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post #1 of 3 Old 12-10-2009, 01:05 PM - Thread Starter
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I am considering using a netbook as an audio streamer.

I will use a Audio Advantage to get digital out to a nice DAC so I *do not* wish to start a discussion about Audio Quality in this thread.

I am interested in usability, etc, and also in the OS and player software you have loaded on the netbook. If you have a remote control of some sort, tell us about it. (A remote is only a nice-to-have for me personally.)

I do not care about video streaming in my application.

Part of my reasoning is that since it is a "real" computer, a netbook is somewhat future-proof. Netbooks are also cost competitive with Squeezeboxen, especially if you need/want a Squeezebox plus a NAS.

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I use a netbook to play music in the house (among other things) just straight from the speakers, not hooked to an AVR.

I would suggest you take a look at J. River Media Center. It has an interface similar to Itunes, but it has features that make it quite nice for accessing and/or syncing you music library through a home network. It also has support for the various bit-accurate playback schemes.

It supports remotes from what I remember, but I don't use one with the netbook.

http://www.jrmediacenter.com/

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As an audio streamer even the most light weight net top should have power to spare. Streaming audio is easy.
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