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Master Geek
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# 208737 25-Feb-2017 16:53
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I’m looking to setup a media server in a dance studio using the items in the diagram. I currently have all the hardware except the Mac Mini. I’m looking to get one from 2009 as they have a DVD player. The setup I have in mind is as per the diagram.


Constraints are:


  • Good sound
  • Ability to play DVD
  • Ability to switch/ fast fwd/back/pause to any dvd track or music file within seconds
  • Ability to switch from viewing video on the TV to music within seconds.
  • Wireless control

I can’t put the dance files on the Mac Mini as they are menued and this gets screwed up when copied to HDD. The teacher wants quick-fire access, minimal hardware and to remove all the clutter of current cables and ancient media equipment.


So, I’m looking for constructive advice from those here in a better position than I to decide if my plan is sound or sucks. Many thanks.


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Uber Geek
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  # 1726185 25-Feb-2017 17:13
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A soundbar for a dance studio?


That um, would be a first.


My MacMini has a DVD drive and an HDMI cable, so just make sure you get the correct generation Mac to avoid extra adaptors / complexity.

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  # 1726210 25-Feb-2017 18:33
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A soundbar for a dance studio?


That um, would be a first.  ...



How big is the dance studio?


Surely you need a real sound system?   undecided



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  # 1726238 25-Feb-2017 19:49
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10m x 10m


Mate - you need to pull on your lycra and get down to the nearest dance school - lots have sound systems worthy of Home Theatre :-)

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  # 1726258 25-Feb-2017 21:08
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10m x 10m


Mate - you need to pull on your lycra and get down to the nearest dance school - lots have sound systems worthy of Home Theatre :-)



Pretty sure that's exactly what they meant! Your're proposing using a soundbar in a dance studio.... I very much doubt it's performance would be up to the task.


You would be better off looking for a sound system that's "worthy of Home Theatre" as that would be more likely to give you decent performance in a dance studio situation.

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  # 1726338 26-Feb-2017 08:11
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Thanks all but it I've alrready tried it with an iPod; it sounds great. I'll add Playbar and Sub later to boost the sound. We don't want a disco blasting out music and the system we have in mind will work.


But will the connection method (as per diagram), work - THIS is my question?


Thanks again.

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  # 1726433 26-Feb-2017 11:47
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No - your diagram is stuffed too.


Why would you run an ethernet cable from a Soundbar to a computer?




Play 5's spread evenly around the room with the addition of a sub or two as require - probably.


But basically, 10 x 10 and people dancing / making noise etc equates to a PA system.


Maybe use a Sonos connect if you're hung up on Sonos, but really - not what I'd attempt.

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