[App] SoundWire – Audio Streaming
This is the SoundWire free version. SoundWire lets you stream any music or audio (“what you hear now”) from your
Windows or Linux PC to your Android mobile devices.
Use it as:
A remote speaker or wireless headphones
A way to listen to music and movies from your computer anywhere around your house, or further over cell networks
A wireless extension of live audio from your PC-based music system
SoundWire does audio mirroring (audio cast). You can use any music player on your PC or laptop like Spotify, YouTube, or iTunes and stream the live sound over WiFi directly to your Android device.
SoundWire has low latency (audio delay), which means it can even be used to listen to the soundtrack of a movie or YouTube video while you watch (**Note you must adjust the buffer size in app settings for low latency). There are other uses too… SoundWire can work as a baby monitor or listening device with a computer such as a netbook that has a built-in microphone. Hook up turntables to your computer’s line input and stream a live DJ set to another part of the house over WiFi, or anywhere else over 3G/4G (additional network setup may be needed for 3G/4G).
Before using SoundWire on your Android device you must install and run the SoundWire Server application on the Windows/Linux PC or laptop which is your source of music, web audio streaming, or other sounds. Raspberry Pi is also supported. Download the server at georgielabs.net (do NOT obtain the server from any other web site).
Live audio capture and streaming
Excellent sound quality (44.1 / 48 kHz stereo 16-bit, PCM or Opus compression)
True low latency (unlike AirPlay, Airfoil)
Easy to use
Compression option greatly reduces network usage
Stream audio from PC to PC running x86 virtualized app (Linux/Windows)
Runs on all Android versions back to 1.5, put your old phone to good use
The free version of the app identifies itself by voice every 45 minutes and displays ads. There is a 10 minute compression trial in the free version. The full version enables unlimited Opus audio compression, can handle multiple clients, and has no ads or voice identification. It also has a special Pro Mode to set and display buffer latency precisely in milliseconds. Please consider purchasing the full version of SoundWire if you’d like to support the developer. Android TV: SoundWire will work on most Android TV devices but needs to be sideloaded. After that it will update normally through Google Play.
If you have trouble remember that most issues like dropouts and trouble connecting are related to your WiFi network. The most common reason for connection problems is incorrect firewall settings at the PC or router. For more information and troubleshooting guide see the SoundWire documentation at georgielabs.net/SoundWireHelp.html
Please contact support at soundwire[at]georgielabs.net before leaving a bad review.
SoundWire Google Play icon by Jet Markov courtesy of Jeremiah Strong.
SoundWire user reviews :
Great app to transfer audio from my PC to my phone. I’ve been using it so I can use Bluetooth headphones and it’s great. For anyone who is having latency issues, I would recommend for you to turn the buffer size in the app settings to 8k. Not having to wait for the buffer to be full to stream audio seems to negate almost any delay.
It’s a great piece of software and does what it’s intended to. Hands down it’s an amazing solution. It’s especially nice to have Linux and RaspberryPI support! However it’s not without its problems. It’s impossible to use it for tasks which require real time audio (movies, gaming, conference calls, etc.) due to the huge delay even on the lowest settings. The lowest 8k buffer size and without compression still seems to be too much, I get around 500ms latency with that. With a proper low-latency audio network protocol (that can be turned on/off for network stability) it would be 5 stars. Right now for folks who are trying to connect their bluetooth audio devices to their PC through their phone, a cheaper and better solution might be to directly buy a BT dongle than actually buying the paid version of this software. For those who actually need to overcome long distances to transfer sound to their phone and don’t care about high latency, I can recommend it.
Consider activating compression in the settings! I love this app but I had issues with the sound being choppy. I hadn’t noticed until now that there was an option to compress the sound, which basically eliminates the little skips, and helps lower the latency a bit. You can’t use it indefinitely in the free version, but that makes buying the full version absolutely worthwhile. The latency is still not perfect but I use this app a lot.
I’ve always been frustrated about how far behind TVs are in terms of Bluetooth functionality, and this just fixed it. I have a laptop running Linux hooked up to my TV constantly, so I use that for media now. It’s so convenient having one pair of headphones for two different devices. It does stutter sometimes, but when I’m watching stuff on Prime Video, I can’t find any delay in the audio. I’m gonna use this all the time.
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