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  1. #21
    Senior Member sleepysurf's Avatar
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    Take a look at the Vanatoo Transparent Zero's... https://www.amazon.com/Vanatoo-Trans...web_8937008011

    They are fully active, with built-in Class D amp, DAC, Bluetooth, remote, and every conceivable connection option. Can even pair them with a small sub. They provide audiophile-grade sound at an entry level price.
    Main system: Touch > Bel Canto DAC 3.5VB > Conrad-Johnson CT-5 preamp and Premier 350 amp > ML Expression 13A's. Audience AU24e cables. Secondary systems elsewhere in home: 1- Boom, 2- SB3's, and 2- SB Radio's. Member of the Suncoast Audiophile Society

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by chopinhauer View Post
    Would this work for the Receiver in the SB Duet combo? I'm leaning towards using one of my many Duet Receivers instead of my spare Touch.
    I would expect it to work, but having done a bunch more Googling, apparently it depends on the player device -- most modern devices handling this well, but some suffering damage from shorting L+ and R+.

    I guess @seanadams isn't gonna jump in and help us out. :-(

    Another option, depending on your LMS server, might be using a custom-convert.conf file to have LMS transcode everything for the Receiver down to mono. I expect that wouldn't work so well with synchronized playback.

    Yet another might be configuring your spare Touch to play mono. At its heart, the Touch is a Linux system using the ALSA audio APIs, so you might be able to configure ALSA to always output mono. This would be your safest bet -- synchronized playback should be fine, no extra burden on LMS... toughest part might be figuring out how to configure it, as Touch is likely using a pretty old version of alsa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    You could also plug the speakers into the 3.5mm headphone socket.

    Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk

    I've got multiple SB installations, some using a pretty high-end amp and speaker system. But, you know, one of my very favorite "as-listened-to" systems is exceptionally simple, and cheap - a Touch driving via 3.5mm jack a very old JBL Spot computer speaker system: two tiny mains-powered speakers and a larger bass unit. Those Spots were around 100 US, but have been out of production for years. They were and are so well-regarded and popular that they are still relatively easy to find on-line at modest prices (sometimes unused new/old stock). Here's a original BestBuy webpage, just for details and reviews:

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/reviews...system/8475866

    They fill a 50 square meter room with a powerful and accurate sound. Amazing. And many an audiophile friend at first thinks they are listening to something I've probably spent a small fortune on.

    I actually do have a spare set of Spots, but I'm holding on to them.....
    AGB

    Logitech Media Server Version: 7.9.1 - 1522157629 @ Fri Mar 30 12:17:59 WEDT 2018
    Operating system: Windows 10
    Music Library: external SD, exFAT (FLAC music; mp3 voice)

    USA:
    LinkSys WRT54GS Router, WPA2
    1 x Touch, LAN (Firmware:7.7.3-r16676)
    Controller: 7.7.2-r9663

    France:
    Sagem Livebox 2FR, or Freebox
    3 x Touch, 2 wireless, 1 LAN. (Firmware:7.8.0-r16754)
    Controller: 7.7.1-r9557
    3 x SB Radios [2 wireless, 1 usually LAN]: 7.7.3-r16676

  4. #24
    chopinhauer, here's your recipe, based on Touch firmware 7.8.0 r16754 and this alsa suggestion. Only briefly tested, and only with the analog outputs, this does seem to route all sound to the left channel. (To send to the right channel you should only need to change the second digits from "0" to "1" and "2" to "3", e.g. "ttable 0.1 1".)

    Enable remote login from the Settings > Advanced menu.
    SSH in as root
    make a backup copy of /etc/asound.conf for good measure:
    Code:
    cp /etc/asound.conf /etc/asound.conf.bak
    edit asound.conf (I hope you know how to use the 'vi' editor), adding/inserting the boldfaced lines below

    Code:
    pcm.plugmulti {
            type plug;
            slave.pcm "multi";
            route_policy duplicate;
            ttable.0.0 1;
            ttable.1.0 1;
            ttable.0.2 1;
            ttable.1.2 1;
    }
    Restart the Touch application:
    Code:
    /etc/init.d/squeezeplay restart
    If that doesn't work, reboot the whole Touch:
    Code:
    reboot
    Done. Assuming all is well, return to Settings > Advanced and disable remote login.

    To undo the change you can edit again, or replace asound.conf with your backup copy, or just factory reset to wipe out the overlay filesystem where your modified asound.conf resides.
    Last edited by peterw; 2019-03-29 at 15:29. Reason: typo
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    Thanks for the last few replies.

    I've actually solved my issue by going another route that still stays within the Squeezebox environment.

    And my solution was extremely cheap and elegant. I simply purchased the SB Player app for my phone and then used this to access LMS and my library via wifi and send it to my UE Boom 1 in my bedroom via bluetooth from my phone. Since I already had the Boom and it wasnt being used much it cost me nothing. The result I get the full functionality of LMS including syncing my players with sound superior to my SB Boom. The SB Player app works well with my Squeeze Ctrl app as they are by same developer

    Maybe one day when Logitech UE further develop their Blast range of wifi speakers so they can use airplay I can dispense with SB Player and bluetooth, but until then this works brilliantly and with no cables or power adapters (which is another advantage over the SB Boom).

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