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ben2e
2007-02-20, 00:17
The version 3 Squeezebox has now been out there for over a year. Granted they released a Transporter, it's hardly in the same league. Although this device seems to stand alone in user satisfaction, it would be nice to see one which supported multi-channel digital out via HDMI and perhaps the higher resolution audio formats (96/192 kHz).

Several new devices seem to be coming out at the same time. Apple TV, Netgear EVA8000, D-Link DSM-750. I may not be naming the best as I'm just researching these devices as well as MythTV. That said, recording audio is my first priority and I like the included screen vs most other devices which require a video screen. I just thought it may be due for some technical updates and like most technophiles, don't want to be the last guy buying the old version (at least not for a while ;)

funkstar
2007-02-20, 06:59
SlimDevices traditionally don't give anything away until a product is about to be launched. This might change a little with Logitech, but i doubt it.

I personally don't see any of those products as competitors to a SqueezeBox. SD might produce another product that is in that segment, but it certainaly would be a replacement for an SB3.

I would guess a SB4 would take some of the research from the Transporter and scale it back. Might use the same DAC but without the fancy power supply. Might use the faster processor. Might handle the higher fidelity audio streams without server side down sampling.

no-one outside of the company can tell for sure :)

peter
2007-02-20, 08:43
funkstar wrote:
> I would guess a SB4 would take some of the research from the
> Transporter and scale it back. Might use the same DAC but without the
> fancy power supply. Might use the faster processor. Might handle the
> higher fidelity audio streams without server side down sampling.
>

You mean FLAC & WAV? The SB2+ devices already support that AFAIK.
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Regards,
Peter

funkstar
2007-02-20, 15:47
You mean FLAC & WAV? The SB2+ devices already support that AFAIK.
no i was menaing 24bit resolution up to 96khz. the SB3 can only handle up to 24bit @ 48Khz, anything higher is downsampled on the server first

johann
2007-02-20, 17:12
no i was menaing 24bit resolution up to 96khz. the SB3 can only handle up to 24bit @ 48Khz, anything higher is downsampled on the server first

Is it really?
And no, it's not a Photoshop job.

seanadams
2007-02-20, 18:05
I don't know what that's doing but I can assure you it's not actually feeding the DAC at 88.2.

johann
2007-02-20, 18:28
I don't know what that's doing but I can assure you it's not actually feeding the DAC at 88.2.

That is playing a 88.2 kHz 24 bit FLAC file, the ouput was quite a suprise.

ajburgh
2007-02-21, 12:26
That is playing a 88.2 kHz 24 bit FLAC file, the ouput was quite a suprise.

Could that just be the name of the file (of track tag), which was downsampled on the server to 48 kHz?

Abel

johann
2007-02-21, 13:20
Could that just be the name of the file (of track tag), which was downsampled on the server to 48 kHz?

Abel

No, the FLAC file really is 88.2 kHz.
There are a few threads on this in the Audiophiles section.

ajburgh
2007-02-23, 14:38
No, the FLAC file really is 88.2 kHz.
There are a few threads on this in the Audiophiles section.

I'm sure the file really is 88.2. But are you looking at the actual sample rate on the SB3 display in your picture or is what's shown there the track name tag (or filename)?

If it's the tag then the file could have been downsampled by SlimServer before it reaches your SB3.

Abel