My system is a Logitech X-540 Multimedia Speaker System I think the sound is great for the money.
My 'office' at home has a pair of Linn Keilidh's being driven Bi-Amped by a pair of Quad 405's fed from an old Quad 34. Sources are a Linn Majik CD, an iPod dock and a Linn Axis/Akito/K9 combo. Living room is an AV setup with a Onkyo TX NR708 driving a pair of mission 753's at the front, quad 12L's at the rear an HK centre and 2 small denon speakers (left over from the old AV amp) set up as 'front height'. There's a BK Monolith giving some extra oomph on the base which is run through an antimode room EQ. It's a bit overkill for Corrie but with something like Iron Man on DVD, it shines (or causes the windows to rattle).
I would love a quad 405 and quad 34. Nice my friend has that set up but with some PMC TB2.
i had a great setup back in scotland, sony 7.1 amp with some decent eltax speakers but over here ive jsut gone with the logitech z5500
Quad 303 & 33. Roku Soundbridge for music, old Pioneer tuner, Sony HDD/DVD for CDs & telly. Wharfdale NXT speakers... They are certainly "interesting"!
I've got a bit of a mixed setup at home, downstairs is a Sonos setup, in the kitchen I've got a zp80 linked to a NAD amplifier up in the roof connected to some B&W ceiling speakers. In the lounge is another Zp80 connected to a sony surround sound amp, only got it to connected to a pair of kef bookshelf speakers at the moment. But means the ps3 & sky box can link in as well. Got a Sonos touchscreen controller downstairs, but mainly use iphone to control it. Music is stored on server upstairs and connected via sonos zonebridge. Upstairs I've also got a squeezebox for the bedroom and Harman Kardon Sound Sticks II on the main desktop
Sony STR-DH800 AV Receiver
2x Q Acoustic 1030i floor standers
2x GALE 3010S bookshelves
1x Tannoy SFX Sub
1x Cambridge Audio S50 centre
XBMC PC via HDMI for bitstreamed audio ;)
Bit of a mix and match on a budget but it sounds great, if not a little movie audio orientated.
What is the best way of getting HDMI or optical out decoded into 3 separate analogy 3.5mm jacks. I would like to get surround sound and use my logitech x-540 speakers.
This will take an optical output and decode it to analogue
Lindy SPDIF Digital To Analogue Stereo Audio Converter - Electronics at Play.com (UK)
... I dont know of a 3 way version though ... I looked a lot for a device to convert 5.1 optical to 5.1 analogue but coudnt find anything ... I ended up buying a SACD player that had optical and analogue outputs
down Stairs now we just have the Bose system. Very pleased with it, but I miss the sugdens amp and kef speakers etc.
Mrs Gonk works for a local, familiy run electrical reatiler. They sell most things, Panasonic, Sony, NAD, Denon etc. They now sell Bose. ;)
The owner and I spent the best part of an hour well, playing with the new Bose kit. I likedit so much I came home with these Companion 5 multimedia speaker system | Bose.
I have to say that they're awesome.
Well i've got Pioneer VSX-609RDS which is now 10 years old. It's a 5.1 AV Receiver that has my PS3, sky, laptop and anything else I care to plug into it. The speakers are Gale Moviestar 5 with 2 floorstanders, 1 centre and 2 surround bookshelf speakers. The sub is an Eltax, I think, 200w 15" downwardfiring, house shaking monster. Had enough bass before the sub but films and games are so much better. Often gets aired loudly as I live in a detached bungalow, with 50m to nearest neighbours. Most annoying thing is doors rattle when bass kicks!!
Pete, our sysadmin, is running squeezeserver on some NAS device, I run mine on an old dell desktop with a server grade disk in it. I have 2 sqeezes, an old mk1 on the hifi, and a new radio in the bedroom. The newest "touch" versions are a mite $$ but you can get old mk2s on ebay for little money, and theres no real advantage to the newer ones except album art.