So I have an Audiotron that takes MP3s from my PC and plays them over the stereo. Need another one now. Here are the latest ones.
* "PC World Overview":http://www.pcworld.com/resource/article/0,aid,108818,00.asp. A good overview of Primiq, HP, Cd30. There are five others not mentioned, but they were announced at CES.
* "TechTV: cd3o first look":http://www.techtv.com/freshgear/products/story/0,23008,3414506,00.html. YOu install software on your PC, then you search tracks and then their c300 connects to your audio system. $250 list for extended range,$150 for wired ethernet version.
* "HP Digital Media Receiver":http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,856957,00.asp. Both Ludwig and "GuavaMundo's":http://guavamundo.com Sam McKelvie got these for \$200. Has a proprietary software connection.
* "Prismiq":http://prismiq.com. Supports both MP3 playing and low bit rate MPEG.
* "Grid Connect":http://www.gridconnect.com/. An el cheapo box, but they bought the right keyword on Google.
* SLIMP3. It's very hackable.
* "Yamaha":http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/PDFs/MCS_bro_v2s.pdf. It stream over 802.11b to small boxes you can distribute in the home; but depends on a proprietary server.

## 3 Replies to “Network MP3 Players”

1. Todd Warren says:

Rich, you should also look at the new system coming from yamaha that I saw at CES. It stream over 802.11b to small boxes you can distribute in the home; but depends on a proprietary server.
http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/PDFs/MCS_bro_v2s.pdf
For just audio streaming, smart displays will do this in addition to an rdp connection back to the pc. the Phillips unit has the best speakers; but you pay a premium for the 15″ piece of glass.
for pure audio; the audiotron is still hard to beat; though it uses an smb connection back to the fileshare so it doesn’t work well over wireless if that is a consideration.

2. Hello says:

Check out the SLIMP3. It’s very hackable.

3. Thanks much, Todd. I didn’t know you read the site. Will look at the Yamaha and the SLIMP3 as well.