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Target's Home Automation Progress
#61
I'll take a look, but I have a feeling ours isn't like that. Man it would be nice though.

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#62
I seem to remember reading somewhere that CQC could take a 7.1 sound card and use it to output 4 stereo streams. Am I off base here? I know Nuvo just released a product that does this, so maybe I'm just getting my articles and posts crossed.

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#63
You are correct, the embedded audio player can use specific sound card channels, thus having multiple "zones" of audio coming out of 1 PC sound card.

However! I believe that is at least partially dependant on the sound card used, and my chaintech AV-710 does not allow this with zoomplayer (haven't tested with the cqc player). I think sound cards or their windows drivers have to allow this kind of usage first.
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#64
I think it is very dependant on the sound card that you use. Most surround sound cards (5.1 or 7.1) cards cannot do this. You have to get a card that is specifically designed to output separate and concurrent streams.

I know the M-Audio Delta 410 and 1010 cards work. I am not sure what other brands work.

I have a Delta 410 card and currently have three separate and concurrent CQC player streams running off the card. It has the ability to do more streams, but I just don't need any more. So I can select three different music albums and play them all at the same time in different locations around my house.

EDIT - you can still find the M-Audio 410 card for sale at the M-Audio site for about $150. But I have bought two in the past off e-bay for a lot less than that.
Brian

"Really dear, it was too good of a deal to pass up. Besides, look at what it does now...."
I think my wife is getting a little tired of hearing this :-)
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#65
Anyone know of other cheaper cards that might work? I've seen the Delta 410, but as you said they are $150 new and difficult to find in any sort of quantity on ebay. Would it be possible to write a windows side driver for a very cheap 7.1 surround card that can turn it into a 4 zone stereo card?

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#66
I don't know any specific ones offhand....but I'm guessing that if it works with the multi-zone capabilities of J. River or zoomplayer, than it would work wtih cqc...so you might check those forums to see what sound cards those people are using. I know there ARE other sounds cards that do that, but I have no idea what the magic property of it is that allows for it. If it's the windows driver that does it, then good luck on writing a new one of those...it'd be not worth your time (compared to just buying a 410 new).
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#67
I believe it is the Windows driver that makes it happen.
Brian

"Really dear, it was too good of a deal to pass up. Besides, look at what it does now...."
I think my wife is getting a little tired of hearing this :-)
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#68
Although I'm aware that it might not be worth my time (or anyone's) to write a windows driver for me, it might be worth it to write a windows driver for 100 people. Or 1000 people. Heck, if one could purchase a sound card capable of outputing 4 concurrent streams of audio for $19, that would be pretty fantastic. A refurbished Nuvo Simplese can be had for $500 ($400 without keypads). Hell, with cheap speakers for starters you could have 4 zones of audio in your house for $500. In this situation $150 begins to look like a more significant cost.

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