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Roku Soundbridge, multi-room?

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by MikeFish, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. MikeFish

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    Does anybody know if the Roku Soundbridge will allow you to play different songs in different rooms at the same time (assuming of course you have a Soundbridge in each room)?
    I know the Squeezebox allows you to play independantly or simultaneously in different rooms (as do many other players), but I can't find a reference to this anywhere on the Roku website.
    Would the Roku with the Squeezebox software allow it?

    Please help!
     
  2. Messiah

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    I believe you can have multiple SBs. The real issue is likely to be the PC streaming the files. i.e. How powerful. However, even a lowly PC can stream multiple audio streams concurently so I wouldn't see any problem at all with modern hardware.
     
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    The Soundbridge was designed for multiroom use, there are a couple of things to bear in mind when haqving multiple systems and these are as follows

    1) the music server software, most have a number of connections limit, itunes can have a max of 5 connections and windows media connect has a max of 10 i think.

    2) The wireless bandwidth and how much you have, the Soundbridge currently works on 11b which is 11mb or 22mb maximum throughput, so if you have 4 or 5 M1000 units you are sharing 11MB between the 5 units. So if you are streaming uncompressed WMA music files these can easily be 2MB or more streams so here you would be pushing the limits of the WIFI with only a few systems streaming, if you were running itunes and the files were 128KB AAC files for instance, these are streamed as is because the Soundbridge has an onboard AAC encoder so it can uncompress and decode once it receives the packet stream therefore this compression uses significantly less bandwith, I have 4 soundbridges running on a mixed 11b/11g network, the music server is connected to the router via cable at 100mbit, this means the WIFI loading is kept to a minimal. My main computer is connected via 11g wireless and I have tested the system quite extensively, I can run 4 Soundbridges and surf the net without problems on a 11b/11g network.

    We sell the Soundbridge in the UK I am happy to discuss your technical questions either by email or phone. I have run them under many different scenarios to test them to the limit!
     
  4. Messiah

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    Hi av-techno

    I am very keen to get a couple of SBs but have failed to find any suitable active speakers to use with them. I don't want a separate Sub and wish to steer clear of PC type actives. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    HI Messiah

    Decent active speakers are hard to come by, there are a few sites that specialise in good music quality active speakers.

    try http://www.dv247.com/icat/34 they sell active speakers for studios etc, prices are very reasonable starting at just 140 pounds or so. Just remember you will need active speakers with L/R RCA sockets.

    Maplin have a pair for 24.95 that look reasonable but I do not know what they sound like. See them at this link

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=27962&TabID=1&WorldID=&doy=11m1

    Also the yamaha range of powered speakers are good check this link out

    http://www.proaudiosystems.co.uk/acatalog/All_Products___Yamaha___Powered_Monitors_240.html

    Hope this helps, most active speakers are generally not the greatest music speakers, my preference would always be to go for a small map and seperate speakers, try richersounds, here you can really pick up some very cheap but good hifi amps and speaker packages, with an amp you will have better control of the sound with trebel and bas controls etc.
     
  6. Messiah

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    Thanks. I'm trying to achieve a minimalist look in a bedroom and breakfast room and ideally just want the SB on a wall bracket with nothing else. I guess I could place the amp in a cupboard or the roof space but then control becomes an issue. I'll give it some further thought. Thanks again.
     
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    Hi Messiah

    I have just spoken to one of our tech guys and he has suggested the following sites

    http://www.electrashop.co.uk/Speakers.htm

    They have a very good pair of bookshelf active speakers for 49.95 + shipping not bad

    also for really fancy in ceiling speakers etc try http://www.hiddenspeakers.com/

    hope this helps you in your quest,

    PS I think we have met in the ROKULABS forums in the past although my ID is different in this discussion group.
     
  8. Messiah

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    Thanks for the extra links etc. Some more reading :) and spending maybe :laugh:

    I don't spend much time in the SB forums now but am active in the HD1000 (aka Photobridge) forums.
     

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