Wi-Fi or Bluetooth link to amp ?

Chrisk01

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Hi all,
I had an apple airport express Wi-Fi box that I used to stream music from my iPhone/iPad to my amp - I’d say the quality was pretty good but now apple have withdrawn support for airport etc and as my wifi network has changed and I’m struggling to get it up and running again.

I’ve seen a few Bluetooth adaptors, the IFI ZEN looking like a favourite, my question is what’s better in terms of bandwidth/quality?
I guess the question is -
1 wifi
2 Bluetooth
3 an amp that supports either, but I wonder if that would add anything in terms of quality to 1 or 2

Any help appreciated.
 

manicm

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In the context of hifi what you mention as WiFi is actually internet streaming. If you have a DAC, either standalone or within your amp, iFi make a streamer which will connect to one.

There are other similar priced alternatives too that I'm sure others can mention here.
 

Gray

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my question is what’s better in terms of bandwidth/quality?
I guess the question is -
1 wifi
2 Bluetooth
3 an amp that supports either
Depending on the original source, 1 can be better than 2 - because Bluetooth necessarily limits things - though probably not by too much when using the ifi receiver.
3 Would give you a choice.
 

daveh75

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Hi all,
I had an apple airport express Wi-Fi box that I used to stream music from my iPhone/iPad to my amp - I’d say the quality was pretty good but now apple have withdrawn support for airport etc and as my wifi network has changed and I’m struggling to get it up and running again.

I’ve seen a few Bluetooth adaptors, the IFI ZEN looking like a favourite, my question is what’s better in terms of bandwidth/quality?
I guess the question is -
1 wifi
2 Bluetooth
3 an amp that supports either, but I wonder if that would add anything in terms of quality to 1 or 2

Any help appreciated.
WiFi is better than Bluetooth due to the bandwidth limitations of the latter.

I would recommend looking at the Wiim Mini.

It supports Airplay 2*, so is an ideal replacement for your AEX imo.

https://wiimhome.com/Overview.html

* As well as Spotify/Tidal Connect, Bluetooth and many of the streaming services are integrated too so caters for most streaming needs.
 
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Chrisk01

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Hi, the source of the music itself is either the iphone or ipad as they have local/downloaded versions of the music.

Sounds like wifi is better, I’ll have a look at the Wiim mini.
Thanks all.
 

Chrisk01

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Wiim mini sounds like the best option but out of stock everywhere other than a dodgy sounding site.

Any ideas on a reputable in-stock dealer or good alternative?

Thanks
 

Chrisk01

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hmm, thanks for the info - but I’m going to try and stick with wifi - I’ve found something called a Acemax M5 audiocast, apparently does the job and supports airplay, about £40 on amazon etc.
 

Chrisk01

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okay, sooo got the wiim mini, e90 from above link.

Great bit of kit, easy to get going as either bluetooth or wifi; I’m using wifi from iphone/ipad (locally stored) with the digital cable supplied into the amp from the unit. It seems to do a lot more via the app but that’s it for me.

Top bit of kit.
Thanks all.
 

JPLyman325

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If you have the 2nd generation airport express - Apple still has the Airport utility you can download to manage. I just unhooked mine as I was able to upgrade an old Mac mini 2012 to Apple's latest OS so I could have that connected to my hi fi - for direct access but I can also Airplay to it also from other devices.
 

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