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RE: Interesting

Hey D,
I sit 11ft away from the HT system, including the dedicated music PC. If I am listening and using the large TV via HDMI for video, I use a wireless keyboard/pad. There is also a small regular VGA monitor that I prefer for SQ (unhooking HDMI), using the same keyboard.

Intriguingly (but yet to be fully tested) I seem to be getting just as good SQ as the best I've heard in the room, but from an unexpected setup. Since I sometimes have an off-network router plugged to that PC, I installed a copy of Remote Utilities (RU), which I use for work, on the music PC. A laptop, isolated from networks and (wirelessly) on the same router, acts as the RU terminal of the music PC. The surprise is that, apparently, Remote Utilities is a very quiscent kind of software, seems totally transparent during playback. I left on this trip about 2 months ago and at that time I had tried it only to some extent. I'll spend more time evaluating it when I get back next month. I do hope it pans out because the music was sweet and I sat very comfy.

Mechanically, Foobar to the iPad via Wi-fi works well also...SQ-wise, not as well as the above. However, I strongly suspect that the reason has to do my old iPad refusing to work with the router. This forces me to add a USB wi-fi antenna to the music PC, which ain't good. It should work fine in most other systems.

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