How can we get multi-channel Ambisonic playback out of the Squeezebox?
If there was one set-up, one combination of player/amp/speakers that Ambisonia could recommend (or even sell) as a good and guaranteed way to access Ambisonic surround (sourced from the Internet) … then this would be a huge boost for Ambisonics.
The Squeezebox Duet has both optical and coaxial S/PDIF output. I think S/PDIF is a maximum of 2 channels only. Could the optical and coaxial spit out 2 channels each? Probably not …. and even if it could, what amplifier would understand that?
As Hugh mentions, it would be great to have a DTS or AC3 encoder hacked into the Squeezebox … but I suspect this is not going to be possible (I’m willing to be convinced otherwise 🙂 ).
And anyway … the “killer feature” is going to be a system that can spit out 8 channels for full periphony. Maybe 2 Squeezeboxes … each spitting out an AC3 stream (= 8 channels) ? hmmmm .. messy.
Even if there was only 1 amplifier on the market that could send 8 channels from optical (ADAT?) … and that coud be hooked up to the Squeezebox to deliver ambisonic sound from files downloaded direct from the Internet ….
hmmm … there’s got to be a solution somewhere …