Is this a feasable project?

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  1. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    I've been daydreaming about this idea for a while. . . I want to create a two channel audio system wish computer at the heart of it.

    Here is what I want to do. . . is it possible?

    Take the computer with a large hard disk. Rip all of my CDs to lossless WMA.
    Get a M-Audio Audiophile 2496 sound card.
    Configure the soundcard as a pre-amp.
    Use the analog stereo outs to connect directly to monoblock amps.
    Connect to speakers.
    Add a 802.11b wireless card to the computer.
    Use that to connect to my pocket pc via Wi-Fi.
    Use the pocket pc to select which audio tracks to play.

    Can this be done?
     
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    Pay attention Gordon, the big PC will be playing the music from its own hard disk. The Wi-Fi is for the Pocket PC to tell the big PC what to play. The music will not be flying across the Wi-Fi.

    Sounds like a neat idea. But I don't know how you're going to be able to control the big PC from the pocket PC.
     
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    I am doing something similar. However, I am using a touchscreen monitor mounted to a wall for music control ( the actual computer and amp is in an adjacent closet). I use remote desktop to control the music from my laptop and other PC's when not in that room. Works great. However, I am currently just using a reciever for amplification. Have not found affordable amps that fit what I need yet.

    If you find any or know of any, please let me know.

    The touchsceen on the wall has a big wow factor. Also it lets friend surf the net etc.

    There are PDA programs that will control music. I am sure you are aware of this since you mentioned it. I have not yet taken it to that level. Once I get speakers outside, I may look into this further as well.

    Have fun,

    C. Ryan
     
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    Look into Netremote and Media Center 9.

    Netremote is free and a great wifi remote program.
     
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    I am planning on a similar project and would like to know why you are choosing to use WMA lossless VS an open source/multiplatform option like FLAC or Monkeys audio? I am not trying to rip microsoft or anything, I was just wondering if the WMA format has some advantage over other options, or if it is just personal preference.
     
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    I know the M-Audio has good DAC's but I wonder just how good its op amps are? You might find you'd get better sound quality with a true pre amp between the PC and the amps. This is just a guess though as I've no experience doing that with a sound card.
     
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    sounds like a very good idea, I may build a custom PC to do this chore! interesting things such as ripping DVD movies though a lossless format would be next!
     

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