While MP3 players bring your home music library with you wherever you go, the home entertainment center still needs to be fed an audio signal from your computer or DVD/CD/MP3 player. Assuming that you are using a DVD/CD/MP3 player, there is still a limitation to the amount of MP3s that you can access at one time because of storage media.

Hooking up a computer, on the other hand, raises the limit of stored MP3s to the capacity of your available hard drive space. The problem with using a computer as the basis for the storage medium of your MP3 music library is that your home entertainment system is still stuck with the problem of how to select a specific track to play or manipulate your music library. Even if you have a remote for your computer, you would need a monitor hooked up or a video out fed to your television to know what you are doing. Either way, it would get very complicated.

Currently, there are a few solutions on the market to meet this exact purpose, but as of CES, several popular products have popped up, including the Sound Blaster Wireless Music from Creative Labs.

Sound Blaster Wireless Music – Cordless Setup
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  • dalhtech - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - link

    A big difference between this device and the airport express is that you can't control what's being played from the Airport Express with the Airport Express. If the computer is in room A, and the airport express and stereo are in room B, you have to travel from room B where you are listening to music to room A to change the playing track.

    Airport Express needs a remote.
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  • EdvardGrieg - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - link

    If you can find one, the Turtle Beach Audiotron will scan for network shares and use those. Reply
  • outlaws42 - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - link

    The Squeezebox from slimDevices uses opensource server software
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  • johnsonx - Sunday, August 08, 2004 - link

    Does anyone know of a media player that doesn't require their proprietary server software to be running?

    I'd like to find one that can just pull media files from a Windows (CIFS) or Linux (NFS) share.
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  • diehlr - Sunday, August 08, 2004 - link

    Seems to me that the Airport Express does this and a whole lot more for a whole let less money. Reply
  • at80eighty - Sunday, August 08, 2004 - link

    HECK! dunno how the double post happened!!
    didint even press 'post' yet!!

    anyway - ive been planning on picking one of these to accompany my new rig - Cnet had reviewed this product, but i wanted to know what my fave HW site had to say about it!

    thx a bunch for the review!

    but the 2.1. support sux : /.. i was hoping to use this to stream to my Bose Lifestyle system for pretty much all my uses *ahem*read* games : p

    Andrew, any input of this? (forgive me if this is a stupid question : p)

    thnx in adv!
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  • at80eighty - Sunday, August 08, 2004 - link

    GREAT! Reply

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