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spyrusthevirus's picture
Last seen: 5 years 9 months ago
Joined: Jan 10 2012 - 4:54am
Help Choosing a "media station"?

Hello Everyone,

I am currently using my laptop to play 24bit 96khz (and many of them 192khz) flacs through my (medium quality I guess?) stereo system, but because I use this pc for any of my computer activities I am fearing the strain it is put under, plus this configuration is not the most tidy thing ever. So, I though I can remedy the problem with a "media station", use my external hard drive where the music is stored, and feed the station's output to the amp.

The problem is, I don't have much money to spare for that- I think 100 euros is as high as I can go, so I am essentially searching for a flac media player with capabilities of at least 96khz sample rate. I do not care that much for playing video, slideshows of pictures in SD cards and the like. Also, the tv im getting (=someone is givi ng it away to me) has no hdmi or other high definition capabilities, so even such features of the media station would leave me pretty much untouched.

is there any other way to do what I want without a media station? 


Thank you.

SKZA's picture
Last seen: 3 years 11 months ago
Joined: Sep 1 2011 - 1:12pm
Logitech Squeezebox

One item you might consider, though it would stretch your budget, is the Logitech Squeezebox Touch. It's gotten tremendous reviews from Stereophile and elsewhere both for features and for sound quality. I'm like you, looking for a simple music server without video capabilities or superfluous bells and whistles. Squeezebox plays Pandora, Spotify (a big plus for me), internet radio and can stream locally stored music from your PC as well. 

Amazon has it for US $230 right now. Not sure what it would be in European markets, but it may well be worth a look.

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