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post #1 of 11 Old 04-11-2002, 09:07 AM - Thread Starter
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This product integrates into your stereo system and ethernet home network, has its own storage (30 GB) and will rip CDs, do internet radio and supports WMA, MP3, has a built-in web browser, composite outputs IR keyboard. Comparible to the HP de100c or the iPaq music center. Price was just dropped from $1500 to $599.
This was just reviewed on Slashdot .
The site for the Zapstation is here.
I love how the Slashdotters first comments about any kind of convergence box is "big deal, I can build the same thing with a pentium 100 and a sound card and put a pretty face on it and it would the same thing for billions less" blah blah blah.
Anyone ever use one of these things?
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Oh yeah, they'll give it to you with just linux installed if you're so inclined. Just type "JUST LINUX" in the comment line when ordering one. BTW, I don't work for them or anything, I just figured this board would be interested.
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the price is now $599.

If you prefer to use this as a little linux box (with a Celeron 800, 30 gig HD, remote control and wireless keyboard, ethernet and audio / video outs) the follow the instructions I saw on techbargains:

If you put in the comments field 'JUST LINUX' they will ship you the box with just Linux installed (and code to control the IR input and screen)
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My bad on the price. Just edited it down to $599, not $699 as originally stated.
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Can music on the ZapStation be streamed to other devices on the network?

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Very cool product. Wonder if the mainstream electronics manufacturers will ever start offering something similar (probably around the same time Chicago wins another NBA title...)

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yes, its called Moxi.... you know SOMEONE out there is going to hack this thing!
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It's not listed as a progressive scan DVD player, but since it's got a video card in it, can it be modified to be a progressive scan player?
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1)Does anyone know if the hard drive size cab be increased?

2) It also seems not to be able to store non-compressed audio files. It this correct?

3) What is meant by "records CDs" but does not "burn CDs", as shown on the feature chart from their website: ://zapmedia.com/products/product_comparison.html

This sounds like a good unit for those of us with whole-house distributed AV, but who are not up to speed on HTPCs and/or do not want to control music over a PC network and/or want to display music selections on TVs. I use IR for the whole house AV control. It would be very nice to modulate the video output and send it over my broad band network to all TVs for multiroom display of play list selections, etc.

If saving the last dollar is not the issue, why isn't this a great solution in trems of convenience and performance???

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Don't know anything about this thing but I would say that it can record a CD to the hard drive (records cds) but it can't record from the hard drive to a cd (does not burn cds). The trade off they probably made was the choice of a DVD player over a DVD/CDR(W) so they could try and keep the price down and still offer the ability to watch a DVD.
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zapstation plays cd's & dvds, it "records"cd's (converts cd audio tracks to
Windows Media Files or MP3 files at 3x speed,or 1x if you wish to listen and convert at the same time.)
It does not burn cds from the hard drive it is a read only cd/dvd drive
A new software update on 5/25/02 now allows
WMF file at 28,64,96,128,160,or 192kbps,or MP3 at 64,96,128,160,192,or 320 (!!!)kbps. No other audio server has this range,that i know of. It also improved the low level memory mangement that addresses some earlier issues of DVD playback and file importation from PC's. its nice to see that zapmedia is improving the zapstation and appears to be an ongoing
product with future shelf life.....time will tell what more will be added
it also has a remote control that has a JP1 connector for those that like to
modify their zapstation remote or upload the IR codes to a RS1994 or equivalent remote control ;-)
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