Music Server

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  1. DarrylM

    DarrylM Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm interested in loading my CD collection into some sort of music server, and I was interested in some opinions as to the best way to do this. I've seen a few music servers, from companies liek Integra, but thought I might be better off using an inexpensive laptop or something. Any of you have any suggestions or advice? (I would be running this through either a receiver or a pre/pro.)
     
  2. Richard Little

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    Unsure about prebuilt systems but the nforce2 board offer outstanding onboard sound. Building your own (HTPC) requires you to be somewhat computer knoledgeable (you've build a computer for yourself before). If you go the HTPC route, a music server is only a small portion of what it is capable of. If this doesn't intrest you or sounds like it's more hasle than its worth, then you probably wouldn't want to us a computer. Many DVD players today can play MP3's off a burnt cd and would be cheaper and easier in the long run. A laptop would be ok if you already have one but to buy one for this would be a bit expensive compaired to the other alternatives.
     
  3. ChadLB

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    How much music and do you already own a PC? There are different options but it depends on exactly what you are looking for.
     
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  5. DarrylM

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    I have about 250 CDs, give or take. I would probably invest in a new, inexpensive laptop with at least a 40 Gig harddrive. You can pick up some pretty nice ones for less than some higher end audio servers. I would choose a format with minimal compression, though raw PCM data would obviously suck up to much memory.

    I thought of a jukebox changer, but would prefer the fexibility of an audio server (and I would be worried about the wear-and-tear on my CDs in a changer). I could probably keep my DVD Profiler and that sort of thing on it, as well, and maybe some system control software down the road. I'm not familiar with AV-PC convergence, so I would have to figure out the best way to get the file from the computer and into the pre/pro. Ideally, I'm hoping that there are software and sound cards available that can convert the compressed audio into PCM data and deliver them through an optical or digital coax cable.
     
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    You might want to check this out...

    GATEWAY's CONNECTED DVD PLAYER

     
  8. Richard Little

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