Originally Posted by Seilerbird
That is what I am saying. A whole lot of work but well worth the effort. The files are all labeled with the number first, like 0001 - Pink Floyd - Sorrow, so they get played in my random order. I am not suggesting that you do the same thing, I am just showing you how I solved the problem.
Too much work for me. I prefer to just dump the music files into the root directory of a storage device and Let the technology do the rest.
Originally Posted by glangford
Using the mp3 player option with the headphone cable is less than ideal, but workable. In that config you are using the mp3 player DAC which is usually worse than what a CD player has. With the thumbdrive you would be using the dac in the cd player. You also in that config have to deal with two volume controls, the one in the player and the one in the reciever, but you can set the one in the player at about 80% and leave it that way.
Unless you want to also be able to take the mp3 player with you for other things, the usb thurmbdrive would be simpliest.
Big news on this front, as a third option presented itself and I jumped on it. I did some more research and was able to pick up an Onkyo AV receiver that had a USB port on the back. It functions as a music player, and the "Random" button works for both that and my Onkyo CD player. It's a few more button presses to get to it, but once there it works very well. I also spent a fair amount of time ripping CD's and now I am up to over 160 hours of music on a thumb drive, with more to add. The cost was a little more than I was wanting to spend, but the new AV receiver is totally compatible with my Onkyo CD player like the old one was, and my Auxiliary inputs are still available for something else if I need it. There is still a slight pause between songs, but nothing like the CD player randomizing the discs and
the music files. Some of those pauses were well over 10 seconds, which is annoying when people are over and music is playing. It was almost like the awkward silence in an elevator at times. When hooked to a TV it also displays the song, artist and album information. It all worked out well in the end, and now I don't have to be picky about which songs to put on a disc. I'm ripping all the songs off a CD, and getting the titles from FreeDB.org
, which only takes a few seconds and saves a lot of typing. Thanks for all the help on this!