Cheapest AirPlay Audio Solution

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by AtomicEdge, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2009
    Hey guys, I have Apple TV hooked up to all the TV's in my house, but I have a couple of rooms (garage, kitchen and bathroom) where I would like to have airplay audio in order to play music to my (existing) speakers without needing to plug in a 3.5mm jack and be tethered to that spot.

    The airport express is obviously the first option, but the current version is £79(!) and I really don't want to be spending that.

    On the other hand I could get a raspberry pi, a wireless dongle and a sound card for like £50, but that is not exactly the most streamlined solution and is going to be a bit of a mess to have lying around.

    Are there any wireless Airplay receivers on the market? I can only seem to find airplay built into speaker systems, but my speakers are fine.

    I know I could use a bluetooth receiver (I have one in my car in fact) but the sound quality and range might be a bit of an issue.

    Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated!
  2. macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2009
    Just had a look at bluetooth again, and the Aventree Roxa seems to be well received. It uses BlueTooth 4 and has much better audio quality than a lot of older bluetooth audio receivers. One question I have though is this. If I have more than one of these, will I be able to tell which I am connecting to? You can tell with AirPlay because you can name the device, but if I have 2 "Aventree Roxa" devices detected, I might be stumped.

    Has anyone else ever used more than one bluetooth audio device in a small space before?
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    good article here on how to build your own:$100.html
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2013
    I'll suggest go for AirPort Express. I have been using them over the years and they never go bad. If you are on a budget, get used ones for £40-50 on ebay. Building one on the PI will not be much cheaper. You'll need a PI + a case + a good USB sound device + a wifi dongle and most importantly a good power supply with adequate power. The price will be more than what you'll be pay for a used AirPort Express. The AirPort Express will be a better solution as ShairPort (Airport Express software emulator on the PI) does not support multi-speaker synchronization.

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