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Advice on an Audio Media player

by jimblackjim / December 12, 2007 7:07 AM PST

I need some advice.

For the last couple of years I have had an older notebook PC running Windows Media Player 11 plugged into my stereo and connected to my 802.11G network.

I am happy with the sound quality and especially happy w/ WMP's powerful sort and play list tools.

What is lacking is an interface to my TV and a remote. Right now I have to crawl on the floor to get to the notebook.

I see lots of reviews for media players with various features, but am hopeing someone here can give me a recommendation for my application.

Video features would be nice, but not if there is any compromise of the audio. Album art on the TV would be nice and so would internet radio. I am not concerned with protected media.

The Netgear EVA8000 looks good, but the reviews are horrible.

Should I just add a TV output card to my notebook and get a wireless mouse, or is there a product out there that fits my needs?

Thanks for any help or advice.

Jim

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Audio servers for music, such as Olive, Sonos & Slingbox
by NM_Bill / December 13, 2007 11:22 PM PST

Slingbox is the most cost effective. Take a look at them.

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Slingbox
by jimblackjim / December 14, 2007 4:54 AM PST

Thanks for the advice, but I don't see how Slingbox would work in my application. These products seems to be designed to send video to PCs.

I am trying to send audio to my stereo from a PC.

Can you point me to a specific product?

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(NT) Sorry about that Slingbox reference, but check the others
by NM_Bill / December 14, 2007 6:20 AM PST
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Another option
by Dan Filice / December 14, 2007 8:46 AM PST
In reply to: Slingbox

Use iTunes (free download) on your PC instead of WMP. It works wirelessly with Airport Extreme or a similar wireless device. You can stream music from iTunes to your stereo. If you want to stream movies (as well as music and pictures) from your computer to your TV wirelessly, take a peek at AppleTV. Believe it or not, a lot of Apple hardware works great on a PC. Just my 2-cents, but once you use iTunes you may want to abandon WMP. I know this is will generate arguments as senstitve as religion and politics.

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