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Hi all,
I am running a show on a laptop. I am running the audio out from the headphone jack to a Y into a 100 watt receiver then to some average stereo speakers. I have the PC volume at about 75% and still have to turn up the Reciever volume to close to 75% to get a good outdoor volume. This is by no means blasting a way, and I am thinking I should not have to turn it up that loud to get good volume. I have seen that some of you are using FM Tramsmitters. Are any of you running this through a receiver and is the quality and volume good. I know if I turn on my tuner or cd on the receiver it is much louder than the PC input. I am open to any suggestions that may help.

Flanman

EDIT.. Sorry I should have posted this in the Music forum. I will post over there. You can close this thread. Sorry for the ignorance.

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What I did was I had a pair of powered computer speakers ( I dont know what watt ) Since I was in a hurry I thought I could make somthing quick for the first night. So what I did was I opend up one of the speakers and soldered some speaker wire onto the contacts on the other end I have a speaker about the type most people have in their home. The sound is great! With the wave and master sliders in the computer along with the volume on the speakers, I am capable of getting very loud sound. So what was a temperary idea turned out into a ideal plan. Also since the powered comp speakers are so cheap I can turn them on and off everynight and not worry about breaking somthing!



---Daniel L

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I've had that problem sometimes when I'm feeding audio to a mixer board. Generally, the audio out level is set too low. In XP, look at your Volume Control panel - either double click the little speaker in the system tray or look in START -> Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Device - and adjust the Volume Control AND the Wave levels.

The ouput from your laptop will need to go to an amplifier of some sort - you will not be able to drive speakers of any size with the output of the laptop. Computer speakers that have their own power adapter have a small amplifier inside and may be able to get loud enough for you.

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I output my audio from the laptop head phone jack (Full Volume) into 2 stacked 'Y's (1 for a monitor, 1 for the FM Transmitter, 1 for a wireless transmitter assigned to two wireless outdoor speakers) The speakers are externally powered and the output is far more that I need.

It's a great setup, like you in AZ, it's nice a WARM! here (Oops, did I say that out-loud) so the walker's and open car windows can hear as well as the drive-up's.

PS, did you ever get any of the sequences redone for your setup?

Take care

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I am curious what you are using to play your music. If you are using winamp like I do you might have to turn the winamp equalizer up. I to am using the Belkin, and I have a speaker playing outside all from my laptop. Out of the headphone jack I have a headphone splitter. One side of the splitter goes to the Belkin which transmits, the other side goes to my speakers. For my speakers I am using a set of computer speakers, except for the one going to the left jack I am using one of my extra Yamaha home sterio speakers (this is the one outside). With this setup if I really wanted to I could get my neighbors upset, it produces some really good volume. But since I am now using the Belkin also, I have the speaker turned down so my only my customers walking to my office door can hear.

JR

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Thanks to all for the feedback.

1. I do have both the main and wave volume set to 75-80 % in XP. I am trying to go to loud to avoid distortion from the pc.

2. I am playing the audio direclty out of the LOR Scheduler. I have tested with just Windows media player, but same type of results. I am just running a standard RCA Y jack into a Sherwood 100 watt receiver, then out to the speakers. So I do have something powering the speakers. Speakers are just a basic set of KLH 100 watt 3 way speaker. Next year I will mount some outdoor speakers under the eve.

3. Yes I have about 9 sequences up and running. I created most of them and copied two from this board. They are working great. Other than my small audio volume issue everthing is running great. My wife thinks I am a nut for going out every night and watching them. I am trying to see if I can get one video taped, but I just have not had the time yet.

flanman

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To narrow down your problems, unplug the laptop audio out and substitute an iPod or CD player or something else that is supposed to feed just a set of headphones. If you get the same result - volume is too low - it's a problem with your receiver/speaker setup. If the problem goes away, the problem is likely in your laptop hardware/software.

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