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Listening to my mp3s on my stereo via the magic of wireless technology....

Sending my music across the room... So I have a 25 year old amp (Technics if it matters) and a record player on the ground floor of one end of my apartment. On the other end, on the second floor, is my computer, which has all my non-vinyl music on it. The music is on an external drive. The computer is an aluminum iMac. Is there a way to get my mp3s to play out of the stereo? Note that at present I have no wireless stuff except a d-link modem and whatever wireless is built into the computer. There are no walls between the computer and the stereo. Please explain it to me as if I was an idiot. A bit more info inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 27, 2009 - 24 answers

"Seasoning" headphones?

Is the practice of "seasoning" headphones just supersition? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Jun 15, 2009 - 47 answers

ipod to stereo

How does one achieve the best sound quality when connecting ipod/iphone directly to stereo? [more inside]
posted by cookie googleman on Jun 2, 2009 - 15 answers

Noise canceling technology for a whole apartment?

Any good solutions for canceling out my neighbor's bass from their stereo without headphones? Headphones aren't an option all the time if I need to sleep. Are their nose canceling stereos? How well do they work? What else could I try? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Should the NuForce Be With Me?

Thinking of buying the NuForce Icon Desktop Amplifier. Opinions, direct experience, alternative recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Convertible with top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked?

Loss prevention in a convertible with soft top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked? [more inside]
posted by rinogo on Mar 30, 2009 - 22 answers

AC adapter making my speakers buzz -- and it's not a ground loop.

New, generic AC adapter is causing my computer speaker system to hum. I thought it was a ground loop, but a cheater plug (fitted on the jack of the AC adapter) didn't help. (The speaker system itself is not grounded.) I know it's the AC adapter, because if I run my laptop on battery power, the hum disappears. Anything I can do, short of forking out $70 for an original adapter? This adapter has been working fine otherwise. [more inside]
posted by ori on Mar 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Wireless music

I have a computer hooked up to my entertainment system, and I'd like to stream music to it from my laptop. Help! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Mar 22, 2009 - 11 answers

My computer's audio output keeps blowing out my external audio amplifier

I just blew out an old Nakamichi stereo receiver because the signal from my computer's audio output seemed to overload the machine. The receiver clicked a couple of times (reverting to silence each time before resuming normal volume), then quite literally heated up and died. I don't think it's the receiver's fault necessarily, since something similar happened with my previous stereo receiver--in terms of its getting overloaded from the computer's audio signal and shutting down with a loud click. I'm just using the sound card that came with my 3 year old Dell desktop--and I want to make sure this doesn't happen again to the next receiver (I'm using a receiver because I need to drive some old ADS speakers). Any suggestions? I tried using different inputs on the receiver (video, tape, CD, even phono) thinking it might be an issue of too strong a signal coming into the machine. But regardless of the input selection, the same problem would occur--whenever volume got too loud (and I did try lowering the volume on the computer itself) there would be a loud click, then silence. Should I just forget using an external amplifier at all and just use the horrible computer speakers that came with the machine? Thanks
posted by quintno on Mar 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I really need two or three separate boxes for just-OK computer audio?

Do I really need two or three separate boxes for just-OK computer audio? I need some kind of speaker to hook up to my laptop-used-as-a-desktop, but having three or even two separate components is cumbersome. I also don't think I really need an expensive, fancy system. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Mar 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Convert my tunes

Is there any way to play music on my external hard drive through a stereo receiver? That is, is there any sort of device that could play middleman between the two? My home computer is busted and all my music is trapped in my little Maxtor. Is this even possible?
posted by auralcoral on Mar 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier?

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Feb 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Through the luminiferous aether

RFInterferenceFilter: This is a continuation of this question. Summarizing: I'm experiencing a loud buzzing noise in my stereo, accompanied by interference from local FM radio stations. I've done more investigation and have eliminated my power as a (direct) cause of the noise. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I stop my surround sound system cutting out?

My surround sound system keeps cutting out at higher volumes. Please help me find a way to stop it happening. [more inside]
posted by Beep on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I have to choose functional over pretty?

What's so special about speaker cloth? Can I replace it with regular fabric? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne on Jan 16, 2009 - 12 answers

Lite Rock, Less Talk? I'd like neither, please.

(Electronics|Stereo)filter: What is causing this infuriating noise in my preamp and how do I fix it? Links to sound files and long list of symptoms in extended. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Playing tunes.

Can the standard (type II, I think) stereo/CD system in a 2007 Toyota Corolla play MP3 CDs? Or what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Jan 7, 2009 - 5 answers

How to place a good speaker in a bad corner?

How to place a good speaker in a corner? After investing in some decent audio gear, I find that I cannot avoid placing the left speaker in a corner due to space constraints. As expected, this emphasizes low the frequencies on that side and makes the sound stage a bit wonky. Short of moving the speaker, is there any way to mitigate this somewhat?
posted by aladfar on Jan 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Recommend a budget phono preamp

Which budget phono preamp (less than $50) should I buy? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Dec 31, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find an album from the 70s that was never released

Once upon a time (the seventies), there existed a Lincoln Majorca live album that stores used to sell stereo equipment. Help me figure out what it was and where it can be found (on CD or mp3). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I find a specific stereo speaker to replace my old one?

Where can I find the correct speaker for my Panasonic CD Stereo System, model number SC-AK600? It still works quite well except for the left surround speaker. I need to find a replacement speaker. Any websites out there that sell these?
posted by Beep on Dec 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Playing records and listening to my iMac through one system

I would like to set up a system where my turntable and my iMac all flow out of a nice set of speakers. I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Is this a good stereo?

I'm thinking of upgrading my car's stereo; I still have a tape deck in there! I've located a Sony unit that seems to fit all of my requirements, Sony MEXBT2600. It has built in Bluetooth. Has anyone had any experience with such units? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Dec 8, 2008 - 1 answer

What's up with my speakers?

My stereo is off, unplugged even. I am not using my cell phone, neither is my adjacent roommate.. why do I occasionally hear loud conversation, almost sounding like walkie talkie two way radio communication, coming from my speakers? [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Nov 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me hack my car's stereo!

I need tunes! Please help me hack* my car's stereo. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Is it a problem for an AV receiver to be on it's side, instead of resting horizontally on it's feet?

Is it a problem for an AV receiver to be on it's side, instead of resting horizontally on it's feet? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Nov 21, 2008 - 16 answers

iPhone car charger?

What's a good iPhone car charger that won't make my music noisy? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Nov 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Stereo Mini cord is toxic?

Why does this stereo mini to RCA adapter have a obscure image icon that indicates hazardous waste? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Left ear: melody. Right ear: harmony. More, please!

Left ear: melody. Right ear: harmony. More, please! [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Oct 24, 2008 - 31 answers

Audio-Video-Computing wish list

I'm moving and starting over just about from scratch. I'd like people's input on what I should do about setting up nifty integrated audio/visual/computing stuff in my new place. [more inside]
posted by Echidna882003 on Oct 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Assembling a budget stereo.

I am confused about assembling a relatively budget, quality home stereo system. (long) [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Oct 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for a Nice, Relatively Inexpensive Turntable+PreAmp

VinylFilter: Looking for a quality Turntable and PreAmp to fill the needs of a poor audiophile ($500-650 Budget) [more inside]
posted by robdon on Oct 5, 2008 - 8 answers

Cheap amp with great clean tone for stereo effects

Amplifilter: Looking for a cheap SS guitar amp to complement my Fender Deluxe 90 so I can use my effects pedals' stereo features. [more inside]
posted by relucent on Sep 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Need a headset for music AND landline phonecalls

Is there a wireless headset that will let me listen to beautiful music from my computer as well as make/receive phonecalls on my landline? [more inside]
posted by dtgriscom on Sep 3, 2008 - 6 answers

How to install a new head unit?

car audio filter: Trying to replace the head unit on my car and I'm getting lost in the wiring harness and install instructions. (lots of questions inside) [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Aug 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Which speakers should I get for my Mac?

I'm going to be relying on my iMac and the music stored on it for a while. I would like to get a set of speakers so that the computer sounds better. What reasonably-priced powered speakers have folks had success with? I'd rather not get a separate subwoofer. I'd be willing to get a small amp and use my small stereo speakers if all the other options are too crappy. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Good micro stereo system?

I'm looking for a cheap (about $200) and compact stereo system for my apartment. Mainly it'd be for playing CD's and streaming audio via my Airport Express. I'm interested in the Onkyo CS-315S, CS-325 and CS-415 units, but I can't for the life of my figure out what the hell the difference is. Does anyone know about these systems, or have any other recommendations? [more inside]
posted by DLWM on Aug 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Phone+music stereo headset?

I’ve just started using my first PDA/Smartphone (Blackberry 8820) and I need some recommendations for a headset. I know there are tons of questions already—and even more online resources—for finding the best Bluetooth earpiece, but I’m not looking specifically for your standard Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Jul 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Wanted: Car stereo with simple aesthetics and aux input

Car Stereo Recommendations: must have an aux input. Must have zen-like interface simplicity, and mostly pushbutton operation except for the few things for which knobs really make sense. A manual should be all but redundant for operation of this device. Would be nice if it has bluetooth built-in. Satellite radio is a plus. What am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Help improve my sound!

Help improve my sound! After listening to some pristine, rich & dynamic music at a friend's studio, I've decided to improve my own setup. The catch? I don't want to spend thousands and have no interest in audiophile snake oil. Recommendations? Details on my existing gear inside. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Jul 9, 2008 - 13 answers

New car stereo solution?

Car stereo solution for someone non-technical. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Jun 23, 2008 - 6 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my car? (i had to use this title)

Hooking up an iPod/amp after car stereo was stolen? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Jun 8, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I make the modifications my Magnavox Stereophonic Hi Fi Console desperately needs ?

How can I make the modifications/hacks my Magnavox Stereophonic Hi Fi console desperately needs. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on May 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Where's the simplicity?

Swapping a car's stereo head unit: I would really like to replace my car's ailing Blaupunkt CD player with a more modern head unit, ideally one with a front aux-in for my iPhone. Before I embarked on this I thought it would (should!) be as simple as popping out the old HU, slotting the new one in and simply reconnecting the connector block. [more inside]
posted by dance on May 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Pandora stereo

What's the best way to play Pandora on a stereo via a Mac (which I don't want to add speakers to)? Note the Mac can't be near the stereo all the time, and I'd like the free version of Pandora...
posted by jgballard on May 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Home Stereo of the Future, revisted

Looking for a home stereo setup that supports internet radio, traditional radio, CD's and MP3's without a computer in the middle. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on May 5, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I fix my VW golf stereo?

How to unlock my VW golf car stereo? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Apr 20, 2008 - 6 answers

FM Antenna Help Needed!

Is there an alternative to the single wire FM antenna supplied with my wife's new stereo? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Apr 14, 2008 - 3 answers

cell phone static and home stereos

Why does my cellular phone cause my home stereo speakers to make strange noises? Sometimes it happens when a call is about to come in, but mostly it just happens periodically for seemingly no reason. It sounds like strange beepy static and it happpens much more frequently now that I switched to an iPhone. Is there a way to stop this besides throwing my iPhone across the room?
posted by minicloud on Mar 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Will my head explode if I wear my earphones the wrong way round?

stupid question: why are there left and right stereo speakers? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Mar 23, 2008 - 31 answers

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