Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2012 6:51 PM (in response to diesel vdub)
Yeah, I don't think the receiver has AirPlay. Is there some direct-connect way? Ethernet? USB? HDMI? I believe I read somewhere that RCA plugs might work, but sound quality was uneven.
Any ideas, diesel vdub?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 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.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to diesel vdub)
Can I assume from your response that one of the items I mentioned might work (USB, Ethernet or HDMI)? I tried USB and the receiver did not recognize the device. I'm going to buy an Ethernet cable and try it next. We don't have HD TV, so don't have any other use for an HDMI cable, now at least.
Will look at AppleTV. However, I was trying to avoid buying any new hardware right now. I want to upgrade my iPod to one with more storage, so my extra cash will go toward that.
Thanks diesel vdub
Currently Being ModeratedOct 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.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2012 8:23 AM (in response to diesel vdub)
There is an ethernet port on the back of my AV receiver and also one on the laptop. The section of the receiver's user manual is rather short on details regarding the procedure for connection, tho. They suggest connecting pc to router and router to receiver. But why do I need the router in the middle? I have a cable with an ethernet plug on one end and usb on the other. Or... would I need a cable with an ethernet plug on both ends?? I am really out of my confort zone here, as you can probably tell.
Also, I'm thinking perhaps I can use an HDMI cable.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 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.