Synchronised audio over two PC's?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by smoothyuk, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. smoothyuk

    smoothyuk OSNN Junior Addict

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    I've been trying to get my head around supplying audio to two different rooms without running any wires. I have a desktop PC in the basement and a laptop connected to the stereo in the living room. The machines are networked and share folders so as I have a party coming up where the guests will be spread around the place I wanted a simple solution to playing the same music throughout the house. Both rooms are in earshot of each other I can't really have any delay going on or it's gonna sound awful, I've tried broadcasting over lan with Tonecast but that's giving a good second or so lag on the receiving end.

    Basically my music folders are shared so all I need is a way to sync a media player on both machines, I mostly use winamp v5 for playback but I haven't come across any plug-in that attempts to meet my needs here, if there's any other player out there with some sort of networking synchronisation built in I'll very happily give it a whirl. Any suggestions?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    if you had iTunes and an AirTunes thinger then you could stick them anywhere you had speakers. There is a bit of lag in the devices though, but the lag should be roughly the same, though I dont know if you can play to two different units at the same time
     
  3. smoothyuk

    smoothyuk OSNN Junior Addict

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    I just looked Airtunes Express up, a neat idea but since I just moved house (the party is a house warming thing) I wasn't looking to buy any extra hardware for this one time event, have enough cash flying out the window buying furniture this month. *shudder*

    I'll keep it in mind down the road though, god knows I can't resist blowing money on gadgets.
     
  4. Steevo

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    Setup a Winamp server on the source PC, tune in with your lappie?

    I use SPDIF optical out from my PC directly to my stereo, no lag.
     
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  6. smoothyuk

    smoothyuk OSNN Junior Addict

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    Ok I tried the shoutcast route (that thing's not half as user friendly as it should be!) and I'm still stuck with delay between the server and client output, I think to get things going well using broadcasting I would have to have three computers networked, the server without speakers, and the desktop/laptop both taking the same delay on playback, although this isn't an option as I'm without a third machine. :(
     
  7. lancer

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    This is the best option.

    http://www.speakerworks.net/wireless.html

    Buy wireless speakers, And simple have the desktop as the only machine running the music, you'll have lag no matter what broadcast setup you have.