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mrarroyo
2010-03-21, 09:21
Hi, first post and not very computer knowledgeable. Currently I have Dell Desktop PC and an EeePC at home. The Dell Desktop PC is hooked up to the web via a cable modem which in turn feeds a Cisco wireless router model WRT310N. I use iTunes and currently I am streaming my music to the EeePC via the wireless router using iTunes Home Sharing feature.

BTW, the Dell Desktop PC has a Chaintech AV710 sound card which I use to send files digitally using an optical cable to feed a Monarchy NM24 DAC which in turn feeds other headphone amps. As you can see when I work on the PC (3-4 hours weeknights and 8-10 hours on the weekends) I listen to my music via headphones. BTW I also sometimes use a Red Wine Audio Isabellina HPA which I connect via USB to feed either the internal headphone amp in the Isabellina HPA or a Red Wine Audio Signature 30.2 which amps an AKG K1000 ear-speaker.

So although late in the game I have a chance to buy an used Squeezebox Classic for a good price and would like to hook it up to my system. I would like your opinion on the two following options. BTW, if you have an alternative or third option I would appreciate you sharing it.

1. I could hook up the SB Classic to one of the Ethernet ports on the Cisco wireless router and connect it to my Dell Desktop PC. This would allow me to listen to the many radio stations which I have read are available via the SB Classic. For my remote EeePC I can then continue using the wireless router to stream the music. However this does not solve the problem w/ my headphone nightstand rig, for which I could either get a 2nd SB Classic to receive the music and then either feed the music to the amp via the RCA outs or send the digital files to a second DAC by the headphone stand rig. OR

2. I could place the SB Classic on the headphone nightstand rig and then stream music wireless's back to the Dell Desktop PC. The files would then be sent via the optical cable to the Monarchy NM24 DAC as I currently do w/ the iTunes files.

So, would the 2nd option work? I am pretty sure the 1st option would work but I would need two SB Classics and thus more money. Thanks for your patience.

amcluesent
2010-03-21, 10:03
I'm confused as to what you're hoping to achieve.

TBH, streaming radio is a 'nice to have' feature of the SB3, but not it's main purpose which is to stream music from your collection on the music server and do away with any reliance on a PC sound-card connected to DAC/Amp.

If you really just want to listen to streamed radio with your current rig, just get a s/w client like Winamp installed the Dell Desktop PC.

mrarroyo
2010-03-21, 10:23
Thanks for the quick response. I am trying to achieve two things:

1. Stream music to my nightstand rig using the SB Classic as a "receiver".
2. Listen to the radio stations available via the SB Classic both at the nighstand rig as well as the Dell Desktop PC.

Thanks again.

amcluesent
2010-03-21, 11:01
>1. Stream music to my nightstand rig using the SB Classic as a "receiver".<

OK, so install Squeezebox Server on the Dell Desktop PC and have it index your files. Install the Squeezebox Classic on the network (wired or wi-fi) and hook it's electrical digital output to the spare input on the Monarchy NM24 DAC. That way you can have streamed music and radio fed into the DAC.

>2. Listen to the radio stations available via the SB Classic both at the nighstand rig as well as the Dell Desktop PC.<

So I'd install the SqueezePlay program onto the Dell Desktop, which is a s/w emulator of a player, so you'll be able to access all the same radio stations and play them on the PC soundcard.

I'm thinking you have an idea the Squeezebox Classic is like a radio, but it always needs Squeezebox Server or mysqueezebox.com before it'll do anything at all.

garym
2010-03-21, 11:03
Thanks for the quick response. I am trying to achieve two things:

1. Stream music to my nightstand rig using the SB Classic as a "receiver".
2. Listen to the radio stations available via the SB Classic both at the nighstand rig as well as the Dell Desktop PC.

Thanks again.

Yes, you can do what you want very simply. Put the SB Classic by the nightstand. On your computer, install "SqueezePlay" (essentially a software version of the player). You can feed them both by connecting to either "mysqueezebox.com" (if you don't care about playing any of your own music files) or "squeezeboxserver" if you want to play your own files as well. Either approach will give you access to 100,000+ internet radio feeds, plus pandora, etc. Find the SQUEEZEPLAY version you need here toward the bottom of the page (either windows, Mac, or Linux).

http://downloads.slimdevices.com/nightly/?ver=7.5

There are other software players as well, but this one works well for me. (note you can't sync the classic and squeezeplay to play at the same time an identical stream. But both can independently play whatever you want.

You can download SqueezeboxServer here (for windows, current version would be 7.4.2:

http://www.mysqueezebox.com/download

You'll also need to sign up for a free account at mysqueezebox.com