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Someone told me that streaming audio via a home network (AKA from my computer then to my router then to my 360) would cause quality loss.

Anyone know if this is actually true?

I could see streaming off of the internet but the data should all remain intact when you are streaming on a local network, or so I thought...
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When you say streaming, you mean playing it from a shared folder, right? Then no...

Not unless you use some kinda music server that re-encodes it.
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Coma View Post
When you say streaming, you mean playing it from a shared folder, right? Then no...

Not unless you use some kinda music server that re-encodes it.
Yes its in a shared folder and shared to my 360 using WMP11.

Some "professional" told me that i'd lose quality doing that, and i'm like......ummm no.

Just wanted to make sure.
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post #4 of 11
1's and 0's streamed is still 1's and 0's... That "professional" was probably just trying to get you to buy stuff.
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post #5 of 11
the only thing I could see is lag... no loss of quality...
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Just curious, where does he work (or... what kinda professional is he)?
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I bet it's Geek Squad
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Coma View Post
Just curious, where does he work (or... what kinda professional is he)?
Works at a local place that sets up professional home theaters and stuff. He wasn't here on business, I know the guy.. and he wasn't trying to sell me things.
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post #9 of 11
Hey, try it and post your results.
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post #10 of 11
Yeah as long as you aren't converting it to an analog signal somewhere along the line you won't lose even the slightest bit of quality. PC directly to XBox = fully digital, so no worries.

Since he's a home theater specialist he may thinking of cable interference. The longer a cable is and the more cables you have running next to it, the more interference it gets. In an analog signal (like from your XBox to your TV/Stereo, or your stereo to your speakers) yes there will be some sort of quality loss. But the only effect interference has on a network connection is bad packets which end up getting sent again anyway. And even that only happens with really bad interference.

On that note, if you DO get any lag it may be because of lost packets, it means you may need to use a shielded cable.
Edited by Manyak - 5/18/08 at 1:01pm
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