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    Receiver with no display - why?

    I'm curious about the rational behind removing the display from the new receiver. I understand that the controller now does all the display work, but can't see how this removes the need for a display on the receiver itself. The controller provides a great interface for selecting and browsing music, but I find the Squeezebox's display invaluable for actually seeing what is being played. With multi-room audio, this is especially an issue, as you get the possibility of one room's audio being programmed from somewhere completely different. Without a display on the receiver, how do people in the room know what they're listening to?

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    Put a screen on it and you have a SB3 as far as 99.9% of people are concerned. Plus apparently the screen is the expensive part, so no screen means they can provide the receiver as a low cost option.

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    Receiver with no display - why?

    > I'm curious about the rational behind removing the display from the new
    > receiver.


    Because users have been asking for this kind of device.

    Michael

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    It seems pretty obvious to me.

    if you want a screen, then buy a SB3 and a "jive" controller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Herger View Post
    > I'm curious about the rational behind removing the display from the new
    > receiver.


    Because users have been asking for this kind of device.

    Michael
    They've either been asking directly, or indirectly, as in "Why can't you make an SB that is much less expensive, say, around the $150 price point?" Taking away the VFD makes that possible. A lot of users still prefer controlling their SB2/SB3 via computer, pda, Nokia770, etc, so this works for them without the SBC. And with the SBC, you don't need the VFD.

    I guess the other indirect way of asking for it that is often heard in these forums is "Why can't it be more like Sonos?" ;o)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Herger View Post
    > I'm curious about the rational behind removing the display from the new
    > receiver.


    Because users have been asking for this kind of device.

    Michael
    Michael,

    I am interested in the new Duet and especially the Jive as I already have a Transporter and would like the new remote.

    I use Media Monkey to manage my files. I would like the album artwork to show on the Jive when I buy one. I am filling in the album artwork now in Media Monkey for the files. Will this album artwork show up in the Jive remote when I'm selecting - is that how that works?

    Thanks,
    Bill

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    Receiver with no display - why?

    > I use Media Monkey to manage my files. I would like the album artwork
    > to show on the Jive when I buy one. I am filling in the album artwork
    > now in Media Monkey for the files. Will this album artwork show up in
    > the Jive remote when I'm selecting - is that how that works?


    If the artwork shows up in SqueezeCenter/SlimServer then it will also be displayed on the Controller. It's displayed while browsing albums, or during playback.


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    For multi-room setup I would considering not having a screen a bonus because in rooms where i just want some music going but not want it the focal point I tend to hide the audio gear anyhow. Nice to now have an option to not have to pay for something I wont use.

    Now keep in mind you still can get the version with the screen, course it costs more because well the screens are not cheap. So for me when I get the money, I will have an SB3 in the family room, SB3 in the bedroom, and then just receivers in the kitchen, living room, computer room, upstairs landing. Course I will be buying those extra receivers one at a time so the CFO of the house does not notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Herger View Post
    > I use Media Monkey to manage my files. I would like the album artwork
    > to show on the Jive when I buy one. I am filling in the album artwork
    > now in Media Monkey for the files. Will this album artwork show up in
    > the Jive remote when I'm selecting - is that how that works?


    If the artwork shows up in SqueezeCenter/SlimServer then it will also be displayed on the Controller. It's displayed while browsing albums, or during playback.

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    Michael
    So I just checked the new Squeezecenter v7.0 that I have installed and checked an album that has the album art show on media monkey, but it doesn't show in Squeezecenter when I bring up that same album.
    Is their something I should be doing to get that artwork to show or a link you can point me to that will help like a faq?
    Thanks Michael,
    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
    Is their something I should be doing to get that artwork to show or a link you can point me to that will help like a faq?
    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?AlbumArtwork
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