The only multi-channel Hi-res Network Audio Streaming app for the Apple Mac,
get Shairwaves and get all your audio devices on all your Macs with no need for extra hardware,
starting from $5
Why Shairwaves? - Unique Benefits
Up to 8-channel high-resolution audio all over your house using just your Macs, Raspberry Pi and PCs
Shared audio devices represented in full on other Macs - all sample rates and other format options
Play with ultra-low latency to any audio device on your network, from any audio application, from any Mac
Upgrade your home theatre amp to provide 8-channel 24-bit wireless audio with sample rates up to 192kHz
Watch an iTunes movie or DVD on your Mac and have the 5.1 surround audio all around you with no wires
Great for gaming with support for true end-to-end 7.1 surround sound and very low latency
Perfect for multichannel music remixes and re-releases
Watch web browser videos with perfect audio sync
Personalised device configuration for each user
None of these capabilities is available with standard AirPlay audio devices
and... you get as many network audio devices as you like for less than just one Apple TV or Airport Express
Try before you buy: download Shairwaves now and try it out for free
Share your Mac's audio devices onto your network, like any other shared network service
Full representation of network audio devices on other Macs, use in the same way as local devices
Play to devices shared by other Macs in true bit-perfect multi-channel HD audio (192kHz/32bit/8ch)
Mac OS 10.5 through OS 10.11 supported including PowerPC Macs
No specific minimum hardware requirements
Linux audio devices supported including Raspberry Pi
Check out the screenshots and features to see how Shairwaves is a new and integrated approach to network audio
Shairwaves is shareware audio software for the Apple Mac and Linux. It brings a new approach to network audio by allowing your Mac and Linux audio output devices to be shared onto your network, like a network drive or a printer, and then played to from other Macs just like any other audio device. This provides total flexibility and control - if your Mac has more than one device, any or all of them can be shared just as with other devices.
Shairwaves extends AirPlay's network audio capability using a bespoke virtual audio device driver which allows any audio device to be represented on other computers, complete with all its features and facilities, a first for Macs. Sample rates up to an HD audiophile 192kHz, sample sizes up to 32 bits, up to 8 output channels (7.1 ch), and 5.1 encoded audio formats are all supported, providing HD multi-channel network audio for the first time on your Mac. Very low network latency settings provide much faster response to clicking through tracks than is available with AirPlay devices, as well as providing accurate video synchronisation. A remote control facility lets you control the playback computer from any of the computers outputting the audio - there may be several if using a multi-output device.
Installing Shairwaves on your Mac allows you to both share your computer's devices with others, and to play to devices shared by other computers running Shairwaves on your network. You can keep adding devices as you want them, they can all be shared. Derived versions of Shairwaves are available for users with fewer computers and output requirements.
You can even play to devices shared by Linux computers running Shairwaves, including Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2 & 3 computers. Their devices appear on your Mac in the same way as those shared by other Macs.
The best network audio solution for your Mac, one Shairwaves license purchase gets you all this, in bit-perfect High Definition, with no need to buy any dedicated network audio hardware and with none of the familiar network audio constraints. Install it today and use the try-before-you-buy facility to see what Shairwaves can do for you.
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Shairwaves on Linux
Shairwaves Linux software provides sharing facilities so that Linux ALSA audio devices appear on Macs as if connected to the Mac directly. Many PCs have on-board HD audio supporting 8-channel output at sample rates of up to 192kHz with sample widths of up to 32 bits, and Shairwaves replicates all of these over the network onto your Macs along with encoded 5.1 audio, if available, for digital interfaces. USB audio devices are also shared over the network.
Intel architectures are supported, as well as Raspberry Pi. A bootable Shairwaves installation can be downloaded onto a memory card or stick with the computer booting from it to provide full Linux Shairwaves features, with no need to have any knowledge of Linux: plug-and-play, switch on and the devices are there on your Macs.
Configuration is by a command-line utility, accessed either by logging in via the computer's screen and keyboard, or from Terminal.app on a Mac using ssh.
Linux drivers for specific devices are sometimes provided by third parties and may be in a state of ongoing development. Please use the try-before-you-buy facility to ensure devices work as wanted prior to purchase.
Please note that the Linux operating system included in the plug-and-play downloads is provided on an "as is" basis, no guarantee can be provided for its correct operation on a specific computer or with a specific device.
Shairwaves on Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2 & 3
The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost credit card-sized USB-powered bare bones computer which can run Linux, booting from an SD card. It has a 3.5mm analogue stereo audio output jack and an HDMI interface which can connect to HDMI audio hardware, both of which are supported by Shairwaves. With its HDMI interface connected to the appropriate audio hardware Shairwaves can output up to 8 channels and sample rates of up to 192kHz with sample sizes of up to 24 bits (8-channel output has a maximum rate of 48kHz, 96kHz on the Raspberry Pi 3, due to hardware limitations), all with lossless HD audio transmission. 5.1 encoded audio output is also available if supported by the connected HDMI audio hardware.
The Raspberry Pi Shairwaves software can be installed along with a provided pre-packaged compact bootable image, downloaded from this website. This can be installed on the Raspberry Pi's SD card using your Mac - a dedicated downloader is included and provides a complete installation of Linux, including the Shairwaves software, giving full shared access to its audio facilities in less than 30 seconds of the Raspberry Pi being powered on. All you have to do is use the downloader to install the image and software onto the card, connect to your network and switch on. In use, there is no need to shut it down before powering off. This is the easiest way to get Shairwaves running on the Raspberry Pi, and a great way to get a dedicated Shairwaves audio server running on your network with no knowledge of how to install and configure Linux.
It is also possible to add a LEDs-and-buttons daughter board to provide remote control facilities and a peak level meter, existing products may require self-assembly of electronic components. These products are not for sale by Coolatoola.com and no specific product is endorsed.
Shairwaves on Raspberry Pi Zero
Shairwaves runs with the same level of functionality on the remarkable $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer. Only HDMI output is supported unless an external audio device is connected, as no 3.5mm analogue output is included. It is also necessary to add an external network adaptor, but for this exceptionally low outlay and low power usage, and being less than half the size of a credit card, you can have the same great network audio as with any other computer running Shairwaves, transforming your home theatre amplifier into a 7.1-channel high resolution network audio monster! Stick one on the back of your HDMI TV and have perfect network audio through it direct from your Mac, powered right from the TV's USB port.
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