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#265369 18-Jan-2020 14:53
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I'm looking for cheap solution to play the audio from a Windows 10 PC throughout my home, over three pairs of speakers, in three rooms.

My home is 2 stories, about 11 meters by 11 meters.

I have CAT6 cables running throughout.

Priorities

1) cost most important

2) if wired, must work through a 1Gbps network switch. If wireless, must have decent range and/or work with 802.11n 100 Mbps (real bandwidth 72 Mbps)

3) simplicity (plug and play, or something like an autostart monitor-less Raspberry pi)

4) then reliability (will play most of day, every day)

5) audio quality least important. It doesn't have to be perfectly synchronized, as doors to rooms will be closed.

Cheers

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  #2401427 18-Jan-2020 16:25
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Cheap, end-of-line powered multi-room speakers... maybe on TradeMe.

 

Hard wire them.

 

Oh yeah make sure they will play via Windows MP.

 

There have been a host of multi-room attempts from LG / Samsung etc that may have left speakers kicking around the 2nd hand market.


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  #2401439 18-Jan-2020 17:25
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Don't touch the LG ones. Complete trash support, and they had an upgrade which just bricked multiroom using their own app, only works with grouping in chromecast now with its lousy functionality and which cant be fed from the 3.5mm input or bluetooth. No way to downgrade so mine are all just acting as speakers for echos if they have the input, or gathering dust on the H3's which have no input. I really should offload them sometime.





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  #2401441 18-Jan-2020 17:27
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As a way of doing it, I would install OBS on the PC, and set it up to stream to a multicast address, then on the other devices just run VLC and play the multicast URL that you put in the windows PC to stream to. Iffy on wireless, but has worked for me on wired cheap junk android TV boxes when I needed to send a windows desktop around the place for other people to look at.





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  #2401442 18-Jan-2020 17:32
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define cheap.

 

If it were me, I would get three Sonos devices, plays over the wifi, job done for less than a grand and no mucking around.

 

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  #2401452 18-Jan-2020 18:32
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richms:

As a way of doing it, I would install OBS on the PC, and set it up to stream to a multicast address, then on the other devices just run VLC and play the multicast URL that you put in the windows PC to stream to. Iffy on wireless, but has worked for me on wired cheap junk android TV boxes when I needed to send a windows desktop around the place for other people to look at.



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      #2401456 18-Jan-2020 18:41
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    SATTV:

    define cheap.


    If it were me, I would get three Sonos devices, plays over the wifi, job done for less than a grand and no mucking around.


    John




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