Originally Posted by Katiusha
What is your setup?
We just got a mac mini that will have all our music and movie
collection. A DVD
drive will be connected to it. And mac mini's input will be connected to a TV. No TV channels reception
. Right now we are trying to setup the sound system. Help?
We want to have two zones: cockpit and inside salon (same sound, different volume control). Two speakers in the cockpit and a soundbar, 2.1, or 5.1 in the salon. Would two amps with speakers in each zone interlinked and connected to the mini do the trick? Or a single
amp that does different zones? Can you suggest a make/model that is preferably compact?
We already have the outside speakers, but are struggling to find a unit for the inside. We like good sound, but no audiophiles by any means. Started looking at Bose, but outside of its AdaptiQ audio calibration, we have a very hard time justifying the expense. Any suggestions for the internal speaker system?
Thank you in advance from a very confused couple.
I think a multi zone amplification system with multiple inputs is the simplest here. That way you have one amplification system to balance the sound around the zones.
You have only one input device, the mac mini. You may get a splitter as suggested and that may be all you need to do.
My home system has cable, dvr, apple tv and ipad dock
as inputs to tv. TV audio out goes to amplifier. The downside as you point out is that tv needs to be on.
For audio only you may decide to hook up a stereo to the amplifiers addtional input but gotta make sure the input is compatible. Alternately mirror you music on an ipod (that's what I do) and hook that up as source 2.
Finally you can also install a regular stereo system with CD, radio
and 3.5mm front panel inputs (you should be able to supply this with the mac mini 3.5 out or an ipod) and switch the speaker inputs. If you did this right you could have one person watching tv below decks on salon speakers and one person listening to music on deck
with the cockpit speakers with the option for both zones to be listening to the music channel.
You have lots of options here. The problem is not turning it into a rube goldberg device...