I have a KVM (Keyboard Vid/Mouse) switch connecting 3 PC's and I would like to know if anyone out there has a line on a good mixer/splitter/patch-bay that can accept 3 stereo 1/8 inch male jacks from each PC and OUT them to a single set of speakers. A basic mixing capibility would be nice, but it's not totally needed.
Basicaly I want to share my set of computer speakers with all three PC's so that if I play an MP3 on PC A, i hear it and PC B gets an email, I hear that , etc..
I'm into music and see a ton of gear with RCA jacks and 1/4 mono plugs that woudl fit the bill but nothing specifically for PC sound in the 1/8 domain. I don't want to use adapters (although it's a last resort if nothing's out there)
It would make life easier!
I'd also probably not upgrade to a new KVM with this feature, as I already have one, I'm looking for something stand alone.
I tried this once with 2 PCs into my home stereo system. games on 1, music on the 2nd. Unfortunately I had a lousy quality mixer & the output sound was distorted.
Make sure you get a Good quality mixing board - id reserve $50-100 for one of these. from there its just a matter of getting cables to hook everything up.
You should not need to solder anything. 1/8" plug to RCA adaptors are quite easy to come by if you have a radio shack in your area.
Just a thought. I have 3 computers on one set of speakers, But my speakers have 2 sets of inputs and the 3rd computer is just plugged into the line-in on one computer. Ever think of using the line in and other ins(CD-in aux in) then the main computer will have some control of the volume on the other 2.
My Set up
Main Comp - 4.1 to speakers (AltecLansing 641)
Second Comp - Second input on 641's
Third Comp - To line_in on second Comp
Maybe u can?
Main comp - right to speakers
Second Comp - To line-in on main
Third Comp - to CD-in on main (if not in use) or maybe to line in on Second Comp?
the only thing to watch out for is if you have a sound card with an amp on it you will want to keep the vol low on the comp and adjust with the line in control....
this may sound like a pain, but I do think this is a good-ish way to do it and it works good for me...and all without distortion....