Speaker zones to recieve wifi music from iTunes... how?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by deano, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. deano

    deano Guest

    While installing a downstairs shower-room and extending and remodelling
    my kitchen, I lowered the ceilings in both rooms, so that I could
    install, low voltage, recessed spots.
    At the same time, I took the opportunity to also install flush mounted,
    boat speakers in both rooms. I ran the wiring to emerge at the back of
    my TV, where I connected up to the auxillary speaker ports and could
    then access the radio stations available through Sky digital, to enjoy
    in the two rooms, fed by the zones.

    This was great as a quick set-up but, with three young kids in the
    house, I soon got fed up with constantly listening to Dora the bloody
    Explorer while I showered or made breakfast!

    Rather than buying a new music system to feed these two zones, I was
    wondering if it would be possible (and economically viable) to set up a
    system which would allow the new speaker zones, to pick up music,
    wirelessley from my PowerBook G4, as this is by far the best source for
    my music, as I have a large library of MP3s and there are all the radio
    stations that now netcast.

    I have a wireless network operating in the house and this is
    distributed through a Vigor 2600G router. Rather than buying wireless
    speakers, which are unlikely to allow direct replacement of the ones I
    currently have in the ceiling, I am wondering if a device exists that
    can connect to standard speakers, act as a receiver, and enable said
    speakers to emit sound, as broadcast from my laptop's iTunes, over the
    wifi network!

    Can this be done or are dedicated wireless speakers the only option for
    picking up wifi music?

    cheerz
    deerz,
    deano.
     
    deano, Nov 30, 2006
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    Ian McCall Guest

    An Airport Express could do that - up to you whether you decide that's
    economically viable of course. If you update the firmware on your
    Express then you can broadcast to multiple Expresses simultaneously
    too, which should help when you're planning zones etc.

    And remember, once you've set up your wireless speakers....


    (da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da)
    We did it. We did it. We did it. Hooray!


    Cheers,
    Ian
    (who quite enjoys Dora the Explorer actually)
     
    Ian McCall, Nov 30, 2006
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    deano Guest

    Ok, but what do I need to add at the speaker ends? As I said, I'd
    rather not have to disturb the current speakers! Ideally, I'd simply be
    able to connect them up to a wifi receiver that is picking up music
    from my laptop, via my WLAN... would the expresses be able to do this
    and feed the speakers? What connections/power sources would be required
    for the components?

    ta,
    Dean
    (I also used to like DTE, but with a 6 and 3 year old, and an 8 week
    old, in the house... I've been over-exposed for far too long!)
     
    deano, Dec 1, 2006
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    ISPgeek Guest

    Dora sure beats the hell outta the purple anti-christ (Barney)

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    Dmitri Guest

    deano wrote:



    I think you are much better off using a specialized device such as Sonos:
    http://www.sonos.com that uses your WiFi network as a medium and takes
    care of storing, accessing and then amplifying the music on the receiving
    end.


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    Dmitri, Dec 1, 2006
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  6. AC power for each AirPort Express and an amplifier for each set of
    speakers. The Express' audio output connector can handle a standard
    analog or an optical digital miniplug. AirTunes (iTunes audio streaming)
    uses an encrypted version of Apple's lossless audio codec, which takes
    about half the bandwidth of a PCM audio stream.
     
    Neill Massello, Dec 1, 2006
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    John Navas Guest

    Amplifiers. The Airport Express can drive powered speakers directly,
    but needs an amp with unpowered speakers.
     
    John Navas, Dec 1, 2006
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    deano Guest

    Thanks to all for the suggestions and info.

    I'd love to be able to get the Sonos system, but that's a bit beyond
    the budget I have for this... maybe Santa will oblidge :)

    Squeezbox looks good for the next phase, when I have some money free
    next year.

    For now, the Express route with AC amps to power the speakers looks
    like the most appropriate route.

    Cheerz
    deano.
     
    deano, Dec 3, 2006
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    John Navas Guest

    Yep. Good powered speakers also work very well;
    e.g., Cambridge Sounds Works on clearance
    http://www.bestspeakerdeals.com/store/category.cgi?category=bgd_spk_mul&item=c1swcume&type=store
    http://www.bestspeakerdeals.com/store/category.cgi?category=bgd_spk_mul&item=l1il3500&type=store
    http://www.bestspeakerdeals.com/store/category.cgi?category=bgd_spk_mul&item=c1mic2ti&type=store
    http://www.bestspeakerdeals.com/store/category.cgi?category=bgd_spk_mul&item=c1mw21ee&type=store
     
    John Navas, Dec 5, 2006
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