How can you get music and podcasts from your Android smartphone or iPhone onto a classic audio system? We show the options as well as their particular pros and cons.
Modern home theatre systems don’t have any issues with smartphones: They’re well outfitted because of integrated Bluetooth or perhaps Spotify Connect. But ideas want to look at older home theatre systems that predate smartphones (and tablets). Many a noble hi-fi tower in the 90s sounds much better today using its large loudspeakers than the latest Bluetooth box – so it might be unfortunate to allow the proven veteran to gather dust simply because the background music has become more from mobile phones than from CDs comes. Here is an introduction to gadgets from various cost ranges that permit smartphones happy to be performed on old (analog) home theatre systems.
cable (+ adapter)
Some smartphones have a round headphone output (“jack socket”). Then your most straightforward and least expensive method for the audio system is a jack-to-cinch cable (also found under “3.5 mm jack plug to two x cinch plugs”). The jack plug adopts the cell phone, the two cinch plugs (“RCA connector,” red and white-colored) into the line or CD input from the amplifier/receiver from the audio system. This is precisely what it appears:
However, some smartphones don’t provide a headphone output – you’ve to get it by having an additional adapter. Android phones could be expanded by having a USB-C to jack adapter; iPhones require a Lightning to jack.
- Cheap and easy
- Inflexible and limited range because it is wired
- Sound quality extremely dependent on the phone’s headphone output
Which model is good?
CSL cinch to jack cable (2 meters)
I’m able to recommend the CSL cinch to jack cable. It’s robust and obtainable in different lengths. I chose an extremely lengthy version at 7.5 meters (around 13 euros) – to run the line across the fringe of the family room towards the table where I’ve my mobile phone. If you’d prefer the greatest seem quality, you may also use an exterior digital-to-analog ripper tool ( DAC ). The Audioquest Dragonfly Black and a USB OTG adapter are attached to the cell phone and are sure to seem much better than the built-in jack. With iPhones, a USB camera adapter is needed instead.
Bluetooth is built into all standard smartphones to allow them to transmit seem wirelessly to some receiver. Therefore the old audio system requires a Bluetooth receiver: A little box that receives Bluetooth and sends it via cinch. It would help if you reckoned with losses in seem quality (data compression) – but modern standards, for example, AAC and aptX HD, effectively combat this weak spot (so long as the transmitter and receiver offer the codec).
- Works with all smartphones
- range limited
- All mobile phone sounds (including ringtones) are transmitted
- Transmission may be lossy (compression)
Which models are good?
Logitech Bluetooth audio receiver, 15 m range
The choice is extensive – I must recommend the somewhat older but proven Bluetooth audio receiver in the well-known accessory manufacturer Logitech. This supports multipoint Bluetooth and may remain linked to two devices (e.g., cell phone and tablet). A considerably more costly alternative may be the Auris Blume Pro, which targets demanding users with Bluetooth 5., LDAC, aptX HD, and OLED display.
Auris Blume Pro Bluetooth 5 Adapter with LDAC, AptX HD
Seem could be transmitted wirelessly through the home WLAN. Doing this boasts some advantages over Bluetooth. Therefore the range is commonly more excellent and seems quality possible. The two best-known standards are Airplay from Apple and Google Cast. But others, for example, Music cast (Yamaha) and HEOS (Denon), can also be found. You also require an additional gadget to show a classic audio system into a WLAN receiver. A practical and seamless Wireless network within the apartment is essential for Wireless music streaming. Otherwise, dropouts can happen.
- Lossless transmission possible (CD quality)
- Good wifi required
LinTech AirLino max multiroom audio receiver for wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth aptX and W
I suggest the Lintech AirLino max. This small box supports WLAN with 2.4 and 5 GHz and firmware version 6.3. can also be suitable for Apple Airplay 2 (including multi-room functions). A sound adapter (3.5mm jack socket to 2x cinch) for the link with the audio system is incorporated within the scope of delivery.
If you do not like dongles, obtain an essential hi-fi component and add one level to the existing audio system tower. This is relatively costly but promises the best quality and maximum versatility. The second applies when you get a streamer (network player) that provides additional functions (e.g., DAB, Internet radio, CD, USB).
- top sound
- Depending on the model, many other options (e.g. DAB+)
- Relative expensive
- Another component on the device tower
Which model is good?
Bluesound Node (3rd Gen)
Within the audiophile world, the Bluesound Node (third generation, 2021) received numerous praise and top marks in tests. This can be a fully-fledged hi-fi ingredient that is enhanced for the most excellent quality. Control is by the controller application (iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Home windows, macOS), through the touch-field on the unit, or with any adaptive IR handheld remote control. Additionally to WLAN, the node will also support Bluetooth.
Phone back leaves absolutely nothing to be preferred, as all of the essential connections exist: