What is the best / cheapest Netbook (or other device?) for this music server-ish application?
August 24, 2010 4:12 PM Subscribe
What is the best / cheapest Netbook (or other device?) for this music server application?
posted by Perplexity to technology (5 answers total)
So, we have a receiver/amplifier connected to a few sets of speakers in our apartment. We've connected a laptop to it using a cable from the laptop headphone out to the receiver banana plug in. It works great.
But now we want to have a dedicated device rather than this laptop which we use for other things as well. So what's the best / cheapest / coolest device to get?
Required sources to support: 1) Pandora; 2) ~100GB of mp3s. I guess playing CDs might be nice in a pinch. Also maybe non-Pandora streaming internet sources like Youtube etc.
Our wifi is through an Airport Extreme if that matters. We could maybe plug an existing external HD into that to store the mp3s if that is a good idea. The audio output quality requirements are not that high given the cheapish receiver and speakers.
So what fits this need? A Netbook? How minimally specced out can it be? What's a good brand / place to buy? Is there some other device we should be looking at? Is there some other neat thing we should be setting up?