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orenb
2010-03-31, 10:03
I currently have two SB3 units - one in the living room and another in the bedroom. I'd like to have the music in my study synced to the rest of the house, but I've given up on getting SoftSqueeze to sync properly. I don't want to buy another SB3, so the only alternative I can think of is to connect the SB3 in my bedroom to the receiver in the study using a long (~5M cable). I'd be happy to get some advise on which of the following options would be best:

1. Connect the RCA line-out of the SB3 to an RCA splitter, and then have two pairs of cables connected to each receiver (the one in the bedroom and the one in the study).
2. Connect the first receiver using RCA and the second one using either of the two digital line-outs in the SB3 (optical and coaxial).
3. Connect the SB3 to the bedroom receiver and then use one of the receiver's RCA out ports to connect it to the receiver in the study.

Note that I intend to keep the SB3 in the bedroom, because I can control the SqueezeBox server from the PC in the study.

I'd be happy to hear about any alternative options that don't require buying another SB3.

Thanks! :)

Phil Leigh
2010-03-31, 10:13
Option 2 (coax) or 3 - NOT 1

iPhone
2010-03-31, 10:20
I'd be happy to hear about any alternative options that don't require buying another SB3.

Thanks! :)

Buy a Touch or SB Receiver, just kidding but that would work and not be an SB3. ;=}

Are we talking about 16 feet (~5M) separation? I have no trouble using a Toslink or Coax over that distance especially if the second receiver has its own DAC. Also there would be no Sync issues as both receivers would be playing the same exact input material. The drawback here is actually not being able to play different SBS streams on these two receivers, it will always be the same music.

I don't like the RCA splitter idea for a number of reasons. Using the first Receiver's tape out to feed the second Receiver would also not be one of my choices.

orenb
2010-04-01, 01:07
Thanks for the helpful comments guys.


Option 2 (coax) or 3 - NOT 1

Yes, I guess you're right. Now that I think about it, using a splitter would half the power of the signal, negatively impacting the sound.


Buy a Touch or SB Receiver, just kidding but that would work and not be an SB3. ;=}

SB Receiver sounded like something that shouldn't be that expensive, so I just checked how much it costs. Ouch.


Are we talking about 16 feet (~5M) separation? I have no trouble using a Toslink or Coax over that distance especially if the second receiver has its own DAC. Also there would be no Sync issues as both receivers would be playing the same exact input material.

The distance may be even shorter than 5M.

Both receivers have their own DAC's, but I'm sure the SB3 DAC is better. Now, wouldn't there be latency issues if one receiver gets an analog signal and the other gets digital signal that still needs to be converted?


The drawback here is actually not being able to play different SBS streams on these two receivers, it will always be the same music.

This isn't likely to pose a problem.


Using the first Receiver's tape out to feed the second Receiver would also not be one of my choices.

The main reason I was considering this is to have both receivers use the SB3 DAC. However, having the sound pass through another receiver and then though a relatively long cable should probably negate the benefit of the better DAC.

I think I'll start with option #2. If I bump into latency issues I'll try option #3.

orenb
2010-05-07, 08:43
I just want to update that I went with option #2 (optical out from SB3 to the study receiver), and it works perfectly as far as I can tell. I can't notice any delay :)

SaraBee
2010-05-07, 12:37
My husband and I have been trying to figure this out for a while now. I've had to live with cords all through the house for a couple of months. Can I tell you how annoying that is? Thanks for posting what you ended up doing. Hopefully, this weekend, we'll have a chance to finish it up.
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iPhone
2010-05-07, 13:20
My husband and I have been trying to figure this out for a while now. I've had to live with cords all through the house for a couple of months. Can I tell you how annoying that is? Thanks for posting what you ended up doing. Hopefully, this weekend, we'll have a chance to finish it up.

There is another solution, Buy More Squeezeboxes!

maggior
2010-05-07, 13:41
There is another solution, Buy More Squeezeboxes!

Correct! :-)

I have an SB3 on my bedside table to listen to at night. I also had a mini component stereo setup. I wanted to connect my SB3 to the component stereo too, bit it would have involved a 20' run of audio cable with RCA ends.

In the end, I bought a Boom and ditched the mini component system. It takes up less space and is more attractive. My wife was happy to see the mini system go away :-).

Is it extravegant to have 2 squeezeboxes in the same room? Yes, but music is "my thing", so I don't worry about it.

iPhone
2010-05-07, 14:08
Correct! :-)

I have an SB3 on my bedside table to listen to at night. I also had a mini component stereo setup. I wanted to connect my SB3 to the component stereo too, bit it would have involved a 20' run of audio cable with RCA ends.

In the end, I bought a Boom and ditched the mini component system. It takes up less space and is more attractive. My wife was happy to see the mini system go away :-).

Is it extravegant to have 2 squeezeboxes in the same room? Yes, but music is "my thing", so I don't worry about it.

I now have a problem, if it is extravagant to have two Squeezeboxes in one room, what is it to have three?! I have a Boom on my bedside table, my better half has an SB Radio on her bedside table, and I have an SB3 in the rack with the Master Bedroom HT surround sound setup. The better half liked going to sleep to the nature sounds on the Boom and fell in love with the SB Radio and wanted it on her night table. Now if she goes to sleep before me, she sets the SB Radio to the sound she wants and sets the shut off timer. Then when I go to sleep I do the same thing with the Boom. I always hated having all the stuff on in the HT Rack all night after the SB3 shut off. Boom and SB Radio fixed that.

maggior
2010-05-07, 19:25
I now have a problem, if it is extravagant to have two Squeezeboxes in one room, what is it to have three?!

OK, you win :-).

We considered a Radio for my wife's bedside table too, but she perferred her old fashioned alarm clock - which I can understand.

I do have 2 rooms with 2 squeezeboxes in it. In the living room, I have a squeezebox receiver connected to my main stereo system and a touch connected to a headphone amp next to my "man chair".

That's gotta count for something :-).

So...for anybody reading this, it is OK to have multiple squeezeboxes in the same room for differenct listening purposes. Really...it's OOOOKKKKK.

(So this is what it feels like to be a pusher.)

iPhone
2010-05-07, 20:22
OK, you win :-).

We considered a Radio for my wife's bedside table too, but she perferred her old fashioned alarm clock - which I can understand.

I do have 2 rooms with 2 squeezeboxes in it. In the living room, I have a squeezebox receiver connected to my main stereo system and a touch connected to a headphone amp next to my "man chair".

That's gotta count for something :-).

So...for anybody reading this, it is OK to have multiple squeezeboxes in the same room for differenct listening purposes. Really...it's OOOOKKKKK.

(So this is what it feels like to be a pusher.)

I don't even know where the radio alarm clock ended up, but once she saw the SB Radio (the Boom was starting to grow on her already), the better half had to have the SB Radio bedside. Hey, I could mount a Touch in the wall to control the Mater Bedroom Squeezeboxes! Four in one room does seem a bit extreme though and might lead to a TV Show on A&E, 'Squeezebox Intervention'. But I could replace the SB3 with a Touch and just about accomplish the same thing.

Maybe this should have been in the Squeezebox Addition thread? Sorry for thread jacking.