[mythtv-users] Slimserver, SoftSqueeze & MythTV
ron.garrison at gmail.com
Tue Aug 22 19:11:09 UTC 2006
On 8/22/06, Russell Brown <rmbzzz at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think there is a choice to be made.
> The squeezebox, (the intended client
> of the slimserver) can play a number
> of audio formats. Visit
> for details. For formats that the client can
> play, I think the file is just streamed, I think.
> The server also has the ability to transcode formats.
> Thus, if your music is in a format that the client cannot
> play, the server will transcode. You can also transcode to a
> lower bitrate if bandwidth is a problem.
> I believe this can be configured in a fairly flexible
> way, though I have not played much with this.
I've been using slimserver on my myth box for quite some time now. I use it
simply as a server - not integrated into Myth in any way. Its used to
access all the same music files that MythMusic plays so that I can listen to
them elsewhere (like here at work through ssh - works quite well actually).
Russell is correct about the re-encoding/transcoding. Its all configurable
through a web interface. I think though that it always decodes the file to
the actual sample data then re-encodes it if needed - not sure thogh. It
is, however, very easy to configure. And the settings are associated per
client (Mac Address). This way if you have a client that sits on the net
and can handle the raw wav stream - you can send it that way, with another
client that is bandwidth limited getting a stream that's re-encoded at a
I'm considering buying one of slim-devices boxes. They are a bit pricey,
but I've been so happy with the stability and operation of slimserver that
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