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Oscar Fowler
2004-10-10, 15:51
I'm looking for some comparisons between the two devices. I currently
have a Squeezebox which I'm quite happy with, but I was thinking of
getting a second device for another room in the house, and the look of
the SoundBridge would work better there. I'm not willing to sacrifice
on functionality, though. Comments?

kdf
2004-10-11, 01:38
Quoting Oscar Fowler <oscar (AT) justified (DOT) com>:

> I'm looking for some comparisons between the two devices. I currently
> have a Squeezebox which I'm quite happy with, but I was thinking of
> getting a second device for another room in the house, and the look of
> the SoundBridge would work better there. I'm not willing to sacrifice
> on functionality, though. Comments?

you might be better off asking the roku forum for any experience users have with
slimserver. SlimDevices is very open about their system and its features. I
have not found this to be so with Roku. At one point it was very obvious that
Soundbridge worked as a Slimp3 with slimserver, yet they would show pictures
showing cover art and spectrum output on the display. Clearly faked. Now
they claim it works as a squeezebox. I once sent an email asking for some
information and they were vague. I also noticed they had featured a slightly
altered (yet still broken) version of the fishbone skin as an interface
example. I offered to send them recent patches to fix the errors (at the time
they were stating slimserver as their main server choice). Their response was
arrogant to say the least. They seemed uninterested in any outside input.
This isn't a nicest response to the open source model. As one user has posted
already, this happens everywhere. However, that does not mean I have to
believe it is right, nor does it leave me with a good impression of the
product. A product is always the result of the people creating it. As one who
has been in product development for 10 years, I can easily see the difference
when people really care about the product they make.

sorry, i realise this probably isn't the kind of detail you wanted. i suspect
from the marketing claims, that you lose no functionality as far as playback.
remote control is different. Of course, those are also only claims. Only
those who own a roku device can really tell you how well it works with
slimserver. no doubt there will be some, as those who buy the device planning
to use it with ogg, flac, musepack etc will find that slimserver is the only
way to do this.

-kdf

RandyR
2004-10-11, 08:57
Oscar Fowler <oscar@...> writes:

>
> I'm looking for some comparisons between the two devices.





Oscar,

See...
http://www.avsforum.com/avsvb/showthread.phps=c17bf7a34cbecffd409473652bfeb9b9&
threadid=454386

Randy

kdf
2004-10-11, 09:49
Quoting RandyR <rr3 (AT) rackson (DOT) com>:

> Oscar Fowler <oscar@...> writes:
>
> >
> > I'm looking for some comparisons between the two devices.

> Oscar,
>
> See...
>
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.phps=c17bf7a34cbecffd409473652bfeb9b9&
> threadid=454386

that link didnt' work for me, but you might try this to get to the same place:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=454386
-kdf