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A great way to turn your iPod into a multi-room music source

Tara W. has worked for Crutchfield since 2004. She writes about whole-house music and video gear, and works on Crutchfield's video team.

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I listen to my iPod through the stereo in my car and through headphones while I work and exercise. But what if I want to listen to my iPod throughout my house, too? After all, the speakers in my home are the best ones I own.

Fortunately, working at Crutchfield gives me the opportunity to look into these types of situations. And we have some pretty cool multi-room options for our iPods. Here is a popular solution:

Niles ZR-6 six-source six-room audio receiver

The Niles ZR-6 is a six-source, six-zone receiver specifically designed to connect to an iPod, in addition to traditional audio sources. It comes with a special cable that allows the receiver to feed metadata - like artist, album, and song info - and audio from your iPod to each "zone" or location in your multi-room system.

You'll get to view all that great info, as well as jump through playlists and make music selections, using in-wall keypads like the Niles Solo-6 MD (shown at left). This kind of multi-room system utilizes speaker and CAT-5 (or Ethernet) cable that's run through your walls.

For more info on Niles products, check out our diagram of a Niles MultiZone system. Interested in setting up your own multi-room system? We can help! Call Crutchfield's AV Design Group at 1-800-555-9407.

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