digital music servers

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Tom_Price, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Tom_Price

    Tom_Price Stunt Coordinator

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    I was planning on buying an Onkyo MB-S1 digital music server this week, but an Onkyo representative informed me that the unit has been discontinued. I assume due to the item not selling well.

    Basically, I really like the idea of a component with a HDD and USB capability to store my MP3s and WAVs so they don't eat up precious hard drive space on my computer. Plus, the unit would run directly into my stereo system as opposed to my little satellite computer speakers.

    So, does anyone have a recommendation for a product similar to the MB-S1 digital music server, or any thoughts on a component with the the same purpose? I'd like to hear them.

    Thanks,
    TJ
     
  2. David_Rivshin

    David_Rivshin Second Unit

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    Tom,
    If I were to buy such a device today I would probably get a Turtle Beach AudioTron 100: http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/prod...roducthome.asp
    It does not have an internal harddrive, but instead a network connection and can pull music from multiple servers at once as well as internet radio stations.

    Personally I prefer a unit which pulls from a separate server since I can then have better control over it as well as upgrade storage space at will. However, if you're really set on a unit with internal storage then I'm sure there are other ones out there, but I honestly haven't looked so I can't help you much there.

    Other options including getting a CD megachanger, which has been my path so far. Of course I only have a few dozen CD's to organize and tend to listen to an entire CD at a time, so complex playlist functionality wasn't high on my list of requirements.

    Good luck in your search,
    -- Dave
     
  3. gregD

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    No direct experience with these, but... Marantz makes a HD music server similar to the Onkyo, except it weighs in at $3000... Meridian also makes one, and as you'd expect, it is even more costly.

    Marantz DH9300 Hard Disc Music Server: http://www.marantz.com/hifi/america/main.html
     
  4. Rik P

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    I bought a Sonic Rio Digital Music Server (same one Dell sells) that pulls music from your hard drive also. It has an ethernet connection and finds mp3s and play lists from your hard drive. Also does not use much ram and does not slow down network traffic.
    In fact it must have a nice size buffer because the hard drive light only blinks once every 5 minutes while the Rio is playing. I spent $35 plus shipping over at Ubid not a bad deal, also bought a extra 80 Gig hard for my computer dedicated for mp3s and videos.

    Rick
     

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