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    Default Sensible way to get spotify to a headphone amp

    I'm putting together a small system for my lad, he's a spotify listener, is there an alternative to using a long cable from his phone or laptop? At sensible money preferably. I have an RPi I can give him but I seriously doubt he can be bothered setting up a server etc but he could well live with something off a high-capacity thumb drive, say - fine for files but don't think that does spotify?

    I'm probably also going to be looking for a headphone amp for him to take the output from this source (and possibly also a TT) but that's another discussion, I have an old Marantz amp kicking around with a phono stage that should do him for headphones in the short term - not looking to spend a lot of cash in case it's a 5 minute wonder for him.
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    Default Sensible way to get spotify to a headphone amp

    Chrome cast then into amp 30 or cans straight out of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    I'm putting together a small system for my lad, he's a spotify listener, is there an alternative to using a long cable from his phone or laptop? At sensible money preferably. I have an RPi I can give him but I seriously doubt he can be bothered setting up a server etc but he could well live with something off a high-capacity thumb drive, say - fine for files but don't think that does spotify?

    I'm probably also going to be looking for a headphone amp for him to take the output from this source (and possibly also a TT) but that's another discussion, I have an old Marantz amp kicking around with a phono stage that should do him for headphones in the short term - not looking to spend a lot of cash in case it's a 5 minute wonder for him.
    A very quick and simple solution is a bluetooth streamer. I can recommend the Belkin HD Music streamer not least because it has an optical out as well as RCA phono. Effectively you plug the unit into your hifi or DAC and connect via bluetooth to phone, tablet or pc. Then anything that pays on your device can be streamed to unit. You do not even need Spotify Premium as you do with most devices. I have two of these but one is surplus since I bought a Cambridge CXN music streamer. Let me know by PM if you are interested. Here is some info: https://www.amazon.com/Belkin-SongSt.../dp/B00KX3DQXM

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Chrome cast then into amp 30 or cans straight out of it
    Yep, chromecast audio, hesdphones, and you're all set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rothchild View Post
    Pfft, thirty notes!

    7.50 will do the job: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2212226202...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
    I have one of these for my classic car 60s radio, it's bloody great!!
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    Thanks guys - one question can Chromecast be made to connect to USB (data not charger which I think the USB input is for)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Thanks guys - one question can Chromecast be made to connect to USB (data not charger which I think the USB input is for)?
    Not directly, the only socket is the charger or the output. If you want to play your own files you can use LMS with a plug in (treats the chromecast as a squeezebox) or get the files onto your phone/tablet (android) and cast them directly.

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    Ive used bubble on android and foobar to do this. Works fine although the interface etc isnt great. Works well enough though
    Regards,
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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