Sunday, November 13, 2005

Slim Devices - New Squeezebox Available

Ripping CD's and storing music on your computer is now routine stuff.

Playing it back on something other than crappy computer speakers, or distributing the music to another room is more challenging.

One way to do this is to have a device which can connect to your home network and which connects to your conventional Hi-Fi. This allows the streaming of audio to the device, and playback through the Hi-Fi.

I have been very happy with a device from some folks in California called Slim Devices. They originally made a product called the SliMP3, which I described here. Since then, the server software, codecs, and features have exploded, and they have also introduced new versions of the hardware.

The latest incarnation of the device is known as the Squeezebox Network Music Player and details can be found here. There is a good review at the Globe and Mail here.

It is a significant upgrade from my original, and now includes wireless 802.11g, AAC support, and a long list of other benefits.

Slim are currently running a "2 for 1" sale which was too hard to resist, so an order went in.

More when it arrives.

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