by Peter Daley
The playback of music in the home is being revolutionized. Forget about using disk based media CDs or LPs for music playback, network music players are the future. These devices let you listen to streamed music from the Internet, or to play back copies of your music CDs or LPs, stored on your personal computer, into your HiFi system. There devices plug into your broadband Internet connection and will stream the music of your taste directly from the Internet, into your home and business.
If you use a network music player for Internet streaming music playback, you don't need to have a computer turned on. These devices will stream the music straight from your Internet connected broadband modem into your home or business sound system. The music will stream down the Internet at about 40 to 60 meg per hour on fast broadband connections, so you need a good download limit on your Internet service.
There are lots of companies starting to produce network music players, http://www.slimdevices.com/, http://www.netgear.com or http://www.linksys.com, are a few. Slim Devices seem to have very good reviews at present. Slim Devices make two models of network music players, Sqeezebox and Transporter, and they work on all operating systems, Linux, Windows & Apple Mac!
The squeeze box sells for US$249, while the Transporter, due for release in September, is the Audiophile version, and is a no holds barred assault on producing the best sound possible. It will costs US$1999.
Other companies have network music players models under US$100. As with all technology, they will become more feature rich and powerful, and prices will drop with more competition as manufactures vie for market share.
Plug a network music players into your broadband Internet connection, and directly connect it to your computer speakers or home stereo. Being able to play back the music through a good home stereo system makes a tremendous difference to the musical enjoyment.
You can also program the network music players to stream music directly from your favourite Internet radio station, or sites like http://www.pandora.com/. or http://www.rhapsody.com/If you join Pandora or Rhapsody you can customize your network music playback so it will stream your style and taste in music through your home or business stereo system.
No more waiting for the song you like to play on the radio. Not only that, they can send it wirelessly, into different rooms!
With these network music players, you can also copy your CD or LP music collection onto your personal computer, and send them directly through your network music player, into you stereo system. No more changing CDs!
Plus there is now technology that can be used to create better sounding music from your original CDs or SACDs. Yes you heard me correctly. More on this in my next article. Incorporate this with a network music player and you will get unprecedented sound quality!
If you're an audiophile, home theatre enthusiast, or just love listening to music or watching movies, come along to SCCC Inc. and find out how this all works.
(c) 2007 Peter Daley
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