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CardinalFang
2005-09-06, 01:55
I've finally got my Squeezebox into a new housing, it's one I got from an Italian Company - AudioKit (http://www.audiokit.it/ENG/Frames/Introduction1.htm)

Here's a picture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/80817171@N00/40756540/

It's the central unit. The left hole is for a power LED and the right exposes the remote control receiver. It still works really well even with the more limited aperture.

The case is a tiny bit wider than I wanted, but looks OK. There's an awful lot of blank metal, which I need to get used to, but now I have lots of space for linear power supplies, clock modifications etc.

The inside isn't so pretty at the moment, I managed to get a new cable to link the main board with the display, but it's a metre long! Also I need to get new stand-offs to mount the display at the right distance and also paint some of the front panel edges black to minimise reflection. The opening is in fact a little too small, it doesn't obscure anything, but you need to be directly in front of the unit to see all the screen from a distance. I can live with that.

Ideally I think a case should be like the bottom unit in this picture, the Musical Fidelity XDac3. I'll stick with this for the moment, it wasn't too expensive to do (under 100, including machining the front) and it matches the Copland gear well, but if I see a nice smaller unit I may be tempted to shrink it down!

Simon Still
2005-09-06, 12:48
On 9/6/05, CardinalFang <CardinalFang.1uxjdz (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
wrote:
>
>
> IIdeally I think a case should be like the bottom unit in this picture,
> the Musical Fidelity XDac3. I'll stick with this for the moment, it
> wasn't too expensive to do (under 100, including machining the front)
> and it matches the Copland gear well, but if I see a nice smaller unit
> I may be tempted to shrink it down!


I disagree with you on that - i think it looks really good. All it really
needs is something on that big exanse of bare metal. A monochrome 'Slim
Devices' logo above the screen would be ideal.

pfarrell
2005-09-06, 12:59
On Tue, 2005-09-06 at 20:48 +0100, Simon Still wrote:
> On 9/6/05, CardinalFang
> <CardinalFang.1uxjdz (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
> and it matches the Copland gear well, but if I see a nice
> smaller unit
> I may be tempted to shrink it down!
>
> I disagree with you on that - i think it looks really good. All it
> really needs is something on that big exanse of bare metal. A
> monochrome 'Slim Devices' logo above the screen would be ideal.

I think it needs two knobs that match the other Copland gear.
Not clear what to have then do, but getting a pot/switch with
proper knobs shouldn't be too hard.

Maybe an on/off on one, and a real volume pot for the headphone
on the other....


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CardinalFang
2005-09-06, 14:00
On Tue, 2005-09-06 at 20:48 +0100,
I think it needs two knobs that match the other Copland gear.
Not clear what to have then do, but getting a pot/switch with
proper knobs shouldn't be too hard.

Maybe an on/off on one, and a real volume pot for the headphone
on the other....
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That's what I'd like to do, but getting knobs to match the Copland ones would be tough. I'd want two and I'd use them this way: a clickwheel type interface for the menu system - spin to move up down the menu, press to select. That would work for most functions. The other side would be a push to play/pause, and left/right skip forwards backwards type arrangment like the Copland CD.

Has anyone tried adding these types of functions through the port on the SB2? Sometimes I can't find the remote when all I want to do is start some music!

Thanks for the positive views on the case. There are smaller ones on the Italian site that might suit other systems better, but I shuffled the system order around on the stand tonight and it looks more aesthetically right with the SB2 at the top now.

I also considered having a smaller box with a totally acrylic front panel, like a certain brand of power amps that were around in the UK a while ago. I can't remember their name now, but they were monoblocks with red acrylic front panels on cubic cases.

Paul

mherger
2005-09-06, 14:17
> Has anyone tried adding these types of functions through the port on
> the SB2? Sometimes I can't find the remote when all I want to do is
> start some music!

I have done some tests with the Powermate
(http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate/). The problem is
that you need a computer with USB interface to connect it to. Unless you
have your server very close to the SB it's rather useless.

I did the "horizontal" navigation using "push-turn" left/right, some
special buttons with "push-and-hold" etc. It does work, but some
additional buttons (play/stop) would be nice. I've got a small
digicam-quality video:
http://www.herger.net/slim/powermate.avi

Yes, that's my good, old SliMP3 :-)

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CardinalFang
2005-09-08, 01:06
Another shot of the system with the SqueezeBox on top and the display visible

http://www.flickr.com/photos/80817171@N00/41384712/

It doesn't look quite so outsized on the top. Of course the room isn't decorated yet either, we've only been in the house a year after all, so please ignore the grotty colour of the walls!

Paul

dSw
2005-09-08, 14:49
I think it looks great.

Incidently - what stand is that you have?

jazzfan
2005-09-08, 17:06
I'm impressed, and drooling. Wish mine looked that good.

CardinalFang
2005-09-08, 23:09
I think it looks great.

Incidently - what stand is that you have?

It's from Stands Unique in the UK, I got it about 5 years ago when I had some money for that kind of thing! It has a carbon fibre inner frame with 10mm glass shelves, so pretty solid and vibration free. It's the Pure Performnce version on the web site. Not cheap though :-( There are cheaper versions.

http://www.standsunique.com/

Paul