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mikelis8
2004-04-22, 08:58
Does one need a SLIM device? I've been streaming to my iPAQ using Slimserver
software until I can
scrape up 300 bucks to buy a real slim client device. I must say, this
product and server software rocks!
the best I've seen so far.
James

Pat Farrell
2004-04-22, 09:21
At 11:58 AM 4/22/2004, mikelis8 wrote:
> Does one need a SLIM device? I must say, this
>product and server software rocks! the best I've seen so far.


Shhhh, its a secret. If you have PCs everywhere, you don't need
any SlimDevices hardware. All the SqueezeBox is really, is a
NIC, small PC, audio card and display. A laptop works just
as well, altho for more money.

You can get a wired SqueezeBox for just $200

Please don't let the secret escape.

Pat

dean
2004-04-22, 09:52
Hold on a minute...

On Apr 22, 2004, at 9:21 AM, Pat Farrell wrote:

> At 11:58 AM 4/22/2004, mikelis8 wrote:
>
>> Does one need a SLIM device? I must say, this
>> product and server software rocks! the best I've seen so far.
Thanks! Tell your friends!

> Shhhh, its a secret. If you have PCs everywhere, you don't need
> any SlimDevices hardware. All the SqueezeBox is really, is a
> NIC, small PC, audio card and display. A laptop works just
> as well, altho for more money.
This is a misleading comparison. It's like saying that if you have a
car, you don't need a bicycle. Sure, you can go from point A to point
B and you can carry more stuff in a car, but it costs a lot more and
all the benefits of having a bicycle are lost. There are lots of
things you can do with a car that you can't do with a bicycle, but the
reverse is true also.

The Squeezebox hardware is designed to be used as piece of audio
equipment, complete with a remote, display and easy user interface to
play your music when you aren't near your computer. Plus the audio
quality is arguably better than the vast majority of computers. It's a
different thing altogether.

> You can get a wired SqueezeBox for just $200
This is absolutely true and a bargain. And buying the hardware lets us
keep making the software and making it better.

Thanks,

dean

Steve Baumgarten
2004-04-22, 10:34
>> Shhhh, its a secret. If you have PCs everywhere, you don't need
>> any SlimDevices hardware. All the SqueezeBox is really, is a
>> NIC, small PC, audio card and display. A laptop works just
>> as well, altho for more money.

> This is a misleading comparison.

I'll say. The Squeezebox is this tiny, unobtrusive thing that you can put
anywhere, it's totally silent, totally maintenance-free, you can operate
it via a remote or via any web browser anywhere in the house. You plop it
down somewhere, hook up the audio outs, and you have access to your entire
music collection plus streaming Internet radio. It's awfully close to
magic.

(I'm sure Pat knows all this and was just trying to be funny, but still,
it's easy to forget how amazing the product is.)

SBB

Pat Farrell
2004-04-22, 11:12
At 01:34 PM 4/22/2004, Steve Baumgarten wrote:
>>> pfarrell wrote:
> >> Shhhh, its a secret.

>(I'm sure Pat knows all this and was just trying to be funny, but still,
>it's easy to forget how amazing the product is.)

Posting a secret to an archived and google-able list is not likely to
be a good idea.


> >> NIC, small PC, audio card and display. A laptop works just
> >> as well, altho for more money.
>
> > This is a misleading comparison.
>
>I'll say.

I don't know why you're all so upset. Anytime you can compare a $200 box
to a $3000 box, the cheaper one has to look pretty amazing.

That said, and I like my SqueezeBox, my kid has decided that
browsing with Slimserver to PCs all over her house is so cool
that she installed it and got it running in less than an hour.
Which is also very cool, and a tribute to the coolness of SlimServer.


> it's totally silent,

This is a critical selling point for me, that an the digital outputs.
My listening room is about music, not computer geeky stuff.


> you can operate it via a remote or via any web browser anywhere in the
> house.

I am pretty unimpressed with the remote. Searching and entering text
with a telephone pad doesn't cut it for me. I just a laptop so I can
use the HTML skins.

> you have access to your entire
>music collection plus streaming Internet radio.

I wouldn't make that comparison, the quality of most streamed
Internet radio is terrible. A SqueezeBox fed flac files to a Benchmark
DAC-1 is amazingly good. I sit and listen and thing, damn, this sounds
wonderful. It is close to magic.

That and the fact that the server can be, but does not have to be, Windows
is a huge selling point.

Pat