Hi there everyone. I'd like to thank everyone in advance for all the great knowledge I've gotten here over the months. The amount of knowledge here is truly invaluable.
I am the product manager for a company that is going to be manufacturing a "hard disk jukebox" in the style of such boxes as the Audio Request ARQ-Pro and the Arrakis DC4-100.
This box will be targeted specifically at the home installer market, and we want it to have the appropriate features for the more high end customer.
There will be a main unit that contains the hard drive and CD-RW drive for extracting audio from an audio CD to the hard drive. There will also be less expensive "satellite" units for sale that connect to the main unit through ethernet, and can stream any song, playlist, album, etc from the main unit. Eight satellites will be able to fetch independent audio streams simultaneously and play them out of their audio outputs. The unit will also be able to stream music off Internet Radio and streaming sources.
The main unit will connect to the internet to fetch CD song titles automatically, with or without a computer. There will be digital outputs on the main unit and satellites so that you can use the D/A converter of your choice if you don't like the sound of the analog outputs. There will be RS-232 ports for tying into home control systems from Crestron, AMX (Panja), Elan, etc. The user will have a choice of uncompressed audio if MP3 encoding is not appropriate for certain favorite pieces of music.
While researching competing models, we have learned that there are some great boxes out there, but I know that there's always room for improvement. My question to you all is this: what features are lacking in the current available models that you would like to see?
For the people that have ever worked with the Arrakis DC4-100 http://www.arrakis-systems.com/Consu...o-FrontPg.html
or the audio request ARQ-Pro http://www.request.com/
or the Lansonic DAS-750 http://www.lansonic.com/
what, if any, are the shortcomings of these boxes?
What features do you wish these boxes had?
Are there any features they have left out that, for you, made the box "not a viable option?"
If you have never considered installing a hard disk jukebox in an audio installation, what were the reasons why?
What could our box have in it that would "change your mind?"
So, if you have ever felt that the audio companies out there are never listening to the "real world" customer, here's our chance to change that!
Tell me what's important to YOU. Together, let's make our "dream hard disk jukebox"!
Thanks in advance!