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Old 05-26-2005, 03:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, this is the setup.. if anyone has any suggestions, big or small, PLEASE post, it may or will help, and i have a large budget for this project ($200-$2000, more if it's worth it).... SO, this is where i stand.. My computer needs to feed audio to several sound systems, and possibly video to some lcd screens. this is what i have now:

My computer, audio sent to 6.1 surround (Logitech X620 [in the computer room]), split from there to a 6.1 surround sound home audio amp (Panasonic SA-XR25 [in the living room]) and speakers, and split once again to a 5.1 surround mini-system (Sony 991AV[in the kitchen]), THEN, my video card (ATI 9600SE) has a handy TV out which has the S-video going to the digital projector (Hitachi PJ-TX10, which has VGA-in, not using...), and split to a 36" tv in the kitchen.. NOW, what i wanna do is have S-Video going to the kitchen, and use VGA-in on the projector, but i have to get an adapter, easy pickup at the local computer store, no biggie (i have 2 DVI on the vid card)..

THE CONFUSION:
10,000,000,000 wires in my house. Low quality sound due to splittage.

WHAT I WANT:
Use of optical cables, even if it requires upgrading the sound card to an audigy4 or higher, upgrading logitech speakers to the logitech Z-5500, upgrading the sony minisystem, and I want to stretch my audio signal to go to two more sets of surround, both downstairs. Wireless audio transer? Optical Splitting? Use of plain old magic? Should I get another PCI-based video card to send clones of my video picture to the kitchen and the basement? Maybe I should photoshop up my system in a diagram and repost it.. I've spent probably $15,000 altogether in audio/video equipment.. I just dont think it's up to par..

email me at xuolaiv69@hotmail.com if that’s easier..

THANKS for readin! Now tell me what you think!
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A diagram would be awesome!!

Also, i would really like to help you out on this because i want to use a computer for a multimedia center also. Not quite as elaborate as your system, but similar function: sending audio/video to the rest of the house...
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poorly drawn diagram, loosely thrown together, but helpful...

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What kinda massive breakout are you going to have on that card?
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breakout? well, i plan on gettin a card with optical out, and splitting that a few ways.. is that possible?
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I think you would need a special splitter for optical.
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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is there any signal loss when splitting optical? i've seen these adapters for sale, but no one knows..
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