Combining Vinyl and Digital Streaming

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Some of you might have the same problem I used to have. Either you have perfect sound and listen to your vinyl on your stereo system OR you can stream music from either your computer, your iPhone, via Spotify or whatever to several speakers in your home. Maybe you have AirportExpress like I do or you have WiFi speakers (some might even have hacked something themselves with something like a Raspberry Pi).

I was always a fan of Airfoil. Since my early days in the agency (elbdudler) we used it to stream music from several computers to several speakers. And I privately use it for years. And a few days ago I stumbled upon a little tool they created: LineIn. The little app for the Mac can be used to make your headphone input into a line-in and connects it with every output channel you have. So, I thought about connecting my record player with the Mac and then stream it to whatever.

But the input from the record player was too quiet. I needed an preamplifier to raise the volume and equalize the input. And now it works perfectly.

Here is the setup:

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Now I can listen to my vinyl in every room of our apartment. Even in the bathroom with an iPad and theĀ Airfoil Speakers app.

The video is crap but it shows that it works really fine. I can’t say at what quality (bitrate) the music is streamed but it’s perfect for me.

What do you think?

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Combining Vinyl and Digital Streaming