Fill your house with music, cable-free!

 

Do you have a home stereo system? Maybe a surround sound setup connected to your TV? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play your digital music through these without having to rig up the New York telephone system from room to room?Apple has two devices intended for just this purpose, the Airport Express (for standalone speaker systems) and the Apple TV. These two devices let you send music to them wirelessly using the Airplay feature in iTunes on your Mac or iOS device. However, they’re intended to be semi-permanent in their installation.Both units require a wall power source, and the Apple TV needs an HDMI connection to hook up to your TV’s stereo. They also have a footprint and need to be stored somewhere convenient and out of the way. This isn’t always the best solution considering the range of different setups, so we stock some other options.

Audioengine W3 Wireless Audio Adaptor

Audioengine is a producer of premium speaker systems that offer great value and incredible quality compared to some of the other name brands. Their W3 wireless adaptor is one of our favourite tools for this job because it’s so good at preserving the fidelity of your high-quality audio tracks.The W3 kit comes with two pieces, a sender and a reciever. This setup allows it to be used with any source and any speaker, not just Apple products or Audioengine branded subwoofers. You simply plug the sender into your computer through USB, or to any other audio source using a regular 3.5mm mini-jack, and the receiver can connect using mini-jack or RCA audio connectors.You power the system using USB with either a wall plug or directly into your computer. The system also has about a 100 ft range and costs only $159.95.

Kanex AirBlue Bluetooth Receiver

 

The Kanex AirBlue system uses Bluetooth instead of the regular wifi in the Audioengine, making it lighter and more portable. If you’re traveling, visiting a friends’ house or otherwise on the go, the AirBlue’s internal battery keeps you untethered.The flexibility of the system is its strength, letting you connect to everything from car stereos to surround sound systems and getting great reception. Keep in mind however that you’ll need to have a Bluetooth-enabled audio device, meaning keep your iPod, iPad, iPhone or MacBook close at hand. The AirBlue is available for only $49.95 and would make a great stocking stuffer for your favourite geek.Thanks for reading Mac Tips! As always, if you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions for future newsletters, please hit reply and let us know. Thank you for reading Mac Tips!