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french@maine.rr.com
2004-07-25, 10:28
Thanks Jack. Good suggestions. I do have a large house where I don't expect noise to be an issue. My plan was to put the 'player' PC in the basement along with the storage drive. I don't think I need to worry about sound in each room as I've already wired each room for sound via the Bose system, which I control from a central 'head unit' in my living room or RF remote control from anywhere on the property. Unless I'm missing something, I can send the audio signal straight from the PC to the squeezebox and then into the bose. I gather it has 2 channel analog/RCA outputs??

NP

----- Original Message -----
From: Jack Coates <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org>
Date: Sunday, July 25, 2004 11:40 am
Subject: [slim] considering the squeezebox

>
> > 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
> whatI'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.
>
> --
> Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
> "Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
> themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA
>

Jack Coates
2004-07-25, 11:24
> Thanks Jack. Good suggestions. I do have a large house where I don't
> expect noise to be an issue. My plan was to put the 'player' PC in the
> basement along with the storage drive. I don't think I need to worry
> about sound in each room as I've already wired each room for sound via the
> Bose system, which I control from a central 'head unit' in my living room
> or RF remote control from anywhere on the property. Unless I'm missing
> something, I can send the audio signal straight from the PC to the
> squeezebox and then into the bose. I gather it has 2 channel analog/RCA
> outputs??
>

right -- plug ethernet into the Squeezebox, then take RCA from the
Squeezebox to the Bose.

> NP
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jack Coates <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org>
> Date: Sunday, July 25, 2004 11:40 am
> Subject: [slim] considering the squeezebox
>
>>
>> > 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
>> whatI'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.
>>
>> --
>> Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
>> "Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
>> themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA
>>