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Multi-Room Audio: Now Serving Digital Music At Home

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Multi-Room Audio: Now serving digital music at home

Digital music has forever changed the way we buy and listen to music, but despite its overwhelming popularity many of us don't take full advantage of all that it has to offer. Most MP3 addicts know that storing music digitally on PCs and portable players gives instant access to entire music collections and the ability to organize and search that music by seemingly endless criteria. Songs in your collection that may have been forgotten about in shiny disc form are easy to access once "ripped" to the hard drive. But many users seem to forget that digital music is not sentenced to life on the PC or portable player, only to be heard through white earbud-style headphones and car adapter kits. Home audio systems - from simple shelf systems to high-end whole house music systems - are another great, yet forgotten, venue for listening to digital music.

Connecting a portable player or PC to a home entertainment system is quite simple, and there are single- and multi-room digital music solutions for any house size and budget. Here are a few examples of systems that can help you get the most of your digital music listening experience.

High Quality, Low Frills

Digital music, whether served up by a portable player or straight from the PC itself, can compliment a high-fidelity home audio setup. An MP3 player is more than a portable playback device; it can be part of a listening experience at home as well. Using the headphone output, a PC or digital music player can be connected to any number of audio systems, A/V receivers or amplifiers. This simple setup will provide good sound quality and the ease of plug-and-play connectivity while giving you one more opportunity to play your music collection. It’s perfect for the occasional evening of entertaining or casual listening. As with any audio source, the higher quality the audio system and speakers the better the sound quality.

Affordable High-Tech

A new category of products called "media receivers" or "media players" takes digital music listening to the next level by allowing you to play MP3 and digital music in one room from a PC in another over a wired or wireless home network. Products range from the simple to sophisticated. As an example, you could create a system consisting of a laptop with built-in wireless card and a free music management ("jukebox") program like iTunes or WindowsMedia in the home office upstairs and a surround sound home theater receiver and a media player in the family room downstairs. Once configured, the laptop wirelessly streams the songs in real time to the media receiver, which converts them for playback on the A/V receiver and speakers.

For a more robust experience, media players like gives you menu-driven access to music and playlists stored on any PC on your home network while a backlit LCD display shows song and artist info in the listening room adding to the cool factor. This type of solution is perfect for those with existing home networks and music stored on multiple PCs throughout the home. When connected to an A/V receiver with multi-room capability, you can affordably design a two-room audio system on a budget.

The Dream System

For the ultimate in high-tech multi-room music listening, consider a whole-house music system. This setup, usually hard-wired through the home, consists of in-wall or in-ceiling speakers and LCD keypads in each room. You can not only control the volume and music source for a particular room, but some systems also allow you to see song and artist information and browse through PC music playlists, FM stations, and even satellite radio. Such a setup is a party host’s dream, giving him or her the opportunity to create custom playlists for the party and play different playlists in each area of the house. Systems from manufacturers offer the ultimate in multi-room music for your home and come in a variety of configurations depending on your needs. Those who are building or remodeling should strongly consider planning such a system as part of the construction, although retrofits to finished spaces is very common. Find a TechHome installer near you who can install your system for you.

Both in portable form and as part of a home audio system, digital music offers the ultimate control for audiophiles and casual music listeners alike. Visit a specialty electronics retailer for a complete demo of some of the solutions mentioned above.

Source: http://www.digitaltips.org/networking/digitalMusic.asp

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The internal DAC and analog outputs are very enjoyable musically and are great for my bathroom and bedroom. Those who want truly high-end sound quality will opt for using an external DAC. With an external DAC it is not about sound quality per se more than the Sonos system simply works. It puts me in control of my music and has eliminated the problems of dealing with thousands of physical discs. Digital music has forever changed the way we buy and listen to music, but despite its overwhelming popularity, many of us don't take full advantage of all that it has to offer. Many users seem to forget that digital music is not sentenced to life on the PC or portable player, only to be heard through white earbud-style headphones and car-adapter kits.

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Multi-Room Audio: Now serving digital music at home

Digital music has forever changed the way we buy and listen to music, but despite its overwhelming popularity many of us don't take full advantage of all that it has to offer. Most MP3 addicts know that storing music digitally on PCs and portable players gives instant access to entire music collections and the ability to organize and search that music by seemingly endless criteria. Songs in your collection that may have been forgotten about in shiny disc form are easy to access once "ripped" to the hard drive. But many users seem to forget that digital music is not sentenced to life on the PC or portable player, only to be heard through white earbud-style headphones and car adapter kits. Home audio systems - from simple shelf systems to high-end whole house music systems - are another great, yet forgotten, venue for listening to digital music.

Connecting a portable player or PC to a home entertainment system is quite simple, and there are single- and multi-room digital music solutions for any house size and budget. Here are a few examples of systems that can help you get the most of your digital music listening experience.

High Quality, Low Frills

Digital music, whether served up by a portable player or straight from the PC itself, can compliment a high-fidelity home audio setup. An MP3 player is more than a portable playback device; it can be part of a listening experience at home as well. Using the headphone output, a PC or digital music player can be connected to any number of audio systems, A/V receivers or amplifiers. This simple setup will provide good sound quality and the ease of plug-and-play connectivity while giving you one more opportunity to play your music collection. It’s perfect for the occasional evening of entertaining or casual listening. As with any audio source, the higher quality the audio system and speakers the better the sound quality.

Affordable High-Tech

A new category of products called "media receivers" or "media players" takes digital music listening to the next level by allowing you to play MP3 and digital music in one room from a PC in another over a wired or wireless home network. Products range from the simple to sophisticated. As an example, you could create a system consisting of a laptop with built-in wireless card and a free music management ("jukebox") program like iTunes or WindowsMedia in the home office upstairs and a surround sound home theater receiver and a media player in the family room downstairs. Once configured, the laptop wirelessly streams the songs in real time to the media receiver, which converts them for playback on the A/V receiver and speakers.

For a more robust experience, media players like gives you menu-driven access to music and playlists stored on any PC on your home network while a backlit LCD display shows song and artist info in the listening room adding to the cool factor. This type of solution is perfect for those with existing home networks and music stored on multiple PCs throughout the home. When connected to an A/V receiver with multi-room capability, you can affordably design a two-room audio system on a budget.

The Dream System

For the ultimate in high-tech multi-room music listening, consider a whole-house music system. This setup, usually hard-wired through the home, consists of in-wall or in-ceiling speakers and LCD keypads in each room. You can not only control the volume and music source for a particular room, but some systems also allow you to see song and artist information and browse through PC music playlists, FM stations, and even satellite radio. Such a setup is a party host’s dream, giving him or her the opportunity to create custom playlists for the party and play different playlists in each area of the house. Systems from manufacturers offer the ultimate in multi-room music for your home and come in a variety of configurations depending on your needs. Those who are building or remodeling should strongly consider planning such a system as part of the construction, although retrofits to finished spaces is very common. Find a TechHome installer near you who can install your system for you.

Both in portable form and as part of a home audio system, digital music offers the ultimate control for audiophiles and casual music listeners alike. Visit a specialty electronics retailer for a complete demo of some of the solutions mentioned above.

Source: http://www.digitalti...igitalMusic.asp

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Yes, it seems fantastic .My opinion is do I realy need it . Life is getting too complicated as it is .At the moment the best music too my ears is compleate silence .Sigh!!!!! ..:)........Alan

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