Originally Posted by egoss
Thanks for the link. It looks like it might have promise, BUT. It's Windows only, and I use a Mac. And I'd rather keep a PC out of the loop. I have a convection-cooled, virtually silent computer now - the Mac Cube - but I try to keep the computer stuff away from my HiFi. :-)
I am Neal Van Berg, the Designer of the Music Vault along with my partner Howard Blum.
We have replaced the Linux operating system with Windows Home Server in the new Music Vault II.
The Music Vault II has some new features as a result of this change and there are some missunderstandings about the Music Vault on the posts here so I would like to describe what the Music Vault II does for you.
The Music Vault II is really a Universal Music Server that is compatible with PCs or Mac computers and Linux based computers too.
It needs an internet connection to be able to Rip your CDs in a Lossless format to its internal Hard Drive. The ripping is done simply by opening up the CD drawer, putting your CD in and closing the Drawer. Using its internet connection it will gather the CDs Meta Data and Album art and automatically rip it for you.
Alternatively you can use the Squeeze Box or Transporter as Wireless Bridge to supply internet to the Music Vault II.
In Addition it comes with the latest version of Squeeze Center loaded on it.
Squeeze Center is the software that works with the Logitech players; Transporter, Duet or SqueezeBox Classic. Updating to newer version of the software is trivial on the Music Vault II
You can access the Squeeze Center software from any networked computer in your home or from the Logitech remote that comes with the player.
The Music Vault II has it's own wierless network that is called MusicVault.
It operates at 54 Megabits per second and provides a dedicated wireless network between the Music Vault II and your Logitech Player(s).
This ensures that you get dropout free transmission and allows your home network its full bandwidth for computing .
The Music Vault II is also compatible with all networked players like the Denon products.
THe Music Vault passes Internet Radio to the Logitech Players also.
Should you fill up your Music Vault it is very simple to add additional USB Storage or Back Up Drives. These Drives increase the Music Folders Storage in a way that is Compatible with Squeeze Center. There is no limit to how large you can make the storage capacity of the Music Vault II.
The Music Vault may also be used to automatically back up your home network if you want it to do that for you.
Under normal operation the Music Vault has no noise, it is loud while ripping a CD and occasionally it will do some self maintenace and you will hear the fan for a minute or two but this is not a common experience.
Besides the 6 Moons Review, Steve Stone of the Absoulte Sound will be doing a Review in December and I expect a few others over the next few months.
Thanks for your interest and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
Oh yes you can turn off all the computers on your network and still use the Music Vault II and any Logitech Player, it will support up to 8 players wirelessly.