MP3 Streaming Devices: What are my options?

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  1. Kevin T

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    i'm thinking of scrapping/parting out my htpc which is pretty much overkill for what i need. all i need is a digital jukebox for random mp3 playback. i can take out the 160GB hd loaded in my htpc and put it in my main pc. i can stream the audio to a device in my living room/theater room over an ethernet connection. my question is, what devices are there out there? i've seen the roku soundbridge, but i'd prefer a component style device. you know, something that actually looks like a piece of stereo equipment rather than some chinchy piece of techno-gear. so what all is out there. i've looked around, but haven't found much. thanks.

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  2. Andrew Pratt

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    The two big ones at the moment are the SoundBridge and the Squeeze box..both of which are not component styled. Roku's photobridge or D-Links 320 will do MP3's and are your typical component style but their forte isn't music its video.

    I've got a soundbridge installed in my livingroom where it supplies music to my second zone and for that its working perfectly. I might put another in the theater but if I'm going to seriously listen to music in there I'd prefer to use the full bit rate CD/DVD-A or SACD etc.
     
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    I use my Tivo. Works great.
     
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    D-Link MediaLounge streams audio and high def video from your PC to your TV. There are a lot of others but this is the only one that I've seen that looks like standard audio/video hardware.

    -Robert
     
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    An Audiotron would work as well but they aren't made anymore so you'd have to find a used one.
     
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    I do this wirelessly through Apple's Airport Express and iTunes - both will work with Macs and PCs.
     
  7. Kevin T

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    thanks, all. i ended up going with a squeezebox3. it does the trick pretty well and when not in use, it looks like a regular digital alarm clock.

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