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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-29-2017, 04:47 PM
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Posted By MikeSM
Hey guys, nice to see activity on the thread. ...

Hey guys, nice to see activity on the thread.

There is a hack that should allow you to send line input audio to a chromecast - you can use a logitech media server (remember squeezebox?), on a...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-11-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,551
Posted By MikeSM
BTW, if folks are looking for great MODERN...

BTW, if folks are looking for great MODERN "remote controls" as we discussed earlier in the thread, Bestbuy has the Moto G4 Play Verizon Prepaid phone available for $38:...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-10-2017, 08:34 AM
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Posted By MikeSM
Thats true, though Plex has support for both OTA...

Thats true, though Plex has support for both OTA DVR as well as playing ripped bluray discs, and plex casts audio just fine. If you rip everything, Plex could probably handle that for you fine.
...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-08-2017, 08:35 AM
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Posted By MikeSM
Amazon isn't really focusing on Dots for music...

Amazon isn't really focusing on Dots for music playback as much as Google is for their home product, partly because of the large chromecast base, esp. chromecast audio. They may get there sooner,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-01-2017, 07:16 AM
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Posted By MikeSM
Your best bet is to use a set of chromecast...

Your best bet is to use a set of chromecast audios, one per zone, and control everything through your phone through the casting apps. Plex cats well and supports all your media library, and most...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-24-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,551
Posted By MikeSM
I think you are missing the point. The value...

I think you are missing the point. The value isn't in the hardware, its in the software. And old hardware is ... well,. old. That is not a positive thing. Sure, you don't want to be changing out...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-23-2017, 08:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,551
Posted By MikeSM
Actually, the G4 is a current mobile phone, not...

Actually, the G4 is a current mobile phone, not an old one. :)

Buts a lot more useful that a C4 or equivalent touchscreen that costs 10x more.

Thx
Mike
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-23-2017, 10:12 AM
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Posted By MikeSM
Folks, I have to correct a mistake - the Moto G4...

Folks, I have to correct a mistake - the Moto G4 does NOT have wireless charging built in. Sorry about that - I was certain I had played with one that did. The good news is there is a pretty cheap...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-19-2017, 04:21 PM
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Posted By MikeSM
The main advantage of the G4 is it runs a current...

The main advantage of the G4 is it runs a current version of android and has wireless charging. Phones I think are a better form factor for remotes than tablets, but a nexus 7 might be a nice...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-19-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,551
Posted By MikeSM
I think it's actually worse that that. See this...

I think it's actually worse that that. See this thread re: SONOS layoffs, etc... :...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-18-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 71
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Posted By MikeSM
PS If folks are inetrested in using prepaid...

PS If folks are inetrested in using prepaid phones as harmony remotes that can also "cast" to chromecasts etc..., I would look for sales on the Moto G4's, which have been as cheap as $35...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-17-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 71
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Posted By MikeSM
Chromecasts don't really have an upper limit, at...

Chromecasts don't really have an upper limit, at least a practical one. The source of unreliability can be the wifi network. You can get inexpensive ethernet adapters for these that hardwire them,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-16-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,551
Posted By MikeSM
You really think the traditional approach is...

You really think the traditional approach is going to survive? SONOS, imperfect as it is, has really done a number on the traditional WHA vendors. No keypads, or source switching needed. However,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   01-16-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,551
Posted By MikeSM
A "modern" approach to Whole House Audio

Folks, I am in the process of building a a new house, and the usual suspects that I am talking to about installing A/V in the house seem to be pushing approaches that I think are rooted in the past -...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-13-2017, 08:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By MikeSM
Hi... Do you guys have any idea what the current...

Hi... Do you guys have any idea what the current draw is on one of these with no audio playing but the amp turned on?

I am trying to see if feeding these with chromecasts would work well without...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-14-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,993
Posted By MikeSM
Has anyone looked at doing audio detection for...

Has anyone looked at doing audio detection for turn on on these amplifiers, or is the power consumption when no audio is active so low that we don't have to worry about turning the amp on only when...
Forum: Speakers   03-01-2016, 07:55 AM
Replies: 34,466
Views: 3,094,378
Posted By MikeSM
Folks, I did some more testing, and found the...

Folks, I did some more testing, and found the solder joint on one of the speaker terminals had become intermittent. It looked like it had been not soldered all that well and with all the vibration...
Forum: Speakers   02-28-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 34,466
Views: 3,094,378
Posted By MikeSM
SA-35 speaker failed - any clue as to what to do to fix it?

Hi. I have a pair of SA-35 inwall speakers that were installed more than 10 yrs ago. They have sounded great, but recently one of them fell silent. It's a rear speaker, not a front, and it took me...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-29-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,998
Posted By MikeSM
$2 for a sound card? I can't imagine the DAC's...

$2 for a sound card? I can't imagine the DAC's in those are very good. How is the quality of the sound?

Thx
mike
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-04-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By MikeSM
Well, turns out the answer was simple. Homeseer...

Well, turns out the answer was simple. Homeseer has a plugin to control the sonos system and is designed to solve this specific issue. Hook up the PC audio out of the homeseer system to one of the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-04-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By MikeSM
Jobs, yes, I have seen switchers and keypad...

Jobs, yes, I have seen switchers and keypad controllers like that, but was hoping to find an amp with that feature, since we wont have keypads or a choice of sources, and they are just as expensive...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-03-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By MikeSM
Hi. I am helping a friend with a music setup in...

Hi. I am helping a friend with a music setup in a new home. He has about 12 rooms all with built-in stereo speakers wired to a central point. He'd like to power each zone with about 40 - 60 watts,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-12-2012, 10:04 PM
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Views: 703,041
Posted By MikeSM
Hi. I am having a problem configuring the...

Hi. I am having a problem configuring the TX-NR809 to do what I want with the HDMI configuration, so I thought I would post the question here. Apologies in advance if I have missed a post in the...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   04-02-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 14,813
Views: 1,254,625
Posted By MikeSM
Quote:Originally Posted by htwaits...

Quote:Originally Posted by htwaits http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/21858910)

You seem to have had very little to say over the past four plus...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   03-23-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 15,694
Views: 1,982,985
Posted By MikeSM
Quote:Originally Posted by CEDTV1999...

Quote:Originally Posted by CEDTV1999 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/21817490)

Does this model come with the "Video/Component Adapter" that is...
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