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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2014-01-04, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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What media/audio client to use in kitchen?


I'm re-doing our kitchen and would like to install some audio in our kitchen and dining area. Media serving is not a problem, I can serve music from daap (iTunes), dlna or other types of shares. However, I'm trying to figure out the best way to control the music library in the kitchen. The obvious choice is to hook my speakers up to a Sonos Connect, and use our mobile devices to control what gets played. But the cost seems a bit steep. Another option would be to purchase an inexpensive tablet and have it output to a small amp and then to my speakers. Something like a Roku would be fine too, but without a monitor in the kitchen there would be no way to control it.

Any other suggestions or ideas?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2014-01-04, 04:10 PM
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I use several AirPlay products to do the same thing. I use iTunes as a media server though.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 2014-01-04, 09:52 PM
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One option, IF you are using iOS devices, I would say AIRPLAY based stuff as blueroomelecto said.
I am doing this myself as a mobile one (kitchen, outside in summer, etc)

Running iTunes say on a PC/Server.. and purchasing an inexpensive airport express.

On an iOS device.. you can use the remote feature to run the iTunes on the server... or you can use the homesharing to play it to the phone. Either way, works the same, per say. With the airplay configured as an endpoint.. its a playback device. On either of the above choices, you will be able to choose the airport express as an output choice (much like choosing playing on the phone or Bluetooth speaker).
You can be say in the bedroom, and set it to start playing down there. the iOS device doesn't have to stay in that location.

the airport express has a standard earphone jack out.. so can output to any set of amp or amplified speakers.

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