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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My computer setup doubles as my home theatre setup, although that makes it sound fairly simple - while it's actually it's become a bit of mess (understatement), due to it having grown up gradually without any real plan or forethought.

I've a decent Aiwa speaker/sub combination (can't remember the specifics offhand) that's about a decade old - nothing fancy, but it still puts out better sound than the vast majority of "computer speakers" I've heard. It's hooked up, via some adapters, to an old SoundBlaster PCI512 in my BeOS desktop. The BeOS machine contains my music collection, which I can stream to other computers/parts of the house using SoundPlay - and controlling the playback through a web interface.

Then, I have cable running from the line-out of my Windows desktop to the line-in of my BeOS desktop - this lets the two PCs share the same set of speakers (they're already sharing other hardware via a KVM, so no point in them having separate speakers). It also means that I can control output to the speakers with the BeOS software mixer, which I much prefer to Windows' audio level controls.

After that, it starts getting *really* ugly/kludgy. So that I could easily switch between headphones and my speakers, an extension runs cable from the line-out of the BeOS machine & is attached to my keyboard tray with some zip ties. And because the setup wasn't convoluted enough, I attached a splitter to the extension cable - so I would get audio out of my main speakers & the speakers built into my monitor (the speakers are sitting there, might as well use them).

And most recently, I ran a cable from my laptop's audio-out to the line-in of my Windows machine. So, when audio plays on my laptop, it goes to the Windows machine via its line-in, that PC then sends the audio through its audio-out to the line-in of the BeOS machine, which then sends it to the speakers.

Yes, yes, I know - I really should have dedicated hardware for most of that stuff. I do tend to get carried away with DIY sometimes.

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