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Multiroom mp3 - what's the simplest way to achieve it

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by justinmckeever, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. justinmckeever

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    Hi,
    As a newbie to AV, I am looking for some advice. I want to be able to browse and listen to my mp3's (located on a pc in the study) from any room in the house simultaneously.

    I have installed Cat 6 cable from the study to all rooms in the house, but haven't got any further than that...........any ideas?
    Thanks
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    Justin
     
  2. hornydragon

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    if the room s have a TV set there are media adapterrs by linksys netgear and belkin that will do the job as well as Roku and other more specialist kit
     
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    thanks for the response hornydragon

    but what's the best way of distributing mp3's to rooms with no tv? For example - can I connect a multi-channel amp to the pc, then assign a channel to each room, or should I use an ethernet network or something else??

    sorry...........but I'm quite confused!!

    Justin
     
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    There is one easy answer; Squeezebox2

    I'd been playing around with their core software, SlimServer and a software version of the actual box called Softsqueeze. Both are free to download and give you a great feel for how the unit actually behaves.

    I just recently received my hardware Squeezebox2 and it's great. It can be used in a multi room environment either as individual units or as unified players, ie all players in the set up playing in sync.

    It can be used wired or wirelessly, has all the outputs you're ever going to need, has a fantastic display and is truly set up in minutes, if you already have the SlimServer software installed and set up. It plays most type of files and there is a great plugin for the server software in order to playback BBC radio stations, called AlienBBC.

    I did a fair bit of research and this is far superior to any of it's similarly priced rivals, especially the one that starts with an R***.

    Of course if budget is no option, then the Sonos multiroom system is getting great reviews.

    Try the software version to see how it works and then take it from there............

    D.
     

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