Originally Posted by imt
Here's another idea. A device that is basically a speakerlynx without the amp. This would reduce the expense of the unecessary amp, for these applications and could probably be a very small device. Could come integrated with the the spdif as discussed
as well as the normmal local source hookups for connection to a sub, receiver and/or local source device. This would be great for retrofits where you might not be able to run more wiring from the speakerlynx to the local source input and would be easier to just run a new wire from the switchlinx.
The problem is you save little space or money given the level of integration we have achieved. You're forgetting about all the rest of the stuff in a SpeakerLinX.
Analog to Digital convertor, digital to analog covertor (both Burr Brown by the way), preamp, EQ, web server, and most importantly the StreamNet circuitry that makes it all work. Otherwise we would already ahve done what you are talking about.
As far as the playmates feature, does that work with the SL220 and well as the SL250? If so, can you run a SL220 in mono, so you have a left channel and another for the right channel in playmate mode? I originally bought the SL220's for our demo system and could have used the bigger power of the SL250. Figured this would be a good way to pump the volume. I will say that a sub makes a huge difference though. I had an SL220 hooked-up to bookshelf speakers and I cranked the volume and it really wasn't that loud. But then I made my own EIM2RCA cable (you didn't make the adapter then) and plugged into my powered sub and wow, what a difference the sub made. Way loud.
YOu can run them in summed mode, but as you have already observed what you will need is a sub if you want to rock. That is a function not only of the amps buit also the speakers typically used in multi-room.
I have a fairly efficient pair of older 3 way speakers in my workroom that play plenty loud with the Sl250, but getting good bass still requires a sub.
I use the Sl220's as DAC/preamp/room controllers...