Originally Posted by marcolemec12
. . . what kind of media streamer do you guys use?
I've had my equipment for so long that it won't help you much. Except for the Netgear NeoTV, I would not recommend these. But here goes anyway:
My favorites were the Turtle Beach Audiotrons
, of which I have three. They only play MP3, so I keep 320kbs copies of my FLACs just for the Audiotrons. It won't play iTune's M4As, though, but I don't have much from iTunes. I get the AudioTrons on eBay for about $30.
My current main player is a Netgear NeoTV-550
, which works great for audio, as long as it's hooked to a TV for navigation. It plays all formats and bit-rates that I have. I also use it for DVDs and Blu-Rays. Mine was $80.
Then I have some old Mediagates
that I use only for emergencies. They play MP3s and unprotected M4As. Under $40 on eBay.
As you can see, I take the economy route . . .
As Sean pointed to, the Sonos and the Squeeze-Boxes might be the best solution for you, since they are the high-end and are within your budget.
I think that I'm aiming more towards a NAS box.
Do you guys have any ideas of the good ones?
I think the best regarded is the Synology boxes. I have a six-year old 4-bay unit, but I also use it for my business. A single or two bay unit would be plenty. A single-bay unit with a USB drive for backup might be the most cost-effective. Maybe two USB drives, if you want off-site backup as well.
If you are only serving music, almost any NAS might do. But if you are using it for other things, then you need to evaluate all of the different features that the different boxes offer. A box that can run SqeezeServer might be important if you go the Sqeeze route.