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#99557 - 2009-08-28 11:18 Squeezebox connected to DSP5000's
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Hi all,

I have been doing some research recently after purchasing a pair of 5500's for my cinema room and moving my 5000's into the dining room. What I was originally looking at was a MPMax 221 connected via coax to the 5000's and an iPod dock. However the squeezebox route looks to be a better idea and I have a few questions for all you squeezebox gurus out there :

(1). Can I connect the SB Duet directly to the 5000's (24 bit Mark II's) using digital coax or do I need an external DAC (518)? I know the 518 may be the better solution but space is an issue (the less kit the better).

(2). How well does the SB buffer the data before output. Is there a time lag between chosing a song and the playing of said song? Several youtube demonstrations show virtually no lag but the users may not be in a heavy RF environment (I have several wireless netorks in the vicinity).

(3). Does anyone currently run a SB Duet and how do they find it? Do you run it using wireless or RJ45 (perhaps using RJ45 power injectors across the electrical cabling)?

(4). As I am new to the SB arena would it be worth waiting for the SB Touch which I believe is due any day.

Thanks in advance,

Keith.


System 1 : 568.2, 562v3, 596, 506, 504, DSP5500 / 5000c, 556 Amp, B&W DS6 sides, REL Storm, SIM2
System 2 : DSP5000 / SB Duet
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#99561 - 2009-08-28 12:08 Re: Squeezebox connected to DSP5000's [Re: SturmBlade]
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You can connect direct to 5000's fine.

I run wired, switching songs is nearly instant. It buffers a good 20 seconds or so depending on format.

I use a Duet with transporter. Duet receiver is still in the box smile

It may indeed be worth waiting for SB Touch.


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#99563 - 2009-08-28 12:18 Re: Squeezebox connected to DSP5000's [Re: Fiddler]
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George,

Thanks for the fast reply.

I've got some more reading to do and may wait for the Touch but am anxious to get the 5000's singing again. Plus it will appease the wife as they are just sitting turned off at the moment (if speakers could be sad I'm sure mine are) lol!!

Thanks again,

Keith.


System 1 : 568.2, 562v3, 596, 506, 504, DSP5500 / 5000c, 556 Amp, B&W DS6 sides, REL Storm, SIM2
System 2 : DSP5000 / SB Duet
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#99569 - 2009-08-28 15:23 Re: Squeezebox connected to DSP5000's [Re: SturmBlade]
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I ran my SB direct into my 5200's to test them. Sounded great even without the apodising update. However more and more updates have put my squeezecenter host under pressure so the sb is no longer as nimble as it once was, its actually quite sluggish - although I am sure it has many more features than it once did.

I'm thinking of getting a Sonos ZP90 now and controlling it via my iPhone. That way, my old P4/500 can finally be retired.


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DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
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#99576 - 2009-08-28 15:59 Re: Squeezebox connected to DSP5000's [Re: Ian]
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Ian,

Cheers for the reply. The Sonos ZP90 looks like a good product I will have to do some reading on that too. At the minute though I am leaning towards a Squeezebox Duet and a Netgear NAS. The NAS primarily to take the need away for my PC to be on all the time and it can also hold my home video stuff / photos as well as my music.

Some type of NAS has been on the cards for a while as I currently have two external HDD's that are mirror images of each other.

Keith.


System 1 : 568.2, 562v3, 596, 506, 504, DSP5500 / 5000c, 556 Amp, B&W DS6 sides, REL Storm, SIM2
System 2 : DSP5000 / SB Duet
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