Is it possible to direct certain groups of sounds from my computer to multiple destinations?
December 8, 2003 8:47 PM   Subscribe

Is it possible to direct sound from my computer to multiple destinations? In other words, I'd like to listen to MP3s (Winamp) through speakers positioned various places in my home, but I also want users of the computer to be able to hear system sounds, game sounds, etc. (and have those sounds NOT output to the remote speakers). Can I use two sound cards for this, and assign various software to output to the appropriate card? I'm on XP pro and I like long walks on the beach.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
Get yourself a wireless media device, that let's you stream MP3s etc directly to your music system. Off the top of my head, I know Motorola, DLink, and I think Belkin make them. I think there's also Turtle Beach's Audiotron.
posted by riffola at 8:54 PM on December 8, 2003

If you have a series 2 TiVo, you can do this with the Home Media Option.
posted by riffola at 8:56 PM on December 8, 2003

I love my audiotron. Keep an eye out for their second generation product.
posted by machaus at 8:59 PM on December 8, 2003

Or maybe the Squeezebox.
posted by machaus at 9:00 PM on December 8, 2003

as for system sounds vs. mp3-type sounds, you might be able to find a plugin to send winamp sound to a different output that normal windows sounds might not use at the same time, but I can't tell you which might do that.
posted by Hackworth at 9:12 PM on December 8, 2003

Use a multichannel sound card. Route channels around the house at will. Configure channel mixer appropriately. I believe the old Gulliermot (or however them furriners spell it) cards had drivers which supported this, and possibly some of the Hercules cards. I vaguely remember having an Aureal-chipset based card which could do such a thing, although I suspect Windows XP driver model support for Aureal cards is abyssimal given that the company went defunct about the time XP was released.
posted by majick at 9:26 PM on December 8, 2003

If you had a Mac, you could do it with a USB audio output device (such as the iMic) and Rogue Amoeba's Detour software.
posted by kindall at 9:40 PM on December 8, 2003

ask.MeFi is worth it to me now just for machaus' Squeezebox link.

The SlimServer is cool.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:53 AM on December 9, 2003

Thanks for all the responses. I've kind of ruled out a squeezebox/HMO-type solution (where you stream to your home stereo) because that is often in use for the TV, and I don't have a home network.

I will look into the winamp plug-in and multi-channel soundcard suggestions, tho. Thanks all!
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:16 AM on December 9, 2003

Good idea StupidSexyFlanders. Although......

Creative Wireless Music. For $249.99, you get a 24bit audio player with RCA and Optical connectors, a built in wireless network system, and a remote that shows the entire titles of the songs that you can use without being in its line of sight. Backlit, too.

The issue that you mentioned before, not having a wireless network, would still be an issue. Just letting you know!
posted by Keyser Soze at 2:00 PM on December 9, 2003

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