Do I need a separate base station to stream to a AX

I have an Intel Imac and I want to stream airtunes to an AX.
I do not currently have a wireless network. My Imac is connected to the internet directly through an ethernet cable from my dsl modem.
Can I stream just by connecting the AX to my stereo and turning the airport in the imac on, or do I need a separate wireless router first. The AX documentation makes it look like I need another AX or AE that I would use as a base station?

AirPort Express Base Station (AX) - iTunes Setup
Either connect to the AX's wireless network or connect directly, using an Ethernet cable, to the Ethernet port of the AX, and then using the AirPort Utility in "Manual Setup" mode, make the following changes:
AirPort > Base Station
o Base Station Name: <rename or leave default>
o Base Station Password: <enter desired password>
o Verify Password: <re-enter desired password>
o Remember this password in my keychain: (optional)
o Set time automatically: (unchecked)
AirPort > Wireless
o Wireless Mode: Create a wireless network
o Network Name: <enter a name or leave default>
o Radio Mode: 802.11n (b/g compatible)
o Wireless Security: <select the encryption type of the existing wireless network>
o Channel: Automatic
Music
o Enable AirTunes (checked)
o iTunes Speaker Name: <enter desired speaker name>
o iTunes Speaker Password: (optional)
o Verify Password: (optional)
o Click Update to write the new settings to the AX
In iTunes:
iTunes > Preferences... > Advanced > General
o Look for remote speakers connected with AirTunes (checked)

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