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    Work music setup

    I'm working for a company that in the next 6 months will move to a new lab (i'm a chemist) i'm trying to convince my boss that in a lab of around 8-10 people, around 700 sq ft at a vague guess, radio just will not do as not all the people will be happy listening to any station, and all will just get annoyed, and so we need a squeezebox set to random play, so people can just chuck their music on a NAS or computer upstairs and the SB downstairs can play from that. I'd like to know what people would do about speakers etc?

    given the job of setting it up yourself, what would you buy? you have ú200 to get everything after you've bought the SB. (not including the computer or wireless or anything) I need a good solution so I can convince people.

    Any ideas are appreciated.
    Last edited by Gibbo; 2007-11-16 at 01:47. Reason: i'm an idiot

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    Work music setup

    Gibbo wrote:
    > I'm working for a company that in the next 6 months will move to a new
    > lab (i'm a chemist) i'm trying to convince my boss that in a lab of
    > around 8-10 people, around 70 sq ft at a vague guess, radio just will
    > not do as not all the people will be happy listening to any station,
    > and all will just get annoyed, and so we need a squeezebox set to
    > random play, so people can just chuck their music on a NAS or computer
    > upstairs and the SB downstairs can play from that. I'd like to know
    > what people would do about speakers etc?
    >
    > given the job of setting it up yourself, what would you buy? you have
    > ú200 to get everything after you've bought the SB. (not including the
    > computer or wireless or anything) I need a good solution so I can
    > convince people.


    I've got three pairs of AE Aego M active speakers in vaarious locations.
    They're dirt cheap on ebay at the moment. Very good value.

    R.


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    I've just got a set for home, I love em, they are my first choice already.

    But wasn't sure about how many satellites I'd need, and if there was then the need for all of the sub's and how best to connect multiple sets to the SB.

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    You should look at the AudioEngine 2. Sweet little speakers which require no sub.

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    Do you really have 10 people in a _70_ square foot office?

    Why any need for a Squeezebox? An old PC with a sound card would work just as well or better.

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    The sound from the Squeezebox is superior to an "old computer" any day of the week. The sound out of a motherboard or sound card is horrible in the mean, and mediocre in all but the very high end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvalera View Post
    The sound from the Squeezebox is superior to an "old computer" any day of the week. The sound out of a motherboard or sound card is horrible in the mean, and mediocre in all but the very high end.
    Get a decent sound card if you think you can hear a difference playing background music in a chemistry lab with 10 people. An M-Audio Revolution for under $70 is very nice sounding card and probably overkill for this application.

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    Go try and find any specs on the DAC in that card.

    99% of them are cheapo garbage.

    The only one I know of that even talks about the dac inside their card is the top if the line Creative X-fi, and that costs as much as a squeezebox.

    I get your point about the noise in the lab, but any sound card that works as well or better than the Squeezbox for listening to audio is going to cost as much or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvalera View Post
    I get your point about the noise in the lab, but any sound card that works as well or better than the Squeezbox for listening to audio is going to cost as much or more.
    I'm not saying it's as good, although Squeezebox's sound is really nothing to write home about. You're going to need to have a hard disk in one computer containing the music files and on which to run SlimServer. So throw a sound card into it for playing background music. I'm guessing the input files are going to be low to moderate bitrate mp3's as well, so even more reason why there should be no noticable difference in sound quality.

    The Squeezebox serves a purpose. It's biggest reason for existing is for getting digital music stored on a PC in one location to play on a music system in another. If the lab setup fits this scenario, then by all means, spend the extra $230.

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    OOPS, small typo, erm, it was meant to say around 700 sq ft.

    10 people in 70 sq ft would be a bit of a squeeze. no pun intended.

    Looks like the audioengine 2's have just about hit the UK market, they may prove a bit pricey though as for the size of room i'd guess we'd need about 2-3 sets.

    I like the idea of the SB as we don't really want a computer down in the lab, we have an office upstairs. even if it is just an old bits and bobs computer, it just seems like a far better idea to have a SB, much more user friendly etc.

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