Skip to comments.Vanity: Home music system advice wanted!
Posted on 12/11/2011 11:58:50 AM PST by narses
I have, like many people, a lot of music in my iTunes and MP3 / CD collection. What are good choices for getting the music in multiple rooms with wireless speakers from either one computer or maybe a home server?
I am looking for all ideas, hardware, software, speakers, websites, articles - bring it on!
(I am on a limited budget, so value based ideas are a real plus!)
This is either my second or third ever vanity. Any advice, links, ideas or suggestions are most welcome.
900mHz. Google it.
I just make it louder. But I only have three rooms.
I’ve looked at wireless systems for a while, but I haven’t food a good solution that isn’t horribly expensive. Really the only way to do this effectively with reasonable costs - at least that I’ve found - is to simply install a wired system. Yes, it’s a pain.
I went looking for stereo stuff. The kids at Best Buy thought I sounded crazy. Sigh. Getting old.
I also have a tv/fm card, and a computer controlled am/sw radio
plugged into the line input.
And, the xmitter (and radio) is plugged into the power station.
In my case, what I do is simply turn the xmitter on from the power
station, set the speakers to quad, launch the whatever
outputting media app, and I'm good to go, even outside, within
reason, with any fm radio.
Several people I know have the Sonos system and are quite happy with it. Researching it better and perhaps getting some of their hardware is on my “to-do” list.
Wow. Just wow!
Assuming you already have a wireless router and an amplifier and speakers in each room, Airport Express only costs about $80/room.
We have 11 rooms, and louder works just fine.
Of course I'm half deaf, but if loud bothers you, do as my dogs do and burrow your head under some pillows. My wife usually goes outside or leaves when Klieber’s 5th is on.
Im in the middle of deploying a free linux media server called VortexBox. Mostly geared at audio/music.
In this setup, the VortexBox computer functions as the (monitorless) storage and server for all your media. You access and play from any other computer on your network using the media player of your choice. The VortexBox is also a CD Ripper, so you can add any CD to your library just by dropping it in the caddie.
So you can either have one computer as the main player hooked to you home stereo - or just play off the speakers of whatever device you might be using.
So far, so good - I use Ubuntu 11.10 and Banshee didn’t want to connect - So I ditched that for the much more straightforward “Ario” - connected no problem. Just supply the IP address that is reported when you boot your vortexbox.
We are infested with Sonos, and love the hell outta the whole system. I can carry a speaker out to my campfire (150 feet away), plug in the speaker, and listen to music in woods while carrying on and reading Free Republic!! It just doesn’t get any better than that.
I have Apple’s Airport Express hooked into three different stereo systems in three separate areas.
I was using a Dlink router, but I upgraded to an Airport Extreme as the router as it seems to have more power with the Expresses so as not to get jitter.
It is important to run your itunes off of the fastest processor computer that you have. I use one of the Win 7s for that. The older XP did stagger sometimes.
Actually, I use PCs for my work, but Apple is good for entertainment purposes. My son clued me in on all this music stuff. I can run all the stereos at once or just the one I want.
Also, if you have an iPad, there is a remote app so that you can control the music, once it is running, off of the Pad.
Maybe more than you wanted to know!
Everything you will ever need to know about speakers is in the film “Ruthless People”:
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This thread has some interesting info, thought you’d like it.
First I have heard of it. I am thinking my 8 track collection may be dated. Sigh. Getting old is a bear.
If you're playing CDs and Records, wire the house with a GOOD, at least 10 gauge twisted strand speaker wire and buy high-end speakers like Polk Audio or similar.
You WILL hear the difference.
MP3, you'll never know...
talk to a general contractor in your area - he is likely to be able to turn you on to a media guy in your area who will know exactly what you need.
This is actually one of my secondary projects in my programming hopper right now - I want something that I can use as an alarm clock that will pipe music to a bedroom at an appointed time, and handle music throughout the house... not to mention piping movies/inet content to whichever tv I care to use, among other things... So I am writing my own. BUT, being a secondary and complicated project, I don’t expect it to be ready anytime soon.
Check X10 website for re-transmitters. If you have good wifi, use Apple Airport, or TV or other product. They will let you transmit to another amp/speaker set, or another TV
Well developed open source streaming software for wired or wireless lan. Very high quality audio. Have used for years. See: http://forums.slimdevices.com/ Also click on 'Products' at the top of the page.
A good place to get an overview is their Wiki at http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/Main_Page
Players are now sold by Logitech who bought Slimdevices and can also be found on EBay.
You really should check out CD players with vacuum tube LOGIC. Now if they could just get it a little smaller than the size of a large house...