On Sat,19.Jul.08, 15:37:00, Nick Lidakis wrote:
> Ron Johnson wrote:
>> Mark it [OT] and post away!
> Just thought someone could benefit from this application, or I could
> receive some constructive criticism on some of choices I had made.
I would only like to give my setup as example.
> I had been researching way to assemble an audiophile grade music server
> since early last year for my dedicated listening room. There were
> several ready to go retail (Sonos, Slim Devices, McIntosh, etc.)
> solutions that were quickly dismissed because of price and/or their
> closed hardware/software nature. The server had to fit several criteria:
> 1. open source, preferably Debian based (apt makes software easy to
> install and it's my desktop OS)
> 2. relatively low cost
> 3. audiophile grade (FLAC output via USB without any re-sampling and/or
> conversion of the audio stream)
> 4. power efficiency (preferably below 10 watts)
> 5. absolute silence ( NO fans or disk drives in the listening room)
> 6. ability to control music and play lists from the listening position
> with relative ease.
> 7. stability
I have an old box with standard hardware: PIII-500MHz (with a huge
fanless sink) on a i440BX chipset and 256MB RAM . When the HDD died I
built a custom Live-Debian image for it, as it won't boot from USB or
disks larger than 32GB (and the BIOS update won't apply). It also has a
sound card with both coaxial and optical digital out (based on CMI-8738)
connecting to my receiver and a fanless nVidia GForce card. As the PSU
is also pretty quiet the noise level is ok as long as the CD doesn't
It's main purpose was to be able to watch movies on my TV, but I use it
mostly to listen to my favorite radio station  or listen to music in
whatever format available (but preferably flac or ogg) by accessing a
samba share from my laptop or even directly from an external USB drive.
Right now I am experimenting with pulseaudio to provide a decent output
for my laptop. I have to say it works very well, I was able to watch a
movie on the laptop with the sound output over a wireless g connection
without any problems. Too bad moc doesn't know pulseaudio
 Actually it's a 512MB stick, but the board is limited to 256MB per
 I'm planning on acquiring a PCI-to-USB2 adapter and then use the CD
only for booting
 The reception is no very good where I live, over the internet it's
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.