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Computer Audio brings Hi-Fidelity music back into the home.

The Old Way
We had LP's, Tapes, CD's etc which we would purchase and use to listen to music in our home stereo. Our music libraries were limited to content we purchased or borrowed, usually only a hundred or so Artists and Titles.

The New Way
Today, we have music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL etc. as well as music stored on our Hard Drives. The only way to access all this great music for some people is via their phone or computer using ear buds and/or computer speakers. Our content has greatly increased, giving us Millions of Titles and Artists for our listening pleasure.

Computer Audio seeks to bring today's Streaming and Digital Hard Drive music content back into the "Home Stereo" environment. This provides an alternative to computer speakers, ear buds etc. while at home. And allows us to enjoy music, once again in Hi-Fidelity.

Software and Hardware Solutions

Computer audio brings all your digital content to your Home Stereo by using easy to install software, with a few connections to bring today's new audio formats to our Home Stereo. In addition to software, we need a new component called a Digital to Analog Converter.

Hardware Solution

In most cases, a device called a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) is needed to bridge the gab between 'Computer' and 'Home Audio'. This device converts the digital signal from your digital content to an analog signal that your home stereo can use.

Software Solution

Playback options range from simply using your built in playback software such as iTunes or Windows media player, to using more specialized software geared for high quality audio. Alternatively a dedicated separate computer may be used to run the software.

Hardware Choices

Recently very small low priced computers such as the RaspberryPi have been used for Computer Audio. Also most home audio manufacturers make 'Network' players which are dedicated to streaming Internet based music content as well as stored music on hard drives. This link in the chain, the Network player, does the heavy lifting and takes all your digital music content and sends it down stream to a Digital to Analog Converter. In some cases, Network streamers have built in D/A converters.

Client / Server Scheme

Another way to accomplish Computer Audio is to use the Client / Server scheme. For this, a 'Server' is set up in some remote location, unseen and out of the way. The server handles all the heavy lifting such as formatting, converting and such. Then a 'Client' is set up in the listening room with a DAC connected to the home stereo. This scheme has several benefits, such as: gear is usually out of sight, users can control all streaming content via any computer device and very low cost.

Most Computer Audio set-ups can be controlled via any computer, tablets or phone on the network. Control software allows user to view music content, change music being played and stream from anywhere in the home.

In this way, Computer Audio allows music enthusiasts to expand their music libraries from the limited physical content to a virtually unlimited music library to be enjoyed in the comfort of their own home using quality gear. The best thing about the Client/Server scheme is that you can have multiple clients.

Due to its low cost and ability to configure in many different ways the RaspberryPi makes for a great Music Client. They are small, silent and use very little power. Usually it takes no more than 10-20 minutes to put together, install software and be up and running.

Instructions on Building a RaspberryPi Music Streamer