Originally Posted by topcoat
Found this thread while drilling down to find the latest on new gear to update my old sony es jukeboxes. Collection size about 1200 cd's. My question on Yamaha's Music cast is, how much does it cost to upgrade the 2000 hard drive to 750gb?
Are there competing products with similar price ranges to the Yamaha? I'm just looking for something to play my whole collection on shuffle. A stand alone product that basically has nothing to due with my computers.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
The only other "all in one" box I've come across is the Olive Musica.http://www.olive.us/p_bin/?cid=produ...pecs#harddrive
These boxes essentially do the same thing as the MCX-2000. CD player, CD-R, hard dive, internet radio, networkable, WiFi, mini lcd display. Where the Olive has an edge over the MCX:
- Much lower retail price. MSRP is $1,100 for 160 gb unit. (no idea on actual street prices)
- Software is PowerPC
- Many more audio formats supported
- Two USB ports (add more hard drives/perphs as you wish)
With a more standard PC o/s and two USB ports you could add two external hard drives (if needed) to get all those 1200 cd's on to mass storage.
I'm a HUGE fan of Yamaha products and I think this MCS unit is rock solid. But, for me, the MCX just has too many hits against it:
- Closed architecture (have to pay Yamaha authorized personnel to upgrade to more storage)
- no USB ports
With that said, there are two BIG advantages the MCX has:
- Yamaha name & build quality
- two video outs
These video outs to your TV will come in very handy searching through 1200 CD's!
Setter is right, getting 1200 CD's onto one hard drive would mean 1tb or more if uncompressed. Another option is to use the FLAC compression (no loss compression) which should save you 30% to 50% of your hard drive space. But again, using FLAC means you cannot use the Yamaha as it's "proprietary" software will only recognize MP3, WMA and WAV.
You have other, simpler options to accomplish what you want. Upgrade your AVR to one that has a USB input, put all your CD's onto one MASSIVE external USB hard drive, let the AVR "shuffle" from there. You could probably buy a new AVR and 2tb external hard disk for less than the MCX sells for alone. This is what I did, and it has worked out quite nice. Though, I did not have anywhere near 1200 CD's.