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Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by sparkymarky, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. sparkymarky

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    Was thinking about buying a new cd player but as most of my music is from via the net i was wondering about some sort of hard drive player to go on my rack.

    Is there such a thing? I know theres the yamaha hd for about £399 but i believe it doesn't accept mp3s. I will prob be using wav if possible(nit really looked into the viability of this yet though) as i believe this is near enough cd quality.

    Thought about wireless from PC but don't want to have to have pc on have music downstairs.

    SO.....isthere anything that springs to anyones mind in terms of a hard drive hi fi seperate????
     
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    I've just noticed this article about a new CD/HDD unit coming from Cambridge soon - looks interesting and much lower price than most of the others.
     
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    if most of your music is mp3 why not buy a dvd player with mp3 playback and stuff 4.5 gig of mp3's onto a dvd or a dvd-rw for that matter so you can re use it

    there are some quality dvd players out there as well as the budget ones with mp3 playback

    must be worth considering :)
     
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    The prototypes of this have been extremely impressive. Briefly it can;

    Operate as a standard hard drive server using varying rates of compression
    Burn its CD's
    Go online to name content and access music download sites
    Wirelessly read the content of another unit of the same type.

    It also has the full audio section of the 640C so its no slouch sonically. I think they plan to have it out in April.
     
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    correct me if i`m wrong but dont mp3 compatable dvd players anly play from cdr not dvdr? making it 700mb not 4.5 gig!


    @ sparkymarky you could try KISS DVD/HDD PLAYERS :smashin:
     
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    any idea how much the Kiss DP-1504/DP-1508 is? It looks interesting.
     
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    Some questions about the Kiss DP-5004 thing. 1. Does it have any video/audio inputs? That would be good for recording digital TV ie, music videos. 2.Do you need broadband to record from a pc's hard drive to the Kiss thing? I currently do not have broadband so this may be problem. 3. Can you record from the disc in the disc drive of this device onto the internal hard drive. This would be good for recording DVD's. 4. Can you transfer data from the hard drive to your PC? That would extend on question 3. and 4. Is there any other hard disc players that has all these features (Except for the need of broadband, but if it does, tell me anyway as I will get broadband soon),. Thankyou, I will be looking to for other Hard disc players, but I have a 56K, so it will be hard. Thanks again.
     
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    QUOTE]

    no they play from dvd too i have a few dvd's full of mp3's and they play fine
    the only issue is because of the sheer amount of stuff you can get on them the menu can get a little daunting but non the less they do play[/QUOTE]


    i have 3 mp3 playing dvd players and a mp3 car stereo none ofwhich will accept mp3 on a dvdr:(now i feel cheated:(



    @Frazal666 try SVP
     
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    Are you using DVD-R or DVD+R? Some dvd players only accept one of them, and some dont accept either.
     
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    I have a few of the Kiss DVD players (500 and 508) - they are great boxes.

    They have a 10/100 ethernet as standard (run linux) and can play you music and dvd's accross the network from your PC.

    They have vga out along with component etc and are progressive scan... there aare extensive menus to config this as you need...

    Check out Kiss EZLINK which is a PC server end application - a much better alternative to the Kiss supplied app...

    D
     
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    ...should have added.... the 508 includes a hard drive - although the 500 and 508 are different... they only differ through firmware. You can flash a 500 to a 508 standard so it supports the HD. Early 508s had a bigger psu - they are all the same now.

    The Kiss has a single IDE channel inside so you can only have one drive as the DVD ( a Toshiba unit) is the primary master.

    Also, it will play back all your photos too... and has web radio, IMDB lookup etc etc along with a hugh hacking following...

    If you buy a second hand 500, make sure its a rev B.
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    More information about the Cambridge Audio system here
     
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    Any idea of how much? and where?
     
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    Hopefully Tons should be able to give us a bit more info on price and when it will be on sale. It looks interesting.
     
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    Target retail is £500 and hopefully on sale in April.
     
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    Good God it looks excellent value at that price :eek:
     
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    This seems like a great idea, especially considering the pricing of the unit and growth of the downloads market.

    However, I just wonder why people with dedicated hi-fi setups would have one of these when their goal has always been to achieve the purest sound possible. By listening to your music in compressed mode, wouldn't it be noticeable on even a fairly basic system? I certainly can notice it on my pc. Obviously, hard-drives are a great idea for portable music given that you a lose a certain amount of detail to the outside environment. I just don't know how much of an idea it is to those who are craving the best sound possible through high fidelity on a dedicated home system.
     
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    I agree- that is why the unit can do uncompressed audio as well.
     
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    I suppose this at least allows for flexibility. I’ve got plenty of tunes on my pc that aren’t on cd, at least the unit would allow me to play these tunes on my hi-fi system.

    But do you think this unit would give an improvement in sound from, say, using the optical out on a portable mp3 player connected to a hi-fi?
     
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    Speaking from experience Ive ripped a few MP3 CDRs from I-tunes at 320Kbps and it sounds pretty well like CD to me via my system. Ive also hooked up my PC to play 320Kbps & Uncomped WAVs via a M-Audio USB Transit & DAC straight from HD again comparing a 320 Kbps MP3 and uncomped WAV I struggle to find the difference, Quite a few audiophiles are embracing PC solutions via SC & DACs and quite a lot of them are listening to compressed audio files, hell Ive seen plenty of mentions that 256Kbps is fine too.

    Everyone has a different level of satisfaction in hifi, Im lucky that 320Kbps does it for me, mind you I even struggle to hear a difference between an original CD and Sony Atrac MD copy of original via my DAC.
     
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    The Cambridge Audio thingy....

    Does anyone know if it is going to come with a digital output so that you can put it into a DAC? If so meeeeeeeeeee want one :)

    Steff
     
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    It has Coax and Tos outputs so I assume you'll be sharpening your chequebook.
     
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    Have you thought about a Creative Zen 60 Gb player - although touted as an MP3 player, the specs say that it will playback WAV format as well. 60 GB is about 70 CD's worth on WAV format, but if you have a mix and match of WAV and MP3 from the net, it might be worth a look. With the added bonus of being able to take it with you whenever you want...
     
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    Tons, it looks like I well might be. Either that or winning at poker to pay for it :)

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