>of course, pcm streaming skips sometimes, even in situations I would have
>thought would
>certainly work.

On the off chance that you're running SlimServer on Linux 2.4 - the default
disk scheduler is optimized for everything but streaming files, meaning I'd
often get skips even while only listing a bigger directory for example. The
2.4 scheduler can not be tuned much to avoid this but in 2.6 there are
different schedulers available.
While I couldn't even serve two streams at the same time properly before the
cfq scheduler has yet to miss a beat with 16 streams running (video files
with nearly the same bitrate as PCM)