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  1. #1
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    Anyone running SlimRio Still?

    I have an old SonicBlue Rio music player that I found and was ready to throw away until I found SlimRio (http://empeg.org.uk/slimrio/index.html) and thought it would be a great solution to use this perfectly fine, all-in-one device with my Squeezebox Server.

    The issue I am having is that SlimRio can't seem to find my Squeezebox Server (7.5.0). SlimRio was written in 2007 when we were on SqueezeCenter. Also, SlimRio seems to emulate the SliMP3 player and not the newer squeezeboxes.

    Does Squeezebox server no longer support SliMP3 players at this point? I couldn't find much online about this topic since the SliMP3 player is quite old.

    thanks in advance...

    jess

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    SBS still supports SliMP3. There is at least one other person around here still running SlimRio. There are a few more still running it over at the empeg/Rio bbs http://empegbbs.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/17/1/General

    I wouldn't bother personally, SlimRio was always a pain in the arse to get working and even then it only worked well with the hack that dropped the sample rate to 22khz, which meant it didn't sound very good even when it worked.

    I gave most of my Rios some time ago to a friend who still persists with them and replaced them with Squeezeboxes.

    My empegs are still going strong though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andynormancx View Post
    I gave most of my Rios some time ago to a friend who still persists with them and replaced them with Squeezeboxes.

    My empegs are still going strong though.
    I also struggled with SlimRio for a long-long-long time before giving up and getting a matched set of Squeezeboxes. SB's just work for the most part - especially with Syncing these days, which when you have multiple boxes, is really a nice feature to have.

    The Rio's were & still are awesome boxes - small boxes with BUTTONS, and a decent, small, clean AMP built in, and no WALL-WART (and a horrible display). There's still no Squeeze equivalent - if you want amplified sound, you're stuck with their speakers. If the boom had detachable speakers (or replaceable) it'd be perfect.

    -Dan

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    Smile Got it working...

    Thanks for the feedback... I think that Im starting to see Andy's point... the display say server not found, but navigating around, everything seems to work fine. I haven't thrown any speakers on it yet (in the process of moving houses) to see how it plays but seems like it certainly works in concept.

    We'll see how it goes with it. I figured it would be nice to give to my 5 year old daughter for her room since she can probably deal with 22Khz okay for now. I certainly love my various squeezeboxes that I already have but as Dan said, the Rio is a nice package, buttons, display, amp... all in a nice little box.

    thanks again for the opinions and info...

    jess

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    Still alive and kicking

    Just chiming in to say that I still have 3 rio along side my duets. I have to keep the bit rate low, but 128kbps seems to be stable enough and still provide decent quality for the garage and other secondary rooms in the house.

    Trying to synchronize with the duets is just not an option, as the synch mechanism tends to skip some beats on my duets.

    Also, they don't keep a steady connection to the server like the duets do; it's often a pain to get them to connect with power off/on cycles.

    Finally, I have to say that they are very sensitive to the network cable type you use as well as to what kind of switch you plug them in. I have a dedicated, older, 10/100 switch that I connect to my gigabit switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sle118 View Post
    Just chiming in to say that I still have 3 rio along side my duets.
    So let me chime in to say I still run 4 rio receivers too (along with a Touch and a squeezebox2). I use them in "non-critical" locations such as garage, workshop and terrace.

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    Probably a long shot after all these years but does anyone have the necessary files to set up a SlimRio? The links I've found are all dead.
    Many thanks
    Jeremy
    RaspberryPi3 server running Raspbian & LMS 8.2, USB hard drive
    Lounge - Pi2 running piCoreplayer 6 connected via Toslink to Cambridge Audio DACMagic 100, Linn LP12/Ekos/Troika, Naim NAC102, Linn Tunebox crossover, 4 x Naim NAP250 power amps with Avondale Audio 2018 mods, Linn Keltik active isobarik speakers
    Office - Squeezebox Boom
    Kitchen - Squeezebox Radio x2
    Sunroom - Squeezebox Boom
    Bedroom - Squeezebox Radio x2 plus another in en-suite
    Dining Room - Squeezebox Radio

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    Probably a long shot after all these years but does anyone have the necessary files to set up a SlimRio? The links I've found are all dead.
    Many thanks
    Jeremy
    Looks like they may be available here?

    http://www.brianbove.com/blog/2014/0...itchen-stereo/

    I think I have a copy archived on a hard drive somewhere but will take a lot of searching if this doesn't work...
    Odroid HC1 / Armbian Stretch LMS & LocalPlayer
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    1x Boom, 1x Radio
    2x Joggler + Squeezeplay / Squeezelite + Topping TP30

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    Still running slimrio

    I know that these posts are pretty old, but I have several rio receivers and am currently setting up a raspberry pi with ubuntu server to feed them. If anyone needs assistance with setup, let me know.

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