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GreenHornet
2008-07-04, 05:13
So I think I will wait for a newer model or other brands.

If I want to buy an internet radio now, I may be looking for this.

http://www.aluratek.com/product_info.php?products_id=54&display=All

or

http://www.sagem-communications.com/index.php?id=1238&L=0

I dislike to switch on the PC just to listen to music. NAS is too troublesome.

aevans
2008-07-04, 05:34
bleugh, that looks ugly!

The squeezebox is a differnet product in a completely different league.

morris_minor
2008-07-04, 05:40
I dislike to switch on the PC just to listen to music. NAS is too troublesome.

Squeezeboxes/Duets/Transporters are, by their nature, network music players. So if you don't want a PC on there's nothing here for you . . :o(

ds2021
2008-07-04, 06:23
SqueezeNetwork is a perfectly viable option to allow access to music, especially internet radio, without a PC being turned on. The SB certainly lacks a USB port though...by design.

autopilot
2008-07-04, 07:10
Yuck, those cheap ass net radios are popping up everywhere. The Squeezebox is a completely different class of product, you cant compare them.

raaurora
2008-07-04, 07:23
So I think I will wait for a newer model or other brands.

I dislike to switch on the PC just to listen to music. NAS is too troublesome.

but without your pc, how would you create playlists and perform other music management tasks? using a remote type interface for that would be a nightmare.

good luck, but be careful what you wish for.

GreenHornet
2008-07-04, 08:31
but without your pc, how would you create playlists and perform other music management tasks? using a remote type interface for that would be a nightmare.

good luck, but be careful what you wish for.

If Slimdevices updates Duet receiver with USB input for HDD, I will not hesitate to buy one. Just switch on the Duet and I can listen to either Internet radio or my favorite songs almost instantaneously.

Initially wanted to buy a micro JVC player for its Bluetooth, FM radio and USB input, then read a review that the FM reception isn't good.

Then focus changed to DAB radio and then to Internet Radio.

Siduhe
2008-07-04, 10:20
What about purchasing a Premium Locker at mp3tunes (supported via Squeezenetwork, so no need for an always on PC, just an internet connection)? Then upload your tracks to mp3tunes which will give you not only online storage for them but also enable you to listen to either internet radio or your tracks via a Duet, without a PC/Mac running Squeezencenter. mp3tunes support most lossy formats, but not lossless.

bonze
2008-07-05, 01:10
Different product, different market, different audience.....

So you buy one of those products in your links and attach a USB drive.
What then happens when you buy a 2nd or a 3rd?
Each will have it's own USB drive ?

mudlark
2008-07-05, 01:22
my SB system has a usb port but the port is in another room with the NAS box. Its how most people here would like it.

GreenHornet
2008-07-05, 03:34
Different product, different market, different audience.....

So you buy one of those products in your links and attach a USB drive.
What then happens when you buy a 2nd or a 3rd?
Each will have it's own USB drive ?

My entertainment system is only for use in my bedroom where it ideally should offer convenience with just a few fingertaps. I will like Duet controller to function like an Ipod with the hard disk at the receiver.

peter
2008-07-05, 06:59
GreenHornet wrote:
> bonze;317407 Wrote:
>
>> Different product, different market, different audience.....
>>
>> So you buy one of those products in your links and attach a USB drive.
>> What then happens when you buy a 2nd or a 3rd?
>> Each will have it's own USB drive ?
>>
>
> My entertainment system is only for use in my bedroom where it ideally
> should offer convenience with just a few fingertaps. I will like Duet
> controller to function like an Ipod with the hard disk at the receiver.
>

Nice, a whirring hard disk at your ear... ;)

Regards,
Peter

bonze
2008-07-05, 07:13
My entertainment system is only for use in my bedroom where it ideally should offer convenience with just a few fingertaps.Looks like that device would be ideal for you then.


I will like Duet controller to function like an Ipod with the hard disk at the receiver.or perhaps maybe you should buy an iPod.

I don't get this thread, why sign up to the forum to say that you won't be buying something??

You do realise that there are also no speakers on a Duet? or will that be your next thread :)

Uluen
2008-07-05, 07:44
You do realise that there are also no speakers on a Duet? or will that be your next thread :)I'll buy a Duet if it's GPS equipped!

GreenHornet
2008-07-05, 08:06
Looks like that device would be ideal for you then.

or perhaps maybe you should buy an iPod.

I don't get this thread, why sign up to the forum to say that you won't be buying something??

You do realise that there are also no speakers on a Duet? or will that be your next thread :)

No speaker on the Duet is ok :) I'm using my existing hi-fi.

Signed up initially to query on NAS in "3rd Party Plugins" forum. Then realise Duel with NAS (SATA HDD, old ATA HDD) still require much effort and money. So it is better to choose one that is convenient and suits my criteria better.

Posted here to let others who are considering to buy 1 decide whether they need the USB input or not.
Also hopefully Slim Devices will get feedbacks from this forum to improve on their products. I went to their website and couldn't contact them as I do not have their product.

mrfantasy
2008-07-05, 08:51
I'll buy a Duet if it's GPS equipped!

I can't believe Slim Devices released the Duet when it doesn't even make coffee! I sure hope they include that in the Duet 2!

GreenHornet
2008-07-05, 09:19
I want Slim Devices to improve their products so that everyone will benefit!

funkstar
2008-07-05, 10:28
The idea of adding a USB port to a SlimDevices product comes up every so often, so you are not the only one to want such a feature. I just can't see it happening.

The thing is, doing this would create a product that is completely at odds to the ideas behind the SqueezeBox range of products. All of them require either a localy run server app (which can be on a full blown PC or a NAS box style appliance) or an internet connection for SqueezeNetwork (like a giant SqueezeCenter in the sky).

The devices themselves are quite dumb. The only display what they are told to display and play what they are sent by the server. They do not access the music directly. For a single seat installation, this does appear to complicate things, but once you get into whole house audio, it makes a great deal of sense, giving you a central store of all your music, accessable by any player throughout the installation.

If having local storage on your music player is a must for you , then you'll need to look at other devices. An iPod, Sony Walkman, Archos PMP or any other portable media player might be more suited to your needs.

GreenHornet
2008-07-05, 11:39
The idea of adding a USB port to a SlimDevices product comes up every so often, so you are not the only one to want such a feature. I just can't see it happening.

The thing is, doing this would create a product that is completely at odds to the ideas behind the SqueezeBox range of products. All of them require either a localy run server app (which can be on a full blown PC or a NAS box style appliance) or an internet connection for SqueezeNetwork (like a giant SqueezeCenter in the sky).

The devices themselves are quite dumb. The only display what they are told to display and play what they are sent by the server. They do not access the music directly. For a single seat installation, this does appear to complicate things, but once you get into whole house audio, it makes a great deal of sense, giving you a central store of all your music, accessable by any player throughout the installation.

If having local storage on your music player is a must for you , then you'll need to look at other devices. An iPod, Sony Walkman, Archos PMP or any other portable media player might be more suited to your needs.

The Archos PMP seems to have potential, looking deeper into it.

funkstar
2008-07-05, 11:46
The Archos PMP seems to have potential, looking deeper into it.
I just bought a 160GB 605wifi for films when i'm traveling. I've not had a chance to play with it yet, but it is pretty nice. Before that I had a AV500, it was OK, but the 605 is much slimmer, more powerful and a lot more flexible (with widgets and add ons). Going to get the GPS cradle at some point too :)

HectorHughMunro
2008-07-05, 13:14
The idea of adding a USB port to a SlimDevices product comes up every so often, so you are not the only one to want such a feature. I just can't see it happening.

The thing is, doing this would create a product that is completely at odds to the ideas behind the SqueezeBox range of products. All of them require either a localy run server app (which can be on a full blown PC or a NAS box style appliance) or an internet connection for SqueezeNetwork (like a giant SqueezeCenter in the sky).

The devices themselves are quite dumb. The only display what they are told to display and play what they are sent by the server. They do not access the music directly. For a single seat installation, this does appear to complicate things, but once you get into whole house audio, it makes a great deal of sense, giving you a central store of all your music, accessable by any player throughout the installation.

If having local storage on your music player is a must for you , then you'll need to look at other devices. An iPod, Sony Walkman, Archos PMP or any other portable media player might be more suited to your needs.

A Squeezebox and a Ripserver pretty much equates to this. The Ripserver is a bit expensive still though and I would like one that allow me to fit my own drives.

The new Linn device looks interesting (though much more expensive and allegedly with an interface that is not the friendliest).