Like you, I was searching for a Internet Tuner for listening to "Folk Alley", a HD radio channel that I got interested last year. I found the app for this channel on Android tablet/smartphone. I simply purchased a audiophile quality Bluetooth receiver (Auris bluMe, on my system page) and since have been enjoying that radio channel. Try this option - I think you will like it better.
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You are welcome Jim.
Are you trying to connect a laptop/desktop to the Auris? My laptop does not have bluetooth. So I ordered a Asus Bluetooth adaptor for my laptop which is being delivered today. This is for about $12 and there is a $5 rebate on it :-). I will let you know how it wrks out in my system. My Samsung tablet connect without any issues to the Auris.
I have a Prima Luna Prologue 1 tube amp, a new pair of Vandersteen 1ci speakers, Zu Audio old stock speaker cable and inter-connects, a Cullen cable perfect plug, an old Pioneer CD changer, an HRT usb DAC that I occasionally plug into my computer, and a google cast music device which I haven't been able to put to good use.
I'll soon be acquiring a 2nd hand Pono player as well as the Blume.
Been on a roll the last few months. Speakers, cables are all new. Started when I purchased the CD changer 2nd hand $35 bucks.
I've owned a Rocketfish Bluetooth receiver for perhaps a year now. I also tried out an Audioengine Bluetooth receiver. I gave back the Audioengine as for some reason in my application my Bluetooth sourced needed to be incredibly close- the Rocketfish is better in this regard. I use Tunein Radio to access internet radio stations. The sound is ok.
Lately, I went a different route. I use my MacBook Pro, go to Tunein Radio, and via USB, connect the laptop to my DAC (the Rocketfish is also connected to my DAC). I'm finding that the hard wired laptop to DAC method title better sound. Yet given a clean FM signal, my tuner is capable of more vivid sonics.
Overall, I will use whichever source gives me static-free results. For instance, now I'm listening to Swiss Jazz, which in impossible for me to receive otherwise. But WBGO? I'm on the fringe of the reception area. Sometimes sounds ok on air, sometimes sounds miserable. Wish they broadcast from the WTC and at higher power.
My laptop is Asus S400C. The bluetooth is USB-BT400. I am sure it would work with iTunes as well. I am not sure if the laptop is aptx compliant. The Aruis is. But I like the flexibility that this configuration of laptop+Auris provides. Some of the songs that I play through Spotify or other apps are comparable to CD. No complaints from my side.
Hi milpai, The crackling noise has stopped. I guess I had a loose connection.
I have the ASUS BT400 plugged into my computer now. Bluetooth works really well, both with iTunes and streaming. Only drawback of the unit is that it doesn't support APT-X.
ASUS has a $5 rebate - you can pay $0.50 to have them process it faster! (I did).
I have not streamed Sirius/XM from my phone. But I do stream Spotify and other apps with no dropouts.
The power adapter does not come with the unit. I used a Apple 12W power adapter. You may be right that the Asus is not aPT-X compliant. How did you find that out?
I went the manual mail route for the rebate.
Re the aPT-X, I saw some specs on the BT400 which including a list of supported protocols. aPT-X was not among them. Also they don't advertise it, which they probably would (as does the BluMe).
I had to re-install the software but now I'm really happy with both the BluMe and the ASUS, including the sound quality.
Good to know that you liked the Auris. I wish more folks here would try it out instead of the expensive bluetooth DACs. They would be in for a nice surprise. My family/friends now have the ability to stream their music via bluetooth on my system. I have since found some nice music I had not heard before. But the biggest benefit is to listen to albums before purchasing the CD/SACD.
I have also downloaded some hi rez files (192khz samples) and streamed them to the Auris using foobar2000. Pretty nice sounding. I am thinking of buying some hi rez files from sites like Acoustic Sounds or Elusive Disc which really offer these kinds of files.
I'd like to get some hi rez files too. I wonder though if services like Acoustic Sounds or Eluvsive Disc simply take existing 16/44.1 files and upsample them.
Pono files, which are in FLAC format hi rez files (and so are playable by many players) are, I believe, actually re-sampled from the analogue.and are truly hi rez. I'd like to get a Pono player and go through route to play hi resolution files.