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Lansonic Introduces MusicLoader Technology To Music Storage System Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2001
Lansonic, manufacturer of the DAS-750 Digital Audio Server, just introduced their new patent-pending MusicLoader technology, now available as an option on the DAS-750 Digital Audio Servers. The new MusicLoader option makes it easier to transfer a large CD library to the Lansonic server’s internal hard drive. MusicLoader works with popular CD changers to automatically record as many as 400 CDs in one session—all with virtually no user involvement and without the need for a computer or Internet connection. With built-in CDID technology to identify and label each CD track, and with up to 2100 hours of internal disk storage, the DAS-750 with MusicLoader is an innovative way to get your CD collection distributed throughout your home and or stored in your Lansonic server.

A significant benefit of the MusicLoader option is its ability to automatically transfer or "rip" music to the DAS’s internal hard drive. Thousands of discs can be stored, with the CD changer and DAS-750 working together to automatically organize and label all of the tracks. A session can be set up to record every CD in the changer or customized to record a selection of discs and tracks. This is normally selected before the recording process begins, so that once started, the system can be left unattended until it’s finished. Simply stated, you load the changer, turn on the DAS-750 with MusicLoader, and walk away.

The MusicLoader feature utilizes a Control-A1-type interface to put the CD changer under the control of the Digital Audio Server. This connection allows the DAS to select discs, start, stop, play, and control the transfer of digital-audio data track by track or disc by disc, with all

song/track, disc, and time data intact. Audio quality is maintained via the DAS-750’s direct S/PDIF digital interconnect and its support of a variety of digital audiophile formats including uncompressed (WAV), MP2, and MP3. "With built-in support for a range of storage formats including uncompressed audio and the popular MP3 format, the DAS-750 with MusicLoader is able to accommodate even the most demanding audiophile" says Paul Salvo of Lansonic.

The DAS-750 with MusicLoader offers numerous benefits over a traditional single-CD recording system such as a PC with a CD-ROM drive. Consider the advantages in terms of convenience and ease of use. The DAS-750 with MusicLoader requires just a few minutes to set up, and then it does all the work automatically, working 24 hours a day to record, name, and organize CDs—without additional software. During the recording process, the user can utilize the DAS-750 for normal operation, and it will resume recording when not being used for playback. In contrast, a PC requires the user to buy, set up, and install software, connect to the Internet, etc. A PC usually needs to be checked periodically for crashes, timeouts, and another anomalies. Another problem when using a PC to rip and store is that, during the process, you can’t use the computer for other tasks because certain programs misbehave if interrupted.

The unique design of the DAS-750 includes a range of advanced capabilities that make it a performance leader for digital audio. The MusicLoader feature is available as an option on DAS-750s with internal hard drive configurations of 30 GB, 60 GB, 120 and GB. The unit can be ordered online via a secure server at the company’s Web site: www.lansonic.com.

The MusicLoader option is now available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $395.

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