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BIG SOUND : THE RECEIVERING


  1. Blu-ray player
  2. Apple TV/Television
  3. Record player
  4. Cassette player
  5. VCR
  6. Subwoofer
  7. Computer

Another year, more tech stuff breaking down. My receiver was only 11 years old, but I guess it was its time. Back when I got my first receiver in high school, it was assumed that it would basically last forever, but nowadays the technical changes come fast and furious, so at least it came with some updates. My parents decided to go with bluetooth speakers and forgo the receiver when they moved to a smaller space, but I have a lot of analog media still. 

At least the new speaker plugs are just kind of annoying, instead of utterly maddening like the old ones you had to hold down while simultaneously trying to push in the speaker wire. 



The main new feature is receiving Bluetooth signals. I can send music from my phone or iPad (or even my iMac, but there's Airplay for that) to the receiver. It even knows the names of the songs somehow. This works for iTunes or apps like TuneIn, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon Music, etc., which is nice because the Apple TV is a little light on music apps and it's easier to control with a mobile device than my computer via Airplay.

Current list of Bluetooth devices:

  • Onkyo receiver
  • Mpow headphones
  • Logitech computer speakers
  • Magicbox II portable speaker (for travel and kitchen/bathroom)
  • iPhone 
  • iPad
  • iMac
  • Apple Bluetooth keyboard
  • Logitech K810 portable keyboard
  • Apple TV


After I put it together, I remembered that the computer in wasn't connected to anything since my iMac doesn't have audio in like my old cheese grater Mac, so I ordered one of these. That way, I don't have to move my record player/cassette player to the bedroom when digitizing (I have the world's longest headphone cord for that).


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