August 15, 2007

Sonos Adds Sirius Satellite Radio to Their System


Well as if the Sonos system wasn't great enough as it was (see our previous article) they have just announced that they are adding Sirius Satellite Radio integration. We found using the remote to browse the Internet radio stations fun and easy. Now with the ability to browse 80 of Sirius' stations that ability has taken a huge step forward.

Internet radio has been all over the news as of late as more and more people come to realize the wonders and breathe of Internet radio stations. It makes a lot of sense for Sonos to add support for Sirius. Another way to make the Sonos player the central source for audio in the house. Now you have one device that not only plays all of your personal music, but it can stream Internet radio stations as well as Sirius satellite radio.

We think this is a great move by Sonos and one that will have two effects. First it should add a bunch of sales to their bundle deal and second it will put smiles on the faces of all the people that already own a Sonos.

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August 7, 2007

ZyXel DMA-1000 Digital Media Theater


Another contender in the complete streaming digital home theater is the DMA-1000 from ZyXel. It carries all the appropriate buzz words to land it in the same category with the likes of AppleTV, Mvix760HD and the Netgear EVA-8000, but after reading through their website and looking at a few reviews it seems that the people at ZyXel just whipped something together without a lot of thought and in the end aren't in the same league with those big boys.

So right off the bat the unit does not come with WiFi. This is a huge strike against it since most people don't have a network connection by their entertainment center. Strike two comes when we found out that it doesn't play DivX files. While this would seem a minor annoyance to some, we find it as a sign of a poor product. The popularity of the DivX encoder has been well established for many years so we are curious as to why they didn't add support for it.

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August 6, 2007

New Lanner NAS Server with Media Playing Capabilities


Lanner is set to release a new NAS server to the market that should make a lot of people happy. With 4 bays that can handle SATA drives in either RAID 0,1 and 5 and with 750GB and 1TB drives not that uncommon these days you are looking at a very beefy storage system. Add to that the fact that it can be used as a media server and you might just have found what you are looking for if you need a central storage solution.

It seems that more and more people are realize just how frail hard drives are these days and the fact that they need a backup system for their home unless they don't mind losing their data every so often. We have had enough hard drives crash on us that we now have a dedicated backup server in the house so all of our movies, music and pictures are secure.

Here is the feature list from their site:

  • Marvel 88F5281 Processor : 30+ MBps read performance with minial power draw.
  • Large Storage Capacity : Four Serial ATA drives
  • RAID Data Protection : RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD
  • DHCP and FTP Server : Easy network integration
  • UPnP AV and iTunes Server : Stream music directly to iTunes or network media device
  • OS Support : Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux and Mac OS X
  • System backup and restore : Optional software package for business orientated clients

If you don't already have a storage solution and/or you are looking for a way to serve up media to your network without having your main computer on all the time this might work out perfectly for you.

No word on when it will be released, but we will keep you posted when it does.

via akihabaranews

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August 3, 2007

Review of the Neuros OSD DVR and Streaming Appliance


The Neuros OSD is a very cool product that should make a lot of people turn their heads. This is the next generation media streamer we have been thinking about for a long time. The Neuros OSD is a very slick looking media streamer that aims to do it all.

The OSD has some very interesting features we haven't seen in other media streamers we have reviewed. For one you can hook up a DVD player to it and stream the output to a bunch of different devices around the house or around the Internet. Usually network streamers only can push content stored on your computer or cable box, the fact that this can do it straight from your DVD player is a very nice addition.

Just check out the other options for streaming and recording, very impressive.

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July 20, 2007

The Top 7 Media Streaming Products Available Today


Well we have reviewed a lot of different devices over the past months and we are here to say what we think our the top 7 products on the market today. Why 7, well we are just sick of top ten lists, thats why. There are a lot of things to weigh when you are deciding on which device makes the list.

For us here at Networking Audio Video, one of the most important aspects of any media streamer is ease of setup. If your average person off the street can't open the box and get this thing to work then it won't be widely adopted, plain and simple.

We also had to decide if we were only going to include products that could stream all media types or also include specialized devices that only did audio, video, or images. After much internal debate we decided to include all the devices out there even if they only streamed one type of content.

Well enough boring setup, on to the list!

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July 10, 2007

Review: Hands on with the Sonos BU130 Digital Wireless Music System Bundle


OK so we have had our hands on our review unit (the new Sonos BU130 Digital Music System Bundle to be exact) of the Sonos for awhile now, and we had promised a hands on review, so here it goes. We expected to get a great system to try out, we'll admit it. We had been reading and writing about it for awhile now, but we have to honestly say that we were blown away by what we found.

The Sonos BU130 Digital Music System Bundle evaluation kit contained the main base station, a satellite station and the super cool full color remote. The hook up was as simple as you can get. Plug the base station into the wall, the stereo, and our network. That has to be the simplest install we have ever done. There was basically nothing left for us to do in order to play back music.

We grabbed the remote and dove into the possibilities. The menu system is similar in style to that of the iPod in that you have a scroll wheel with a main input button in the middle. So off we start to tell it where our music collection is located. We see the standard, 'system settings' so we click on that. Next we see, "Music Library Management' which seems like an obvious next step for us. The next screen shows us this option, "Music Library Setup". Clicking on that option resulted in our first jaw drop of the day. The one entry on the list of shared folders was our NAS servers music folder.

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July 6, 2007

DLO HomeDock Music Remote Review


For those wanting their iPod to be the center of their music streaming world, one of the biggest problems has been how to control it while it sits in the dock. Some solutions use IR remotes to control which song is playing, but the problem with that is what if you are on the back porch and don't have direct line of site to your stereo.

Enter the DLO HomeDock Music Remote! This is a great little system that is a must have for anyone that has multiple speaker locations or just likes to sit out of range of the stereo while they listen. The setup is like every other iPod dock system in that you hook the dock to your stereo and you are good to go. The included remote will sync up to the base unit and can control what is playing from anywhere in your house. The included mini LCD screen is a great addition so you can see what is currently playing and what is coming next in the playlist.

This is a very slick device that so far has been getting great reviews. We found this over at Techware Labs and they had nothing but great things to say. They tested out the range of the remote and found that at 100 feet they still didn't have any problems.

Anyone needing a good iPod streaming solution should look no further.

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July 4, 2007

Planex Jack in the Box Multi-Function Home Media Server


Planex is set to release their new product, the "Jack in the Box". This is a home media server with some very interesting capabilities. This is the standard empty NAS server meaning you have to supply your own drives, but with the price of discount drives on the web we think this is a great way to keep the overall price of the unit low. It will support up to two 750GB drives in each of its SATA bays and can do RAID 0 and 1.

They have bundled in a home brewed BitTorrent client which is a trend we love to see develop. We love the idea of turning our power hungry computer off for the night and let our low power NAS server do all the work. They also claim to be able to support an iTunes server which would be a great addition to anyone wanting to stream music throughout their house and not have to leave their main computer on.

We are not sure when this will hit the states since as far as we can tell it is only out in Japan, but this is a device that anyone running a home media network should really consider.

via engadget.

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July 3, 2007

SMC EZ-Stream Wireless Audio Adapter ( SMCWAA-B )


The EZ-Stream Wireless Audio Adapter from SMC is a new entry into the wireless streaming world. The EZ-Stream is a music only streamer that pulls music stored on your PC and pushed it to your stereo system.

With the ability to stream MP3 and MWA's this device should appeal to people that are looking for your basic music streamer. While it doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of the higher end devices it still will function as a very capable media streamer.

The EZ-Stream line is the first entry into the home entertainment market and as far as we can see they have put out a very solid product. We will be keeping an eye on SMC as we are sure they will be releasing more streaming products in the future.

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June 29, 2007

Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio

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The Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio connects to the Internet through your 802.11b/g wireless router to access and play over 4,000 Internet audio streams. Listen to live broadcasts of the BBC from London or Radio Calypso from Sao Paolo. The only user controls needed are on the front panel, so there's no need to use or tie up your computer while you're listening. The Internet Radio uses twin Acoustic Energy drivers for superior sound. Includes AC adapter. Requires 802.11b/g wireless network with broadband access to the Internet.

  • No subscription charges
  • Compatible with Real, WMA & MP3
  • Search stations by country or genre
  • Ten station presets
  • Alarm clock function

At Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet Radio

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