Squeezebox type devices
I've got a soundbridge, was only £50, brilliant thing. It's only got a two line display but it's fine to use – good remote, you can skip through stuff by letter (jump from A to B to C with a single button press, rather than scrolling through all the As).
I stream stuff from my NAS, which runs a mediaserver – so I don't even need a PC on.
Internet radio is brill too.Posted 8 years ago
Squeezebox is ace, my parents have one linked up to my music server and my brother has one linked up to a qnap server running full lossless through some high end seperates, sounds amazing. The screen is perfectly visible from the other end of a medium-sized livingroom and navigation is dead easy. You can change the screen format to have large fonts if you need to instead of the 2 lines of the standard form.
If you want to know what the interface is like first you can set up the server software (squeezecentre) on your PC and find a copy of the free softsqueeze software, it's a direct replica of the actual item so menus etc work the same way.Posted 8 years agostevehineMember
Another vote for the squeezebox here; I've had mine just over a year and it's been fantastic – the displays on the newer ones are much better than the older ones – I've a feeling the one clubber has seen is probably an older model with a smaller display – if I'm wrong then he's got a different idea of what constitues a big room to me 🙂Posted 8 years ago
A NAS is basically just a mini-pc (usually running linux) that doesnt need a screen or keyboard etc, with the media serving software on it. Same with a mediaserver – its just a PC with the right server software on it. You can roll your own NAS from PC parts or just use a PC, its just that a proper NAS/server will be a low-power item that sits there working silently makign no noise all day long, instead of having to be powered on each time for you to have music.Posted 8 years agoreggiegasketMember
Squeezebox user and fan here too. I run it wired in the kitchen. Works a treat. Easy to use. Playlists are good for parties, meals etc.
I run Cat5 from the SB to the router, then more Cat5 from the router to the PC upstairs where all the songs are on an external 300mb Seagate harddrive.
I've also tested it back-to-back with my (decent) standalone CD player and the sound quality is pretty good too, so could easily live in a half-decent hifi setup.Posted 8 years ago
NAS = Network Attached Storage. Functionally, a hard drive that attaches to your network, rather than your PC.
As coffeeking says, they're like a mini PC internally running linux. Some have a mediaserver pre-installed. Mine (LaCie network space) scans the hard drive for media files automatically, and the mediaserver runs by default. So all I had to do was transfer all my music onto it, and the soundbridge sees it on the network and gives me the option to use the NAS as the source of the music.Posted 8 years ago
Thanks again chaps. A couple more Q's:
1. Are there battery powered devices I could in theory use in the garden (probs 6m away from router)?Posted 8 years ago
2. £40 Philips number on amazon is bound to be crap?
3. Ipeng will allow me to control all of Itunes (even though not all of it is on my touch) and so would only work on pc not NAS?
4. How much for a NAS?
5. Is there a radio app for my touch?
6. It's the "revo mondo" I was originally on about (£100 odd, as is soundbridge) any views?
Am thinking of getting wifi music for my hoose, I've seen a wee £100 device that plays music and radio through wifi and links into your hifi (can't remember the brand but it's based in Livingston), however the display looks really small and my concern is that it would be a PITA to use, navigating through albums etc.
Apparently Squeezeboxes are rated? Anything else to recommend?
Am not sure whether to go losseless and hook it up to my better system or keep that system separate?Posted 8 years agoBlobOnAStickSubscriber
IIRC the NAS equipment needs to be powerful enough to run the music server software (SqueezeCentre), so as stated the cheaper NAS units may not work.
Question is, which NAS units are powerful enough? The squeezebox website states it supports Netgear ReadyNAS, but they are very pricey!Posted 8 years ago
Been looking a bit more at this. Looked at sonos (nice but pricey) and thinking of a blik in the kitchen and an airport express for the living room (perhaps with my "proper" system – whch is reasonable, Crimson monoblocks etc)
This means I can use my ipod as a remote and just run itunes.
Qs:Posted 8 years ago
1. I take it I can't run internet radio through the aiport express?
2. Is the airport express up to a decent system (running lossless files)beanumSubscriber
I use a Squeezebox at home, one feature you *may* find useful is that it can be used as a wireless bridge so I have mine connected to my XBox with a network cable and my XBox is online too.
You can use the Squeezebox to access internet radio (host PC or NAS doesn't have to be on for this to work).
You could get an additional Squeezebox Boom for the kitchen?
If you're after top sound quality, the Squeezebox uses Burr-Brown D2A converters (apparently that's a good thing) and it'll plug straight into a power amp yeah..
The SqueezeCenter software will send all of your iTunes playlists to the device but afaik it only supports one music source, so your lodger's music won't be available..
Hope this helpsPosted 8 years ago
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