What can I use to move music over wifi to my stereo?
Afternoon guys, hope all is well in audio land.
I'm having a heck of a time with a system here. What if you have a big drive full of music but no easy way to get that music to your stereo?
Right now I have a tv with a couple of HDMI inputs. I have a universal disc player +AV receiver connected to one HDMI, and an Apple TV 4K connected to the other. I'm running a Sonos theater system off the digital output from the tv. I have the 2 channel outputs on the AV receiver connected to a stereo amp, which runs a decent pair of speakers. All of my movies and digital music are on a network drive attached to my wifi router. The stereo setup is for my LPs and CD/DVD/Blu, and the Sonos handles all the stuff I stream over wifi. It works pretty good.
Sonos sounds good, but not great. Its real value lies in how easy it is to use. As my stereo system evolves (I have some fantastic analog equipment now) and I go further down that rabbit hole, I now see that my enormous library of digital music is useless on the very equipment that would make the best use of it.
The hard drive is connected to my wifi router, so I would think there has to be a wifi DAC here I could connect to my stereo and pull all that music off the drive. Or maybe a similar, simple solution that won't break the bank.
I had a few ideas, but no real solution:
Whatever works, and I'd really like something that would allow me to either select the music via phone app (like Sonos), or via onscreen menu on the tv (like Apple). I've seen questions nearly identical to mine pop up in audio forums and no one has given any realistic answers (realistic means it doesn't cost a thousand bucks and completely rearrange how things run).
So, audio brains, what is the correct, simple way to get that music from the drive to my stereo?
- Somehow wire the AppleTV4K to the receiver so that Apple can handle the sound. But I have it connected to the TV, which outputs sound via TOSLink to the Sonos. The Apple remote controls the Sonos volume as well as the Apple menu system. If I screw that simplicity up and make her start using the receiver remote, my wife will lose her mind and probably stop feeding me. I'm not messing with the WAF.
- Somehow get a wireless interface pulling music out of the air and sending it to the AV receiver. Hopefully there's something here at MassD that can handle it.