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    Default Student converts Rasberry Pi into a wireless Airplay speaker.



    If youre not familiar with the Raspberry Pi, its a mini computer which packs in a 700 MHz ARM 11 processor with 128MB of RAM that runs Debian Linux. In addition, a proof-of-concept hack turns the gizmo into an HDMI-enabled AirPlay video receiving machine. Its so small youll almost forget its there and costs only $25.

    Thats $75 cheaper than an Apple TV set-top box, the only official solution that provides wireless media streaming functionality from Mountain Lion Macs and iOS devices to a TV set.

    In January one of the Raspberry Pi developers had successfully created a hack that let him stream video from his iPad to a TV via the credit card-sized computer. And now, Cambridge engineering student Jordan Burgess has successfully converted the device into a wireless AirPlay-enabled audio receiver.

    Writing on his blog, Jordan explains that it is possible to convert a Raspberry Pi into an AirPlay Wi-Fi audio receiver akin to Apples $99 AirPort Express wireless base station (or the $99 Apple TV set-top box).

    Faking AirPlay audio compatibility can be accomplished with a little bit of open source trickery, an SD card, micro USB cable and a USB wireless adapter. Basic Terminal knowledge is required as youll be installing a copy of Debian Linux OS onto the device.



    Some limitations apply due to the $25 build for the Raspberry Pi, meaning they skimped out on certain features.

    For starters, the tiny computer is powered by USB cable so additional loads such as a Wi-Fi adapter or a USB keyboard can strain its power supply past its limits.

    I had several instances of odd performance or non-responsiveness due to this, he warns.

    You will also get some background noise and distortion when plugging the computer into your speakers 3.5mm port because the Raspberry Pi itself doesnt have a decent digital-to-analog converter.

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    A USB soundcard can apparently solve these issues. I have a pair of USB powered Logitech Z120 speakers which I hope to try this out with this soon and Ill update this when I do.
    Still, at an estimated build cost of around 30, or about $48, this hack adds wireless AirPlay audio receiving features to your existing home theater system without breaking the bank. Plus, its no doubt a much affordable solution than AirPlay-enabled speakers that usually command a non-neglectable premium.

    And if youre planning to run wireless audio through the entire house, this could be the way to go.

    If youre interested to learn more, Jordan has full instructions on his blog.

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    Very nice, I might look into doing that sometime.

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    Woah, that's radical. I did something like that, but it was with ir-led's. I used mirrors to send out sound and shit. I might have to get one of these chips, it looks like it can do some cool stuff.

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    Default Re: Student converts Rasberry Pi into a wireless Airplay speaker.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazzababe View Post
    Very nice, I might look into doing that sometime.
    HAHAHA you fucking kids crack me up.

    RPi isn't a Wii mod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aids View Post
    HAHAHA you fucking kids crack me up.

    RPi isn't a Wii mod.
    I was referring to getting one of those but alright.

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