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Old 5th February 2007, 09:24 PM   #11
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You can put your flac player in a toaster
http://sample5.com/node/16

More seriously, the VIA's Nano-ITX motherboard is 4.7 x 4.7 in.

http://www.computergate.com/products...rodcd=B7VEPN1E



A hard drive multimedia player can suit your need, Il you find one which can play flac

http://www.entique.com.au/product.aspx?id=3800
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Old 5th February 2007, 10:38 PM   #12
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You can put your flac player in a toaster
http://sample5.com/node/16
Other nice ideas!

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More seriously, the VIA's Nano-ITX motherboard is 4.7 x 4.7 in.

http://www.computergate.com/product...prodcd=B7VEPN1E
But this one has unfortunately no PCI slot, better wait a few years for picoITX then... If I get an anything-ITX, I'd prefer one with a PCI slot since it would be probably used with a TV tuner or something similar.

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A hard drive multimedia player can suit your need, Il you find one which can play flac

http://www.entique.com.au/product.aspx?id=3800
That was the other solution, but I didn't find one. All I found are expensive portable players with 20/30GB HDDs only.

So far the BabyAT with an HD44780 LCD and a keyboard PCB seems to work well, I tried DTS decoding with MPXPLAY and it's just a tad too slow (Sounds like a mistracked VHS) even if CPU use is told to be 75%
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Old 6th February 2007, 10:48 PM   #13
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This is a project I'd love to do. I have an old Apex DVD player with an IDE drive and lots of room inside. Just right for this sort of project.

But I have a question about power supplies.

All of the mini/micro/nano size motherboards I've seen use a 12V DC supply to then run another DC to DC supply for all the voltages need for the board. That seems bizarre.

Why convert AC mains to 12VDC, then regenerate +5V +12 -12 etc.? Why not just do it in one step the way larger computers do?

Does anyone know of small, fanless power supplies like this?
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Old 6th February 2007, 11:42 PM   #14
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You can easily fit a power brick in a DVD player.

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Why convert AC mains to 12VDC, then regenerate +5V +12 -12 etc.? Why not just do it in one step the way larger computers do?
You can choose the AC->12V adapter's power this way and it's ideal for very small devices as well.

These are smaller than usual, not fanless tho:
http://www.fsp-group.com.tw/english/...d=61&proid=160
http://www.fsp-group.com.tw/english/...d=57&proid=379
http://www.fsp-group.com.tw/english/...=125&proid=514
http://www.fsp-group.com.tw/english/...d=59&proid=453

The smallest / most silent option is still a 12v power brick and a picoPSU.
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Old 6th February 2007, 11:49 PM   #15
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especially considering that FLAC is only going to be 16-bit anyway
Not necessarily....Flac can be 24 bit and in fact has already been offered for download on the net.
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Old 6th February 2007, 11:53 PM   #16
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When I record analog stuff I record it in 24-bit, and if I decide to rip my SACDs using my DVD player's DAC outputs(converts DSD to 24/96 I2S) I'll have to use FLAC 24. Linux becomes more interesting then (Unless MPXPLAY can play 24-bit FLAC, since I know it does support 24/192 stereo output with the Audigy 2 ZS)
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Old 7th February 2007, 08:31 AM   #17
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Power supply kit for the nano look like this:

http://www.morex.com.tw/products/pro...l.php?fd_id=67
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Old 7th February 2007, 10:58 AM   #18
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Yes... really strange. All this DC to DC stuff.
I understand why one might want to do it, but wouldn't most of us just like to run off AC?

It seems odd that no one makes a small, fanless supply that puts out the 5 voltages needed. Oh well, if that's how it is, that how it has to be.
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Old 7th February 2007, 05:41 PM   #19
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Hi,

If you want it really small have a look here:

http://gumstix.com/ and a Google search on gumstix+FLAC gives some more reading

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I would suggest going with a MicroATX board instead of a Gumstix. Much easier to work with, and once you include the cost of the breakout board, it gets nastily expensive.

A note: IIRC, NanoITX boards use standard ATX power connectors, so you can use any power supply you like.
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