Trying to stream music from iPhone to outdoor speakers

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  1. OXX macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    I have a somewhat unique (complicated) situation I am looking for some help in deducing to set up an audio system.

    We currently do not have any type of surround sound/home theater audio set up-- strictly the built-in speakers on the HDTV on the wall. While it's not impressive sound, I'm not overly concerned at the moment. There's a Directv box, Wii, 360, and Blu-Ray player run to the HDTV. We are building an outdoor kitchen where we would like to have good audio available for parties and just hanging out grilling this season. I caught some open box outdoor speakers on clearance at Best Buy: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107ATR...459585&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=6453710665&awdv=c that should be them.

    So, my core question is the simplest/cheapest way to get audio from iPhone 5s to those speakers specifically? My original idea in my head was to find some cheap receiver and mount it say under the counter outside, but I have been advised against that pretty heavily for weather reasons corroding the system. Also, I would much prefer to harness Airplay rather than use bluetooth for fidelity and (more importantly) range. Here's a bit of complexity, we live in the country and sadly cannot get DSL or other high speed wired internet, so we have AT&T Mifi running off the cell towers, which is great speed and reliability, but limits my ability to say have a powerful wireless router flooding the estate with wifi.

    So, my best simple idea at the moment is some sort of traditional home theater system receiver at the HDTV (cause why not if I'm buying it anyway?), with long speaker wires run outside to the kitchen speakers, connected to the Mifi network through an AppleTV perhaps, with the iPhone 5s sending Airplay inside the house to control the music we are listening to outside. Thoughts? Problems? Recommended hardware on the cheap end? Also, can I set a receiver somehow to broadcast the iPhone music just to those outdoor speakers and not to say some new surround sound speakers hooked up to the TV signal?

    Sorry for the length. Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Thomas
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    You would like to read the web article The 10 Best Wireless Speakers.

    IMHO I wouldn't trust Bluetooth audio. Unless they fixed something the past two years but most Bluetooth audio sound bad to me.

    Take a good look at a Sonos. Also if you really into a good Home Theater receiver look at this spreadsheet of 2013 to get some ideas.
     
  3. OXX thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Appreciate the reply, but I'm not sure it addresses my questions actually. I've got the speakers I want to use, I need to know about the connectivity. I agree to no on Bluetooth. And no, not overly concerned about high quality per se, definitely looking for the lowest budget options to make the connections at this point. Thanks!
     
  4. justinmartin macrumors newbie

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    Take a look at Sonos as previously mentioned - more specifically take a look at the Connect: Amp - i think this will suit your needs. This will allow you to use your existing speakers.
     
  5. OXX thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does look interesting, I will research it further, thanks. Any similar system at a lower price point perchance?
     
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  7. OXX thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now that's definitely more of the price point I like to see! Does the airport allow airplay streaming? Do you have the system inside just running wires outside to the speakers?
     
  8. Curun macrumors 6502

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    I do something simliar. Some small radioshack speakers, an small old amp of my grandfathers and and old gen AirportExpress. On a shelf up high inside screened in porch.

    It all stays outside. Far away from rain or anything. Been out there about 3 years with no issues. Survived swings from 5 to 105 deg.
     
  9. blueroom macrumors 603

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    The AirPort is an Airplay audio player works great, and also acts as a WiFi extender if you have an Airport Extreme base station.
     
  10. OXX thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good stuff to hear! Will the airport express project its own network that the iPhone can connect to without an actual wifi internet signal available?
     
  11. bubsdaddy macrumors member

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    As far as I know, you need the airport express to join an existing wireless network. I have several and can stream music to all of them at the same time. You can kick up an older Airport express for around $20-$30 on eBay.
     
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  13. OXX thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes! I'm pretty sure that's the same amp I ordered. It certainly looks like it. It's got the airport express plugged into it, and then speaker wires outside to the speakers. I can AirPlay any audio from my iPhone 5s to the airport express directly if I'm on the wifi network, or I can use the Remote app to control itunes on the MacBook in the house.
     
  14. voxbellum macrumors newbie

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    How did you plug in the airport express to the amp?

    Via the MP3 input on the amp?

    Thank you for your help!
     
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