Been a lurker on this forum for a couple of years now and you guys have been my AV bible! Figured it was time I posted...
The girlfriend and I are moving into our new place soon and I've traded any stake I had in decoration choice for the sole responsibility of the tech in the house - a fair trade if you ask me.
I've been planning our network and, most importantly for her, our media options. Having been an avid user of XBMC for the last year, I've been trying to plan the whole system around both it and the DLNA standard as a whole. Here's where I've come unstuck:
I want to be able to choose a track (stored on a media server/NAS box, depending on what I decide to go with) from my phone and have it play in every room.
The plan so far is this:
A few Rasperry Pi clients running RaspBMC (used purely as DLNA renderers). These will be connected to either the NAS or an XBMC server, which will always be on. As it stands, I know this will enable me to pick a song/playlist/movie from my phone (using Yatse for Android as the remote) and select which room I want to play it in (via well-named clients).
Problem is that when it comes to wanting to play a single track across all of the clients, it simply won't be possible with this set up.
So here's my question - how can I achieve synchronised playback across the multiple clients without losing the functionality to cherry-pick clients should I wish to?
A couple of things:
I'm not made of money, so Sonos Multi-room set-ups aren't viable unfortunately.
I'm not against leaving XBMC - I love the interface and the customisation options but it's not the be all and end all for me. Functionality > Aesthetics for the moment. I'm a skilled themer, so I'll probably be able to make it look okay anyway.
I'm not particularly attached to DLNA either, so if there's another protocol that would serve me better (no pun intended) then I'm happy to experiment. I've only stuck with DLNA because, until now, it's not given me any hiccups. It's an okay protocol, but the implementation can be shoddy at best!
A semi-decent media server with enough storage for what I need
Girlfriend loves her iTunes, but I'd rather not go down the Apple route unless absolutely necessary.
Decent switches and router
Any advice/tips would be great. I'm not looking to spend a fortune because, quite frankly, I can't - but I'm also not expecting there to be a cheap £100 fix either.
Thanks in advance,