How to get sound from laptop to Home Cinema?

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by kristianity77, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. kristianity77
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    Am hoping some technically minded people can advise me on what I need to do here (if at all!)

    Basically I have a laptop which is ageing a bit so doesnt have bluetooth installed.

    I have a home cinema system which can however receive sound through bluetooth as on my Galaxy Note 2 i can pair it up with the sound system to get sound from apps such as TuneIn etc.

    My question is, on my laptop, I have probably 30 gbs worth of music collected over the years and Id love to be able to play music from my laptop to this sound system in a similar way.

    What do i need to buy to do this, or is it going to be more difficult than its worth?
     
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    I forgot
    ...or you could buy a bluetooth adapter, and use that.
     
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    There's plenty of ways to do it, depending on how much money you want to spend and how simple/intricate you want it to be.

    Simple and cheap is gonna be, like marcus134 said, a 3.5mm to RCA adapter. More complicated would be buying something like a Raspberry Pi or a ChromeCast and set those up as HTPCs connected to your home theater system.

    I personally have a server computer in my room that hosts all multimedia that I want access to, with hidden network shares so I can stream to anywhere in the house, and with PlexMediaServer installed so I can stream to mobile devices and other computers should I need to.




    Or that, which would be the obvious solution that nobody else thought of for some reason.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-USB...&qid=1385614744&sr=8-6&keywords=usb+bluetooth

    Buy a few if you get those, because they can arrive DOA or burn out in a short period, or they can work just fine. Speaking from experience on those.
     
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    What Tom said, you can get a USB bluetooth adapter for under £5 on ebay/amazon. It would be the easiest wireless solution for you by far.