Best options for Wi-Fi streaming of All audio from MBP

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  1. Libertine Lush, May 5, 2015
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    Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm not fluent in this realm of tech, so I appreciate some help.

    I would like to stream all audio from my MBP to my Hi-Fi (amp with passive speakers). Ideally, I could stream all audio, rather than only music.

    1) Is there a Wi-Fi option for streaming all audio from an MBP to a stereo system?

    After some time googling, I can't find any suitable devices. All have a few shared limitations: must be paired with a mobile device to work and does not support iTunes. Gramophon and Jongo A2 all appear to be limited in that way, making no mention of iTunes. Rocki might work with iTunes as they say it works with "your own music collection," but Amazon reviews are very poor.

    I'm aware of Airport Express, but that only supports streaming audio from iTunes.

    2) If there is no device that will stream all audio or even only music from OSX via Wi-Fi without the aid of a mobile device, what are the best Bluetooth options?

    These seem viable (all support aptX) if they can be paired with a laptop, but can they?:
    Optoma BTR100: http://www.optomausa.com/soundproduct/BTR100
    It's previous model has great reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Nuforce-BTR-100-BLACK-Fidelity-Bluetooth-Receiver/dp/B00DUH4C8Q

    Brightech
    http://www.amazon.com/Brightech-Bri...1430881913&sr=8-7&keywords=bluetooth+receiver

    MPow
    http://www.amazon.com/Mpow-NFC-Enab...430881935&sr=8-22&keywords=bluetooth+receiver

    Thank you.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Just use AirPlay and an Apple TV or an Airport express.

    I'll note that you need a newer Mac and a newer version of OSX.
     
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Nope. Just set your audio output device in System Preferences to your AirPort Express and all audio from your machine will play via that. The drawback is a 2 second delay because of buffering, so it's basically useless for gaming and web browser videos.
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    If you want hi-fi, avoid bluetooth like the plague. If you have a system that is moderately decent, it'll sound like utter crap, even with aptx.

    The simplest way to do what you want with a Mac is either an AppleTV or Airport Express connected to your system. If you have a DAC, both have an optical output which would allow you to take advantage of your DAC.

    From the Mac, simply hold ALT then click on the volume in the taskbar, you'll have the option there to select your audio output. Use Airport Express or AppleTV and you're good to go.

    Simply be aware that there'll be a delay in the audio, system wide. When listening to music, it doesn't matter, when doing other things, it could become annoying. It depends on your usage scenario.

    I'm a bit of an audio enthousiast, out of curiosity what are you using in your sytem as far as the amp and speakers go?
     
  5. leman macrumors 604

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    I have a set of AudioPro wireless speakers and they work like a charm. They do need a dongle but it's still more practical then any other alternative I've tried. The only downside: the price :)
     

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