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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've got a pretty good assortment of components in my home theater... but I'm wondering if a component-style digital media player exists. Why? Because I want to replace my 60-disc CD players with one box to hold all my ripped CDs.

I have an HTPC with all my CDs ripped, but I want something that can be operated independently of that... it's a pain to turn on the tv to control itunes, or the PC is asleep, etc.

Ideally, there would be a little box in my rack that has a hard disk in it. All my music would be there. On the front of the box would be an LCD that shows me my albums, tracks, etc.

Yes, an iPod with dock would do this too. I have too much music for the iPod though (especially in lossless compression).

Does something like this exist?
post #2 of 8
Squezeebox touch. Control either from front touch panel, or (better) from smartphone/tablet.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Wouldn't the Squeezebox require my HTPC to be on? There are times when the HTPC is sleeping and I'd rather not have to wake it up to play music.

I'm looking for something that can operate on its own. Essentially replacing the two 60-disc CD players I have. It would also, indirectly, act as a second backup of my ripped music.
post #4 of 8
Squezeebox device can host its own library. Just attach external disk to it. But is more useful to have separate storage for media files. Some NAS devices from Netgear and other vendors can be used if you do not want to have a dedicated computer.
post #5 of 8
I would love to find a stand-alone device that i can plug a USB HDD into. It needs analog RCA out, a small LCD screen for navigation and a remote. I would use a WD-TV but i would need a small TV to navigate it frown.gif
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telemike View Post

I would love to find a stand-alone device that i can plug a USB HDD into. It needs analog RCA out, a small LCD screen for navigation and a remote. I would use a WD-TV but i would need a small TV to navigate it frown.gif

It sounds like the item recommended in reply #1 would work for you.
post #7 of 8
FYI see new thread about entire Squeezebox line being discontinued.
post #8 of 8
Vortexbox appliance? Comes with a CD ripper, 1/2/4 TB HDD and loaded with SB media player s/w. However, I believe it works only with a USB DAC or with a networked solution.
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