I have computer speakers connected to my sound card and listen frequently to an Internet radio station while working. I was wondering if it would be possible to, in addition, route the output from my sound card to my home A/V system? I don't think it's relevant, since they all have the same basic inputs, but I have an Onkyo TX-SR603X AV receiver that I route all my home entertainment components through. There are some unused inputs of the "red and black wire" variety, whatever they are called (RCA plugs?). The computer speakers are made to be plugged into the sound card, whereas there is obviously a mismatch between the sound card and the A/V receiver. Is there some device I could get that would allow me to do this?
I use an M Audio Transit USB modified by Red Wine Audio. Vinnie doesn't mod those anymore, but I am sure there are others who will do it. It sounds very good and is easy to use. It is USB out and then it goes into RCA cables. Actually you don't need to modify right away. Just use it. They're pretty cheap.
The music from the net takes on a whole different dimension when played through some nice tube amplification and Altec Voice of the Theatre speakers. I like FLAC and Vogg Orbis encoding and eschew MP3. There is just such a great world of music to explore on the internet that I have stopped buying cds or dvds.
Thanks, looks like this may even be available locally through Best Buy. One consideration I didn't mention--the a/v receiver is several rooms away. I may need to use 40-50 feet of wire in all. Will this still work? I happen to have enough usb "extension" cables left over from a video project that never really worked, but I'm concerned that usb may not go that distance. One alternative I was thinking of would be to attach some kind of wireless "broadcaster" at the computer and a wireless receiver at the a/v unit with rca cables coming out of it to plug into the a/v unit, if there is such a thing. Don't know what the sound quality would be like.
Thanks for all of the tips, they pointed me in the right direction. From your suggestions I came up with two possible solutions. One was to run digital coax cable from the sound card to the home theater receiver. It comes in 50, 75, and 100 feet lengths for $120-$150. But while searching for a source for this, I stumbled across a "wireless" solution not too different from what I speculated might be available in my last post. Linksys makes a "Music Bridge," a small wireless device you place next to your home receiver, $89 at Best Buy. It connects to your wireless network and has outputs for optical audio, digital coax, and plain old RCA connections. A program running on your computer connects to it and streams whatever you are listening to to it. It was a nightmare to configure and get connected, but after I finally got it working, I found it ideal. I understand Logitech makes a similar product, but it lacks the digital audio outputs. You're right, the sound is phenomenal.
An AirPort Express station with AirTunes and iTunes on your PC will beam music to anywhere within your wireless network for not that much cash. Seeing as iTunes has internet radio built-in, it'll do it just fine.
That's what I'd do - seeing as internet radio isn't going to be of the finest quality anyway, I wouldn't bother investing in decent cables.
W; I don't know about the Airport Express, but a fair number of people have expressed dissatisfaction with getting the Linksys product to function correctly. try this link to discover much more about these products:
I guess we are allowed to link in these forums. If not I guess a moderator will inform me. If that link doesn't work then just chop off the end of it.
I wanted the best possible sound within my budget and I didn't think I could get that without a hardwired product. I obsess over things like brand of and value of capacitors, year of manufacturer of tubes, turning the speakers one inch this way or that, etc, etc. I don't really recommend this obsessiveness to others. It's a PIA.
Getting the Linksys Music Bridge installed was indeed a challenge, no doubt about that, but I finally figured it out and it's working fine now. The first problem for me was that it comes pre-configured with a very high IP address which was beyond the range I had set up in my router. I finally noticed that, but even though it allows you to change the preconfigured address, my changes never seemed to "take." Even though it said it was now changed, I could only ping it on the one it came with, so it didn't ever really change. I was also not able to get it to work in DHCP mode, even though it's supposed to be able to. So I had to make changes at the router to accomodate that. The other probelm was that I could never get it to work with my security scheme (WPA-PSK), but when I switched to the simpler WEP option, I was able to get it to work. I think that problem was an incompatibility between my Netgear router and this Linksys device, and I don't which was at fault. The point is, I agree installation is a problematic, but the problems are not insurmountable and I'm very happy with the results. I don't really believe hard-wired would give better sound for this particular application. After all, the Internet itself is not hard-wired all the way and my favorite music station comes all the way from Holland. Also, having to pull cable through walls across several rooms and two floors is even more of a nightmare than this installation was. As far as the other wireless devices, the Linksys product has several advantages over all them, I think, including the Apple product. For one, it will stream anything, you don't have to worry about DRM or copy-protection like you do with many of them[/i].