HomePod Best Stereo Receiver for Homepods

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by iAssimilated, May 28, 2019.

  1. iAssimilated, May 28, 2019
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    As I slowly add Homepods to my house I started to think how could I listen to my vinyl records on these wonderful little speakers (I just love the sound they put out). The only components I would require connecting to the receiver is a record player and a 20 disc CD player (both utilize RCA cables). Naturally I will use the Homepods for the speakers. Initially I do not need the Homepods to be paired for stereo, but the option would be nice to have in the future. I did run across this receiver (https://www.us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=AVReceivers&ProductId=NR1509) but would like to have as many options as possible before I make a decision.

    UPDATE: I prefer a slim receiver (I just think it looks better), so I found the following receivers from Pioneer (AirPlay2 available via a firmware update):
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTQ5UVK/ref=psdc_3213037011_t4_B01LWPQFFF
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWPQFFF/ref=psdc_3213035011_t1_B01MTQ5UVK
     
  2. jljue macrumors 6502

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    Is it actually possible for an Airplay2 AV or Stereo receiver to broadcast an analog (or digital) source to other Airplay2 speakers?
     
  3. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure I really understand what you are trying to do. Are you trying to connect the homepod's to the receiver and not use speakers on the receiver? That's not possible....you'd need speakers to be plugged in to your receiver to hear anything from the record player.
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    don't think that's possible
     
  4. iAssimilated thread starter macrumors member

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    Apparently I don't quite understand the technology... I assumed that if you had a receiver that supported airplay2 you would be able to push the audio from the receiver to airplay capable devices (ie a homepod). I guess I was wrong?

    So I understand this correctly, a receiver with AirPlay2 capability only receives audio from an iDevice or Mac? Seems a bit weak, but...
     
  5. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    You'd have to buy speakers to connect to the receiver. you could play the same music to all home pods and the receiver with speakers connected, but you can't push music from receiver to a HomePod etc.

    For example, I have 6 home pods in the house and 1 receiver in my sunroom (connected to airport express with airplay 2) that i have 4 speakers connected to it. 2 of the speakers are in the sunroom and 2 are outside on the patio. All music plays everywhere at the same time.

    You won't be able to play your record player on your receiver to other airplay devices....the receiver itself is only seen as an airplay device. So you'd play from iTunes etc on your receiver...can't push something from receiver to other airplay devices.
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    i think this is the only way....

    https://www.reddit.com/r/HomePod/comments/998620/airplay_turntable_vinyl_to_all_airplay_2_speakers/
     
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    I guess I have two options (one possibly realistic and one pipe dream), find a way to hook up my record player to one of my Mac minis (that doesn't completely degrade the audio quality) or convince Apple to make a iReceiver. Bummer.

    Regardless, thank you very much for your assistance!!!

    I am still relatively new to the modern Apple.
     
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    anytime! hope you get something figured out...
     
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    Do you happen to know of any similar speakers in line with the Homepod for a traditional receiver (beautiful, mono, great sound, wired preferably)?

    I would be open to bluetooth connectivity, but that still means I would have to get a new receiver.
     
  9. andylel macrumors newbie

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    You should be able to do what you want with a Sonos product. I think it’s called the Connect. It enables you to to integrate your existing equipment with Sonos which in turn can play to Airplay speakers such as the HomePod.
     
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    I have looked at this product before, but I am not sure why I dismissed it. A couple of possible reasons were I did not know if all my audio equipment would hook up to this unit and it was definitely pre AirPlay2 (although I didn't yet have a homepod... so, maybe I didn't want Alexa enabled Sonos speakers... ?).

    I will give it another look, thank you for the reminder!

    That is one sexy record player! Although, for that price I would need to be 100% in on the wireless setup... something to consider though. UPDATE: Not encouraging...lol.

    Our current record player was originally my wife's, but I believe it has a phono preamp built into the unit (although I would have to verify). Thank you for the insight!
     
  11. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    You could almost build an Atmos setup with HomePods. Even though it wouldn’t work. You must like them a lot.
     
  12. waw74 macrumors 68040

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    if you don't mind losing Siri, you'd be better off (both in doing what you want to do, and financially) with Sonos
    you can control apple music with Alexa on Sonos now also.

    you can get Sonos "dumb" speakers for $150, or the "smart" ones with Alexa/google assistant and airplay2 for $200
    the speakers, amps, and sound output are the same on both
    and you can find sales or refurb units for less.

    as long as you have one Sonos that supports airplay2, you can send that audio to all speakers, even if they don't support airplay, just select the one airplay speaker on your phone, then in the Sonos app, group all the other speakers with that one.

    for your LPs, there are a couple different ways to go
    one box has line in and line out so you could connect your record player, and put out to your existing stereo/amp/speakers
    another has the same analog in and outs, but also a built in amp, HDMI input, and airplay.

    and once again, once the audio in the Sonos system, it's available from all speakers in your setup.

    they have a few different options for TVs, but once you have that into your system, you can add a pair of speakers for rear channels and have surround (you can get the "dumb" ones for this as all the extra features of the smart ones are disabled for surrounds) (if you find a sale, you can add surround for the cost of 1 homepod)
    you can then enjoy the sound from your TV all over your house also.

    I have the Beam soundbar, and it sounds really great, as do all of their speakers.
     
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  14. iAssimilated, Jun 15, 2019 at 9:16 PM
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    Using Sonos speakers is a non starter. Thank you but no... I own, love, and truly enjoy Homepods!

    @waw74 I do not use Siri, so nothing to miss. I disable Siri as soon as I configure a Homepod on my network. As for Sonos, well... ... ...also, I have no desire to have Alexa in my house.

    @x-evil-x Yes, I do like them a lot! I can only assume @rmhop81 feels the same (due to his setup).
     
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    im imaging the badass system you could of built instead of all those home pods. Each their own I guess.
     
  16. jljue macrumors 6502

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    Since the Analog/Digital to Airplay or Airplay2 interface market is limited, Sonos seems to tick enough of the boxes for my home’s needs compared Yamaha MusicCast or Denon/Marantz Heos for Airplay2 devices that also have ability to broadcast inputs, although it might be a different standard. Sure, I can setup an AirPlay interface with a RPi, but my family hates when I make systems too complicated for them. They never used the HT receiver in the house because they couldn’t get the concept of switching inputs on the TV and setting the input on the HT receiver, as easy as it seems to me.

    I type this a person who had B&W custom speakers installed with Yamaha Aventage receiver and Marantz system previously.
     
  17. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    a harmony remote would fix all of that. Complicated and better sounding is good. 18 remotes is bad and confuses people.
     
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    Many of the remotes in the Harmony lineup are limited to controlling only 15, or 8, or even fewer devices. Some are limited to IR. Choose carefully.
     
  19. jljue macrumors 6502

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    I had a couple of Harmony remotes that I tried out on my family, but it doesn’t work out so well. Ironically, my family understands Airplay and some music apps well enough, which is why I currently plan to build my home’s sound on Airplay2 & Sonos.
     
  20. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    True. I’m still rocking a 890 from 2007 with rf and Zwave. Have it setup for multiple rooms,multiple receivers works great still.
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    Do you not have an appletv? If everyone is on iPhones or you have an appletv it’s the way to go for airplay and now with multiple users.
    The receivers AirPlay with crappy interface I’ve used a few times, wasn’t a feature I cared for since I have two Appletv’s. Heos app looks dated also
     
  21. jljue, Jun 17, 2019 at 4:28 AM
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    Yes, I have an AppleTV 4 with a second one (4K for another room) about to be ordered. I also have an AP2 capable Airport Express that I stream music to in the Master Bedroom from time to time. I’ve really seriously thought about just getting Airport Expresses for the two locations that only need an amp and then not worry about sharing the Onkyo Turntable with other rooms. The 20-year old Marantz CD changer apparently gave up after moving to the new house, so I won’t worry about sharing a CD stream as well, either. Now I just need to narrow down same brand or different brands of AP2 sound bars and speakers for the rooms that don’t need anything complex.
     
  22. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    I only have two rooms that have full systems with appletvs so never saw the need for airplay enabled speakers as I just use airplay to my appletv to get audio to both areas. I just think the AirPod is overpriced compared to what you can get for a speaker but if you don’t have an appletv and surround sound system I can see it being useful. Everything I have is wired. 5.2.4 and 5.1 setup in both rooms.
     

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