Sorry, this gets rambly real quick.
OK, posting a new thread since it’s a little different from my other questions. Quick recap: had been using Apple Airport Express boxes to AirPlay music to different zones. They often would go AWOL so I’m ditching them.
Just got 2 ChromeCasts, and I’m trying to see if they will work or not. So far, I’ve tried playing iTunes to them via AirFoil. This was pretty laggy when changing songs, etc., and the zones are out of sync. I am going to try Google Music (with uploading all my music), but still would prefer to just play all the music directly from my hard drive, where they are all stored. And not have to deal with internet connections, wireless issues, etc. Would love to get 2 or 3 Sonos speakers/Connects, but not in the budget.
I think for ease of use, running some wires might be easier. I’m looking to split my PC output into 3 channels: 1 for PC speakers (for when using PC, playing games, or listening to music only there), 1 for soundbar in my entertainment center, and 1 pair of floor speakers in another room. The PC speakers have a 3.5mm connector; the soundbar has RCA input (also optical, but TV currently runs to that); the floor speakers are currently plugged into a mini-amp (via speaker wire) and the mini-amp has RCA inputs.
I want to be able to easily select any or all of the channels from my computer desk. My current thought is: 3.5mm cable from PC to splitter/switch, then 3 channels out running RCA cables to PC (using an RCA to 3.5mm adapter), soundbar, and mini-amp. I know RCA over long distances can cause problems, but I might try and see. I also looked into audio over Ethernet, running HDMI from my GPU to different zones, using a speaker selector and speaker wire to RCA connectors, etc., but I ended up needing adapters all over the place and still couldn’t find a good solution.
Also needs to be relatively cheap, and sound not like crap (but not audiophile level either).
Would something like this work: https://www.adorama.com/rolda134.htm...urce=adl-gbase
I would prefer each channel just had an on/off switch so that people (wife and kids) aren’t messing with turning the channels way down and the speakers way up, etc. And that it was a little cheaper.
Any product that splits audio and lets you select channels? Everything I found is either the other way around (multiple inputs, 1 output) or only selects 1 channel at a time. Found several designed to split headphones to multiple people, but didn’t know if this would reduce quality much.
Random question time!
Do I need to boost the signal from my PC before sending it everywhere? Would some kind of sound card (internal or external) somehow give me better options (they mostly looked designed to get surround sound)? Are there better grades of RCA/aux cable that would prevent noise? Does going from 3.5mm to RCA or the other way around degrade signal? Can an idiot like me solder something together that wouldn’t sound like garbage?
I thought this would be simple, one plug in, it splits the signal, then some on off switches and several outputs. As you perhaps can tell, I’m driven myself a little crazy. I hope someone here can put me out of my misery!