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ajmitchell
2006-06-04, 01:41
Hi,

I have got some rooms being rebuilt (eg kitchen/bathroom) where I may not want to see the SB3 (yes I know this sounds crazy!) but rather run from PC using ceiling speakers. Basically nothing can be seen in the room.

My question is, is it wise to install behind a wall or shelf which is very difficult to access? Are there some things (like a hard re-set) that DO need physical line of sight; or can eveything be done from the slimserver interface.

I guess I am most worried when my system hangs and I need to re-boot the SB3 or on upgrades where I have to hold the brightness key.

Alex

ceejay
2006-06-04, 01:49
Personally, I really wouldn't do that if I were you. You've already identified two situations - hard reboot and firmware upgrade - where you might need to "see" it. And, besides, isn't it nice to be able to SEE what's playing?

If you really want blind ceiling speakers then you might be better off dispensing with the SB altogether and running straight audio cable from a multi-channel PC sound card...

Ceejay.

funkstar
2006-06-04, 01:54
if you are having the rooms re-built then could you not get a small cupboard built to house the SBs? that way if you need to get to them you can quite easily.

Although personally i would rather build them into a wall so you could still see the displays. Unless either room is really small and gets really steamy, i can't see there would be a problem with them.

JJZolx
2006-06-04, 10:08
Hi,

I have got some rooms being rebuilt (eg kitchen/bathroom) where I may not want to see the SB3 (yes I know this sounds crazy!) but rather run from PC using ceiling speakers. Basically nothing can be seen in the room.

My question is, is it wise to install behind a wall or shelf which is very difficult to access? Are there some things (like a hard re-set) that DO need physical line of sight; or can eveything be done from the slimserver interface.

I guess I am most worried when my system hangs and I need to re-boot the SB3 or on upgrades where I have to hold the brightness key.
I wouldn't do it. I've had to unplug/plug in my SBs on a couple of occasions to get them back among the living.

If you don't want to be able to see the SB, then obviously you plan on controlling the music in some other way, such as over the network. If that were the case I'd consider some other type of source, such as a PC with multiple soundcards located in a central wiring closet, with long audio runs to the bedrooms, more in line with a typical whole-house audio setup. These setups have been discussed here before, so you might want to do a search.

Pale Blue Ego
2006-06-04, 11:33
It's easy enough to hide the SBs and still allow access. Stick them in a cupboard, or build a little access plate into the wall.

netim3
2006-06-04, 12:54
I do this today. I have ceiling speakers in my bathrooms, but the SBs and room amps are in a cupboard outside the bathroom. I can get to them to update firmware when necessary (only had to do it once when upgrading to SlimServer 6.5). I prefer this approach to running a PC with multiple cound cards etc because I like other functionality such as synching players together, and because I like the audio quality I get.

I use Telcanto on a wifi pocket PC to control all the rooms.

Kenr
2006-06-04, 16:27
Here is an idea http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=24475