Dec 262016
 

This may be obvious to some of you, so I apologise. But it wasn’t to me, and since it has been such a great discovery I’d like to offer it as my Boxing Day present.

If you are my age, or even a bit younger, chance is that you have a decent/good/awesome hifi stereo system, with big, booming speakers and all the rest of it. Mine is almost 20 years old, and it works great. But until recently I’d been using it just to listen to my CDs. All the iTunes and iPhone stuff – including dozens of CDs that I imported in it – was, in my mind, separate: I would only listen to it through the PC speakers. Good, but not great. I wished there was a way to do it on the hifi. Of course, I could have bought better PC speakers, or a new whiz-bang fully-connected stereo system. But I couldn’t be bothered – I just wanted to use my old one.

The PC and the hifi are in different rooms, so connecting them doesn’t work, even wirelessly. But after some thinking and research I found a perfect solution. So here it is.

All I needed was this:

It’s a tiny 5×5 cm Bluetooth Audio Adapter, made by Logitech. You can buy it on the Logitech website or on Amazon, currently at £26. All you need to do is connect it to the stereo and pair your iPhone or iPad (or equivalent) to it.

To complete, I also bought this:

It is a 12×10 cm 1-Output 2-Port Audio Switch, also available on Amazon, currently at £7. Here is the back:

So you connect:

  1. The Audio Adapter to the first Input of the switch (the Adapter comes with its own RCA cable).
  2. The Output of your system’s CD player to the second Input of the switch (you need another RCA cable).
  3. The CD Input of your system’s amplifier to the Output of the switch (you need a third RCA cable).

And you’re done! Now if you want to listen to your iPhone stuff you press button 1 on the front of the switch. If you want to listen to your CDs you press button 2.

And of course – but this you should already know – you can also listen to the tons of music on display on any of the streaming apps: Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Groove, Spotify, Deezer etc.

There you go. You’ve just saved hundreds or thousands of your favourite currency that an upgrade would have cost you. And you’re using your good old system to the full.

Merry Christmas.

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