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gutted
2007-07-08, 04:30
Only very recently, I'd been using SB1. I loved it, of course, but my wife was never all that enamoured because it was prine to drop-outs - particularly when playing FLAC format. When playing MP3s, the higher the bitrate the higher the frequency of drop-outs. My server isn't all that powerful, but it *should* be powerful enough to cope with it (I'm using a 1.4GHz CPU, with 512MB RAM, using ethernet connection - old certainly, but should be enough to run SS).

Anyway - I recently bought an SB3 and I've got to say that it's an amazing improvement over the SB1. I've not yet noticed any drop-outs at all in many hours of playback. Where previously all I'd need to do would be to make a couple of changes to the playlist through the web interface to cause a drop-out, I've not encountered any of that yet.

As per a previous post a couple of weeks back, I'm still a bit put-off by the Logitech logo (especially since I love the analogue VU meters so a constanly looking at the SB) but the performance and reliability is such an improvement that I'm learning to deal with my brand snobbery ;) :)

If anyone has an SB1 and gets an occassional drop-out that they find irritating or off-putting, trust me: upgrade your SB - the difference is quite astounding! Even my wife is back on board again now :)

SuperQ
2007-07-08, 07:31
Only very recently, I'd been using SB1. I loved it, of course, but my wife was never all that enamoured because it was prine to drop-outs - particularly when playing FLAC format. When playing MP3s, the higher the bitrate the higher the frequency of drop-outs.


I also had dropout problems with an SB1 and FLAC, but it turns out that most of it is due to the fact that it doesn't natively decode FLAC, so you get the full 1.4mbps WAV stream. The SB1 only supports 802.11b so it's far more likely to run out of bandwidth if the base RF rate drops to the fall-back 1mbps.

Upgrading to the SB3 fixed all of the drop-out problems, the 802.11g card works much better.

Server side I only have a P2-350 running Linux. You don't need much to run a slimserver.

gutted
2007-07-08, 08:03
That's what I initially thought, though it happened even when connected to the ethernet. I assumed t was something to do with bandwidth, so installed GigEthernet hubs, cards and cables so that bandwithd would only be limited by the 100mbps port at the SB1. When increasing the badnwidth didn't help, I just assumed it was something to do with the decode on the server side (but never managed to match the drop-outs with any CPU spikes on the machine running SS). Before I switched to SB3, the last theory was that it was something do with buffer under-run, since the drop-outs seemed to be getting almost "regular".

But yeah, with native FLAC decode as one of the key reasons for upgrade, I installed it and it's been working like a charm for a good couple of weeks now - including a good 3 or 4 days of almost continuous playback :) :)