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Internet streaming radio to my stereo?

I live in an area where FM radio reception is poor so I listen on my PC. My question is how to send Internet streaming radio from my PC (Windows XP, cable modem) to a stereo receiver in another room. The Linksys Music bridge can do it but I can't listen on my PC speakers while sending to the receiver - not a good solution.

- Is there any way to listen to the audio on the PC and send to a radio receiver and listen to both?, wired or wireless?

- What would be the least costly way to achieve this?

Needless to say the CompuUSA type guys were not very knowledgeable other than trying to sell the Linksys box.

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In reply to: Internet streaming radio to my stereo?

Well the easiest way to do this, is to simply run a wire from your computer to your stereo. The obvious down side here, is that you would have to run wire all over your house, and depending on the distance signal quality could be an issue (depending on your sound card, you may need a splitter, so you can send a signal to your stereo and your PC speakers.)And it would have to have an AUX in or something. A cheap boom box or something may not have an input. The other issue would depend on what type of inputs your stereo has, you may need an adapter.

I think I have read about a product that does what you want it to... I believe it was a WiFi device that would take signals from your PC over WiFi and you could plug it into your stereo, but I don't recall what/where that product was. You could do a search maybe, or others may give you the product.

Another possible option would be to get an FM transmitter. I do not know if you could find one with enough range for your needs though. They are usually used for portable devices (MP3 players and etc) and are only expected to work over a few feet.

The last option is to invest in something like XM or Sirius Satelite radio.

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Thanks joshman5. I have looked into the FM transmitter and agree that its range is too limited. The Linksys Music Bridge won't allow me to listen on my PC speakers while it transmits via my wireless system to my stereo. This is probably a niche kind of requirement. So, unless someone out there has a magic solution and short of buying a cheap PC just to play music in my den, looks like I might have to do some wiring and get another audio card.

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Linksys Music Bridge was supposedly developed to play digital music on PC Speakers (I?m wondering why one playing digital music from one?s PC would require a bridge to use the PC?s speakers, hmmm) or act as a bridge to wirelessly play digital music on an entertainment center, but not both simultaneously. Oddly enough, I installed the Linksys MB over the past weekend and it sure as heck does both, simultaneously, even though it is not supposed to. I have XP as my operating system, my modem, router, wireless NIC and Music Bridge are all Linksys products. I am not a networking expert but I doubt that the fact that my pre-existing network was 802.11b, which the MB claims to retrofit to, would cause the functionality of the MB to differ. When I boot up my PC the MB is automatically connected to the bridge and when I play music the sound comes out of the PC speakers AND my home entertainment center at the same time. I am not sure what exactly is going on in my case but you may want to experiment with the behavior a bit (if you have not done so already) and not take Linksys? word that the MB only does one or the other.
On a side not, there is a split second interruption in the music that occurs every few minutes, very annoying. Does anybody in the forum have an idea what may be the cause of that? Good Luck.

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