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OffBeatMammal
2007-07-17, 15:07
....MusicPal (http://www.freecom.com/ecproduct_detail.asp?ID=3593&CatID=8060&sCatID=1147458&ssCatID=1147458) is an awesome idea.

I've got two squeezeboxes in the house (both connected to Logitech Z4 speakers. When are the new lords and masters actually going to come up with an optimised speaker bundle for use at an intro level with the squeezebox?!) and they work perfectly. I'm running the Slimserver on a Windows Home Server with more music on than I can listen to in a week (it's a consolidation of everything me, my wife and daughter own) as well as having Pandora streaming through it.

But the other day we had friends over and wanted to sit on the deck and listen to music from the system. So much moving of cables for the squeezebox and speakers.

I'd love a WiFi Boombox that talks to the Slimserver as a fully functional client, sounds good enough to use on the deck and can run off the mains or (rechargable) batteries. Maybe include a USB or card reader so I can plug in music on an iPod or a Zune if we're camping.

As time goes by there's going to be more and more competition (assuming that SoundExchange don't kill the music) and more niche players... Logitech/SlimDevices certainly have the smarts and the capability to pull something like this off - shame MusicPal got their first.

Depressingly a lot of people I show my Squeezebox set up to end up buying Sonos because of the all-in-one solution. MusicPal offers another pretty good reason to love the concept and go elsewhere.

Me.... I'm sticking with the Slimserver for now... but need to find a better way to get music on the deck ;)

adamslim
2007-07-17, 16:24
Squeezebox, T-amp, SLA batteries, LS3/5as and lots of duct tape. You have a SlimBoombox ;)

Seriously, I agree, but I think that Slim will be coming out with a low-cost all-in-one soon. The architecture favours it (it's designed that way!), so it's a matter of time. The only issue I can think of is the possible revenue hit to the SB3 - only audiophiles would buy the SB3 for £200 when you can get a simpler (worse sound, crappy screen) version with speakers for £150. Will this increase overall revenues?

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jhonsberger@msn.com
2007-07-17, 16:51
Add two outdoor speakers on the deck,properly placed, and use a wifi
enabled device like a pda or laptop to control the music.i use a pda with the handheld skin because its very portable

mherger
2007-07-17, 23:34
> ....'MusicPal'
> is an awesome idea.

....and it's looking surprisingly cool. Much better than Noxon and the
likes.

> I'd love a WiFi Boombox that talks to the Slimserver as a fully
> functional client, sounds good enough to use on the deck and can run
> off the mains or (rechargable) batteries.

You're surely not alone. There have been quite a few threads about a
SlimBoombox and SueM even featured this wish in her signature. But
SD/Logitech doesn't comment on new products...

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Michael

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daluu
2007-07-18, 00:06
[QUOTE=OffBeatMammal;215316]....MusicPal (http://www.freecom.com/ecproduct_detail.asp?ID=3593&CatID=8060&sCatID=1147458&ssCatID=1147458) is an awesome idea.

Interesting. Too bad I already have a Sqeezebox. Can't afford another device like that, but MusicPal is quite cheaper.

Too bad I don't think it supports MP3Tunes or Pandora. If it has upgradable firmware for connecting to computers for streaming MP3s, be nice if they add support for MP3Tunes.

Pale Blue Ego
2007-07-18, 05:57
MusicPal has a nice form-factor, but I wonder how good it sounds. I guess for portable use, it doesn't have to be real powerful.

bpa
2007-07-18, 06:50
In this crowded market Logitech/Slimdevcies would need something special to distinguish themselves from the many other products besides MusicPal. Here is a selection
Macsense Homepod http://www.macsense.com/product/homepad/
Roku Sounbeidge radio http://www.rokulabs.com/products_soundbridgeradio.php
Acoustic Energy WIFi radio http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/product_range/wifi_radio/WiFi.asp
Noxon iRadio http://entertainuk.terratec.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=246

OffBeatMammal
2007-07-18, 10:40
I'm really happy with my current Slim setup, just want to be able to leverage it further and make it more convenient.

A portable, self contained solution that I can take out onto the deck, down to the garage or leave in the kids room ... pretty much wire free... would complement the current setup.

I don't know if it would cut into SB3 sales... provided they continue to make it a good half-way house between the stand-alone boombox and the Transporter so all three have a role it's only goodness.

vdonovan
2007-07-18, 12:40
My setup when working in the garage: Laptop running Softsqueeze + some old powered speakers. I have to cover the laptop with a rag to keep sawdust from getting in the keys. I also like the Wireless speakers + PDA control idea mentioned above. Never thought of that. I might try it for my patio setup.

OffBeatMammal
2007-07-18, 14:45
I'm still keen on the idea of an all-in-one cheap solution for the deck, garage, kids room. Dedicating a laptop and sound sticks etc isn't the most portable / wirefree solution. It would work but it's not much easier than moving the existing SB3/Z4s

I don't need audiophile... I do need easy!

CatBus
2007-07-18, 15:41
The only issue I can think of is the possible revenue hit to the SB3 - only audiophiles would buy the SB3 for £200 when you can get a simpler (worse sound, crappy screen) version with speakers for £150.

Not necessarily--they could sell an SB3 "dock" accessory that supplies the speakers and battery power to your existing SB3. I'm not sure this is the best solution, but it would certainly avoid the potential problem of cannibalizing SB3 sales.

Siduhe
2007-07-19, 02:37
Not necessarily--they could sell an SB3 "dock" accessory that supplies the speakers and battery power to your existing SB3. I'm not sure this is the best solution, but it would certainly avoid the potential problem of cannibalizing SB3 sales.

I used to have something just like this for my old Creative Jukebox (first generation!). Weighed a ton (I couldn't carry it more than about 200 yards) but the sound was pretty good:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005LEX6.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

OffBeatMammal
2007-07-20, 16:02
I emailed the MusicPal folks.... they don't support, and have no plans to support, SlimServer :(

Come on Logitech....

amcluesent
2007-07-21, 02:17
You can always connect to the Slimserver mp3 feed from http://<your servername>:9000/stream.mp3.

Try you have to use the web-interface to set-up the playlist...

808
2007-07-26, 14:24
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9749387-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

OffBeatMammal
2007-07-30, 10:01
@amcluesent - I've been using the MP3 stream over WiFi to my phone ;)

@808 - sweet looking bit of hardware... does it run on batteries ;)

Would still prefer a Slimserver optimised unit so I don't have to find a web browser to mess with playlists

sander
2007-07-30, 14:05
You can always connect to the Slimserver mp3 feed from http://<your servername>:9000/stream.mp3.

In a perfect world SlimServer would support upnp, daap and other protocols to extend limited support to other clients. But this does appear to be the extent of what we can hope for these days.

OffBeatMammal
2007-07-30, 15:14
In a perfect world SlimServer would support upnp, daap and other protocols to extend limited support to other clients. But this does appear to be the extent of what we can hope for these days.

I don't mind connectin being limited to the mp3 stream, but I want to be able to control the stream from where I'm listening... not having to find a return path. I know I can run a web browser on my phone and tap through that like a glorified remote control

Will we have to wait for Jive for an optimised PocketPC solution?

elziko
2007-08-13, 11:22
Here's a very cheap all-in-one device available in the UK from Aldi on Thursday 16th Aug:

http://www.aldi.co.uk/special_buys/special_buys_pid_56850.html

Does anyone else know anything about this - I can't find any details anywhere on the Internet?

bpa
2007-08-13, 12:45
It like yet another model built using the Reciva module (see http://www.reciva.com) - it is a little bit different in that it has FM radio. Other raido using this module include Acoustic Energy Internet radio and BT Internet radio.

A cheaper product which is missing the FM is PC World Logik IR100 which at present cost about stg£50.