[mythtv-users] OT: Stream Music around the house

Damian damian at gingermagic.co.uk
Thu Jul 19 13:11:30 UTC 2007

Peter Bowyer wrote:
> On 17/07/07, Damian <damian at gingermagic.co.uk> wrote:
>> Could you tell me what the difference is between Squeezebox 1,
>> Squeezebox 2 and Squeezebox 3? Can they all do the same thing with them
>> being open source software?
> Drifting waaay off topic now.... working backwards: SB3 is the new
> physical design, comes in wired and wired+wireless. SB2 is the same
> guts but older case.
> SB2/3 play more encoding formats natively (FLAC I think), although the
> Slimserver does transcode if needed for older clients.
> SB1 came in wired+wireless only, and had the older display, although
> there was a display upgrade option. Firmware is upgradeable - new
> releases of Slimserver often come with new releases of firmware - the
> upgrade is a single button press.
> Slimp3 is older still - wired (10Mbit) only, much more restrictive
> firmware. Will happily play MP3s across wired networks with analogue
> outputs.
>> Can they all connect to pandora etc or is that a new addition of
>> Squeezebox 3?
> I *think* that both SB2 and SB3 will do that... if that's a
> dealbreaker then better get it confirmed.
>> Also, I just saw Roku SoundBridge on the net. Is that the same kind of
>> thing?
> Yes - although I can't remember the details. The Slimserver code is
> open source, and Roku have used it.

I really appreciate everyones thoughts. Thank you so much!

I'm currently looking out for Slim devices on ebay. They're looking a 
bit too pricey for me, but I'll see if any deals come up in the next 
month or so (is there a way to automatically check ebay for items?)

The Rocu Soundbridge seems a bit cheaper. How does it compare?

My plan, if I can get it all together is to have a Slim device upstairs 
which can select tracks with a remote control. I may then add radio 
transmition (if I can work out how) around the house so that there's 
music available via radio in any room.

I'll start with trying to pick up a slim device or Rocu, then come back 
to thinking about the radio side of things.

Thanks again for everyones input. Let me know if you hear of any good deals!


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