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finnbrodersen
2011-03-01, 00:15
Hi

Does this type of "SoundCard" exist: RJ45 (or WiFi) with build-in DAC.

There are loads of USB Soundcards, even serious USB HiFi DACs. But I would like a little longer range than 3-4 meters. Of course I could use a USB extender, but maybe a more elegant solution exist.

I was thinking to run a SqueezePlay software player on my WHS machine, and have a "remote" soundcard by my amp in the living room.

edit: found this http://www.arcam.co.uk/products,solo,DACs,rDac.htm with sender http://www.arcam.co.uk/products,Devices,Accessories,rWave.htm

Soulkeeper
2011-03-01, 03:29
Both Ethernet and WiFi have significant latency, so you will not find any normal sound cards with this capability. The Squeezebox (in all its permutations) is the closest you get. Good for music and radio, but you don't want to use it for an application that requires perfect synchronization between video and audio, for instance.

There are probably some proprietary wireless solutions out there, but I don't know which. If you want a wired connection to your sourd card, why don't you simply go for USB or FireWire? Both have latency (as have all sound cards), but much more predictable and controllable than any TCP/IP-based connection AFAIK.

bernt
2011-03-01, 04:03
http://www.audiopro.com/products/wf100-usb-dongles/536/

Phil Leigh
2011-03-01, 04:28
I'm running 20 metre USB cables with no problems at all...

finnbrodersen
2011-03-01, 04:46
20m USB :-)

maybe I should give it a try

bpa
2011-03-01, 05:24
If ordinary USB cable doesn't work - you can try a cable that regenerates the signal such as
http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=170_TU2-EX5&cat=32

Phil Leigh
2011-03-01, 05:29
20m USB :-)

maybe I should give it a try

I've got several 5m USB extension cables connected together...
Works OK for my mouse,keyboard and usb hard drives....

finnbrodersen
2011-03-01, 08:43
after some thinking I will look more into

a) http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/usb-extender-cat5.html
b) http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=320&Title=Summary

when (and if) spotify is released here in Denmark

Phil Leigh
2011-03-01, 08:48
after some thinking I will look more into

a) http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/usb-extender-cat5.html
b) http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=320&Title=Summary

when (and if) spotify is released here in Denmark

Those usb/ethernet adaptors only do usb 1.1

finnbrodersen
2011-03-01, 23:39
Yes, I know, but is 12Mbit/s not more than enough? Normal CD audio is about 1.4Mbit/s.

Or am I missing something ?