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How to connect laptop iTunes to AV receiver

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pmikk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 6, 2012 8:11 AM

I have iTunes installed on my Dell Inspiron laptop.  I want to play a playlist on my Yamaha AV receiver (less than a year old) without having to use my iPod.  I searched the Internet and read about a wireless method and also using RCA plugs.  Seems the latter method does not always produce perfect sound.  I would like to find a wired method that produces good quality sound.  My receiver has a USB input on the front which I use for my iPod.  Can I use this input for my laptop?  If so, what kind of cable do I use?  Read somewhere about using an ethernet cable.

 

Can anyone help me?

iPod touch, iOS 5.1.1
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to pmikk)

    Unless the receiver has AirPlay built in (highly unlikely) there is no Apple supported method to wirelessly stream to the receiver.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 6:59 PM (in response to pmikk)

    Anything is possible with the right connections on the laptop.  Essentially you'd be using the receiver and attached speakers as the speakers for the laptop.

     

    Using the iPod is the simplest solution.

    The next option I would look at is an AppleTV for streaming of audio to the receiver from the laptop.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 5:22 AM (in response to pmikk)

    Unless the receive has a network port and the capability to play content from another source on the network, an Ethernet cable is not going to solve the issue.

     

    Most receivers simply are not designed to do what you are trying to accomplish.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:13 AM (in response to pmikk)

    It honestly depends on the capabilities of the receiver.

     

    HDMI is unlikely to work as the laptop will want to send it's video signal to the receiver, then you have to have somewhere to output that video.

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