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Jason
2004-08-16, 14:39
I just installed the new G display for my Squeezebox and I'm loving it!!!
After the recent discussions around some demand for a full audio rack sized
squeezebox in a professional looking aluminum or steel enclosure I'm
wondering if people on the list could indicate how much demand there is for
such an item.

I'm visualizing the Squeezebox installed into an aluminum or black metal
chassis with all of the standard outputs on the back. Rack mount ears might
be available as a separate kit. Some hard buttons on the faceplate to do
basic navigation would make a lot of sense here too and shouldn't be too
difficult to incorporate since I think that they could use the geek
connector to function.

I'm envisioning a $399 price point for this hypothetical "squeezebox
audiophile edition" and I would definitely order one at this price if such a
beast became available.

Anyone else have any interest/comments?

-Jason.

anthony webb
2004-08-16, 14:46
I would order one! Dunno why there are some kits for the hackers out there
too with the pieces to "roll your own" encloseure. I would love that!! Just
the pieces might be a little cheaper too...



----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason" <jason (AT) pagefamily (DOT) net>
To: "'Slim Devices Discussion'" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 3:39 PM
Subject: [slim] How much demand for an audio rack sized Squeezebox?


> I just installed the new G display for my Squeezebox and I'm loving it!!!
> After the recent discussions around some demand for a full audio rack
sized
> squeezebox in a professional looking aluminum or steel enclosure I'm
> wondering if people on the list could indicate how much demand there is
for
> such an item.
>
> I'm visualizing the Squeezebox installed into an aluminum or black metal
> chassis with all of the standard outputs on the back. Rack mount ears
might
> be available as a separate kit. Some hard buttons on the faceplate to do
> basic navigation would make a lot of sense here too and shouldn't be too
> difficult to incorporate since I think that they could use the geek
> connector to function.
>
> I'm envisioning a $399 price point for this hypothetical "squeezebox
> audiophile edition" and I would definitely order one at this price if such
a
> beast became available.
>
> Anyone else have any interest/comments?
>
> -Jason.
>
>
>

P McDowell
2004-08-16, 16:23
"Jason" <jason (AT) pagefamily (DOT) net> wrote in message
news:200408162135.i7GLZAEd013912 (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com...
>I just installed the new G display for my Squeezebox and I'm loving it!!!
> After the recent discussions around some demand for a full audio rack
> sized
> squeezebox in a professional looking aluminum or steel enclosure I'm
> wondering if people on the list could indicate how much demand there is
> for
> such an item.
>
> I'm visualizing the Squeezebox installed into an aluminum or black metal
> chassis with all of the standard outputs on the back. Rack mount ears
> might
> be available as a separate kit. Some hard buttons on the faceplate to do
> basic navigation would make a lot of sense here too and shouldn't be too
> difficult to incorporate since I think that they could use the geek
> connector to function.
>
> I'm envisioning a $399 price point for this hypothetical "squeezebox
> audiophile edition" and I would definitely order one at this price if such
> a
> beast became available.
>
> Anyone else have any interest/comments?
>
> -Jason.

Does anyone have a howto for using the geek connector in this way ?
I have mounted the slimp3s in electronic wholesaler 2U rack cabinets with a
smoked acrylic panel with a black mask on the back for bar equipment rack
installs. The display is bright enough to go through another layer.

Denny Page
2004-08-16, 21:40
Rack mount is important for custom projects. However the $200 uplift
(wired) would be a bit much for a simple case. As it sits, you can do
the rack mount for under $300 parts ($200 SB, plus $65 case, plus matte
and glue), with a bit of dremel work.

That being said, I would certainly like to see a rack mount version in a
nice (audiophile) case, with the head (display), at $350 or under. Even
more, I would like to see a headless (network control only) rack mount,
in a non audiophile quality case, at around the same price as the
current SB. I would buy one of these.

While we are at it, another thing that I would like to see: the current
SB with the additional functionality to be a real alarm clock... a
built-in speaker (buzzer?) and an off/sleep button. I would buy 2 of
these. :-)

Denny

Steve Baumgarten
2004-08-17, 09:12
> Or at the other end of the scale, how about a SqueezeBox-BoomBox - I'm
> thinking a nice little portable unit with built in speakers/amp and
> battery powered - ideal for putting out in the garden (or kids room) and
> connecting wirelessly to the network in the house - I'm not sure how
> batteries would handle the wireless connection, but it they were
> rechargable so you could keep it plugged in and charged when not in use
> it'd be great! - Could be finished in the same sort of rubberised
> plastic as the squeezebox.

Sign me up for one -- it's an excellent idea!

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