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Sound servers - what are the options?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Dazed, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. Dazed

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    Hi peeps I'm considering getting a sound server, all this changing discs just seems a bit like hard work these days - wot no playlists! Anyway where do I start. Can anyone tell me about any of the following?

    Several routes are apparent

    The HCPC route - expensive?

    The Imerge type specialist sound server thingy - just seems incredibly expensive for what you get especially when you compare it to HCPC's

    The Yamaha HD1300 - just seems a wee bit inflexible, although it looks a cracking product.

    Is there anything else I should consider?
     
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    Check out the latest WHF magazine. They have 3 different options this month including a very interesting wireless one from Yamaha.
     
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    Thanks Nobber I'll check it out
     
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    What budget do you have to spend
     
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    Kind of depends on functionality. I guess for 1.5k I could get a HCPC which could spin dvd's and cd's to a very high level, act as a PVR and as a soundserver.

    I'm not really interested in multizone functionality.

    So, to answer your question I would have thought up to 1.5k notionally.
     
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    what was wrong with the imerge
     
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    Nothing wrong with the Imerge - looks like a lovely bit of kit. I just consider it a bit expensive for what you get.

    For instance what can the Imerge at £1.5k ish do that the Yamaha can't at £500 ish?
     
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    No I suppose if you are not considering multi-room then the imerge would probably be OTT, we tend to sell the imerge to people who have already installed multi-room systems and who need the features for multi-room the imerge gives you, otherwise the yamaha sound good.
     
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    With any form of sound server I'd be interested in examining the user interface capabilities, the software back up capabilities and the sound quality capabilities. I'm sure there will be differences on all fronts from all suppliers.

    Just a thought.

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    Very, very interesting Common. Thanks. I had thought of the XBOB but didn't think a 10gig drive was really up to it, I had no idea you could install 120gb into the ugly thing.

    I've also read about the PSX -

    http://uk.playstation.com/news/newsStory.jhtml?storyId=103829_en_GB_NEWS&linktype=SSL

    Which truly looks like a tremendous bit of kit. If they can get a good interface and make it relatively quiet then this could be the one. Presumably this is some form of test bed for a future version of the PS3.

    Who'ld have thought the humble home gaming system would become the home entertainment hub rather than the much vaunted pc. No wonder billy boy was so eager to get the XBOB to market despite the huge losses.

    Come on Nintendo get you act together!
     
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    Have you considered a portable device, such as the creative labs Jukebox or an I-pod, I have a 20Gig JB3 for occasional use.

    I use the Variable Bit rate setting at 100% quality, which gives approx 400kps, I have well over a thousand tracks loaded (most of my CD collection) and the disc is only 2/3 full, connected via the line out it sounds pretty good not that far off of CD replay. It has a remote and you can put in as many play lists as you want, it does all the track and artist naming via D22B if you have your PC connected to the Net while ripping and downloading. If you want something cheap and you do not need multi-room it may be worth a look.
     
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    Yes pwiles, it did cross my mind but never really took it seriously for some reason, but on refelection what a cracking idea. Do you know if any of the current generation of the HDD MP3 players have a some kind of video out facility (unlikely I guess) or are you limited to the iddy biddy LCD screen?
     
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    You are limited to the small screen, unless it is hooked up to a PC, it is much easier/quicker to sort your play lists etc on the PC.

    I have been looking at the X-Box stuff myself since reading the thread, I cant afford it but it looks cool. I think someone may be giving me an x-box soon and it is tempting to turn it into a music, movie and games server.
     

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