For Streaming Music
Q: How can I connect my old receiver to the cloud and stream music?
A: If you don't want to upgrade to a whole-home system like Sonos', the simplest solution is to get a Bluetooth adapter (Logitech, Monoprice, and Bose sell them for less than $60) for your stereo to beam music from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. An alternative is to integrate it into your entertainment system. If you don't mind using your TV to browse for music, connect your receiver to the AirPlay-enabled Apple TV ($69; apple.com) to play tunes from your computer or the Beats Music service. The best solution we've found, however, is Blumoo ($99; blumoo.com), a universal remote that lets you control nearly any home theater device from your phone. When connected to your stereo receiver, it transmits the songs or streaming audio that are playing on your smartphone. If you want superior sound quality, hook your stereo up to the Myro: Air ($599; myrocontrol.com), which has a built-in digital-to-analog convertor and makes music streamed from any iOS device via Airplay sound fantastic.