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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 21:38 
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http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?event=view ... A&pid=1495

Its a neat little box, wireless, that talks to my router and computer. I can see all my computer's mp3 files and several other formats then play what I like. Sound is decent. Gain is quite low so when I finish F1 preamp hopefully this will be solved, but still I am fine for volume its just not as much gain as my CDP.
There are some tweaks you can do. You can add a cap and a resistor and a Toslink to it to get SPDIF :). Then I suppose I would have to add a Toslink to my F1. Well that and a remote control are pie in the sky additions to the F1 that is not even finished but would be fun.
I got this on ebay. I think the poor guy who sold it was a bit upset at the low price.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0268511457
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So I am pretty happy about that. I have to read the DIY thread to see if there are any other tweaks.
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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 21:52 
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Nice score!

I have a slim devices squeeze box (bottom right)
http://diyaudioprojects.com/Gallery/dis ... hp?pos=-21
That I don't use to it's full potential. I really need to make some high quality rips of my music.

Does that SMC need a server or will it read mp3 files off of a NAS by itself?

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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 21:56 
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It has TERRIBLE support from SMC from what I read and the utility on the website does not work with Vista and the CD it came with is junk for Vista as well. I came accross an EZSTREAM server. I dont even really know what it is, but I showed it my music and didnt know what to do next. Went to watch TV and there sits the SMC... showing all of my music :)
Here is a link for the DIY Audio thread about it
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showthre ... highlight=

You got a Squeezebox.. I know I should be jealous... and I am.
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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 22:03 
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I imagine the gain is low because it has a built in volume control accessible from the remote control. Dumb me. I kept turning the volume up on the amp and , indeed, it got louder but not what I expected. Cant believe I didnt even think the remote might have volume. BTW if you lose the remote.... thats it. No more SMC. Of course I could find that to be wrong. I have not yet been able to control the music from the computer. Dont know if thats possible or not.
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If someone gets one a good place for help, if you need it, is Yahoo! Groups
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ez-stream/

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The Squeezebox can be completely controlled through a web interface. I'd imagine the SMC would have something like that too.

Are you planning on trying any of the mods?

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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 23:10 
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So far it seems there is only one mod. That is to put an SPDIF connector on it. Looks REAL easy and seems to work flawlessly. Do I plan to do it? This one I kind of doubt and if I do it will be a year or two. For this mod I think I would have to get pretty bored and have nothing "audio" left to do around the house. As it stands right now I have ALOT of stuff to do :)
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PostPosted: 01 Aug 2008, 22:13 
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That looks neat. Can you play shoutcast internet radio stations without have your computer on? I hate running my computer to listen to internet radio ... such a waste of power.


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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2008, 10:59 
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You do have to have the computer ON to play anything on a hard drive. You can subscribe to Rhapsody and not have the computer on and you can browse a lot of radio stations without the computer on. BUT, I think after a month it stops doing radio stations that are preloaded until you pay the ransome. I think thats the case, not sure. I know you can do Sirius as well, but I think the computer has to be on for that as well. I dont know alot about that as I am not really interested in radio, but my wife loves internet radio so I may have to delve into it further. She likes the Pandora radio stations that you can set up your own automated radio stations.
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Yes, Pandora and Rhapsody you have to pay for. I have been using WinAmp to listen to their Shoutcast stations. It would be nice if I could use something like this intstead of having a computer on all the time. Can you check to see if you can connect to shoutcast radio stations. These SMC audio adapter a pretty cheap new.

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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2008, 21:55 
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I dont think Shoutcast is gonna be easy. Even if you have Linux which seems like it works if you follow this guys instructions.
http://wiki.tcl.tk/18017
There is a yahoo group for the SMC
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ez-stream/
I use EZstream as a UPnP server but others use TVersity and ON2Share http://www.on2share.com/UPnP/
I am no expert at this device. I am fighting with firewalls and moaning and groaning because I have hyperactive security on my computer that does not like the SMC. I am getting a 50ft Cat5 cable in the mail soon and will probably just hook that up. Much easier and more secure than turning off my firewall.
Here is a DIY Audio link to some guys who mess with and mod the SMC
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showthre ... did=103162

Frankly, I dont think you can do Shoutcast with Windows with SMC. I think it doesnt like streaming very much and likes to know how long the song is and not have to buffer it and decompress it. With a set WMA or MP3 file is knows the time length and does not have to buffer and decompress. This is what I gathered from a blog and a few of the sites I mentioned.
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