Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Jul 2010 13:25 UTC
Multimedia, AV Let's do some blatant copy/paste from Ars Technica. A few days ago they ran a story called "What's in your home theatre system?". This poll wasn't so much about listing specific speaker types or amplifier models as it was about a number of more recognisable devices you could vote for. Let's copy their idea, but make it more open: what's in your home theatre setup - and list everything, from CD player to DVR to the type of cabling used. Be as anal about is as you want. Read on for my setup.
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I Run Two
by Peter Besenbruch on Fri 9th Jul 2010 23:20 UTC
Peter Besenbruch
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2006-03-13

System 1

The first is an audio system for the living room. The speakers are a pair of ADS L880s. For good measure, a Radio Shack 12" powered sub-woofer provides a little extra on the very lowest notes. The ADS speakers are powered by an Onkyo 100 Watt per channel receiver, located in the bedroom upstairs. I can play LPs through it on a Music Hall MMF7 turntable, and CDs through an el-cheapo DVD player. I even have a cassette deck.

The main use comes from music stored on a server in another part of the house. A computer in the upstairs bedroom accesses the server over a network, and sends the signal to the receiver, via an M-Audio card. The bedroom computer is controlled from a computer in the living room via a VNC connection.

System 2

The other system is for watching stuff. It's located in the 10'x10' room where the server sits. It started out as a jumbled collection of Radio Shack specials from the days when they pretended to care about audio, then got a couple of upgrades. The speakers include a powered, 10" sub-woofer, and 5 smallish speakers of various types, including an original Minimus 7 as the center channel. A Harmon Kardon AV receiver holds this all together. I am surprised at how good it all sounds.

The video portion is anchored by an Asus 25.5" monitor. A DVD player sends it video via HDMI. A Roku box sends it stuff via component video. Both the DVD player and the Roku box send digital audio to the receiver. A VCR sends it output via an old Viewsonic converter box that handles composite from the VCR, and VGA from the computer, before sending either to the monitor via a VGA link.

The OS Angle

Linux plays a role in all this. The M-Audio card was panned in Newegg reviews at the time of purchase, because of its poor Windows Vista support (18 months after Vista's release). Linux support was fine, however, and the card is first rate. All other computers in the house, along with the Roku box, run Linux.

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