Streaming audio plugs

Protocols like Airplay and DLNA allows other devices to control a playback device (renderer).

This allows for very small devices connected to the network and controlled by e.g. an app on your smartphone.


Apple AirPort Express € 99,00

  • 802.11n simultaneous dual-band (2,4 GHz en 5 GHz)
  • One 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port
  • USB port for connecting a USB printer
  • 3.5-mm audio mini-jack for analog or optical digital sound
  • Dimensions: 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 0.9 inch (23 mm)

Measurements by Stereophile (2005)

Chromecast Audio $35

Lossless audio over the WiFi network.

You need a Google Cast-enabled app on Android, iOS, Chromebook or Windows to stream audio to this device.

In case of Windows, the app is Google Chrome.

On Android you have a wider choice: Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, Rdio, Deezer, Rhapsody, Napster, NPROne, BeyondPod.

BubbleUPNP supports both DLNA and Chromecast.


The Chromecast is actually running a pared-down version of the Chrome browser, and the applications on the device are Web applications that receive the aforementioned HTTP requests and react accordingly. Once the app is launched, it will actually be running on the Chromecast, but a communication channel will be open that allows the client device to act as a sort of remote control. This dynamic allows you to turn off your mobile device without stopping whatever is streaming from the Chromecast to your TV.

How Chromecast Works - Bernadette Johnson


Audio codecs

  • HE-AAC
  • LC-AAC
  • MP3
  • Vorbis
  • WAV (LPCM)
  • FLAC

Bit depth/sample rate: 24-bit/96 kHz



  • Connectivity/Network: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz)
  • Wireless Security: WEP, WPA/WPA2


  • analog (3.5 mm stereo)
  • Digital (Toslink)

Google Chromecast Audio - Part I: Analogue Output - Archimago's Musings

Google Chromecast Audio - Part II: Digital Output - Archimago's Musings


Added 2015

Crystal Acoustics WiDAC € 69,00

WiFi Audio Receiver with optical and analog out

  • Airplay/DLNA

  • Uncompressed audio transmission

  • Optical digital output

  • Wolfson DAC

  • Dimensions: 83 x 83 x 25mm


Added 4/2014

DLink mydlink Home Music Everywhere EUR 56,84



A streaming audio player supporting both Airplay and DLNA the size of a power plug.


  • AirPlay
  • DLNA
  • Web UI
  • 802.11n/g/b wireless
  • WPS
  • 3.5 mm stereo Jack

dimensions: 54 x 42 x 54.5 mm


Added 10/2014

Rocki $49,-

WiFi receiver controlled by an app (Android/iOS)


Analog out (3.5mm jack)

Plays what your phone plays.

Supports Soundcloud and LastFM

Claims to support lossless formats but no maximum resolution is specified.

Rocki Play+ features Toslink and HDMI out.

Added 10/2014

Sonore Sonic Orbiter SE US$ 298.00


The Sonore Sonic Orbiter SE is an affordable PCM, DSD/DoP and native DSD capable music renderer with Ethernet input and USB or optical output. This version includes a fast multicore ARM processor and comes with a linear power supply. The unit utilizes an external 5 VDC input so you can also use your own power supply.

Mode #1 - SqueezeLite Output - This output works with any Logitech Media Server and compatible controllers. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

Mode #2 - ShairPort Output - This is an AirPlay emulator that utilizes streams sent to it from a compatible source. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM.

Mode #3 - MPD/DLNA Output:

Mode #3a - DLNA Output - This output utilizes streams from UPNP/DLNA servers and controllers. This output can be configured as an OpenHome renderer. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

Mode #3b - MPD Output - This output is intended to work with local storage. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. This option requires a USB drive with your content in combination with the built in Drive Mounter application.

Mode #3c - Linn Song Cast Output - This output utilizes streams from a computer running Linn Song Cast. 

Mode #4 - HQ Player NAA Output - This output utilizes streams from Signalyst's HQ Player running on your computer. Digital signal processing is performed by HQ Player and then asynchronously streamed to the Network Audio Adapter (NAA) output. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

Mode #5 - Roon Speaker - This unit is Roon Speaker ready and pending software update to include the feature when Roon releases the application. FYI The Roon Speaker application has been tested in beta form and it's working great...

Supports the following PCM sample rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, 352.8KHz and 384KHz.
Supports the following DSD sample rates: DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256.


Dimension: 2in (width) x 2in (height) x 2in (depth)
Weight: not much


A Quick Spin With The RoonReady Sonore Sonicorbiter SE - Computer Audiophile


Added 2015

Venztech A1 49,95


  • Airplay
  • DLNA
  • USB


Output: analog

Added 2017