Perfect Partner for HifiDelio? (Delia)

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  1. Kendalbeefcake

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    Hello,

    As the proud owner of a HifiDelio Pro, I'm currently looking for a partner for it so that I can stream audio to other rooms in the house. Ideally, I'm looking for something with in-built speakers but wouldn't object to using Lie-P0d style speakers with it. I'm looking for un-obtrusiveness rather than absoloute audiophile stereo (but that said I'd rather it didn't sound like two cat's fighting in a wheely bin). I've looked at the Roku (Radio version seems interesting) and the Squeezebox, but both of them would require slimserver on the Hifidelio to play FLAC; I realise that this is possible but doesn't seem to be particulary easy or even reliable and was hoping for something slicker.

    I'm also aware ST-64 is also available at some point, but there doesn't seem to be any hurry to bring this to market and appears to be relatively expensive (over £300 at last estimate).

    Fanks chaps & chappatis

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  2. brookheather

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    I thought the Roku would work without Slimserver by using UPnP? I'm using a Squeezebox v3 and it is perfectly reliable - plus I can use my PDA to control the Slimserver running on the Hifidelio.

    - Simon.
     
  3. Kendalbeefcake

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    Hi,

    If I've read the small print right, it would appear that the Roku doesn't support flac at present (guess what I've just spent 2 weeks ripping my entire cd collection too..) and for some reason the squeeze box can only do it with the assitance of slimserver (I guess it must decompress server-side or something??)

    Thanks
     
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    The only way the Roku can do flac is by emulating a squeezebox and using slimserver.

    The squeezebox isn't a UPnP device, so requires slimserver to work at all, FLAC files are natively supported and all dealt with at the squeezebox itself though.

    The only other devices I'm aware of which support FLAC are the Sonos (which will work with any network share like the Hifidelio) @ £700+ or

    AudioRequest (which is a full audio server like the hifidelio and far from silent) @ £100+ on ebay
    http://www.audiofi.co.uk/reviews/arq.html
     
  5. Kendalbeefcake

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    Andrew,

    Thanks for clearing that up..I think I'm gonna go down the SP3 route eventially, but I think I will wait until I can find an idiot-proof guide (in english!) on how to put slimserver on a hifidelio..

    Thanks again

    KendalBeefcake..
     
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    Instructions for running SlimServer on a Hifidelio wireless music server
    (same for Olive Musica/Symphony) so that you can connect a Squeezebox:

    Download the latest Linux build to your PC.
    Transfer the SlimServer_xxx.tar.gz file to the Import directory on the
    Hifidelio.
    Enable telnet on the Hifidelio.
    Disable UPnP (this clashes with port 9000) and reboot the Hifidelio.
    Telnet on to the Hifidelio (default user name is root, password is root).
    cd /audio/import
    gunzip SlimServer_xxx.tar.gz
    tar xf SlimServer_xxx.tar
    rm SlimServer_xxx.tar
    mv SlimServer_xxx /usr/local/slimserver
    ln -s /usr/bin/perl /usr/local/bin/perl

    Now you need to install the SlimServer perl modules from http://home.arcor.de/feel_free/slimserver_perl_modules.tgz and libexpat from http://home.arcor.de/feel_free/libexpat.tgz

    To run the SlimServer:

    /usr/local/slimserver/slimserver.pl --daemon

    If you get a warning about the XML:parser missing then you have not installed the SlimServer perl modules correctly.

    Add the above command line to /etc/rc.local so that slimserver will start
    automatically when you start the Hifidelio.

    You should now be able to connect to http://hifideliopro:9000 - you will
    need to go to the server settings and set the music directory to
    /audio/music - it will then start scanning and building the library.

    - Simon.
     
  7. Kendalbeefcake

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    My wish has been granted! Thanks a lot for that, much appreciated!

    Regards

    Kendalbeefcake
     
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    I did not have much luck installing libexpat and slimserver perl modules :-(

    What exactly needs to be done here ?

    I have copied perl modules under /usr/local/lib/perl/....
    Is this ok ?

    What about the libexpat ? I have put it into /usr/lib and then rerun ldconfig.

    I am still getting the error about XMLParser missing :-(

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I think the perl modules should be under /usr/local/lib/perl5 - if you look you will see there is a 5.8.2 subdirectory which matches the path in the tar file.

    If you still have problems let me know and I will send you a zip of my working slimserver directory.

    - Simon.
     
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    Hello, I am new to this site and have just bought a Hifidelio Pro recently.

    I read with interest the steps to install slimserver on the Hifidelio Pro and tried it on my machine. Installing the SlimServer_xxx.tar.gz is easy.

    However, I have no luck installing the slimserver_perl_modules.tgz and libexpat.tgz files.

    I have copied the 2 files to the /audio/import directory and then telnet into the Hifidelio using the root ID and ran the command tar zxvf /audio/import/slimserver_perl_modules.tgz and libexpat.tgz respectively.

    Where do we need to put these 2 files for Slimserver to work on the Hifidelio machine?

    Any help will be very much appreciated.

    Thanks.
     

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