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Old 13th September 2006, 04:15 AM   #11
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I think that using acomputer for the main source of audio is nota good idea. To much noise to much problems. jean-paul Didnt you and i talk about the olive audio player. It looks like a cd player but it rips the files to a hard drive inside ?

http://www.olive.us/p_bin/

I'd love to have one of these.



To me having a pc do this is way to much work..
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Old 13th September 2006, 04:33 AM   #12
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I had a Gateway Solo Laptop that had an Optical out. I could have put a large Laptop HDD in, and play lossless audio via iTunes and would be much like an Olive with a nice, fancy 15" GUI... this actually sounded quite good...

AND of course it also functioned as a laptop...all for less than $250 now.

I think if you take apart the Olive, you would find in it a basic, outdated PC - maybe a 500 mhz processor? Why would you need to go any faster?

Also with enough RAM, you could buffer all songs to RAM and spin down the HDD for reduction of noise.

But I also had a HTPC with a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound card with output via Coax digital to my amp and did not sound very good compared to a dedicated CD/DVD Player...just sounded dead, blah, life less. Both ripped to HDD and CD Rom...
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Old 13th September 2006, 04:40 AM   #13
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ill accept it

no windows helps with the sound, o ya and digital out.and no need for a pull out drive. i can upload and downloads songs from my network.

2 180 gig serial ata drives.

the next version should be smaller


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Old 13th September 2006, 05:01 AM   #14
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a 180gig sata drive is alot louder and produces much more heat and reqires more power than the olive. Second the whole machineis about 5 x the size. 3rd the olive does not run windows.

With a windows you have to screw around with drivers and such things to get the digital working or optical. AND have additional hardware.

The olive is all in one on one small board.

AND is quieter. Plus i think it has a internal Battery so you don't have to have it plugged in.
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Old 13th September 2006, 05:15 AM   #15
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only sound coming from this box is the floppy drive. on first power up. i gues it depends on the parts used.

it runs on linux or pure dos on disk. with mpxplay you can upload the source code and make your own drivers. it runs rock solid

sure its big, next one will be as small as a vcr.

i would love to get my hands on the new sandisk 8 gig flash

http://mpxplay.cjb.net
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Old 13th September 2006, 06:56 AM   #16
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Qty Part-No. Description Price Total
1 MS2080-B Symphony 80GB (Black) $899.00 $899.00
Royalty payment for digital audio recording device under Audio Home Recording Act of 1992: Provides you as a consumer an exemption for private, noncommercial home recording of analog or digital sound recordings. $8.00 $8.00

Subtotal $907.00
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(includes tax on shipping & handling) $52.39
Federal tax of the state of California $0.00
Total amount charged $959.39


well im not sure about the $8.00 charge but im picking one up

to try out for myself and to have a look under the hood
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Old 13th September 2006, 09:09 AM   #17
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I think that using acomputer for the main source of audio is nota good idea. To much noise to much problems. jean-paul Didnt you and i talk about the olive audio player. It looks like a cd player but it rips the files to a hard drive inside ?

http://www.olive.us/p_bin/

We did and I even had the 160 gb Pro version some time ago. The Olive Symphony = the american version of the Hifidelio. Honestly, operation can not be simpler than with these machines. Pc's or servers stand in the shadow of these machines in nearly all aspects.

However is the DAC a cheap AC97 computer type and I found the device made a tad too much mechanical noise ( optical drive + mains transformer ). An external DAC is a must with this one. Which is why I sold it and will wait for rev. 2.

The Olive Opus is what I really want but without that pricetag....
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Old 13th September 2006, 03:25 PM   #18
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good im not ******* my money away than
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Old 13th September 2006, 03:54 PM   #19
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No, it is still an excellent product with a few drawbacks that are normal for a first version. It's not high end but it's very good hifi. Built quality of the hardware is good, operation is Mac alike and improving that will be a hard task as it really works like a charm. Since audio is my hobby I could get away with selling it with the argument I 'd be waiting for a second revision. I could have lived with it.

Be sure to buy the 160 gb pro version and not the cripled 80 gb version. The latter does not accept higher bitrates !
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Use a network audio player like Sqeezebox and leave the noisy HDD in your PC in another room.
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