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In the room I'm currently working in, I have a:

  • Primary computer, running Windows 7 - connected to speakers,
  • Secondary MacBook, running OS X Lion,
  • "TV-computer" running Linux/XBMC or similar..

..which are all connected through my wireless/wired home-network.

Which works great, my problem, however, is that I only have one pair of speakers (5.1). I'm looking for a software that can make my primary computer act as a "sound-switch" over my network. A software that makes me able to select from which sound-output the speakers should play from, preferably from all devices.

I hope you understood what I meant. Any help is truly appreciated.

EDIT: Like Steve said, the use of a mixer would probably be preferred, but this is what I am trying to avoid.

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This is not a software solution, but is in some ways simpler. I use a hardware mixer called pMix

I got mine for about $35 (the link shows $80 list price). You can use any one or all three of the inputs by adjusting the individual audio level knobs.

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I do realize the usage of a mixer would be convenient, but I can't see why a software solution wouldn't be possible. Maybe it's time for me to write my own solution if there isn't any already, pretty simple logic, really. Thanks for your answer! – Zar Mar 4 '12 at 22:59
I've never looked for a software solution. I like the immediate access of hardware knobs. Good luck - I'll be intereseted to see if there is a software solution. – Steve Fallows Mar 4 '12 at 23:05
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After some heavy Google usage, I found what I needed: AirFoil. It's working simple and awesome, exactly what I was looking for.

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