Thanks for the reply!
Just put the MD with the receiver and stuff into another room/box, and
just put the wires for the TV and loudspeakers thru the wall
That's the plan. My basement is unfinished which gives me good access for wiring everything up. The only issues I forsee is the lack of a local MD may make it difficult to use an RF remote and/or a bluetooth keyboard.
With LinuxMCE you don't want multi-zone amps, but an amp for each
zone. And each zone is controlled by either an MD or a SqueezeBox. In
theory you can use a multizone-amp, but that means doing a lot of
loudspeaker cabling, whereas with the original LinuxMCE approach you
only need a single CAT cable to each zone.
I appreciate this but I'm not a big fan of the squeeze/logitech hardware (it has always seemed overpriced for what it does). I was able to get my older roku device to work on my test box but, again, I'm not a huge fan of these. After a little research I think I'm going to try squeezeslave
and a Russle Sound CA4
amplifier (completely controllable via rs232).
You get what you pay for. The <100EUR tablets have a very flimsy feel,
but work ok. A used iPod Touch is also nice, if you have good eyes and
I like the iPad/iPod touch but I've decided to wait for the next revision. One thing most of these android tablets are missing is a simple, charging stand/cradle. I'm looking at the color nook at the moment.