Streaming audio plugs

Streaming audio players are boxes most of the time with the look and feel and the size of HiFi gear.

They have an interface to control them.


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)

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