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Multiroom systems which one?

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  1. schillaci0

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    Looking at multiroom av systems but which one, like the xantech but distributes video over coax/composite and i really wanted cat5 dist but not the costly crestron,amx etc. :nono:
    Has any body got any systems to recommend :lease:
     
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    Hi
    Look at: Speakercraft, systemline and living control, they all have + and - aspects but overall they are one i would recommend.
    Video over Cat5, limited options there i'm afraid!

    Good luck
     
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    Hi craig, do you have any experience with the xantech and what are the various merits of the systems you suggested
     
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    anybody else got any experiance with multiroom systems
     
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    Yep i have experience of Multiroom systems.... for video over cat5 look at channel plus
     
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    Would you like to share !!!!!!!!!
     
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    QED Systemline 4.3 4.4, MusiQIS and RF, Systemline modular, Living control, B&O.......Channel plus.... Need i go on.... Channels PLus is what you need to look at!
     
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    AV Nex make a good AV over CAT5e system or an alternative would be to look at Square D and thier Cat7 system which allows full UHF band to pass through the cable with no processing or whizzy electronics.
     
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    Any reason to have the cat5 run the video
     
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    Does anyone know if Channel Plus will transmit remote signals for irDA devices such as the Telewest and NTL cable boxes?
     
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    dont think so but can use a learning remote and Red eye.........see www. redremote.com (if its a PAce 4000 series box it is IR anyway)
     
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    I can't see which of the Channel Plus units would suit you best, which model are you looking at?

    I will also check with Av Nex as to what IR signals the Nexus will pass and whether there is any regenertaion or processing done.

    I would also check to see if the Channel Plus device broadcasts the received IR signals to all outputs? I was supprised how many of them still do! The nexus has targetted IR, ie it send the ir codes only to the device you are using and therefore you can have multiple DTT Receviers or CD players from the same manufacturer.
     
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    See www.kat5.tv for distribution of video + stereo audio and IR. You can build a nice and fairly cheap system with this stuff plus some Harmony remotes.
     
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    Try looking at the latest systemline multi room A/V system, very nice! :smashin:
     
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    I agree SB, however afaik the IR routing lets it down.

    Basically it can not route its IR to the specific deviece you are using, it just blasts it out to what ever wants to listen.

    In effect this is fine if all your source equipment is different, however if you have a couple of freeview boxes or cd players from the same manufacturer then you will end up controlling both at once.
     
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    Working in IT and being a general techno geek, I first looked into this about two years ago. Multi room system then, and in many respects today are still in their infancy, but boy are things changing.

    To cut this story short I made my first investment in a Turtlebeach AudioTron which I used to stream mp3 from a PC based file share to my HIFI . This system worked well, but due to a number of things mainly the black box = low WAF or in my case WHFS (Wife Has Final Say) I sold it.

    Anyway being an avid fan of open and non proprietary music formats (IT has taught me all to well about this!!!) and an ever accelerating convergence of PC/MAC and audio equipment, I pursued a Roku soundbridge (http://www.rokulabs.com) to replace the AudioTron..

    The soundbridge is similar in operation to custom multi room systems and works on server/ client basis but the server is either a PC/MAC (or in my case a linksys NSLU2). The advantage of this solution or similar solutions e.g. the squeeze box are as follows
    1. Support for a variety of music formats e.g MP3, WAV, WMA
    2. Your music library can be managed from your PC and storage is only limited to the size of hard drive( s) you own.
    3. Choice of music servers e.g (itunes, Windows media connect and mt-daapd.)

    I could waffle on about this all night but all I suggest is that you do your research.

    Which way you turn is you choice (kind of the blue or red pill decision) but in essence it boils down to two types of technology.
    1. Dedicated multiroom systems such as the Yamaha Musicast or
    2. PC/Mac systems such as the Soundbridge or Squeeze Box

    I hope people with some clout on these forums like HornyDragon or MAW will push to create a new topic on the audio forum for multiroom systems as they are a whole and rapidly growing beast .

    Look forward to any comments
     
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    Oh, never thought about that, surely theres a way of limiting the ir signal?
    :lesson: :lesson:
     
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    No, sorry SB. No way of limiting where the IR is sent to. This is because IR is only the transport medium, not the code.

    The code is a basically an rs232 style code and the central devices have no way of interpreting them and identifying which source it is intended for.

    The nexus basically only knows which input you are using and routes any received IR to that i/p.

    Hinesle - the devises that have so far been mentioned here are all analogue composite systems that use cat5e as the transmission medium rather than digital systems using IP networks.

    IMO, Whilst I agree that it is a format that is rapidly growing the IP based system have quite along way to go to catch up with the price and function of their analogue stable mates.
     
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