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PAUL WILLIAMSON
2004-04-03, 13:15
>>> slim-mail (AT) deane-freeman (DOT) com 04/03/04 13:37 PM >>>
>constructive is great. so, what are your ideas for
>improving the design? just saying it looks so bad
>you won't buy one, isn't 'constructive'. There is

I'd like to see a device about the same size as any
other audio equipment. But then again, maybe even
something in kit form that I could build my own
self-contained squeeze/streaming server with a
CD-RW and relatively small hard drive. Small because
if I've already got my CDs ripped, I'll just mount
a drive via NFS or some other means to the
streamserver.

Obviously a little bit of a departure from the current
design, but something that I'm thinking about doing
anyway.

>nothing personal being taken, but it just sounds like
>griping, rather than useful input. What would you
>like to see, what what kind of price would you
>expect for such a thing?

I'd expect to pay about $250-550 for the kit where I
supplied my own chassis, depending on the VFD I
chose from a select group via Slim. Maybe have a
few options (wired only/wireless only/both, optical
output/rca output/both, serial output/none). IR
of course would be standard.

HTH,
Paul

Pat Farrell
2004-04-03, 14:02
At 03:15 PM 4/3/2004, you wrote:
>I'd like to see a device about the same size as any
>other audio equipment. But then again, maybe even
>something in kit form

You could consider a SqueezeBox a kit.
Get a only piece of audio from eBay, remove guts,
bolt in SqueezeBox parts, voila.

Perhaps you can bribe me into doing the work for you.
If there is a big enough market....

For my $0.02, I don't want it any bigger, altho bigger letters
on the display would help my old eyes. I guess for
a $150 answer, buy one of the blowout Slimp3s and
put it near your chair, not hooked up to any audio.
That would let the letters be big, and would be cheaper
than any fancy design.

For my nickle, the songs belong on a cheap linux box
in the basement, keep all that noise out of my
listening room.

Pat

Robert Zimmerman
2004-04-03, 18:00
How about a capability to "speak" the menu listings thru the stereo
system hooked to the Squeezebox. That way you wouldn't have to worry
about the size of the display, or whether it is hidden as part of a
home theater system. It would "talk" you thru the selections instead
of the display.





>At 03:15 PM 4/3/2004, you wrote:
>
>>I'd like to see a device about the same size as any
>>other audio equipment. But then again, maybe even
>>something in kit form
>>
>
>You could consider a SqueezeBox a kit.
>Get a only piece of audio from eBay, remove guts,
>bolt in SqueezeBox parts, voila.
>
>Perhaps you can bribe me into doing the work for you.
>If there is a big enough market....
>
>For my $0.02, I don't want it any bigger, altho bigger letters
>on the display would help my old eyes. I guess for
>a $150 answer, buy one of the blowout Slimp3s and
>put it near your chair, not hooked up to any audio.
>That would let the letters be big, and would be cheaper
>than any fancy design.
>
>For my nickle, the songs belong on a cheap linux box
>in the basement, keep all that noise out of my
>listening room.
>
>Pat
>
>

kdf
2004-04-03, 18:27
Quoting Robert Zimmerman <rob (AT) metro-email (DOT) com>:

> How about a capability to "speak" the menu listings thru the stereo
> system hooked to the Squeezebox. That way you wouldn't have to worry
> about the size of the display, or whether it is hidden as part of a
> home theater system. It would "talk" you thru the selections instead
> of the display.

This has been mentioned, by using text to speech. Sadly, the discussion seemed
to disappear once it moved to the developers list to try to get it happening.
It's a great idea, and can be done. It just needs someone to actually have the
time to work on it.

-kdf

Robert Zimmerman
2004-04-03, 19:05
I wish I were capable.



>Quoting Robert Zimmerman <rob (AT) metro-email (DOT) com>:
>
>> How about a capability to "speak" the menu listings thru the stereo
>> system hooked to the Squeezebox. That way you wouldn't have to worry
>> about the size of the display, or whether it is hidden as part of a
>> home theater system. It would "talk" you thru the selections instead
>> of the display.
>
>This has been mentioned, by using text to speech. Sadly, the
>discussion seemed
>to disappear once it moved to the developers list to try to get it happening.
>It's a great idea, and can be done. It just needs someone to
>actually have the
>time to work on it.
>
>-kdf
>