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Tom Robinson
2004-05-28, 21:32
Hi folks,

Thanks for the extensive answers to my questions about digital quality, especially from Paul Williamson, Simon Turner, and Pat Farrell. I’m on a learning curve but it sounds like the Squeezebox is just what I’m after ;-)

I haven’t been able to find if my Yamaha RX-V795 amplifier accepts SPDIF, just that a much bigger brother, the RX-V3000 does, and it’s also not forthcoming in the specs.

Mine: <http://www.yamaha.co.jp/english/product/av/products/ht/rxv795.html>

3000: <http://www.yamaha.co.jp/english/product/av/products/ht/rxv3000.html>

I guess I’ll have to try and see, and buy a new amp or DAC if it doesn’t!

Can I suggest a compatibility page on the site?

Anyway, unless somebody can chime in about Yammy amps I’ll close with a couple more questions:

* General recommendation is to encode CDs with FLAC rather than Apple’s Lossless, which sounds like a good plan, but doesn’t that preclude using iTunes (on a Mac) to manage my music (or maybe manage but not play)?

* I like iTunes’ interface and aren’t that keen on searching a huge collection with a two line display and cellphone keypad. Can I use iTunes for all the control of tracks I need (play individual track, play searched selection, play playlist, etc.), or is some input to a web browser or the Squeezebox still required (sorry, sounds like a dumb question, but I can’t find how iTunes, the web server, and the Squeezebox all cooperate (can the Squeezebox update the played count?)).

Awesome sounding product, but with possibility of a new amp and two external drives, it’ll have to wait a few months!

Cheers

John Gorst
2004-05-29, 01:38
Tom Robinson wrote:

> * I like iTunes’ interface and aren’t that keen on searching a huge collection with a two line display and cellphone keypad. Can I use iTunes for all the control of tracks I need (play individual track, play searched selection, play playlist, etc.), or is some input to a web browser or the Squeezebox still required (sorry, sounds like a dumb question, but I can’t find how iTunes, the web server, and the Squeezebox all cooperate (can the Squeezebox update the played count?)).

Not sure if you can play/manage flac files in iTunes (I woudl be
interested if anyone has worked out how to)

However you can manage playlists and control the squeezebox using the
web interface. Download the SlimServer and give it a go. Install
SoftSqueeze so you can emulate waht you actual squeezebox will act like.

HTH

Michel Fombellida
2004-05-29, 04:18
I've been using FLAC in the past and have recently moved to Apple Lossless with
iTunes because I also have an iPod and I like iTunes a lot. Apple Lossless is
working very well, just minimal hickup from time to time with mov123.exe. When
Flac is available on the squeezebox itself, it should be possible to convert
from Apple lossless to WAV then to flac on the fly and transfer flac to the
squeezebox if bandwidth is an issue.

Michel

Pat Farrell
2004-05-29, 09:13
At 12:32 AM 5/29/2004, Tom Robinson wrote:
>Awesome sounding product, but with possibility of a new amp and two
>external drives, it'll have to wait a few months!

Don't do that!
Start now. Start extracting your CDs today. It will take a while to fill up
whatever
disks you have. Download and install the SlimServer, its free.
And buy a SqueezeBox, they are cheap!

All the discussion about external DACs, multi-thousand dollar (or pound or
euro)
amps, fancy speakers and room acoustics is about wacko audiophile stiff.
You can enjoy your music right away with a simple squeezebox and
whatever stereo you have. The SqueezeBox has RCA audio out,
and every stereo has RCA audio in. Use it, enjoy it.

I used my SqueezeBox, and loved it, for months using the RCA out.
I didn't buy the expensive stereo to use the SqueezeBox, I had it already.

For a very large majority of the music listening community, quality MP3 or
WMA is all they want. Perhaps 95% of the folks listening to music.
Moving to wave files and flac lossless takes you up a level.
External DACs, $300 speaker wires, etc. takes one way past
the 99.99% weirdo level.

I have over 600 CDs, since they cost at least $10 each (sometimes closer to
$20)
that is $6,000 for the software. In that light, a grand or two for
foolishness seems almost justified.

Pat