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AirPort Express - many questions

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Feb 17, 2013 12:15 PM

Hi there.

I hope you guys can help me with a few problems:


     1. Do i have to wire the AirPort Express from my wi-fi router, or is an ethernet cable from a non-wi-fi modem good enough?

     2. My amplifier is an old "Beomaster 2000". It has a 5-DIN input. I guess I'm going for a 5-DIN to 3,5 jack cable?

     3. If the jack output on the AirPort Express is ocupied, can i connect my Sony TV to it? I want my Sony TV sound to go through monitors hooked up to the beomaster 2000. Or what kind of solution should i go for? Jack from TV to phono-in on the Beomaster?


I hope that is not too complex, and I hope you have some answers!

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,200 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 12:34 PM (in response to MagnusPalu)
    1. If you already have a router and you want to keep it, connect the Express to the router. The Express is perfectly capable of replacing your router, should you want to do that.
    2. Yes. Monoprice is a good source to search for such an adapter. Edit: I could not find one there but this one ought to work: Check to be sure its 5 pin DIN is correct.
    3. I am not familiar with the Beomaster amp, but in general the purpose of a receiver to accept the Express's output and switch it to the device you want to use. Unless you want to unplug / reattach the device connected to the Express every time you want to use another audio device, you will want a receiver / amplifier capable of that. Using an "aux" input, if yours has one, is appropriate. If not, use "CD" but don't use "phono".


    Another Edit: If this is your amp then your only choice is a Tape input:

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,200 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 3:37 PM (in response to MagnusPalu)

    Yes - connect the Express to your router. This is not the only option but it is guaranteed to be the most reliable one for streaming music from your iPhone, for example.


    The Beomaster's specifications are not very clear to me:


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    After thinking about it though it seems the Beomaster has a Phono input that uses a DIN plug. Don't use that since it is a low level input for vinyl record players only.


    Tape 1 also appears to require a DIN plug. You can use that with the above adapter cable.

    Tape 2 appears to use a Phono plug (as opposed to the phonograph input). You can use that to connect to your Express with a standard 3.5mm male to male cable. Those are easy to find, even Wal-Mart should have them.


    At present your TV is connected to either Tape 1 or Tape 2, correct? Whichever it is, leave it alone and use the other for your Express.

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,200 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to MagnusPalu)

    MagnusPalu wrote:



    Is this a "phono plug"? I'm not from the States, so unfortunately, no fancy Walmarts.



    No don't use that one.


    The only thing I am uncertain about is which input your TV is using. If it is using Tape 1 then it is easy and all you need is a 3.5mm male to male audio cable such as this (buy an appropriate length though):



    If that is similar to the cable your TV is already using you will need this



    and this



    ...unless you can find one cable already with those connectors.


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