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Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:40:45 am »
...thats the point you can't control the Amp gain levels for discrete channels or pairs of channels especially as the Amp is receiving a 5.1/7.1 signal down the HDMI (I assume?)

Isn't it possible to link the software volume control to the hardware volume control in a sense that when one of the software volume levels is at max level it will increase the hardware volume and decrease the software volume of the other (not being increase) channels so they stay at the same actual audible audio level?

Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:17:18 pm »
The problem is that if you inject a 5.1 or 7.1 signal into your Amp over HDMI (or optical, Coax) you have no volume control over the individual channels that make up that signal.

I am using pulseaudio. there you can make a virtual device for each channel and then control the volume of that channel. Off course then you not using the volume of the receiver (maybe with some smart calculation that can be linked together).

Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:15:38 pm »
Can you please explain this more as i read it you want to use one receiver for multiple areas at the same time and the audio came from a HDMI connection, and have splitted the audio for multiple zones trough the same HDMI cable?

Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:40:29 pm »
esperanto: Why don't you just try out what happens when you do this manually, ie. outside the LinuxMCE scope. And if you have success with it, detail what you've done.

cause I don't have a receiver with ethernet yet (mine are still from the RS-232 age). However on my desktop I use a hdmi cable to my amp which has 7.1 and by selecting a virtual output on my desktop I can select which channel of the 7.1 is playing sound. So if an amp can stream 7.1 / 9.2 then the only question is what is the best way to stream that to the amp and to control and automate that. Starts to sound like a nice feature ;-).

Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:49:00 pm »
Is it a problem if the channels and volume are handled by the stream? When a zone is not active the audio for that channel in the stream is just silent although the receiver is on and playing the other channels.

Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:53:58 am »
The IP connection on a receiver is just that. Any IP based audio services the Receiver can access itself will output audio to any of the onboard audio outputs that can drive speakers - those audio outputs do not go via the RJ45 network connection.

So some kind of streaming server with multichannels is required on the core? Or does something like that already exist? That software can then present itself as multiple output devices on the core (to which squeezeslave/lite can output) and then combine these outputs into one (multichannel) stream that is played by the receiver. Then on the receiver it gets played on the relevant channels since each channel is linked to a speaker.

Does that make sense?

Users / Re: Power saving topic
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:40:03 am »
The best advice here is to not use MD's but use upnp media players if your system is delivering video content.

That sounds really awesome.

Since you supply this to clients do you happen to have any comparison list with the drawbacks of this solution? Is it still possible to watch live mythtv somehow for example?

Users / Re: Power saving topic
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:20:36 am »
afaik, that UPnP controller device never made it into LinuxMCE.

You know what prevented that?

(or somebody else??)

Users / Re: Power saving topic
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:19:49 am »
I did a quick back-of-a-fag-packet calculation for a 20W MD left on continuously for a month, and it costs about 65p.
maybe it's more expensive here (0.23 euro per 1 kWh)?

20 Watt *
24 hours *
365 days *
0.23 /
40.296 euro per year

that is quite a significant part of the total lifetime cost. And since the device probably is doing nothing for 20h a day thats not pretty....

Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:06:03 pm »
What is the correct way to change skin?

I just tried running on a xiaomi mi3 and on a nexus 7 and both give me a skin with what looks a bit to a stone background and overlapping fonts. When I try to create a new orbiter on the mi3 I cannot select the go button because the button to set the general settings overlaps it.

With all the positive comments I saw I must be doing something wrong ;-).

Users / Re: NAS - FreeNAS, LMCE or something else?
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:54:42 am »
I would not rely on an internal drive atm. I also have an internal drive in linuxmce but the 12.04 system does not recognize internal drives atm:

Users / Re: NAS - FreeNAS, LMCE or something else?
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:53:10 pm »
I run NAS4free with Raid-Z2 (6 disks) and the os boots from an usb stick.

Users / Re: NAS - FreeNAS, LMCE or something else?
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:41:51 pm »
try . It's the fork of the original freenas using php instead of python as the gui but the os is actual and I think it has less hardware requirements.

Users / Power saving topic
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:54:03 pm »
With power efficiency getting more and more a popular topic I thought it might be interesting to post a thread where people can post any suggestion they have to make a LinuxMCE home as power efficient as possible. I recently read some general power saving threads and there people aim at about 1000 kWh per year for a household. How nice if we can also achieve similar results without limiting the home automation and media comforts...

all ideas welcome!

Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 02, 2014, 09:48:42 pm »

A 9.2 receiver will only give you a total of 3 zones.

A 5.1 zone(#1) and 2 stereo zones.

You could make the 5.1 a stereo zone but you'd be wasting the 2 sub-woofers.

Normally you would use the 5.1 for home theatre, 1 stereo zone for the kitchen (hardwired speakers for instance) and another stereo zone.
With pulseaudio you can split that. I have split it on my 7.1 amp into 3 stereo zones and 1 mono in my study and the 7.1 amp in the living indeed in a 5.1 and a stereo zone.

Being cheap myself ($$$), I would have my home theatre zone and 1 two channel stereo zone.  (7.1)

I would take the stereo output to a audio distributor (mechnical) which would then be hard wired out to audio volume controls to the stereo speakers in the room or location.

The distributor could have X number of outputs on it (you could even use one of those wireless Rocketfish transmitter receivers off the distributor).

You could even get one of those newer app controlled audio distributors ($$$), but really, send the output from radio, cd player, MP3 device, etc to the cheaper mechanical device where you can manually turn on the audio areas.  Or leave them always on and control them via the audio volume controls.

LMCE still controls the receiver but you have to manually intervene on the distributor/volume control side.
Quite interesting. which audio distributer you advise (no wireless stuff).

I hope that my 2 cents helps (see I am cheap - should be at least 5 cents with inflation).

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