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JJZolx
2011-05-06, 13:25
They just about nailed it.

I would want a wider display, but I like the fact that this one shows four lines of text, unlike the Transporter that never has more than three and doesn't switch when using the front panel. I'm not sure if this type of display can change the number of lines displayed, but I would want a display that could, and would want the software to switch to four lines when using the front panel controls and then to one or two lines when using the IR remote. A little like the Touch works.

There's even some functionality here that beats any Squeezebox. Plug in a USB stick (it has both front and rear USB ports) and simply browse the file structure and play the files. How amazing.

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/media/20110125_153910_Sonata-NP30-front-3.jpg

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=604

JJZolx
2011-05-06, 13:33
And look at that... a hard power switch on the back in addition to the Standby/On switch on the front. More amazing.

And an external antenna! Where was Fred Bould when they were designing this thing? ;)

http://forum.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/10381/654496.jpg

SilverRS8
2011-05-06, 13:44
I hope you are cynical

Mark Miksis
2011-05-06, 14:38
I hope you are cynical

JJZolx is never cynical.

pski
2011-05-06, 15:45
They just about nailed it.

I would want a wider display, but I like the fact that this one shows four lines of text, unlike the Transporter that never has more than three and doesn't switch when using the front panel. I'm not sure if this type of display can change the number of lines displayed, but I would want a display that could, and would want the software to switch to four lines when using the front panel controls and then to one or two lines when using the IR remote. A little like the Touch works.

There's even some functionality here that beats any Squeezebox. Plug in a USB stick (it has both front and rear USB ports) and simply browse the file structure and play the files. How amazing.

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/media/20110125_153910_Sonata-NP30-front-3.jpg

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=604

Amazing if all your USB media is FAT32.

Amazing if none of your music is M4A.

Amazing if you never use the webUI to select music.

Amazing if you only want to use it at home rather than remotely over the internet.

I am disinclined to search for further issues.

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riffer
2011-05-06, 16:57
All I see is an extra line of data and a nicer faceplate.

No Aes/EBU or BNC in; no balanced out.

Still, it might be an interesting machine. I wonder what OEM the innards are?

gizek
2011-05-06, 19:07
Here is some guts...

I'm not convinced this is what the perfect Squeezebox should look like.

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JJZolx
2011-05-06, 19:15
Amazing if all your USB media is FAT32.

Amazing if none of your music is M4A.

Amazing if you never use the webUI to select music.

Amazing if you only want to use it at home rather than remotely over the internet.

I am disinclined to search for further issues.

What, you're not bagging on it not having a full color LCD screen so that you can gaze at album art while your songs play?

I wasn't talking about the functionality so much as the form factor and a couple of the switches. Although the simplified USB functionality is something that nearly everyone has wanted.

Cambridge decided to make it reliant upon UpNP, which, given all of the recent software issues with Squeezebox, might actually appeal to more people looking for something simpler and with fewer headaches. It would be more fun if it functioned as a Squeezebox.

My premise is that it this is the Squeezebox package that I'd always hoped Slim Devices would have come out with.

pski
2011-05-06, 19:31
It would be more fun if it functioned as a Squeezebox.

My premise is that it this is the Squeezebox package that I'd always hoped Slim Devices would have come out with.

Yeah, OK. I guess the minimal look of the receiver didn't satisfy.

I don't give a flying %^ck about artwork on a player. In my mind that is a stupid direction for LTech. I need another annoying screen I have to paste up with black tape..

On the positive (and negative) side, it does not suck up to apple but who wants another streaming standard? (I must add that from my experience DNLA is half-baked.)

toby10
2011-05-07, 01:44
Seems a little pricey as well @ GP400 / $650 vs a Touch less than half that cost.

Guy48065
2011-05-11, 09:27
Shame it doesn't have a video output--that display would still be darn hard to see across the room from my couch.

Phil Leigh
2011-05-11, 11:02
Is that a switching supply?

paulster
2011-05-11, 15:31
Is that a switching supply?
'Tis indeed.

Nice looking unit, I'll give it that.

vrette
2011-05-12, 19:34
(I must add that from my experience DNLA is half-baked.)

I have to agree with this. It is one of the reasons I went with the Squeezebox versus the UPNP/DLNA route.

mkanet
2011-05-12, 21:24
I dunno... all my clients look like the below on large screen TV. No need to swap audio/video inputs, etc between TV and Squeezebox client. With just a couple of clicks of the remote control can have me playing any radio station, pull up a full bio or latest news ticket for the the artist/group, I can play the respective HD music video for the song I'm listening instantly.. or simply watching/record any HDTV / Comcast On Demand channel (without re-encoding)... or watch any blu-ray I want within seconds; with an optional 1080p movie trailer before the movie starts; not to mention with on click I can find height, age and other related info. It will be a long time before stuff like this hits the mass market.

This:
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h283/mkanet/Slimplayer-Favorites.jpg

Or This:
http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/media/20110125_153910_Sonata-NP30-front-3.jpg

Nonreality
2011-05-13, 01:00
We need an option don't we? This looks pretty good overall if all else fails.

Nonreality
2011-05-13, 01:07
Shame it doesn't have a video output--that display would still be darn hard to see across the room from my couch.
But that is why I use an Droid or Ipeng remote. I use both for that because of my old eyes. I do like my new droid x though.

Yesfan70
2011-05-15, 07:03
But that is why I use an Droid or Ipeng remote. I use both for that because of my old eyes. I do like my new droid x though.

Same here. That Cambridge unit looks nice, but for the money I'm hard pressed to find anything better than my SB3 and the Droid app on my smartphone.