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brievenbus@zonnet.nl
2004-01-24, 14:27
Hi, Before you start a flame session: I love my 'old' slimp3 but would like to
make some remarks about the current prices.

I tried to make my own cost estimate about what the price of a device should
be in the current market. We see a lot of competition coming of similar devices:
http://www.rokulabs.com/
http://www.netgear.com/products/prod_details.asp?prodID=234
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/ProductPage_n.asp?Product_ID=1481&Langue_ID=7
http://www.kiss-technology.com/?p=dvd&v=users

I think many of the owners in this group are the techies(like me) who like the
opensource/multiplatform feature of a sqeezebox but the who cares about that
outside this relative small community. In the retail channel this does not
count (yet?!). When the competing devices hit retail stores their numbers grow
and prices go down.
Where does this leave Slimdevices?

My personal cost estimate, I'll 'build' a device from another audio device:
Compare a wired only Squeeze box with an external USB sound card, replace USB
for Ethernet and add a display:
External USB sound cards start now at 50$ and majority around 100-150. Add a
display and you have a similar device. Both have remote controls, and software
running on a PC.

I started thinking about this because the kids would like to have a squeezebox
as well in their room but the steep price keeps me from buying extra devices.

Crazy Idea: for the 300$ of a squeeze box I can buy a Dell Axim with Wifi,
stream MP3 to that and connect Powered external speakers. The kids would love
it! (OK, not realistic, this would not live long in a kids room and the sound
quality is different but the prices are comparable).

Thanks for listening.
Willem Oepkes


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Craig Brannan
2004-01-24, 15:18
Thats an absurd comparison.

The reason for a Slim or Squeeze is to allow digital audio files to be
conveniently integrated into a standard Hi Fi System.
The display/remote of the slim/squeeze are there to allow for operation
completely disconnected from the computer.

if you want to play music on a PC - then use a PC...

Craig.

On Jan 24, 2004, at 4:27 PM, brievenbus (AT) zonnet (DOT) nl wrote:

> Hi, Before you start a flame session: I love my 'old' slimp3 but would
> like to
> make some remarks about the current prices.
>
> I tried to make my own cost estimate about what the price of a device
> should
> be in the current market. We see a lot of competition coming of
> similar devices:
> http://www.rokulabs.com/
> http://www.netgear.com/products/prod_details.asp?prodID=234
> http://www.pinnaclesys.com/ProductPage_n.asp?
> Product_ID=1481&Langue_ID=7
> http://www.kiss-technology.com/?p=dvd&v=users
>
> I think many of the owners in this group are the techies(like me) who
> like the
> opensource/multiplatform feature of a sqeezebox but the who cares
> about that
> outside this relative small community. In the retail channel this does
> not
> count (yet?!). When the competing devices hit retail stores their
> numbers grow
> and prices go down.
> Where does this leave Slimdevices?
>
> My personal cost estimate, I'll 'build' a device from another audio
> device:
> Compare a wired only Squeeze box with an external USB sound card,
> replace USB
> for Ethernet and add a display:
> External USB sound cards start now at 50$ and majority around
> 100-150. Add a
> display and you have a similar device. Both have remote controls, and
> software
> running on a PC.
>
> I started thinking about this because the kids would like to have a
> squeezebox
> as well in their room but the steep price keeps me from buying extra
> devices.
>
> Crazy Idea: for the 300$ of a squeeze box I can buy a Dell Axim with
> Wifi,
> stream MP3 to that and connect Powered external speakers. The kids
> would love
> it! (OK, not realistic, this would not live long in a kids room and
> the sound
> quality is different but the prices are comparable).
>
> Thanks for listening.
> Willem Oepkes
>
>
> --
>