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Topic # 30732 19-Feb-2009 14:44
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Hi everyone,

I’m thinking about adding sound to a second room in my house, and I’d appreciate any advice or opinions on it.
The plan is to put a new amp in the back room of the house, connected to two sets of speakers: one indoors, one outdoors. These speakers will play the same music, but it’d be nice to be able to switch them on and off separately – which I figure should be fairly trivial with the right amp.
However, all of my music sits on a PC in the lounge, some 30m away from the back room of the house. The PC is connected to the stereo in the lounge and uses iTunes for playback. Once I've added some speakers to the back room, I’d like to be able to do the following: 
-     Play different music in the lounge and the back room, or
-     Have all speakers play the same music (in sync)
-     Control playback in the lounge from the lounge
-     Control playback out the back from the back room

Simply running long speaker cables from the lounge to the back room won’t work because I’d have to run to the lounge every time I wanted to change a track, and all sets of speakers would have to play the same music.

I’ve been wondering whether a pair of Squeezebox Duets may be the way to go. Looking at the marketing material, a remote can control two or more receivers; the receivers can either play back the same music or different music. You can also have multiple controllers talking to the receivers, so I could have one controller living in each room.

So... what am I missing? Any other, better approaches?
CheersBuzzy

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  Reply # 196742 19-Feb-2009 17:34
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A receiver with Zone2/3 will do that.
If you only plan on having one input ie ipod from lounge ,then you can 'control it'
from the back room as well ie control the volume

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  Reply # 197327 22-Feb-2009 18:03
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Lots of recievers have an IR jack on them for a xantech or similar system to control zone 2, and some come with a smaller second remote.

Just be aware that on all the ones I have used, zone 2 is stereo only, and will only take analog inputs, so you have to connect up all those RCA cables that you would otherwise not need.




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  Reply # 197384 23-Feb-2009 00:11
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richms: Lots of recievers have an IR jack on them for a xantech or similar system to control zone 2, and some come with a smaller second remote.

Just be aware that on all the ones I have used, zone 2 is stereo only, and will only take analog inputs, so you have to connect up all those RCA cables that you would otherwise not need.

I have just discovered this and am a bit bummed.  The flagship Denon AVRs can output from digital to the other zones, just not HDMI.

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  Reply # 197386 23-Feb-2009 00:15
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Not really a big deal because if you were to put 5.1 or more in the second zone you would probably have a reciever there, but one thing that cropped up for a friend was a delay in the digital audio in the main zone that wasnt present in the second one, so you had a pre-echo from the next room which was _really_ annoying.




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  Reply # 197387 23-Feb-2009 00:29
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richms: Not really a big deal because if you were to put 5.1 or more in the second zone you would probably have a reciever there, but one thing that cropped up for a friend was a delay in the digital audio in the main zone that wasnt present in the second one, so you had a pre-echo from the next room which was _really_ annoying.

For me the biggest issue is I'm using HDMI from my PS3 and it is not possible to output simultaneously from the analog.  Well, I haven't hooked it up yet, so I'm not sure what kind of work around I can come up with.



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  Reply # 197401 23-Feb-2009 09:57
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One of the problems with a two-zone receiver is that I'd have no control over playback while in the back room. Switching tracks would necessitate going to the lounge and back. Yep, sounds lazy, but the point here is to have essentially two separate stereos and still be able to use the one source of music (MP3s on the PC in the lounge)
Also, if I had the one receiver in the lounge, iTunes would need to play back two tracks at a time, which I'm fairly sure it can't do :(

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  Reply # 197441 23-Feb-2009 13:46
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bazzer: For me the biggest issue is I'm using HDMI from my PS3 and it is not possible to output simultaneously from the analog.  Well, I haven't hooked it up yet, so I'm not sure what kind of work around I can come up with.
Yep times two here.  Zone 2 receiver but only off analogue inputs and stupid PS3 only does audio / video out of one type of outupt at a time.

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