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Old 21st October 2008, 14:36   #1
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Default Can I have the attention of computing audio gurus!

I need to do a site which involves the following equipment:

1. Projector
2. Screen
3. DVD Player
4. Media Server (will be a PC or Mac)
5. Stereo Integrated Amplifier
6. Pair of Tower Speakers

The baffling part is sending the audio from the Media Server to the Integrated Amplifier wirelessly. What is the best format to do this? With ideally as little loss in sound quality as possible? Wi-fi/ Bluetooth/ Any other?

Does anyone know of any stereo integrated amps with wireless capabilities?
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Old 21st October 2008, 14:42   #2
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You can get the SqueezeBox . It is a great wireless solution im told..our google meister will give you the details shortly.

Edit : Transporter® & Squeezebox™ Wireless Network Music Players - Every room deserves a soundtrack

Has a range of products to choos from as per requirements. Have heard good things about it.

Stereophile: Slim Devices Squeezebox WiFi D/A processor

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^^Yup squeezebox is a good option. The other cheaper option is an Apple Airport Extreme Access Point. Do be aware that the latter only has an optical out. So you need an external D/A converter. Squeezebox has analog outputs but they are not of very good quality.
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you could:

1. DIY approach: get a netgear dg834g or linksys wrt54g, put openwrt on it, stick a small USB audio dongle onto it and connect to the amp. Setup a shoutcast server on your PC and tune the netgear to your private radio station. See The Wireless Music Player: Do-it-yourself remotely managed music player. let me know if you want more instructions.
2. Use a slingbox. this can support audio and video.
3. Use a roku soundbridge. the newer netflix versions support audio and video.

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^^All these methods unfortunately will sound like crap. They'd be okay for a sony or a similar consumer system but will definitely be a huge bottleneck for a mid-fi or hifi setup.
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Audio quality cannot be compromised. What then?
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Old 21st October 2008, 15:55   #7
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Amazon.com: Linksys WMB54G Wireless-G Music Bridge: Electronics
30$ and it has optical/coax out as well
I wouldnt expect any of these things to sound good from their analog outs, at least they wont do justice to an integrated amp and floorstanders. A seperate decoder would be the best option

Rehaan has one of these, so you can ask him how it works/ sound quality etc are

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Audio quality cannot be compromised. What then?
Well depends on what you mean by can't be compromised . What is the partnering amp and speaker gonna be?

The best solution would be

Squeezebox -> Monarchy DIP -> High quality DAC

The interface between them will be good quality coax cable. Connect the analog out of the DAC to your integrated amp.

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@ chaos, how about the linksys thingie instead of squeezebox? its cheap, and as long as we're using the digital out , will it make a difference ?

PS: @ B&T . what distance are you planning to transmit wirelessly? any walls obstacles etc ?

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^^Heh heh... there are some digital outs and then there are other digital outs. In theory there should be no difference but in practice, well the less said about cheap digital out sources the better .
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Audio quality cannot be compromised. What then?
+1 for squeezebox, but do not really rely on Analog outs provided.
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Well depends on what you mean by can't be compromised . What is the partnering amp and speaker gonna be?

The best solution would be

Squeezebox -> Monarchy DIP -> High quality DAC

The interface between them will be good quality coax cable. Connect the analog out of the DAC to your integrated amp.
Some stereo amp like the SI 150 or D 200 + GamuT L5 FS Loudspeaker. Amp subject to being able to find a good wireless pre-amp.

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PS: @ B&T . what distance are you planning to transmit wirelessly? any walls obstacles etc ?
Same room. Not over 10 ft. No obstacles.

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Just launched bluetooth high quality streaming made by Chord. And it's Chord (yes the Chord) so there will not any loss in quality.

It looks hot too. It's called the Chordette (so cute) Gem and it supports A2DP and really did sound good to me in the short listening session I had. I was assured that there was some new technology that made sure that the audio quality was TOP class. If it was a crappy brand I would have laughed, but if Chord says that the audio quality is top class, you'd have to believe them, no?

More details here (right click and save link)

Product photos here.
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It's distributed by profx and costs 30K+

Now the question is, does your media server have A2DP?
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Same room. Not over 10 ft. No obstacles.
Can FM be an option here? 10 ft should not be a problem for FM and SQ should be adequate for a corporate environment.
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if its 10 ft , and your server has bluetooth and sufficient range, the chord thingie seems good to go.

@ netfreak, FM = colossal loss in sound quality, at least in comparison to the other equipment involved here

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