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Ben Galanti
2005-03-17, 06:04
Ben Sandee wrote:

>
> My opinion -- return them both and wait for a SB2. If SB2 doesn't
> work for you can return it and go for the Roku since it seems to work
> better for you than SB1.
>
> Before you do that though, try the recent nightlies for slimserver 6.0
> (beta 2 if it's out by then) -- they've improved dramatically even in
> the past few days. My server is less powerful than yours and it's
> hovering at 1-2% cpu usage with two slimp3's going (no sb but SB2 on
> the way). SB2 has a much larger buffer too so I can't imagine you'd
> get dropouts with it.
>
> Ben
>

I've thought about the Squeezebox2. The deeper buffer is appealing.
Maybe that would solve the problem. It's certainly something the Roku
has already. The client side FLAC isn't a big deal for me. I figure if
I'm having server load problems streaming AIFF, having it transcoded to
FLAC will only increase the load. Though, I'm guessing mov123 is what
is actually playing the music, and it only takes a few percent of the
CPU. It's the perl thread, which I thought is what controlled the
display and webpage that is the resource hog. The Roku does all of it's
display client side, which I think makes the biggest difference. I
don't think that has changed with the SB2, has it?

Ben

Dan Sully
2005-03-17, 10:05
* Ben Galanti shaped the electrons to say...

>display and webpage that is the resource hog. The Roku does all of it's
>display client side, which I think makes the biggest difference. I
>don't think that has changed with the SB2, has it?

Squeezebox2 does it's animatins client side.

-D
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Dan Sully
2005-03-17, 10:17
* Ian Crockford shaped the electrons to say...

>Is this so? SB2 does all animations on the client side? Does this include
>scrolling the current track title, or just the lovely new visualizers? If
>so, this is a good enough reason on its own to upgrade to SB2!

The title scrolling is still done on the server side, as that's more of a
scroll rather than an animation. It's possible that it could be done client
side as well, I've personally not been involved in that code. All of the
L->R, R->L, U-D, D-U animations and visualizers are done client side.

-D
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