• Looking for a box

    From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to All on Tue Sep 21 07:27:00 2021
    I have a perfectly workable, old-school receiver and CD player. What I'm looking for is a box that plays MP3s and/or internet stations like Pandora, that I could plug into my stereo.

    I may have just answered my own question - maybe a raspberry Pi and a bluetooth keyboard would do the trick?




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  • From Digital Man@VERT to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Sep 23 15:11:45 2021
    Re: Looking for a box
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to All on Tue Sep 21 2021 07:27 am

    I have a perfectly workable, old-school receiver and CD player. What I'm looking for is a box that plays MP3s and/or internet stations like Pandora, that I could plug into my stereo.

    I may have just answered my own question - maybe a raspberry Pi and a bluetooth keyboard would do the trick?

    An old iPod touch or iPhone would work for that purpose.
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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Sep 24 15:23:00 2021
    Hello poindexter;

    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to All <=-

    I have a perfectly workable, old-school receiver and CD player. What
    I'm looking for is a box that plays MP3s and/or internet stations like Pandora, that I could plug into my stereo.

    I may have just answered my own question - maybe a raspberry Pi and a bluetooth keyboard would do the trick?

    A Pi would be a tad difficult to use a CD player on. Almost any older box
    would be fine! There's some Dells on eBay you can grab that'd actually be
    a bit overkill but great bang for the buck!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/313684032328?hash=item4909067b48:g:o6QAAOSwC5thRORc
    I have a small pile of these, mainly in SFF cases. It's what my bbs is on
    as well as my packet node/bbs/conv/dxc, apache2, postfix/procmail/spamassassin etc etc etc. Imagine what it could do for you!


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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Brian Rogers on Fri Sep 24 20:43:04 2021
    Re: Re: Looking for a box
    By: Brian Rogers to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Sep 24 2021 03:23 pm

    I have a perfectly workable, old-school receiver and CD player. What
    I'm looking for is a box that plays MP3s and/or internet stations
    like Pandora, that I could plug into my stereo.

    A Pi would be a tad difficult to use a CD player on. Almost any older box would be fine! There's some Dells on eBay you can grab that'd actually be a bit overkill but great bang for the buck!

    From what he said, I think he already has a CD player for his stereo. It sounds like he's asking for something to plug into his stereo that would play MP3s and stream online music/audio.

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Nightfox on Sat Sep 25 11:01:00 2021
    Hey Nightfox;

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    From what he said, I think he already has a CD player for his stereo.
    It sounds like he's asking for something to plug into his stereo that would play MP3s and stream online music/audio.

    Yes you are correct, I misread that... however nothing wrong with having a backup player especially a CD player! The lasers move and misalign.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Brian Rogers on Sat Sep 25 08:10:00 2021
    Brian Rogers wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    A Pi would be a tad difficult to use a CD player on. Almost any older
    box would be fine! There's some Dells on eBay you can grab that'd
    actually be a bit overkill but great bang for the buck!

    What I'm looking to do is use the PC for playing ripped MP3s, SOMA FM and Pandora, not the actual CDs. And, I have a spare Pi already, so already paid for is nice. :)



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  • From Phigan@VERT/FINALZON to poindexter FORTRAN on Mon Oct 4 22:17:25 2021
    Re: Re: Looking for a box
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to Brian Rogers on Sat Sep 25 2021 08:10 am

    What I'm looking to do is use the PC for playing ripped MP3s, SOMA FM and Pandora, not the actual CDs. And, I have a spare Pi already, so already paid

    Did you find anything better for this? Do you have any other old devices like phones or tablets or anything? They'd be much better suited, I would think. At one place, I have an old iPod touch on a dock that connects via bluetooth to an adapter hanging off the back of an old stereo. Works and sounds great :).

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Phigan on Tue Oct 5 10:09:00 2021
    Hello Phigan;

    Phigan wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    Did you find anything better for this? Do you have any other old
    devices like phones or tablets or anything? They'd be much better
    suited, I would think. At one place, I have an old iPod touch on a dock that connects via bluetooth to an adapter hanging off the back of an
    old stereo. Works and sounds great :).

    With most companies now blocking some of the older mobile devices from their networks, I'm sure they're plentiful and your idea is excellent. I often use
    my Note 3 to stream into my bluetooth speakers/soundbar and it sounds pretty mint.

    I'm shocked that my carrier is going to block the Note 3's as of February
    2022 claiming it dials using 3G but it does indeed use 4G. Rather than scrapping it, I'll just use it as a mini tablet mainly for bluetooth streaming to my bluetooth speakers. The headphone jack can also be used to plug into
    an aux input on a receiver. I imagine you can find good older devices on
    eBay pretty cheap too.

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  • From WitNik@VERT/BGGRSCYN to poindexter FORTRAN on Sat Oct 9 15:27:02 2021
    Re: Looking for a box
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to All on Tue Sep 21 2021 07:27 am

    I have a perfectly workable, old-school receiver and CD player. What I'm looking for is a box that plays MP3s and/or internet stations like Pandora, that I could plug into my stereo.

    I may have just answered my own question - maybe a raspberry Pi and a bluetooth keyboard would do the trick?

    I have been using Chromecast Audio devices for years. They used to be $15 a pop.

    -WitNik

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to WitNik on Fri Oct 22 23:39:14 2021
    On 10/9/21 3:27 PM, WitNik wrote:

    I have been using Chromecast Audio devices for years. They used to be $15 a pop.

    I'm pretty upset tey were discontinued. They work really well, Illl be
    sad the day mine dies.
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  • From Roc@VERT/BEERS20 to poindexter FORTRAN on Sun Nov 7 20:55:00 2021
    I may have just answered my own question - maybe a raspberry Pi and a bluetooth keyboard would do the trick?

    As long as you don't use the rpi's analog audio output.

    It's nasty. Not a proper DAC, but some PWM (10 or 12 bit, I believe), with terrible SNR.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Roc on Mon Nov 8 06:55:00 2021
    Roc wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    It's nasty. Not a proper DAC, but some PWM (10 or 12 bit, I believe),
    with terrible SNR.

    My tinnitus is so bad, I could plug in a Fisher Price turntable and find it enjoyable. :)

    I've seen some USB audio devices, maybe a cheap one would suffice?



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  • From Roc@VERT/BEERS20 to poindexter FORTRAN on Wed Nov 10 13:03:00 2021
    My tinnitus is so bad, I could plug in a Fisher Price turntable and find it enjoyable. :)

    I'm sad to hear that (pun intended) but keep in mind hearing does only get worse with age.

    I suggest getting good headphones (Sennheiser HD600 is my pick) while you still have some ears to enjoy them with.

    I've seen some USB audio devices, maybe a cheap one would suffice?

    For a line-out, pretty much any will work as long as they support usb audio class (i.e. standard, doesn't require vendor-specific drivers).

    For a headphone-out, it's more complicated as amplification (not just gain, but ability to provide current to the headphones) is needed, and generic usb sound adapters are _nasty_ at that.

    Schiit Fulla or HEL is generic advice in the US.

    Else, https://www.audiosciencereview.com/ is my go-to for measurement-driven, objective reviews.

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