>> and no additional software has to be installed on anything.
_If_ you use the audio-in jack on it (on other side of unit, with audio-out on the receiver) to import the audio as an analog signal. Otherwise, it looks like it will act as a USB sound card, which is going to require drivers for older versions of Windows, and maybe not work at all with other OS's (analog-in would still work though).
The USB cable on the receiver threw me for a sec, but it looks like you connect it to an adapter and plug it into the wall. Or, if your audio equipment has a USB port - you could just plug it in there for power.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
I'm confused. Shouldn't one of the USB connectors be an audio-in? I don't have any speakers that would work with a USB port.
That's not where you connect it, there another audio port next to the USB where you connect an RCA splitter for audio in/out.
Ahhh, I got it. This pic clears things up:
Notice the audio out. The product looks pretty flimsy in the pic as well. It basically acts like an extended audio cable really, without the wires. The USB adapter is there for power only I think.
Yeah - I was just as confused. I went to their site and looked at the pics.
On the receiver, yes - the usb is only there for power (it plugs into a wall adapter).
Thanks, I read your first post immediately afterwards and figured it out.
This is actually pretty cool you could cover a whole house as a sound system with nothing but speaker sources. I wonder how you manage the music. I am sure an open source plugin will be made for something like this, or at least I would hope so. Then you could have different files playing in different rooms. I think a quad core cpu could handle the traffic easily. I wonder about the hard drives though unless your just streaming web radio stations.
I was actually reading a review in CPU this month and the wireline network adapter's give a better network throughput and availability house wide for less and with higher throughput they are also easier to set up taking about half the time I don't know my N network is as secure as you can get using enterprise security but this is not wireless so no broadcasting at all more secure by default faster, cheaper and easier
The HAL allows you to link up 3 connections, enough for your home. I would be interested to know about the range for one of these though. You could even theoretically run the main jack from your ipod, as long as you had a USB powersource nearby.
I am really thinking about changing my wireless to a power line setup as the connection is much more reliable everywhere and faster. I need to get to researching whats offered. maybe I will throw in some of these MM repeaters to.
Also check out the Audioengine W1 (and the W2 for iPod/iPhone). The W1 transmits at a higher bitrate and is only $99 a set, which is great for daisy-chaining to all your gear around the house - think "poor-man's Sonos".
I use the W1 from my computer out to my living room stereo system and then another set from the living room into the dining room plugged into my Audioengine 5 powered speakers.
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