If you’re like most people, your music listening habits have changed a lot in the last few years. You may not even use a traditional stereo to listen to music anymore – you may prefer to stream audio directly to your smartphone or laptop.
But what if you want to listen to your favorite songs on your old stereo system? Is that even possible? The answer is yes – here’s how you can do it.
How to stream music to an old stereo with a music streamer?
If you want to stream music to your old stereo, you’ll need a few things:
A music streamer
It is a device that connects to your stereo and allows you to stream music from your smartphone or other devices. There are a variety of music streamers on the market, so be sure to choose one that’s compatible with your stereo system.
An audio cable
It will be used to connect the music streamer to your stereo. You’ll need a 3.5mm audio cable if your music streamer has a 3.5mm output or an RCA audio cable if it has an RCA output.
A power adapter
Most music streamers will need to be plugged into an outlet, so be sure to have a power adapter.
Once you have all of the necessary equipment, follow these steps to start streaming music to your old stereo:
- Connect the music streamer to your stereo system. Depending on the type of music streamer you have, this may involve using an audio cable or connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth.
- If your music streamer has a power adapter, plug it into an outlet.
- Open the app on your smartphone or another device that you’ll be using to stream music.
- Find the song or playlist you want to listen to and start playing it. The music should now be playing through your old stereo system.
Other methods to stream music to an old stereo
If you don’t want to invest in a music streamer, there are a few other ways you can stream music to your old stereo.
Use an audio cable
One option is to use an auxiliary input (AUX) cable. It is a standard audio cable that can be used to connect a variety of devices, including smartphones and laptops, to a stereo system. To use an AUX cable, simply connect one end of the cable to your stereo’s AUX input and the other end to the headphone jack on your smartphone or another device. Once the two devices are connected, you should be able to play music from your device through your stereo system. It is a simple and inexpensive way to start streaming music, but it does have a few drawbacks.
- First, you’ll need to keep your device close to your stereo, which may not be convenient.
- Second, if you receive a phone call or text message while the audio cable is connected, the music will stop playing.
Use a Bluetooth adapter
Another option is to use a Bluetooth adapter. This device plugs into your stereo’s AUX input and allows you to connect to it wirelessly via Bluetooth.
To use a Bluetooth adapter, plug it into your stereo’s AUX input and turn on the device. Then, open the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone or other device and pair it with the adapter. Once the two devices are paired, you should be able to play music from your device through your stereo system.
Use USB port
If your stereo has a built-in USB port, you may be able to connect your smartphone or another device directly to it. This option is usually reserved for newer stereo systems, but it’s worth checking if your stereo has this feature. To use a USB connection, connect your device to the stereo’s USB port using a USB cable.
Use Google Chromecast
If you have a Chromecast, you can use it to stream music to your old stereo. Connect the Chromecast to your stereo and open the app on your smartphone or other devices. Find the song or playlist you want to listen to. Then, press the button to play it. The music will now come out of your old stereo system.
Use Amazon Fire TV Stick
Finally, if you have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can use it to stream music to your old stereo. First, connect the Fire TV Stick to your stereo and then open the app on your smartphone. Find the song or playlist you want to listen to. Next, press the play button on the stereo system. The music will now be playing through the old stereo system.
How to connect your iPhone or iPod to your old home stereo?
In addition to standard options such as auxiliary input cable or Bluetooth, there are two more connection options:
Connecting with AirPlay
If you have an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to stream music from your iPhone or iPod to your old stereo. To use AirPlay, open the music app on your iPhone or iPod and find the song or playlist you want to listen to. Then, tap the AirPlay icon and select your Apple TV from the list of devices.
Connecting with an FM adapter
Another option for connecting your iPhone or iPod to your old stereo is to use an FM adapter. This small device plugs into the headphone jack on your iPhone or iPod and broadcasts the signal over FM radio waves. Tune your stereo to the correct FM frequency, and then press play on your iPhone or iPod to use an FM adapter.