If money was only a moderate concern...A/V System build


Silverhazesurfer

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I have a task. I have a 27 meter Leopard Yacht. I just recently put 6 Apple TV units on board to handle off-line media shares. All 6 Apple TVs run smooth from an Asus RT-AC3100 wireless router that serves up 4TB of mirrored media on a Western Digital My Cloud EX 4100 NAS.

Western Digital My Cloud EX 4100
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1460

Asus RT-AC3100 Wireless Router
https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AC3100/
What would you want to run your 8-zone, fully-controlled Audio/Video system if money was no concern? Do we implement a computer system with multi-zone audio boards and many multi-core CPUs supplying amplifiers to control the sub woofers and components? Optical links for lightning-fast communications? Grab your mobile device and App your way through the boat.

I think my main zone will be powered by one of these bad boys. I've played with a few Sunfire Amps and they always sound epic.
http://www.sunfire.com/productdetail.asp?id=3

I have a couple of Onkyos that need to be repaired from the boat that I will use for pre-amp and HDMI switching in the main zone and audio in a lower zone. I have two external zones with 4 JL Audio MX 650 2-ways and will be adding two 12-in and two 10-in JL Audio Subwoofers.

 
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When I was in the HMRM all we had on board was a horn pipe and kettle drum for entertainment:fool:
 
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Personally I would stay away from wireless for movie streaming

Tis alright for music depending on distance and client access but when you try and allow music and decent quality movies with multiple access across far distances through walls you may come across bottlenecks?

I would hardwire it all with 10gbps fibre (I could only dream) and the appropriate switches to handle it all.

Oh, use SSD's not mechanical drives in the NAS if you can. More expensive but less heat and power usage.
Depending on storage needed may I suggest going for a larger NAS not the 4 bay? Maybe an 8 bay? Even better the Synology DS2415+ 12 Bay. If it is all going to be racked go for a rack bay for easier access. Something like the Qnap 19"Rack NAS TVS-1271U-RP-i3-8G 12-Bay which is 10GbE-ready

Just my pennies worth ;)
 
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All of the Apples are in close proximity. The farthest point away is approximately 15ft.
So far, all units play smooth video and audio.

The thing about fiber on a boat is that the fiber is so fragile. I have dealt with a few monitoring systems that rely on fiber links and there are always issues with maintaining connections as time progresses.

I would love to put a larger drive array. There is a possibility that it may happen in the future. The current config is a proof of concept function.
 
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