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What should I do to upgrade audio performance?

by KCav45 / May 1, 2013 10:54 AM PDT

My Gateway desktop computer model GT5622 has an integrated 8-Channel High Definition audio system with eight audio jacks - 2 on front, 6 in rear. Inside the case there are 2 vacant PCI slots, and 1 PCI Express x 1 plug. I want to listen to smooth jazz. What should I do to upgrade audio system?

I would like to play music in three rooms. I have lots of speakers on-hand but none are connected. What should I do transmit the output from the desktop into different rooms? Should I use a USB dongle with Bluetooth audio transmitter and a Bluetooth receiver with speakers attached?

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If it were me
by Jimmy Greystone / May 1, 2013 11:37 AM PDT

If it were me, I'd route everything to a receiver. I'm not sure how many out there are capable of doing more than a two room setup, but there might be some if you look hard enough.

Something that we did at an old house was that we had a single stereo that was wired to a very simple A/B switch box that could select between three different sets of speakers at different locations in the house. Simple flick of the switch and one set of speakers would be turned on or off. It was simple, cheap, and reliable. Monoprice is great for getting cheap speaker cable without having to sacrifice on the quality. Monoprice or Radio Shack would probably have the A/B switches you'd need. So as long as you're capable of doing some basic wiring, shouldn't be too difficult.

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