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Old 18th September 2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Net "radio" without a PC......?

What is currently the best way "receive" net radio (in various formats) without a PC in order to feed to a a stereo sys?
There are are some very good, high bit rate net sations and I have a net connection right by my sys.

I know there were a couple of net radio intefaces in the past but I forgot what they were called. I believe the original ROKU was one.
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Old 19th September 2011, 05:40 AM   #2
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I've got a German unit that plugs directly into ethernet or wifi - no computer needed.

Terratec Noxon II - pretty cheap off eBay.

I see they do sell their products in the US - their iRadio is about $150 in shops. Can't attest to the audio quality, but the Noxon II I have delivers great sound.

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Old 19th September 2011, 06:28 AM   #3
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Thanks...

I decide to fire up an old Win '98 sys tomorrow that is very quiet (1 fan) and has Winamp intalled.
It only has a "SB AWE64" installed so, I don't know how good it will sound through my sys.

I will just need to route a short sound input from around the corner (where my computers are set up) into my sys.

The old 440BX sys may have a second life!

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Old 19th September 2011, 07:28 AM   #4
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I have a Mac Mini connected to the AV amp and TV - use it for all the multi-media duties. The Noxon is connected to my audio setup in a different room. It supports uPNP as well, so I can access iTunes, etc. as well as iNet radio.

The only issue I have with it is if it is left on overnight, it goes to sleep and won't wake up - Terratec have been really ****-poor at resolving the issue - basically ignored me.
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Old 20th September 2011, 11:25 AM   #5
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ASUS used to make the standalone Air net radio (with line outs);
Sangean still make something similar

Sangean Internet Radios (a very slow load)
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Old 30th September 2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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I decied to use my P4 (3.06 gig, XP) sys for my net audio.
It has a MOBO with onboard Realtek ALC662 audio that actually sounds pretty good.

I aready had it set up near my sys but, it has mutliple noisy fans.
If anyone remembers the legendary "3Dfiles.com" it's one of the orginal "Tornado" cases marketed by one of the sites oweners.

So, I disconected one of the fans and with the others turned way down (with a NEXUX fan controler) the noise is now much lowered and acceptable. It still has plenty of cooling.
It sounds much better than the Win98 sys with the SB-AWE64

Anyway, I now have good souding net audio access for my sys.

BTW, after recearching net audio options, I decied to get a ROKU 2-XS eventually for my TV

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Old 30th September 2011, 07:30 PM   #7
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Have you tried Radio Paradise - commercial free Internet radio - modern & classic rock, electronica, world music & more - picked & mixed by real humans.
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Old 30th September 2011, 07:43 PM   #8
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Yes, RP is my favorate and I'm currently listening to RP as I type.
192k sounds great for net sound.

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Old 30th September 2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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Nice taste, Joe
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Old 30th September 2011, 08:00 PM   #10
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BTW another favorate is "GirlsRockRadio.com"
Girls Rock Radio - The Music of Women Artists on Internet Radio

It's all rock featuring female artists, both famous and obscure. They netcast in 128k.

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