Originally Posted by ezatnova
To get sound from my PC to the receiver in my current home, I come out of the PC back with a mini jack to RCA stereo converter, then I have a long RCA stereo cable running to the living room and into the back of the receiver. Works fine.
Building a new house, and thought I'd ask...is it worth putting Intelix Balun boxes (one in the office and one int he family room)? In this way, I can plug the mini jack from the computer into the box, then Cat 5 from the box to the other box, then RCA stereo out of the second box, and into the receiver.
I did exactly what you are thinking about. The problem I had was hum/noise. Listen to your PC speakers closely to see if there is any kind of hum. If you hear any at all, it will be amplified through your receiver. I have tried and use 2 different options right now. The first I don't think you can get anymore which is Sound Blaster/Creative X-Fi Xtreme. It is a card that goes in the PC and an external unit that has RCA and Digital (optical and coax) outputs. It also has RCA, Digital and a Phono inputs. That piece I really like. I have another system in the bedroom and wanted to listen to the music from the PC there too. I bought a Soundblaster Wireless for ITunes + Receiver kit. It works but I am not totally happy with it. My thought was I could listen to the music on both floors the same time. Well I can't. It's either one or the other. Also the remote control that comes with it does not work very well at all. I just sat it aside as a paperweight. The other minor drawback is it has left and right RCA or mini plug outputs. No digital outs.
Someone asked why listen to the music from the PC. I am not sure of your reson but I ripped my collection to a dedicated hard drive with little to no compression and can listen to the tracks using ITunes, Windows Media Player, or any other Media Player. With just under 74,000 tracks it is easier then pulling a CD off the shelf (drive sizes is 1TB and 2 500GB drives). All I use that PC for is music.