Connecting MacBook to Home Stereo Receiver

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by photoshow, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2009
    I recently bought a macbook and would like to set it up so that itunes and pandora can play through our home stereo - wired or wirelessly, I dont care (I don't own an iphone or itouch). I own an ipod shuffle but between not having playlists and not being able to use pandora, I thought it would be better to hook-up the computer, but I don't want to have to take the computer upstairs everytime I want to listen to music. I don't want to run any more wires, if possible.

    The current set-up is:
    -a macbook
    -a wireless linksys router
    -a receiver all major inputs but being about 5-years-old I don't think it has bluetooth or wireless built-in
    -every room has cat-5 and cable running to it from the router.

    My questions: What is the cheapest way to sufficiently play music (itunes and pandora) to the stereo, either wired or wirelessly? (I realize that I could buy AirPort and 3rd party software, but I'm hoping to spend less than $125, especially with the hardware I already have).

  2. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If "wired" is OK then all you need is an audio cable. Connect the computer's headphone jack the the AUX input on the stereo. Price under $10

    If you want wireless then buy an "Airport Express". you can sometimes find refurbished units on Apple's web site for $70. It will work with your current router. The Express has SPDIF if you can use that is best but line-out works well enough

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