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Creative Labs Wireless Music

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by adaw, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. adaw

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    HI,

    I was looking at the 'Creative Lab Wireless Music' MP3/WMA wireless player that links up the PC to the music system using the 802.11b or 802.11g wireless standards. Now I know the music quality is bad with any sort of compression but seems an ideal way of playing all my MP3 library in any room.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...47/103-9677517-0008644?v=glance&s=pc&n=507846

    My questions is that they don't sell this in the UK yet, if ever. So what's my chances of buying it in the States and getting it to work over here. Granted the 802.11b or 802.11g interface to the PC should be fine, I'm more concerned about the remote control working or getting interference over here.

    Anyone already got one in the UK???

    Thanks,

    Andy
     
  2. pringtef

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    You could have a look at the Squeezebox, which has an integrated wireless network device:-

    http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_overview.html

    Slightly more expensive, but nicely designed to fit in with your hi fi rack is the Turtle Beach Audiotron. Got one of these and found it fantastic.

    http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/audiotron/producthome.asp

    Both of these are available from www.laser.com

    If your Mp3s are recorded at a good bitrate and from a good source, you'll be amazed by the sound quality when these devices are plugged into your hi fi.
     
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    As Andy has said In reality if you use high enough bit rate the quality can be quite good, I use Variable bit rates @ 100% quality setting on my Creative Jukebox, this equates to 400+Kps, and the sound is close to that of a standard CD player (cheap), ambiance is the main thing you loose CD does seem to have a fuller sound.
     
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    I'm seriously considering modifying my Linux music / mail server to Windows and purchasing two or three Netgear Mp101's (just under £100 each). I just need to know how good they are at sending the same / different streams to different boxes on the same network.
     
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    Hi benji,

    Thanks for the info, the mp101 looks about right for me. Is the mp101 getting replaced, can't seem to find many stores selling them. Do you know of any other makes of these devices. Up to now got the slim one, creative and netgear.
     
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    Ahh, the more I look the more I realise that this is a new device. So that's probably why not many stores have it. Looks good though, the creative one would be better due to it's remoce LCD screen, maybe they'd now launch it here, probably be twice the cost though.
     
  7. VirusKiller

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    If you have a large enough server, you can rip CD PCM data straight to an uncompressed WAV. The Audiotron can play this. The Creative apparently can't, which is a real shame as that handset looks really good.

    It looks to me that it would be much cheaper to import an Audiotron and pay import duty/VAT than to buy direct in the UK. I remember reading that the power supplies in the newer Audiotrons are switchable (possibly internal switch).

    $250 + UK taxes vs. £294. Go figure.
     
  8. stuart-f

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    I have an Audiotron and it does the job pretty well although set up IMHO can be a bit idiosyncratic and you need to be up to speed with Windows XP or whatever O/S you intend to use.

    I convert CD's to 192kbit VBR mp3 via EAC and the quality is excellent but I do feed the Audiotron into a separate DAC before the signal hits the HiFi, (Naim 92/90 combo). The analogue output from the AT aint that good and a DAC is essential unless your feeding an amp with the digital output.

    There is an AT forum at http://pub90.ezboard.com/bturtlebeach where you can do some more research.
     
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    Anywhere selling these in UK ??
     
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    I'm trying to bring them to the UK but the sums are not working out at the moment. They have sent me a unit to demo / keep and it works very well
     
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    Thanks Common,keep us posted :)
     
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    Bumpety bump. Common, any news on the Roku?

    Cheers,
    Joel
     
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    no sorry

    With the current exchange rates you could try ordering from amazon.com @ $299 - it just has a standard iec power lead so no issues with stepdowns etc
     
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    Thanks Common.

    Actually, I'm more interested in the SoundBridge. The smaller one is dirt cheap at the current exchange rate. They claim to be shipping them after 31st March. At $225, seems worth a gamble to me - I've been waiting for this for quite a while.

    Cheers,
    VK
     
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    Thanks Common.

    Actually, I'm more interested in the SoundBridge. The smaller one is dirt cheap at the current exchange rate. They claim to be shipping them after 31st March. At $225, seems worth a gamble to me - I've been waiting for this for quite a while.

    Cheers,
    VK
     

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