Hardware Devices for Streaming
to Your Current System
Devices to send on-line and stored content through your current audio system
The SONOS CONNECT Box is a Popular Way to Stream Content to your GoldenEar System
Electronic Bluetooth, WiFI and other streaming devices
There are any number of streaming devices already available that will plug right into an existing audio system using RCA connectors, 3.5mm stereo audio jacks and/or digital connections (typically Toslink or coaxial). Additionally there are lots of Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi enabled devices that will stream content from your cell phone, tablet, computer and/or network attached storage (NAS) like a hard drive or USB dongle through to your system. 

As a general rule, WiFi streaming delivers better audio quality and longer wireless range than Bluetooth (see the note on aptX below). The devices in this article can stream content to and through your current audio system if you don't already have a smart device (Blu-Ray player, TV, etc.) that provides this capability. Some can wirelessly send content to enabled headphones or other enabled devices as well. They'll let your legacy audio components stream content from local and Internet sources. These units are only examples from the array of devices available. Consult with your GoldenEar dealer for further information.

Sonos Connect 
Sonos is the "900 pound gorilla" in the multi-room wireless audio world. From Sonos' marketing materials - "The Sonos CONNECT streams the music you love without loss of fidelity and at full CD-quality bandwidth. Adjust the sound to get the bass, treble, balance, and loudness just the way you like it. You can even set it up to control the volume using the Sonos app or your audio equipment.  

The Connect is easy to set up, just attach CONNECT to your amplified audio equipment using the analog or digital outputs. Plug it in. Connect it to your WiFi using the Sonos app for uninterrupted wireless music streaming. The Sonos app helps you quickly search through all your services to track down favorite music, send it to different rooms, and adjust the volume and other settings. You don't even have to be in the same room. And if your friends have the Sonos app, they can do the same. Sonos plays everything - the most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, your favorite podcasts and audiobooks, your go-to collection of downloads - whatever you love to listen to."

There are similar, competing units from Bluesound and Denon  Heos ,  and DTS Play-Fi, among others.
Generic Wireless Bluetooth Adapters

These will let you stream content to your wired system from your smartphone, tablet, computer, etc. There are lots of these devices on the market today. Audio quality is a concern with the very inexpensive ones. Again, we'd recommend talking with your GoldenEar dealer about his experience with them.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Any Bluetooth device you consider should include Qualcom's aptX as it provides enhanced audio quality with low latency (which synchronizes audio streams with corresponding video streams). Here are a couple of examples.
 
TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver, model TT-BA09
Provides digital optical (TOSLINK) and 3.5mm analog connections. This wireless audio adapter includes aptX Low Latency. It can also be used as a transmitter to stream through Bluetooth to other devices like headphones, Bluetooth enabled car audio systems, etc.
TT-BA09 Bluetooth Adapter
 
Avantree Long Range aptX enabled Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver
Oasis TC500 - From an on-line description - "AUDIO HUB FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT: Avantree Oasis acts as a Bluetooth Hub in your household. You can use it as a Bluetooth Transmitter to Bluetooth-enable your TV and stream music into Bluetooth headphones. Or you can use it as a Bluetooth Receiver, to Bluetooth-enable your home stereo, and listen to music from/through your cell phone/PC wirelessly. And you also can use it as a pass-through hub when you prefer to use your conventional wired connections.
Avantree Oasis
 
LONG RANGE, AUX & OPTICAL: You can enjoy using your headphones in comfort, as the external antenna and Bluetooth Class I technology transmits audio signals up to 160ft/50m. Not only that, but it also supports both analogue (RCA/3.5mm aux audio) and digital (optical) input and output!"

Wi-Fi Streamers
These typically offer better fidelity than Bluetooth units. Most Bluetooth devices are limited to a 30-foot wireless range although some, like the Avantree above claim longer range. Also note that Apple AirPlay only works with Apple products and Apple Airplay enabled devices. Some adapters support DLNA, Play-Fi or general WiFi connectivity. 
Wi-Fi Music Players
Gramofon
This inexpensive unit turns your sound system into a WiFi music player. You can stream music wirelessly from your favorite music services or internet radio stations straight to a sound system.

Gramofon includes AllPlay (see below). Group multiple Gramofons to work in sync and play the same music on every system or play different music on different systems throughout your home (multiple Gramofons and amplifiers required).

Gramophon
 
From their materials - "In addition to Spotify Premium, the Gramofon now supports all the other music-streaming services on the AllPlay platform, including Napster, Rhapsody, TuneIn, Aupeo, Wahwah, doubleTwist and Soma FM. More services will be added to AllPlay over time, and each will be compatible with the Gramofon - the likes of TIDAL, SoundCloud and iHeartRadio are all coming soon. Simply open your favorite streaming service app and hit play.

AllPlay isn't just about streaming music via internet-based services; it enables you to play music stored locally on your smartphone, tablet or computer too. It also adds nifty multi-room functionality - if you have several audio systems around your home, simply connect a Gramofon to each one, and add them to your WiFi network. Via the AllPlay app, you can choose to play music in just one room, or different music in several rooms, or synchronize your Gramofons so they all play the same music - perfect for house parties!

If you want to play music on your Gramofon via Spotify, you must be a Spotify Premium user. Same happens with Napster and Rhapsody. But remember that there are other music services, some of them free of charge (TuneIn, Wahwah etc.)

AllPlay isn't just about streaming music via internet-based services; it enables you to play music stored locally on your smartphone, tablet or computer, too. With AllPlay you are now able to send music from your handset or tablet (Android or iOS) directly to your speakers. But not only that; you can also discover the music on your computer using your handset and send it to the Gramofon too, no matter if you use a MAC or a PC; all you need is a DLNA server. All this can be done using the AllPlay™ Jukebox or doubleTwist apps."
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Dayton Audio WFA28
The Dayton Audio WFA28 connects to an existing stereo system creating an affordable WiFi  audio system with multi-room potential. In addition to the included IR remote you can control your music with a smart phone. The WFA28 also features digital optical and analog 3.5 mm audio outputs, its own power switch, and increased range and connectivity with new hi-gain dual antennas. Benefits claimed by Dayton compared to other WiFi streamers include:
  • Ethernet port connectivity
  • Extended wireless range
  • Apple AirPlay compatible
  • 6+ multi-room and multi-channel music play
  • Music play using DLNA Enabled NAS
  • Digital optical output
Chromecast Audio
Google Chromecast Audio is an affordable USB "dongle" streaming device. There are also streaming video units under the banner "Chromecast" and "Chromecast Ultra". Click Here for more info on Chromecast streaming devices.

From the web page - "Use your phone, tablet, or laptop to play, pause, and adjust the volume. Just tap the Cast button in your music apps to hear them on your speaker. 
Chromecast Audio works with Android devices, iPhone, and iPad, plus Chromebook, Mac, and Windows laptops.
Google Chromecast Audio

Setup is really easy -
  1. Plug Chromecast Audio into the power source, then the AUX input on your speaker (or amplifier).
  2. Download the Google Home app and follow the instructions. Connect Chromecast Audio to your home Wi-Fi network.
  3. Pick a tune to play from a Cast-enabled audio app, then tap the Cast button.
Voilà - your music plays on your favorite speaker."

All of the categories represent an expanding marketplace of streaming or music playing devices. There's no doubt the music business and how we access our favorite songs is changing. Take a little time and do some research. You may find a new world of musical enjoyment is just a mouse click away.
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