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Saturday, 01 February 2003 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
ReQuest ARQ2 Digital Music System
Introduction The ARQ2 is ReQuest Multimedia’s second-generation digital music server that not only stores and catalogs your entire music collection on its internal hard drive, but also allows you to easily and quickly access any song from damn near anywhere in your house and beyond. This type of product represents the next generation music server, following the mega-CD changer. The ReQuest exterior is unassuming, industrial in appearance and clearly designed to be tucked away in an equipment rack. The metal-bodied unit is finished in dull black with a simple front panel containing power and status LEDs with the IR receiving window on the left edge, a small LCD display to the right, and a CD tray door and eject button. Lastly, there are small metal knobs on each side of the panel that secure the panel to the units. The side panels are perforated at the rear to provide airflow for the internal fan. ...
Wednesday, 01 January 2003 ,  Written by Richard Elen
Escient Fireball Audio Server
Introduction Escient’s new Fireball is an early example of something that is going to become a lot more common in the future, believe me: it’s an audio component that links today’s broadband internet audio experience to your home audio system and with your existing CD collection. Essentially a dedicated audio server with a 40 GB hard drive, analog and digital I/O and network connections, the Fireball, list price $1,999, allows you to capture audio from the built-in CD drive or from external digital or analog sources, ripping the content to MP3 files and storing them on the internal hard drive. In addition, the Fireball interfaces with the Internet, either by phone line, Home Phone Networking (HPNA) or broadband. The Internet provides Internet radio, along with a transparent interface to the CDDB CD database, which provides track information and cover art. There is also an information and shopping interface that allows you to find out information about ...
Friday, 01 December 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Lansonic DAS-750 Digital Audio Server
Introduction Lansonic™, a division of Digital Voice Systems, Inc. (DVSI), a leader in the field of voice compression, has introduced the first unit in what may be a brand-new product category. The DAS-750 Digital Audio Server is a high-performance audio product that stores and plays music files, decoding all the standard MP1/MP2/MP3 compression rates, ranging from 32 kbps to 448 kbps (kilo bits per second), as well as uncompressed WAV files. Depending on the configuration, the unit ranges in price from $695 to $ 2,595. Unlike a PC that emits high levels of hum, noise and heat, the DAS-750 is far better suited for storing and playing a wide range of music files, since it employs 20-bit crystal A-to-D and D-to-A converters. Analog output is measured at 96 dB SNR from 0-22 kHz, which is considerably better than the typical computer soundcard. The DAS unit also contains a programmable 40-bit Digital Signal Processor to ...
Tuesday, 01 February 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Escient Tunebase 2000i Music Server
Introduction If managing your CDs has gotten out of hand, as jewel cases both empty and full are found lying all around your room, the Escient Tunebase 2000i CD Library Management System is a welcome solution. In addition to the Tunebase 2000i controller, the Escient system can control up to three 200-disc CD changers, for a total of 600 CDs. The basic system with the controller and one Sony CDP-CX220 changer runs $3,000. Unlike previous CD management systems, it's not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars to program song titles and artwork from your CD collection into the system. First off, the Tunebase2000i is delivered with text and artwork for 2,500 popular CDs. If a CD is inserted into the changer that is not recognized by the system, it calls (via the built-in modem) Escient's main library to download the appropriate data. The Tunebase2000i allows users a variety of ways to play back CD's, ...
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