Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty
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    Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    Just installed an Ayre QX-5 Twenty digital hub, and have in mind a special usage. Instead of streaming from Roon to it, I'd like to establish a network session between it and my Macbook so that I could send music from whatever I might be hearing on my Macbook to it. Both devices are on the network, of course, and I'd like to treat the QX-5 in the same fashion as you would if you had a network printer, and sent a document to be printed to it.

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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    See if you can use AirPlay.

    (I regularly test iPad YouTube AirPlay before releasing firmware.)
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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    Quote Originally Posted by wklie View Post
    See if you can use AirPlay.

    (I regularly test iPad YouTube AirPlay before releasing firmware.)
    A quick search of the manual shows no indication of AirPlay support. I guess it could be undocumented.
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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    You could get a Bluetooth adapter that you can physically connect to an input of the Ayre. Then you stream via Bluetooth from the PC to the adapter. Devices like these are used to play music from a mobile phone to a car stereo that lack BT. Just a thought.

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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    If you are using an Apple Airport as your router, you could send files to the Airport via Airplay.


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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    The digital network board in the Ayre comes from Conversdigital the same as the Bridge II from PS Audio. According to it's spec sheet it does have AirPlay capability.

    http://www.conversdigital.com/
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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    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.

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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    Good call; the Conversdigital board does have AirPlay capability. I'm guessing that an Ethernet cable from the Airport Express to the Ethernet input of the QX-5 would get the job done. However, this might also disable any use of the QX-5 as a Roon endpoint. What about using the USB output of the Airport Express to one of the other inputs of the QX-5?

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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    If the board has Airplay capability your Mac should be able to identify it as an Airplay device, unless some functionalities are disabled.


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    Re: Streaming to Ayre QX-5 Twenty

    It may as I think the board is the Roon endpoint not the DAC. I think just using Airplay instead of the Airport express would be easier and cheaper plus sound the same. Like Peter said try it before you buy anything else.
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