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OT question about sound cards/chip-sets and high-end music systems

Rob Owens put forth on 10/7/2009 8:02 PM:

> When streaming music, if you play it on 2 different computers will the
> music be in sync?  I'm thinking of a sort of "party mode" where I want
> the same thing playing in several rooms of the house.

Depends on your distance to each loudspeaker.  Sound waves travel at
approximately 1,125 ft/s depending on air temperature and humidity.
Thus, if you're not standing at an exact same distance from each
speaker, the sound will arrive at your ears at different times, creating
an echo effect or a muddying of the material, depending on the time
delay between arrivals. This doesn't take into account reflections off
things such as walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture, which all reflect
sound to a degree, causing additional 'late arrivals'.

In short, if you want decent stereo sound quality, limit the number of
speakers to two, and sit in one spot equidistant from each.  In a "party
mode", who the f--k cares, you have been and wine and what not, and
you're playing it loud enough to be annoying anyway.  At that point,
what does it matter?


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