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Help me find the right multi-zone audio setup

I'm looking for a way to implement multi-zone audio in my house but I'm getting a bit lost in my search... [more inside]
posted by trivia genius on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me get my iTunes library into the living room without a computer.

I'd like to be able to play my 30+GB iTunes music library in the living room, without needing a computer, and without spending more than around $250. I don't have a receiver, speakers or an iPod without enough capacity to hold my full library, though I do use iTunes Match. What are some good options for this? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Sep 2, 2013 - 11 answers

best sound system for hearing movie dialogue

Ever since the DVD age began, I've noticed that music and sound effects in movies are always WAY louder than the dialogue. It's really annoying. Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this? What is the right way to set up surround sound speakers? Are sound bars any good? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Proper Mounting Techniques

After years of renting, I can finally (finally!) mount my TV and speakers to the walls. Help me not screw this up. There is plaster and lath involved. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 6, 2013 - 10 answers

The halls are alive with the sound of muuusic!

I would like music in my home, and I'm gadget friendly and very geeky but not in the consumer audio space (more the computers and video gaming and mobile spaces). So I would like some advice on how to do this. Technical details and specific desires below. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Oct 13, 2012 - 19 answers

I held the levers that guided the signals to the radio.

Budget home audio: amplified speakers ← amplifier ← DAC ← ???? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Network All the Things!

I finished the half-assed ethernet setup we inherited with our new place. Now tell me everything I can plug into it. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Distortion spins me right round

Recently I received an old hifi (stereo receiver with aux and phono inputs) and two EPI speakers from a family member. The system is quite old, but headphones sound great, as does one of the two speakers. The other sounds blown. What are my options in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Jul 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I connect my laptop to my speakers wirelessly?

Are there any simple wireless audio adapters that plug directly into 1/8" (or 1/4") audio jacks on a laptop or other mobile device? Perhaps bluetooth or some sort? [more inside]
posted by Kolath on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

White noise on one speaker

One of the rear surround outputs on my receiver causes any speaker that's plugged into it to constantly produce a quiet but noticeable sound of static or white noise. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I start shopping for a replacement stereo?

My stereo system was in storage at my parents' house for several years. When I went home to reclaim it, we discovered that they'd allowed a local junk removal service to take it away! Now I need a new system, and I don't even know where to begin. [more inside]
posted by 1adam12 on Mar 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Home stereo amp: Tripath?

Looking for a small home-stereo amp. Tripath or something else? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Nov 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Laptop Audio to Amp

Hand-me-down electronics mix and match: laptop audio through amp? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Where to run wires for living room audio?

Audiophiles, please help. Any recommendations for wiring a living room for decent audio (from TV, radio, other devices)? We're renovating the living room and now's my chance to run wires wherever I want them - in the walls, under the floor, wherever. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Jun 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Do they actually *make* Blu-ray carousels?

My beloved CD/DVD player (a five-disc carousel model) conked out last night after eight years of faithful service. I'd like to get one with much the same functionality to replace it, but apparently things have changed drastically in the home video market since 2003. Who knew? Help me figure out what kind of machine I need to buy. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Feb 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me figure out what I need for a home audio setup

I am supposed to be a Smart Person and understand technology, but trying to price out and determine the right components for a modest home-audio setup is apparently beyond me. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Jan 10, 2011 - 21 answers

You help me! You help me fix my music library!

My MP3 Library is a mess. I want to fix it. I know these questions have been asked before, but mine is perhaps a bit more particular. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 30, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me buy a great 2.1/3.1 audio solution.

Help me upgrade my audio! Mishmash of decades-old audio equipment isn't cutting it anymore. [more inside]
posted by somacore on Sep 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Sound card with midi-in

Recommend me a sound card! Mainly used as a music box / television / recording, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Jul 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Amateur home networking?

Amateur home networking? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Jul 5, 2010 - 18 answers

How can my PC, Xbox and projector all (cheaply) get along?

I am looking for an affordable receiver that can handle my new low-budget home theater setup. I will be connecting a PC and an Xbox 360, both ideally via HDMI, to a projector that does not have HDMI pass-through capability. What is the cheapest receiver with multiple HDMI inputs that can take the incoming video signal and send it along to the projector? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 on Jun 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Cheap power amplifier recommendations?

Based on their good reviews and cheap price, I bought a pair of JBL Control 1 Pros for my DJ setup at home without realizing they were passive speakers. Any recommendations for a cheap amplifier? I just need some basic reference monitors for my turntables/mixer so I'm a little out of my depth when it comes to wading though reviews on audiophile websites.
posted by cosmic osmo on Jan 30, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I find attractive powered speakers?

Does anyone know of any attractive powered speakers? Ones that look like they belong on a bookshelf and not next to a PC? [more inside]
posted by bryanlacksfocus on Dec 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Good micro stereo system?

I'm looking for a cheap (about $200) and compact stereo system for my apartment. Mainly it'd be for playing CD's and streaming audio via my Airport Express. I'm interested in the Onkyo CS-315S, CS-325 and CS-415 units, but I can't for the life of my figure out what the hell the difference is. Does anyone know about these systems, or have any other recommendations? [more inside]
posted by DLWM on Aug 6, 2008 - 6 answers

A Dock for My Pod

iPodFilter: Help me pick out a decent iPod dock from amongst all the substandard crap out there. [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Jul 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Need Vista Compatible .wav to .mp3 converter software

I need a Vista-compatable, cheap or freeware audio interface that can convert a .wav file to .mp3. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Jun 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Help me get Sonos working

Sonos is seriously bugging Mrs. HotBot and, by the transitive property of bugging, me. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Nov 29, 2007 - 18 answers

Jilted Jockey Heebee Jeebees.

Ack! My DVD receiver slammed against the cabinet. Now when I play Cd's (I Know) -or DVD's, My receiver screeches, Loudly. [more inside]
posted by Student of Man on Nov 12, 2007 - 1 answer

Home Audio question

Help me with a home audio dilemma... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Sep 28, 2007 - 21 answers

Crass consumerism strikes again

Tell me how much I need to spend on audio preamp(s) and amplifier(s) to make my home stereo system sound jaw-droppingly great. [more inside]
posted by FelliniBlank on Jul 27, 2007 - 7 answers

The best, cheapest sound system possible

AudioNoviceFilter: I need an audio setup for a dorm that sounds the best it can for the least amount of money. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jul 25, 2007 - 19 answers

Multiroom audio with two receivers?

How do I get multiroom audio with multiple receivers? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 13, 2006 - 8 answers

Long-distance Digital Audio

Audiofilter: What is the cheapest way to get pure digital sound from a computer 10~15 feet away from a surround sound system? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Aug 1, 2005 - 5 answers

I need some help with home audio.

I need some help with home audio. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Jul 3, 2005 - 12 answers

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