Author Topic: Backyard movies using av receiver inside with laptop MD outside  (Read 458 times)

thibaudeaua

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I'm building an outdoor movie setup and need to know if this is possible.  I'd like to make use of my second zone on my inside AV receiver to produce my sound which is wired to my outdoor speakers while using a laptop for my MD outside.  My hopes are to just connect my laptop to an outside ethernet jack.  Is it possible to have the core output sound while the MD just outputs video.

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Re: Backyard movies using av receiver inside with laptop MD outside
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 02:28:38 pm »
I dont think you can just do sound from the core, plus you would have to worry about getting the audio/video to sync. I have a similar set up to what you are talking about -kind of. My core is a headless unit in my server closet, its audio output is connected to a receiver that powers my ceiling speakers throughout my house and on my back patio. I wanted to put an LCD on my back patio that used those patio speakers that were running off of my core. Instead of worrying about putting a MD on my patio and playing the movie on both the MD and my core, I just cut a VGA cable open and soldered some Cat6 in between connectors, ran that 50ft cat6 from the core to the back patio, and just connected it to my LCD screen. (basically it is just a 50ft VGA cable). Works like a charm for me. I tested to see how far I could go with it and it seemed that 50ft was good but at 100ft I started to get some pretty bad signal loss.
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-Krys