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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    I used the Bridge II with Airplay and Spotify before it was integrated into the app first of the year.
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    Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    Quote Originally Posted by DayRadebaugh View Post
    It looks like an Airport Express will receive audio from a Macbook via AirPlay. From what I can tell, it has a USB output on the back which I can pipe into the QX-5 via appropriate cable with adapters. It advertises that

    How Does AirPlay Work and What Audio Format Is Used?
    To stream digital music over Wi-Fi, AirPlay uses the RTSP protocol—Real Time Streaming Protocol. The Apple Lossless audio codec is used over the UDP transport layer protocol to stream two audio channels at 44100 hertz.
    The audio data is scrambled by the AirPlay server device, which uses a private key-based encryption system.

    If this is correct, then I should be able to get 44.1KHz channels. This may be worth a try, and is not a lot of money.

    Many thanks for the suggestions.
    Here is a summary:
    You want to be able to play music from your phone/tablet/MacBook. For that you have two options: Airplay (an Apple proprietary product) or Bluetooth.

    Airplay can go CD quality. Bluetooth cannot. Neither one of those two options will give you the ability to play hi -rez files. You get convenience but not the best sound quality available.

    To play files via Airplay you would have to purchase an Apple Airport Express router and physically connect it to the Ayre. Cost: $99 for the router plus cost of a iPhone/iPad/MacBook (you may already own them) plus cost of the cable.

    To play files via Bluetooth you would need an adapter that would cost less than $20. Any phone/tablet/computer should work.

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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    It's certainly cheaper. But at 44.1Khz, would it sound as good as Roon high-res downloads?

    In any case, I like the plan, and am going to give it a whirl.

    Thanks, and will let you know.

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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    That's an accurate, and extremely useful summary, particularly the remarks about cost vs. quality. I suspect that the two approaches are complementary. I'll listen to Tidal, likely, via the Ethernet port, and listen to Macbook music via Airplay using a different input port on the QX-5.

    I'll be glad to have both options, frankly. I know that streaming services can supply hi-rez music, but I'm dubious about the selection available to me on their catalog. The other option will give me a broader spectrum, possibly.

    This discussion has been enlightening to me for a particular reason, among others. These streaming hubs all seem to be advertised as Roon capable, and the customer naturally concludes they have to sign up with a streaming service. Apparently not true, and this is worthwhile information for the customer.

    Many thanks.

 

 
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