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Hi all,
I have a Sony 400 cd changer that is just now starting to go after 12 years of faithful service. I really dont wanna buy another changer. I have a really nice Denon Receiver and dont wanna part with it. I'm hoping there is a way I can hook up an external hard drive with my music on it to my receiver. I know I'll need a TV to scroll thru menus but that's ok. Is there a way to hook up an external Drive to my receiver even though is has no USB? What are my options?

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Simple but pricey are the Olive units.

Have a computer? A wireless network? That, an Airport Express, and an iPod Touch/iPhone will do the trick.

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There are many options. There are all sorts of media "bridge" devices now, which can stream music off of a PC. For example, Roku Bridge (not endorsing this, just mentioning it as an example.)

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My stereo is nowhere near my PC. hummm
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If this is the case and you want it to keep that way, a streaming audio player as suggested above is the solution.
You have the audio on a PC, a NAS, what ever
You use the PC to maintain your collection.
You use a streaming media player like Sonos, Squeezebox, etc to access the audio on the PC/NAS/etc over the network.
The media player is close to the receiver and connected to it by RCA or digital.
A couple of players can be found here: http://www.thewelltemperedcomputer.com/HW/DAP.htm
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My stereo is nowhere near my PC. hummm

Not a problem. WiFi.

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Not a problem. WiFi.

Squeezebox Touch. Runs from WiFi or ethernet, has its own display/remote and outputs analog or S/PDIF. http://www.stereophile.com/mediaserv...yer/index.html

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Western Digital has a range of products, some of them will connect to a hard-drive (and do exactly what you've outlined), some will connect to your network via Ethernet or WiFi and stream from there, some have their own internal hard-drives and can stream as well; all depends on what you wanna do and how much you wanna spend.

See here:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330

You're also not talking about $500-$5000 "audiophile" components either.

ViewSonic and Asus also offer similar products, might be worth looking at as well.
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