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#119183 23-May-2013 17:58
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Hi
This is what I have.

Panasonic TH-P50U20Z Plasma 

Panasonic DMR-XW380 DVD Recorder

Panasonic SC-XH50 DVD Home Theatre

Desktop Computer running Win7 Ultimate 64bit

NVIDIA Quadro FX 560 video card that has dual DVI-I outputs

Sound is currently handled by the motherboards High Definition Audio Device

Watch I currently have hooked up is Home Theatre to TV using their HDMI(ARC) connections

The DVD Recorder is hooked up to the TV using the second HDMI connection on the TV

My computer's video card is hooked up to the TV using the third HDMI connection on the TV

The computers sound single output is connected to the Home Theatre's AUX input with a cable that starts with one plug at the computer and splits in to two at the Home Theatre's AUX input. 


So now that we have all those details down this is what I use this lot for at the moment.

Watch TV and listen to TV sound through Home Theatre's speakers..HDIM(ARC) works good.

Watch movies sent from computer on TV ...third HDMI works good and use Home Theatre's speakers...HDMI(ARC) works good. 

Listen to music from computer on Home Theatre's speakers...AUX input on Home Theatre works good.


So now this is what I want to do......

Put two extra speakers in different parts of house so that I can listen to music form the computer in other rooms.

Each of the two remote speakers will have their own on/off and volume controls in the rooms they are in.

What I don't want is to have to have the computer/Home Theatre set-up playing music at the same time just to be able to run the remote speakers. 

I have room to add a PCI Sound card to the computer or a USB External sound card if need.

So what do I need and how do I set this up?

I have seen this on the net....http://techdigy.com/2012/09/10/how-to-make-a-dual-output-audio-card-for-a-few-dollars/....which uses...Virtual Audio Cable.

Is this maybe the way to go?

As for sound quality ...well my hearing is that damaged from work and too many concussions that good is good enough.

Thanks
Richard





















 





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  #824321 23-May-2013 18:56
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What I don't want is to have to have the computer/Home Theatre set-up playing music at the same time just to be able to run the remote speakers.


Well if you want the audio in the other two rooms to run 100% independently then you will need a separate playback device in each of the two rooms.

If you wanted a cheap setup, I'd get a good  pair of amplified speakers (/speaker monitors)

eg. MicroLab 7c 110W RMS - $229
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=12466
and a music playback device
eg. iPOD / Logitech Squeeze Box etc.

if you have want to use an iphone, android phone, or tablet for a remote then that opens up more possibilities for a network music play back device that doesn't have a display.




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  #824341 23-May-2013 19:27
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Hi
Thanks for your reply.
I don't think I explained myself correctly.
Basically all I want to do is listen to the songs that I have in my computer on my home theatre system...that is what I am doing right now...then I want to switch my computers output to just the two remote speakers. 
Then I can go sit in my office and listen to the music that my computer is playing...WITHOUT having to have my Home Theatre's speakers blearing away in the lounge.
Thanks
Richard

 
 
 
 


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  #824354 23-May-2013 19:43
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Above setup is still probably ideal, as you will have full control within your office, and you will not have to go to your PC to change tracks / change audio device.




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  #824361 23-May-2013 19:54
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Hi
I have had a quick look at the Logitech Squeeze Box.
Quite a ways out of my budget I think.
Is there is simpler cheaper solution?
Don't really need to control song selection from the office...just don't want to have to have the Home Theatre speakers running just to have the remote speakers going.
Thanks
Richard

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  #824387 23-May-2013 20:26
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If you want to spend less than your best bet is actually

Powered 'Computer' Speakers
~$20 upwards on trademe

Wifi MP3 Player, eg. apple ipod touch wifi, samsung galaxy player wifi 5.0 , etc.
~$80 upwards on trademe

Above is a better solution that running some kind of wireless speaker system from the pc in the other room + it gives you control over playback.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/home-audio/other/auction-594993346.htm




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  #824490 23-May-2013 23:49
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Do you use iTunes?
If so, 2 x Airport Express for the two other rooms, plug in some cheap computer speakers and use the Remote app on iTunes to control it all. Pretty straight forward really.

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  #824493 23-May-2013 23:54
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you can also use this with any android device (basically a wireless speaker extender over wifi)

http://www.appszoom.com/android_applications/communication/pocketaudio-headphones_bazph.html




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  #825231 25-May-2013 15:08
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Dunnersfella: Do you use iTunes?
If so, 2 x Airport Express for the two other rooms, plug in some cheap computer speakers and use the Remote app on iTunes to control it all. Pretty straight forward really.


You don't NEED to use iTunes for this. You can use the app of your choosing and use AirFoil to 'send' the output to your speakers. If you have an iPhone/ipad/android you can stream from those too.

http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil

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