I'm trying to solve a simple problem, for which there seems to be no really satisfying solution today: I would like to play music on one computer in my home, and be able to listen to it on a Hi-Fi system in another room, through some kind of (not too expensive) Ethernet adapter, as there is a network connection nearby and my home is wired. Obviously you'd need some sort of virtual sound card on the computer end to address the device remotely and be able to stream music to it, but that's OK.
I know that Airport will do this wirelessly, but I want it to be wired, not wireless, AND I don't want to be forced to use iTunes to play my music (I want to use any music player I want), AND I don't want to buy a whole Airport system as I already have Wi-Fi access points... There are also a number of products that will do it but seem too clunky of expensive, like the Sonos ZP-80 Music system that costs $1000, or the Linksys WMB54G Wireless-G Music Bridge which doesn't work AND is too expensive.
There used to be such a simple device from Devolo, the DLAN Audio Extender, which would use a Powerline connection to stream music, but they discontinued it and I can find absolutely nothing even remotely similar on the market today. This seems strange to me, as I'm certainly not the only one having this problem ? Perhaps the difficulty is that I want to use my existing stereo set and an adapter, not a dedicated music streaming / playing device, of which there are many today.
If anyone has a suggestion, I'd greatly appreciate it!