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Recommendations for computer audio switching

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I have a Video Teleconference room here at work. The room is graced with a 73" plasma and four 42" plasma's surrounding that. There are four Dell 830 laptops that we conduct different VTC's on throughout any given day. It's a pain in the **** to get behind the TV's and unplug the computer speaker line from one computer and plug it into another when we switch computers for a new VTC. Any recommendations on a type of audio receiver i could plug all four computers into where i can then switch the audio among the four with the touch of a remote control button?

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I use the HT-391 in my home office video studio not sold anymore but it handles 3 PCs giving them 140w of power, plus 6" active power sub has excellent bass. The wireless remote can be programmed with Radio Shack 8-in-one LCD Universal Remote.
the HT-3917 is small but don't let the size fool you. It has 100w of power still not bad for small places.

For what you need to control you're better off getting the Z-5500.

Z-5500 Digital made by Logitech has 5.1 Dolby Digital 505w
Supports up to 6 audio inputs devices at the same time. Remote controls everything you want. 5 mini speakers 10" power sub woofer. with wireless remote control. $399
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/224&cl=us,en

HT-3917 - handles 3 audio input devices it has 5.1 Surround Sound 5 mini speakers with wall mount 6" power sub vented port for bass and everything you need to two sources though. Wireless remote control. This can be found at Wal-Mart for $39.99
http://www.lenoxx.com/2005/audiosystems/HT3917.htm

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