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2007-03-16, 08:32
I am looking to integrate the SB into an existing home distributed A/V
system. It is a Niles system with 5 zones. Speaker cables all go back to
the a/v closet. There are no local inputs in the different zones (like the
Russound system can do with the Abus local source inputs). There are also
no stand alone recievers in different rooms. Ethernet and Wireless capabilty
is good every where so that is not an issue.

I would like to be able to have different music streaming to different zones
at the same time. I would like to do at least two different simutaneous
streams. This is the solution I have come up with, but it seems hardly

Install 2 SBs in the A/V closet ( called for example, Main-SB1 and
Main-SB2). These would be on different audio inputs on the Niles
reciever. In each zone I would have a SB (or at least two or three
wireless ones that could be moved around, as needed). To listen to one
stream in the kitchen I would synch the kitchen SB to Main-SB1 and select
the appropriate audio source on the Niles local keypad; at the same time if
someone wanted to listen to a separate stream in the media room, that SB
would be synched to the Main-SB2 and they would select the appropriate audio
source on the Niles keypad.

I think it would work, but the downsides are: a lot of SBs, and possible
confusion as to who is listening to which stream in which zone. I suppose
one could be fixed (like ktichen always synched to Main-SB1) and the other
the 'floater'...still not ideal.

If anyone has another solution or ideas I'd greatly appreicate it. Thanks.,