Philips WAS5/37 Wireless Music Station


Philips has entered the digital media world with their WAS5/37 Streamium product. This little device hooks right up to your stereo and connects to your computer via a wireless link. With this you can stream music to any sound system in your house and even connect multiple units together so you are never to far from your precious music.
Although the site isn't too clear on what it is, they are touting a feature called Music Follow Me, which seems to be a way to have the different music stations throughout your house play the music you want as you change rooms. We are not exactly how this works, but we promise that we will get to the bottom of this and report back our findings.

Here are some of the other features the WAS5/37 sports:

  • Music formats it plays: PCM, MP3, WMA
  • Hard Disk Playback Mode : Album, Genre, Playlist, All tracks, Same Artist, Same Genre
  • Hard Disk Streaming Mode : Wi-Fi streaming to 5 stations, "My Room, My Music", "Music Follows Me", "Music Broadcast"
  • Connects via 802.11g

This seems like a great little product and for the price it might be just the thing for people looking to simply stream music to their stereo. At this time it only seems to be available for purchase directly from Philips.

Check back as we reveal more information on this new networked music player.

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February 26, 2007

Winamp Airport Express Plugin

We love the Airport Express here and we have been using it for quite some time. The thing we have always wished has been for other programs to use its ability to stream digital quality music to your stereo via this great little device. Well along comes our favorite audio player from years past, Winamp. Winamp has been around since...well just about the beginning of digital audio on computers. One of the features that has set Winamp apart from the field is that since their inception they have encouraged 3rd party plug-ins for their software. Over the years countless great plug-ins have been released upon the world. Well recently we found a plug-in for Winamp that allows it to utilize the connection that the Airport makes between your computer and your stereo. ArrowContinue reading: "Winamp Airport Express Plugin"

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The Linksys WMB54G music bridge

Here is a nice little device from linksys that streams music from your computer to your stereo, wirelessly. It uses 80211.g so it has the speed to stream any digital audio you can throw at it and its very small form factor allows it to be tucked away just about anywhere.

One of the things we like about this product right off the bat is that it lets you play anything and we mean anything, since it is just passing music along to your stereo it doesn't have to worry about DRM or any of that nonsense. It doesn't actually deal with the content itself it just sends it over the air. The one major downside of this product seems to be the setup.

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February 25, 2007

First Thoughts on the Olive Musica

Another entry into this emerging market of networked music devices is a company called Olive. The Musica lets people enjoy their digital music from anywhere. They have taken a different approach then most of the other players in that they offer an internal drive for storage instead of relying on external computers or hard drives. The other thing that they differ from the rest of the field is that these devices are not cheap. Their products range from $900 to $4000. So this is most definitely aimed at the music enthusiast that has some extra cash burning a hole in their pocket. All in all it looks to be a great device. We don't have a hands on review of one yet, but the good people at playlistmag have a very detailed review of the Musica version. At Amazon
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Sonos Digital Music System

The Sonos Digital Music System is another player in the networked audio world and they have come on strong. The have released not only a very full featured product but also a very stylish and well thought out device. They have gone for simplicity and and the idea that a product should just work out of the box.

You shouldn't need to leaf through the manual and search on the web for hours to get it working. They are aiming at the non geeks out there that just want a nice music player that allows them to play their music anywhere. Well from what we can tell so far they have hit it out of the park.

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February 6, 2007

Listen to iTunes Music in other Rooms with Airport Express

We love our Airport Express and enjoy listening to iTunes around the house with it. How does it work? The Airport Express hooks up to your iTunes music library via wireless. You simply plug the Airport Express into an electrical outlet where you want to hook up external speakers or even headphones. After you plug it in the Airport Express acts like a "wireless speaker", then on your computer in another room, you select the songs you want to play and then select the out speaker to be the Airport Express. BAM! You can now listen to music streaming to your new Airport Express.

  • Enjoy your iTunes music library in virtually any room of your house
  • Share a single broadband Internet connection and USB printer without inconvenient and obtrusive cables
  • Create an instant wireless network on the go
  • Access an AirPort Express wireless network
  • Compatible with Windows XP or 2000; Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later

At Apple AirPort Express with Air Tunes

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