Here’s a tip I got from Zero (thanks!). There’s a new device called Gramafon, and it does exactly what my solution does, but it works out of the box, for 59 euro’s. It’s a small device which you can connect to your internet, and to your AV receiver or wireless speakers. After that you can connect to the device from any other device with Spotify Connect. It has a build-in DAC, I don’t know if it’s a good one, but I think it probably is.
So this is a very nice solution if you want something which works out of the box, no setup or installing of applications. If you want something more do-it-yourself or you want a device which you use for more things than Spotify only, than a Android Mini PC, optional with external USB DAC, is your best solution.
Finally, Spotify Connect seems to be available in the Spotify Desktop app! In this beta version it’s working as you can see in the picture above! I hope it will be soon available in the stable version.
I’ve tried several apps now to keep the Android Spotify Connect server running smooth. I’ve already written about Autostart and Stay!, a must for this system. Now I found another app which seems to extend the “uptime” alot. It’s called All-in-One Toolbox. It has a lot of functionality in it, but a great thing about it, is that it can do some tasks automatically via plugins. I have set it to clear the cache and remove junk files automatically at a specific time interval. I also have set a feature which disables the wifi at a time interval (at night).
Since I use this app, the MK808II seems to running smoother, and has a much longer uptime. Spotify Connect is now almost always available. So maybe it’s useful for you too.