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PAUL WILLIAMSON
2005-03-16, 09:32
You'll probably get lots of responses on this one...but
I have to say that this thing is great looking on top of my TV.
Half the time, people don't even notice it's there, but when the do,
they always comment on if my clock is correct. When I tell them
that not only am I sure it's correct, it's syncronized to the Naval
Observatory. If the SB were a more industrial design, it would
look out of place.

Plus, I don't feel bad that I've discarded one of the cases because
I mounted another squeezebox in a wall. If I want a more
industrial design, I'll do it myself.

Now where was that paper towel tube...I know I had one around
here somewhere....lol

Paul

>>> jim (AT) elasticmedia (DOT) com 03/16/05 11:18 AM >>>
Don't get me wrong - I am not here to bash or inflame. SB has a great
display, great software, a pretty good UI, and a healthy fanatical
base, but
the hard truth is the case needs to evolve - someday. IMHO, it needs
to
happen sooner rather than later. Perhaps the primary goal of Slim is to
do
the development and they are waiting until the product reaches a
certain
milestone before they invest in a better, nicer case. I would encourage
them
to step back and start plotting the trajectory for the case design
where
people are bowled over.

Since I have been messing around with the SB project, I have seen slim
server go to 5.4, which is a huge advance. I have seen the display
improve
substantially with the graphical display. It's time that they up the
ante -
spend a little cash on some industrial design and make a case that
doesn't
look like a refuge from 1970.

Jim

Steve Baumgarten
2005-03-16, 10:10
> You'll probably get lots of responses on this one...but
> I have to say that this thing is great looking on top of my TV.
> Half the time, people don't even notice it's there, but when the do,
> they always comment on if my clock is correct.

And it's easy to pick up and bring out to the deck for outdoor listening
on some powered speakers...

SBB






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Chuck Pelto
2005-03-16, 10:16
Greetings All,

>> You'll probably get lots of responses on this one...but I have to say
>> that this thing is great looking on top of my TV.
>> Half the time, people don't even notice it's there, but when the do,
>> they always comment on if my clock is correct.

Personally, that is one of the great things I like about it. I don't
have a lot of chunking, annoying bells, whistles and flashing lights to
distract me or anybody else. The dingus sits innocuously on a small
shelf/rack in a corner and does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do.
Massive electronics may be another form of 'compensation' to some
people. To me, it's a bother. Besides, such would not go with the
classic decor of my 1901 Victorian living room.

Regards,

Chuck(le)

Stephen Evans
2005-03-16, 10:41
PAUL WILLIAMSON wrote:
> You'll probably get lots of responses on this one...but
> I have to say that this thing is great looking on top of my TV.
> Half the time, people don't even notice it's there, but when the do,
> they always comment on if my clock is correct. When I tell them
> that not only am I sure it's correct, it's syncronized to the Naval
> Observatory. If the SB were a more industrial design, it would
> look out of place.
>
> Plus, I don't feel bad that I've discarded one of the cases because
> I mounted another squeezebox in a wall. If I want a more
> industrial design, I'll do it myself.
>
> Now where was that paper towel tube...I know I had one around
> here somewhere....lol
>
> Paul
>
>
>>>>jim (AT) elasticmedia (DOT) com 03/16/05 11:18 AM >>>
>
> Don't get me wrong - I am not here to bash or inflame. SB has a great
> display, great software, a pretty good UI, and a healthy fanatical
> base, but
> the hard truth is the case needs to evolve - someday. IMHO, it needs
> to
> happen sooner rather than later. Perhaps the primary goal of Slim is to
> do
> the development and they are waiting until the product reaches a
> certain
> milestone before they invest in a better, nicer case. I would encourage
> them
> to step back and start plotting the trajectory for the case design
> where
> people are bowled over.
>
> Since I have been messing around with the SB project, I have seen slim
> server go to 5.4, which is a huge advance. I have seen the display
> improve
> substantially with the graphical display. It's time that they up the
> ante -
> spend a little cash on some industrial design and make a case that
> doesn't
> look like a refuge from 1970.
>
> Jim
>
>
>
>

Bill Moseley
2005-03-16, 14:28
I need new glasses. I've got the SB over by the stereo where the TV
amp and speakers are and can't read the display that well. I was
thinking it would be nice if the display was a separate unit from the
audio output part. Then I'd be more free to arrange the display part
where that works best. Well, I guess that's what I do now with using
my wireless laptop for controlling the SB.

Long as we are throwing design ideas out... A mute/volume button on the
unit would be nice. Am I the only one that puts the remote down and
can't seem to find it thirty seconds later when the phone rings?
Maybe I need to install Asterisk and automate that, too. And the door
bell.


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Kevin O. Lepard
2005-03-16, 15:15
>I was
>thinking it would be nice if the display was a separate unit from the
>audio output part.

Me, I'm always lobbying for a display that's physically much bugger
(say, by a factor of two in height) so I _can_ see it across the
room. Although, if you use the biggest text it is manageable now. A
really big, bright display in a stero-component-like box would be
great.

Kevin
--
Kevin O. Lepard
kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net

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