HiFi blackbox vs HTPC
Thanks for the responses and suggestions on the HTPC & Squeezebox. I have considered these options before but shy away from them because I'm specifically looking for a...non-PC interface. I work with computers all day and the last thing I need is to have to...boot up my Windoze PC in order to relax and enjoy the music. Furthermore, the current offerings of HTPC requires some sorts of menu-driven interface (TV, PDAs, PC-server software, etc...) in order to navigate through the music list, and that is kinda cumbersome. I really don't want to lug my wireless laptop to my chair and zoom around with the mouse to select the music tracks, nor do I want to strain my eyes looking at the PDA screen to look for track titles. What I'm looking for is quite simple: being able to select a music list, and then dim the light and enjoy. Occasionally, hitting the remote control to skip forward/backward to a certain tracks. I can see ripping a large selection of music onto my storage networks in my home-office and transfer a subset of these lists to a local hard-drive machine once in a while depending on the music flavors of the month, but not constantly tied to my PC and storage network just for music. This is where the ZeroOne and Olive Symphony come into play to fit the bill nicely.