Well,, I have been lurking on this site for a while and thought that I, like others here, would share my story of the path to whole home audio.
I have a passion for the tech toys that are available and have started to put together a ongoing project to have computer based audio files available in all rooms that have a speaker setup of some kind (even if that means currently through a TV) and would like to hear what others may think as I walk on down this fun journey.
Current setup is 5 rooms in the house that have different ways to access files that I am currently ripping from my small CD collection (approx 350 discs) using DB Poweramp to accomplish this and storing them on a Windows 7 HTPC that I built from a fun shopping day at Fry's electronics.
Two of the rooms have a home theater setup (TV, Receiver, Speakers) another room is home office with receiver and speakers along with Squeezebox Touch access to music, and the other two rooms have TV and Directv receivers which allow access to music files via their Mediashare program with output currently to the TV speakers only.
I just finished a project to have all the rooms wired with a robust Gigabit ethernet setup and all of this is connected together with a Netgear router and various Netgear switches to accomodate the growing equipment list (currently 18 devices with ethernet connectivity). So moving files around to the various devices is a snap and no wireless headaches or dropouts experienced yet.
Still experimenting with JRiver Media Center to the man cave setup (on the PC that stores all the music files) and it seems to be working to meet my needs (esp their generic DLNA setup that connected great with my OPPO 93 network player setup) but I am not sure what else I can do with this program so I am taking baby steps with it so far. Having this setup functional meant I could take the Squeezebox Touch to my office and give that setup the opportunity to play computer based music as well.. Still not sure how to hook that up to the receiver in that room to get the best music ,,hoping others here would have a thought on this subject (I can hook it up anyway it allows since the receiver there has all the ports needed).
The other rooms have other purposes to serve, but what the heck, if I can make them players in the music process, why not?
However their current access is really controlled by the very limited Directv access so far.. Not sure I want to keep it that way, but plenty of other stuff to experiment with first..
So, there it is, my little project to date.. but thinking about many other things to come.. DAC's or network players, powered speakers for the office PC ( yeah I have too much stuff) and headphones for those quiet times..
and the journey ( and hopefully my writing and your responses, ideas, etc ) will continue
an audiophile in training