How to connect your old turntable with the HomePod to salvage your vinyl records.
Whether it is the classic HomePods or the more recent HomePod mini that are being a success in sales, Apple has gradually managed to bring its smart speakers to thousands of homes. Its minimalist design, the quality of the surround sound, those bass that do not leave indifferent and above all the compatibility with Apple Music, SIRI and the rest of Apple equipment., make HomePods essential equipment in any home.
The problem comes when we have the latest in speakers with wireless technology, but we cannot enjoy that music that we have been collecting over time.. How many collections of vinyl that we no longer listen to adorn the shelves of many houses, how much expertise in creating our own mix of music in cassette to listen to during car trips and how many hours invested in adding songs to our iPods or MP3 players that now we cannot listen to them … or yes we can.
Because there is a way to connect a turntable to the HomePod without using cables. We tell you how to get it.
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How to connect a record player (or any other music player) to the Apple HomePod wirelessly
Using HomePods as a wireless speaker for a turntable or any other music player is made possible by AirPlay. The native system created by Apple to listen, view and share our content privately, which we can use to give our old music collections a second chance.
What we need to connect our HomePod to the turntable
The requirements to use the HomePods as a speaker for a turntable or any other player without a Bluetooth connection are:
- An iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone that compatible with AirPlay and minimum iOS 11.4. Ideally, leave it there connected, so it is better to choose one that we use little or that is not our main device.
- An application that sends the sound to the HomePods by AirPlay: In this case we have tested AirChord (compatible with iOS 12 and iPadOS 12). It is an application that receives the sound from the player and sends it via AirPlay to Apple’s HomePod. There are other options within the App Store such as Microphone Live, but we have chosen AirChord for its simplicity and ability to send sound without problems.
- Connection cables: It depends on the type of connection that the equipment we want to connect has, we will need more or fewer cables. Lightning to Auxiliary Audio, Lightning to USB, USB-C to USB and so on up to a long list of possibilities that, as we say, depends on the available connections you have.
Basically what we have to be clear about is that we need to connect said equipment (iPod, Minidisc, record player, walkman, etc.), with an iPad or iPhone to act as a “bridge” between them and the HomePods. thanks to AirChord.
How to connect our old turntable with the HomePod
Once everything we need is achieved, the system is as simple as connecting the player to the iPhone or iPad, opening the AirChord application that we have downloaded and selecting the HomePods as sound output in the application (We can also choose the Apple TV as an audio output using the speakers of our television).
Once everything is connected and activated, we will simply have to put our records on, lower the needle and we will be able to enjoy all those LP’s that were anxiously waiting for a new opportunity. We anticipate that sound quality is not perfect Due to various factors such as the condition of the turntable, the number of connections we have to make, if the equipment includes a preamplifier, etc … But of course it perfectly fulfills its function.
The turntable with which we have tested all this that we tell you step by step, included a USB-A connection and the results have been quite good. Listening again to those records that we had stored and that would have fallen into oblivion, has made our turntable to have its place at home ready to enjoy that sound vintage unmistakable.