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Small Audio Victories in Faux Radio

Dateline: 10/19/08

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Pyle Pro PTA2 Stereo 40 Watt Amplifier

Pyle Pro PTA2 Stereo 40 Watt Amplifier

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I have Comcast cable service and one of the features is a bundle of 48 or so music channels which deliver continuous, commercial-free stereo music. (At least there are no commercials in the audio, though some might pop up from time to time on the TV.)

It's definitely an audio service and would be hard to justify calling it "Radio". But, then again, by strict definition streaming "Internet Radio" and Podcasts also are not "Radio". Yet, I cover them as if they were.

I've addressed this before and the best way I can wrap my head around all the audio available that competes with AM and FM is to separate them into Old Radio and New Radio - even if some of it is faux radio.

I bring this up because I had a small victory in making my Comcast "Cable Radio" more useful and wanted to share the solution. When my home was built, I had speaker wiring run from where my main TV is located to the backyard in the hopes that I would hook up Satellite Radio one day. It just seemed like the right place to do it, being the entertainment center of the house.

Two years later, I had still not achieved that goal because quite simply, I had no easy way to get the Satellite signal to the center of the house without either jumping through wiring hoops in the attic, using a wireless signal forwarder that needs line-of-site from a window, or giving in to living with a visible wire running from the nearest window facing West. I admit: I didn't plan things well.

Then, one day I looked at the back of my digital DVR box from Comcast and saw the AUDIO OUT jacks.

Duh.

I suddenly realized I could pipe the cable's version of radio into my backyard with practically as much choice as Satellite Radio.

All I needed was an amplifier and for a job like this, it didn't have to be a monster.

Plus, I'm cheap.

So, I began searching and it seemed like the least expensive basic amplifier I could find for my needs was about $100 bucks until finally I came upon the Pyle Pro PTA2 stereo amp. This little baby was exactly what I needed. It costs $52.00 plus shipping which was about another $10.00.

The Pyle Pro provides 40 watts per channel and for the small footprint it has provides volume, balance, bass, treble, AUX1, AUX2 and CD inputs, input for a 1/4 inch phone jack, 1/4 inch MIC input jack, RCA Rec Output, speaker terminals, voltage selector (for North America and Europe), and switchable MIC pager and Mixing options.

Plus, it sounds great for my application which is pumping faux radio from my cable box to my backyard.

I've spent lots of money over the years on many products more sophisticated than the Pyle Pro, but there's a lot to be said for spending just a little money and getting a lot more than you counted on.

I just thought somebody else my benefit from knowing about this.

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