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french@maine.rr.com
2004-07-25, 05:54
Hiya

Warning: I am very much a novice when it comes to this stuff!

I have a whole house music plan that involves some type of music server, for which I'm considering PrismIQ and Slimp3/squeezebox. I'm going to throw my plan out there in hopes that if I'm missing something, one of y'all will catch it! Here goes:

My music (yet to be obtained) will be mostly WMA and MP3, housed on an external hard drive. That drive will either be connected to a networked PC or it will be networked directly using a Network Storage Unit to my Linksys hub. A PC on my network will access the tunes and put them out via an RCA connection to my home theatre system. The music server would obviously intercept..and that would allow me to select tunes. I've also wondered whether I could get by without it...by simply using a media player on the PC that's attached to the Bose receiver. In the current plan, this will all be wired. Wireless will only apply if I tap into the external hard drive from one of the other computers on the network.

My other open issue is that when I obtain the music I believe I can specify which format I prefer. What would be best given this setup?

Any comments/suggestions?

NP

Jack Coates
2004-07-25, 08:40
> Hiya
>
> Warning: I am very much a novice when it comes to this stuff!
>
> I have a whole house music plan that involves some type of music server,
> for which I'm considering PrismIQ and Slimp3/squeezebox. I'm going to
> throw my plan out there in hopes that if I'm missing something, one of
> y'all will catch it! Here goes:
>
> My music (yet to be obtained) will be mostly WMA and MP3, housed on an
> external hard drive. That drive will either be connected to a networked
> PC or it will be networked directly using a Network Storage Unit to my
> Linksys hub. A PC on my network will access the tunes and put them out
> via an RCA connection to my home theatre system. The music server would
> obviously intercept..and that would allow me to select tunes. I've also
> wondered whether I could get by without it...by simply using a media
> player on the PC that's attached to the Bose receiver. In the current
> plan, this will all be wired. Wireless will only apply if I tap into the
> external hard drive from one of the other computers on the network.
>

consider the noise output of a PC, and the fact that every active PC in
the house increases your updating and maintenance workload. Here's what
I'd do (my own setup is much like this):

1) Put one powerful server computer in the basement, closet, or some other
location where noise isn't an issue. Mine's in the office where I can hear
it all the time, which is kind of annoying. Put the Slimserver software on
here and put the disks in it, then share them out with the networking
software of your choice.

2a) If you have a huge modern house where sound zones don't overlap and
walking from one room to another takes a while, get a Squeezebox and a
pair of powered speakers for each place you want to listen to music in.

2b) If you have a cozy older house, get a quad-channel amp and string
speaker wire into the rooms where you want music. Set one squeezebox on
top of the amp and that's that. I use the older model SliMP3 and a
two-channel amp, but this is what I do.

3) Use software players on PCs to play music from the mounted drives when
you just want to hear something quick without changing what's on the main
stereo.

> My other open issue is that when I obtain the music I believe I can
> specify which format I prefer. What would be best given this setup?
>

High-quality MP3 or FLACs. There are audiophiles on the list who will give
you more on this issue.

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