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Old 30th September 2011, 09:03 PM   #11
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Thanks, i'll try that

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Old 30th September 2011, 09:17 PM   #12
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There are tons of streaming radio apps (such as Tune in radio) for the iPhone / iPod touch, so a cheap iPod Touch connected to your local Wifi network sitting in an iPod dock can make a simple, small, very low power and completely silent/cool streaming radio receiver for most mp3/aac audio streams.

The dock is optional but is convenient in that it props it up as well as providing both power and audio out through the one dock connection, instead of plugging in a normal USB charging cable and 3.5mm stereo jack separately.

Analog output quality is actually pretty good, certainly better than any laptop or PC on-board sound, both of which always have high noise floors with lots of digital noise and hash from the cpu and internal buses. (It's not as good as a high quality sound card or external DAC though, but more than good enough for internet streams IMO)
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Old 30th September 2011, 09:20 PM   #13
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Which iPod dock(s) have line outs, to connect to a stereo?
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Old 30th September 2011, 09:30 PM   #14
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Which iPod dock(s) have line outs, to connect to a stereo?
The Apple ones do, as well as most of the 3rd party ones. (You'd want to check obviously)

The dock connector at the bottom of an ipod has line level audio outputs among its pins, so the dock is just passing them directly through to a 3.5mm jack at the base of the dock.

Much the same result as just separately plugging into the headphone socket, except the audio out passed through the dock is always at full volume (roughly normal line level) and unaffected by the volume buttons on the device.
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Old 2nd October 2011, 05:24 AM   #15
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Personally, I often connect my MP3 player ( "Sandisk Sansa Clip") to my stereo via the headphone jack and it's plenty loud enough when the volume is turned up.

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Old 26th October 2011, 11:28 AM   #16
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if you're into linux or hacking in general, you could look into installing openwrt on a router that has a usb port, and attaching a DAC. I've done this for the bathroom and made it battery powered. i use it to pick up an ogg stream from my machine downstairs but its the same principle if i wanted to receive a stream over the internet.

most info is here: MightyOhm Blog Archive Building a Wifi Radio – Part 1, Introduction
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This tutorial is truly amazing.
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Old 26th October 2011, 04:11 PM   #18
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This tutorial is truly amazing.
yea he did a great job. i snagged the same router off ebay just to keep things simple when i did it. there are some flying around with dd-wrt on them, but this'll only work with openwrt. there's no need to make the serial cable to flash it though.

the hardest part about the whole process is learning to use the vi text editor

my bathroom streamer doesn't last very long on the 4xAA batteries though. gonna build a charging circuit at some point
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the hardest part about the whole process is learning to use the vi text editor
vi (vim, gvim) is my text editor of choice
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Old 27th October 2011, 09:55 AM   #20
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vi (vim, gvim) is my text editor of choice
well you have no excuse then!

I'm keeping an eye on raspberry pi. It'll be cheaper and more powerful than hacking a router, when it's finally released. It'd make an awesome little music server coupled with an external hdd and a usb dac.
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