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I am looking for a receiver that allows me to hook up a hard drive with my music. Something that has a readout so I can select the artist or song or whatever. I have a TON of music so if something chugs along (you know, takes 5 minutes to get from artist A to artist R) that really won't be useful for me. If such a thing exists I haven't been able to find it. Would rather plug in my hard drive to the receiver directly, bypassing an iPod to use as the music/artist/song selector, using the receiver itself.
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I don't want to stream from a computer.
I'm only interested in audio, not video.

If something exists that I can hook into my current stereo ala a CD player that allows a hard drive to hook up and use as a music/artist/song selector that would be great as well.

Thanks for any input!
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Many receivers have a usb port & will read & let you navigate a connected mass storage device; interface may be basic & just display the directory & file structure, however. File system support may also be limited (eg, FAT, FAT16, etc.).

If you use a dlna server, a network receiver will be able to access your music library that way.

Edit: sorry, just saw your note about not wanting to stream. Look for models with usb connectivity.
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I know the denon receivers with USB will do this.
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Can anyone comment on how well the receivers with usb navigate the music on the hard drive? Is it as smooth as an MP3 player or more clunky and slow?
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Can anyone comment on how well the receivers with usb navigate the music on the hard drive? Is it as smooth as an MP3 player or more clunky and slow?

Navigating on my Onkyo tx-nr708 is definitely clunkier than my ipod, but certainly manageable.

Page 68 of the manual here will give you an idea of the interface. Keep in mind, this model is a couple years old, and newer units may perform better/look different.
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