Originally Posted by abernut
I think I am sold on the "NuVo Technologies Grand Concerto 6-Source 8-Zone System". There are a few "New In Box" on ebay right
I can foresee the pain of not having the titles on the zone displays.
Will I have to purchase the MPS4-E to use Pandora?
Yes. (or the MPS4, which doesn't support NAS-based libraries - that's the big feature difference)
Note that buying these systems off of eBay will not get you any warranty and difficulty with customer support. You'll also want the PC-based software to fully configure the system - which does not come in the box. Make sure the seller provides that.
From what I have read it seems like the MPS4-E is a central hub that can access all of your music on your network (Windows PC, Apple Devices, etc..) I also read where it has a built in 640GB HDD. Is this to store music locally?
Yes. The cheaper MPS4 (non-Elite) has a smaller internal drive, and won't use remote storage. But with both servers, you can copy/sync a library to the internal drive. Since this library is for whole house audio anyway, I'd suggest a decent bitrate copy of your library (doesn't need to be lossless, to conserve disk space). That will provide more than enough space for most folks. And honestly, navigating very big libraries on the keypads and apps can be cumbersome. Better to limit the library on the system to stuff that you'll actually use for whole-house music.
I've found that I rarely use my library on the WHA system. Clicking a few buttons to get my custom Pandora station, or one of the Internet Radio favorites is so easy...
I just found Control4.com
Um... Whole other can of worms. Warn you right now - Control4 will require a dealer...