We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In how many ways can we live, today, like kings of olden times? For one, we don't need a court orchestra to keep our ears stimulated, altho that would be pleasant for sure.
My house radio music has always been WQXR (live streamed or sometimes regular radio), but on the Cape I discovered Chatham's Cape Classical 107.5. They are at least as enjoyable as WQXR and they also live stream. OK, I do CDs also, but only radio introduces me to music I haven't heard before.
My perennial question to my readers is this: How do I get live-streamed music to go through my fancy speakers? Or is streamed music of such lousy quality that it doesn't matter?
What about a Bluetooth audio receiver? I don't know how those work.
I have hundreds of CDs, nearly all purchased in box sets at $1-$2/CD. As such, I see no need to use the radio.
When I made the conclusion that I preferred my own selection of CDs to what the local classical music station played, I stopped listening to it. It played everybody whereas I preferred hearing the greats. Call it Bach versus Bocherini. Ditto for other types of music played on other radio stations.
I would also add that another publicly supported radio station in the area used to have a unique, idiosyncratic lineup of local DJs. Over the years the local DJs have been replaced by canned national programs. I once was willing to financially support the station. I no longer am willing to do so.
or 1/8"plug to dual RCA connectors:
Or just use a blue tooth streaming speaker/unit. The live feed should be of quality enough to amplify.
Then like the kings of ancient times, you'll be "The King of Swing"
You'll need an amplifier. The PC only has enough power for headphones. It should be at least 200 watts per channel RMS, not MAX. If it's underpowered, the audio will suffer 'clipping' and the speakers will distort if you turn the volume up very much. Wattage is NOT a place to scrimp on bucks.
As for quality, it should be okay. You can judge it by using headphones in the PC. If it sounds good in the headphones, it'll sound good over the room speakers -- again, assuming the amp has enough power.
I use Apple TVs. I live in a small 4-room cottage. I have an Apple TV attached to a medium-sized television and a stereo in the living room, an old iMac with external speakers in the kitchen, and another Apple TV attached to a small TV in my bedroom.
I can use AirPlay to play audio from any device to either or both of the Apple TVs. Generally, I play music from the kitchen computer to both the stereo in the living room and the TV in the bedroom. When I move around the house, I don't miss a measure of the music. My daughter's room is not connected, she has a Bluetooth speaker but generally uses headphones.
Also, when it comes to hooking up the speakers, just use regular 'lamp cord', like the kind of wire a regular table lamp uses. You definitely don't need anything special like 'monster cable' for just a regular home speaker system. You should be able to buy it by the foot from a typical hardware store and possibly Home Depot.
1. Connect a cable from the output of your digital source device to the input of your 'fancy' AV receiver or stereo receiver or fancier preamp.
2. Buy the inexpensive bluetooth receiver mentioned above.
This allows you to wirelessly send your digital source device to the bluetooth reciever, which then connects via a cable from you the bluetooth receiver to an input of your 'fancy' AV receiver or stereo receiver or fancier preamp.