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emiliano
2008-10-13, 03:50
Hi,
I'm still considering buying a Squeezebox version 1: which are the known limitations?

Using WAVE/PCM encoding from server I can use FLAC with server decoding, so hgih quality audio it's still possible... but later slimserver features are still available?

Many thanks!

funkstar
2008-10-13, 04:04
The SB1 has a much lower quality DAC than the SB2/3.

It also doesn't work with SqueezeNetwork.

hickinbottoms
2008-10-13, 04:50
That works, but remember it takes much more bandwidth and is therefore
somteimes marginal with wireless (the SB1 is 802.11b, nothing quicker).
This may cause pauses during playback (especially if you also use your
wireless network for other things, or have troublesome interfering
telephones). It'll work fine wired, though.

Some quick thoughts (there's probably a comparison in the wiki somewhere
as well):

Your SB1 won't work with SqueezeNetwork.

Your SB1 won't sync as well with other players if you have more than one
(you may get small gaps between tracks, for example).

Your SB1 can't use the sound effect loops, I believe.

Your SB1 can't have the fancy visualisations while playing (VU meters,
spectrum analyser etc).

Your SB1 can't command wake-on-LAN, I believe.

For basic playing of music, though, it'll work fine. You can control it
with a Controller, though, if you ever get one.

Stuart

emiliano wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm still considering buying a Squeezebox version 1: which are the
> known limitations?
>
> Using WAVE/PCM encoding from server I can use FLAC with server
> decoding, so hgih quality audio it's still possible... but later
> slimserver features are still available?
>
> Many thanks!
>
>
>

funkstar
2008-10-13, 05:08
Meant to say, networking is 802.11b with WEP (in)security only.

Hardware feature comarison here:
http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/HardwareComparison

pfarrell
2008-10-13, 09:38
Stuart Hickinbottom wrote:
> That works, but remember it takes much more bandwidth and is therefore
> somteimes marginal with wireless (the SB1 is 802.11b, nothing quicker).
> This may cause pauses during playback

I never could get clean playback of FLAC files wirelessly on my SB1. The
server-side conversion to PCM meant too much data over the 11b. Never
worked. I ran CAT5.

I see no value in buying a SB1 today if you can get a SB2 or SB3 that
has native flac decoding


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Pat Farrell
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