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Onkyo DS-A5 from Rio Sound & Vision for $69 (RRP $150-200, Closest $95)

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Great little dock here - the older style apple 30 pin connector is probably useless to most, but the AirPlay is what I bought this for and it works a treat. Connect it to your existing olde sound system and snap, you've got AirPlay functionality. Easy to use and sound quality is great.

Closest price I could find this for elsewhere is $95 (https://www.binglee.com.au/onkyo-ds-a5-ipod-iphone-ipad-dock) or (https://www.appliancesonline.com.au/onkyo-ds-a5b-ipod-iphone...).

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  • What interface do you use to control it, if you don't have a 30-pin iDevice?

    • Not 100% on what you mean - it's only useful if you own an iOS device that can AirPlay. Either plug it into your home ethernet or follow a couple of quick steps to connect it to your WiFi. Then connect it to your amp and you're good to go.

      There's a remote control for a few features like sleep, alarm, etc, but I never use that.

      • My misunderstanding - I didn't realise it was a target (Receiver). I am not up to speed on Airplay devices - we do music the complete opposite way, by using a device with an interface to navigate and stream from the server.

        After reading up on this, I see no advantage at all of using this instead of Bluetooth audio. The type of media you'd use it for is stuff like Youtube which is heavily compressed anyway.

        Then again, if I wanted to listed to music on my home stereo I'd just use my media players.

        I honestly cannot see any advantage of having to load all my media onto a portable device in order to then play it back onto a home device. Far too complicated, slow and restrictive.

        So, nice old technology… but what's the point?

        • The point is, if you have an iPhone full of music and want to play it on your shitty old stereo that has no network functionality, bluetooth compatibility or HDMI, this is a way to allow your iOS devices to stream your music without buying hard drives, media servers or doing anything unnecessarily technical. It means anyone with an iOS device can come in and stream their music as well.

          Some people just like to be able to plug their shit in and it works, they don't want to dick around. This works.

          It's not for you, that's fine.

        • @teach86:

          this is a way to allow your iOS devices to stream your music without buying hard drives, media servers or doing anything unnecessarily technical.

          So, it's just a way to stream audio.

          The question is why would anybody bother paying all this money to do what you describe, when it can be done easier via Bluetooth at 1/2 the price or even less?

          It means anyone with an iOS device can come in and stream their music as well.

          Woo Hoo - how innovative! However if you use Bluetooth, then anyone with ANY (modern) device (Android, iOS, Windows, smart watches, or whatever), can come in and stream their music as well.

          Some people just like to be able to plug their shit in and it works, they don't want to dick around. This works.

          Bluetooth is easier, and there's no need to dick around. That works just the same.

          It's not for you, that's fine.

          I can't even work out if it's for me or not - I thought that it might do something special. From your description it sounds like paying a massive price to do something that is done cheaper and easier with an existing and more universal technology (Bluetooth Audio).

          So, why buy this Airplay thingy instead of a Bluetooth adaptor like metioned by Kaboda below, at exactly half the price?
          https://www.pccasegear.com/products/28555/logitech-bluetooth...

  • My daughter has a sony system with an iphone dock that no longer plays the music on her phone (although still charges the phone…).
    Would this be a replacement for the faulty dock? Thanks.

  • An actual Apple TV 3 at maybe only $20 more might be better value for some?

    • For some, yes. If you have an older receiver with no HDMI and want the option of Airplay music streaming, this is the option for you.

  • I know it's not a true comparison but for around $70 I would probably rather get a secondhand atv3 instead of which there seem to be plenty available on the usual for sale sections as people upgrade to atv4.

    • ATV no good if you don't have HDMI - this is an option for those unlucky bastards.

      • Actually it works for me with no HDMI on my 15 year old Yamaha AV Receiver. The ATV connects to the TV and the TV audio out connects to the receiver. I airplay from any of my i gadgets. And the TV doesnt even have to be on to listen to music.

  • bought one for $20 a while ago.