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Q. How Can I Control My Speakers Via My Computer?
A ReQuest F.Series server will help this homeowner manage his music.
May 28, 2009 by Bryant Moore

Q. I am looking for a speaker selector I can utilize through my computer. I do not want to add a volume knob in each room. I want control over the power and volume via my computer. Any suggestions? - Steven, WI

A. While you don’t specifically mention whether or not you are willing to spend the money on a separate stand-alone music server, I believe that is your best option. There is a system that will do exactly what you want, although it’s much more sophisticated than a speaker selector. It is a music server-based system made by ReQuest. They have several system types available but you could start by installing one of their smaller F.Series servers. The F.Series server is available in a two- and four-zone configuration and features multiple audio outputs from a single unit, allowing anyone in the house to listen to different songs in different rooms.

The system can be controlled from one of their touchscreens, from an iPhone or iPod Touch, or any Internet-connected computer. One of the nicest features of the system is that it automatically synchronizes with your iTunes library and includes Automatic Dual Encoding to store music in both full fidelity WAV for the best sound at home, and also in MP3 for streaming over the Internet or loading to an iPod or portable music player.

You will need to find an authorized dealer in your area to obtain and setup the equipment, but once that’s done you can have complete control of the whole system from any computer in the house. You can find more information on their website, www.request.com.

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A classically-trained musician and former network administrator, Bryant Moore has turned a lifelong passion for music and A/V equipment into a thriving business with Charlotte, NC based Moore Audio Design. He has over a decade of experience in designing and implementing home electronics systems.

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