Whole House Audio

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Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:34 am
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Re: Whole House Audio

That's rather Rube Goldbergish isn't it?

Why not just by some inexpensive powered speakers to put in the rooms where you want sound (with the Express)? I think it'd be cheaper and you'd likely get much better sound quality. I suspect the sound quality out of those Elk speakers is probably pretty poor given they're not really designed for music. Sure, mounting powered speakers on the ceiling probably wouldn't work, but do you really need them on the ceiling?

You could probably also find some wireless powered speakers that would work though they would probably be more expensive.

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Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:55 am
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Re: Whole House Audio

Yeah. Im using old computer speakers right now but it looks bad to me. I wanted a nice clean finished look with wiring hidden.

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Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:33 pm
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Re: Whole House Audio

I use a Vaux Vaux 1600A-LE-02 Audio Matrix switch with a home run WHA setup and central WHA amp. The Vaux is very nice and can be occasionally found on ebay for a few hundred bucks. The later models have a built in paging function which, when executed via an applescript, saves all levels and inputs then switches to whatever paging input is specified, makes the announcement and switched back. The whole thing is RS232 controllable. Very easy.

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tell application "iTunes"
   pause
   pause
end tell
delay 1.5

--set Vaux to paging state. There are several states that can be called and do what ever is programmed re zones, volume, etc. This one plays a doorbell ring outside, so all zones are enabled. It just as easily plays a phrase via iTunes.

tell application "Serial Bridge"
   set connectionName to "Vaux"
   send to source connectionName string "*cw,91,1,0,0,1
   "
   
end tell

--delay 1

--execute sound file; first get computer output volume so it can be restored
set original_volume to output volume of (get volume settings)

set volume output volume 100
do shell script "afplay '/Users/WilliamsEC/sounds/doorbell.wav' "

set volume output volume original_volume



--exit Paging State
tell application "Serial Bridge"
   set connectionName to "Vaux"
   send to source connectionName string "*cw,91,1,0,0,0
   "
end tell
delay 1
tell application "iTunes"
   play
end tell


The other way I did it is is to store the current values as variables in a script. Not as elegant as the preceding ones or as simple as paging but worked well:

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tell application "iTunes"
   activate
end tell

tell application "IndigoServer"
   
   set currentAudioSourceZone1 to value of variable "audio_1_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone2 to value of variable "audio_2_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone3 to value of variable "audio_3_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone4 to value of variable "audio_4_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone5 to value of variable "audio_5_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone6 to value of variable "audio_6_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone7 to value of variable "audio_7_source"
   set currentAudioSourceZone8 to value of variable "audio_8_source"
   
   set currentAudioSourceVolume1 to value of variable "audio_1_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume2 to value of variable "audio_2_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume3 to value of variable "audio_3_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume4 to value of variable "audio_4_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume5 to value of variable "audio_5_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume6 to value of variable "audio_6_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume7 to value of variable "audio_7_volume"
   set currentAudioSourceVolume8 to value of variable "audio_8_volume"
   set iTunesCurrentState to value of variable "iTunes_CurrentlyPlaying" as string
   
   set currentGirlsAlarmAudio to value of variable "airfoilSpeaker3"
   set currentDaddysiMac to value of variable "airfoilSpeaker4"
end tell

tell application "Airfoil"
   connect to (every speaker whose name is "Girls' Alarm Audio")
   set aSource to first system source
   set current audio source to aSource
end tell

tell application "IndigoServer"
   set value of variable "KidsOutlets" to "true"
   set value of variable "airfoilSpeaker3" to "true"
   set value of variable "airfoilSpeaker4" to "true"
   set value of variable "airfoilSpeaker3" to "true"
   
   iTunesPause()
   
   set value of variable "audio_1_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_2_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_3_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_4_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_5_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_6_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_7_source" to "2" as string
   set value of variable "audio_8_source" to "2" as string
   
   set value of variable "audio_1_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_2_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_3_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_4_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_5_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_6_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_7_volume" to "30" as string
   set value of variable "audio_8_volume" to "30" as string
   
   
   delay 3
   
   set iTunesSpeech to value of variable "TextToSpeech" as string
   
end tell

tell application "iTunes"
   pause
   say iTunesSpeech
   
   
end tell


delay 3

tell application "IndigoServer"
   set value of variable "audio_1_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_2_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_3_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_4_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_5_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_6_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_7_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_8_volume" to currentAudioSourceVolume1 as string
   
   
   set value of variable "audio_1_source" to currentAudioSourceZone1 as string
   set value of variable "audio_2_source" to currentAudioSourceZone2 as string
   set value of variable "audio_3_source" to currentAudioSourceZone3 as string
   set value of variable "audio_4_source" to currentAudioSourceZone4 as string
   set value of variable "audio_5_source" to currentAudioSourceZone5 as string
   set value of variable "audio_6_source" to currentAudioSourceZone6 as string
   set value of variable "audio_7_source" to currentAudioSourceZone7 as string
   set value of variable "audio_8_source" to currentAudioSourceZone8 as string
   
   set value of variable "airfoilSpeaker3" to currentGirlsAlarmAudio as string
   set value of variable "airfoilSpeaker4" to currentDaddysiMac as string
   
   
   delay 5
   tell application "IndigoServer"
      if iTunesCurrentState is "true" then
         tell application "iTunes"
            play
         end tell
      end if
   end tell
   
   
   --set value of variable "KidsOutlets" to "false"
   --execute group "KidsOutletsOFF Disconnect Airfoil"
   
end tell

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Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:06 pm
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Insignia NS-DP8CH Infocast to connect to Control Page?

Hello All,

Is anyone using their Insignia NS-DP8CH Infocast to connect to their Control Page?
Was wondering if this device contains a web browser?

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Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:20 pm
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Re: Whole House Audio

I would really love to have the "turn on/off all speakers" added to the airfoil plugin.

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Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:39 am
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Re: Whole House Audio

You've previously requested that feature - it's still on the request list.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:19 pm
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Re: Whole House Audio

Brandt wrote:
I would really love to have the "turn on/off all speakers" added to the airfoil plugin.


Just for you, Indigo 6 beta 1 has actions to connect/disconnect all speakers.

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