth devices (with the exception of bluetooth in my car) require a manual reconnection through settings.