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Wannabe Geek

# 205400 11-Nov-2016 16:28
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My father in law has a holiday house and he has asked me to replace his old traditional CD music system.


He likes the Sonos system that I have at home but the catches are that he doesnt have a computer or a phone at his holiday house.


He has also given me a couple of hundred CD's and asked me to do something smart with them so it's easy for him to listen to them.


I'm thinking getting the CD's copied to a harddrive but then I get stuck. How to a build something for him that makes it easy to find and listen to the CD he wants to?


I could provide a tablet to use as his access but what application would I use on it? I can't see how iTunes would work with out a computer


I'd love some advice please on how to set this up and what to buy




Many thanks









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Uber Geek

  # 1668177 11-Nov-2016 17:09
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I have had luck with Panasonic's Allplay speakers that I got on sale for $127 at JB HiFi (SH-ALL7), and the similar unit to connect to my ancient stereo (SH-ALL1C).


One or more speakers connected to the network (wired or wireless). Rip the CDs to a NAS (a cheap single drive WD Mybook Live/Cloud would suffice, as long as it has a DLNA server) and plug into router. Download the Free app. Control off Phone or Tablet.


Works well. Easy to use. And at the sale prices I got stuff, cheap as chips.

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Uber Geek


  # 1668190 11-Nov-2016 17:33
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What about old fashioned multiple set of speakers? Yes you can't change source per room, but is that important? And these modern receiver have apps, and can pull music from services, and possibly nas.

Also depending on the size of the collection, a tablet may have enough space - then AirPlay, chromecast may be an option. Their user interfaces are probably a better experience than a receiver/sonos/all cast.

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Uber Geek

  # 1668271 11-Nov-2016 20:11
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This will rip + store the CD's and share from speaker to speaker.


Not cheap, but it does it all with minimum fuss.



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Master Geek

  # 1697837 3-Jan-2017 11:25
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A few weeks since this post started so this may no longer be relevant.


In your situation if you (or he) can afford it (it is not cheap) just go with Sonos. You can legally rip (format-shift) your father-in-law's CD's for him with an ordinary PC using software like Exact Audio Copy or dbPoweramp (free versions available) to flac format and copy the files to a device like an Apple Time Capsule (which you can access from a PC with Airport Utility for Windows) or one of the many other media servers available (there are lots out there but usually cost more than an Apple TC). Once set up it doesn't need a computer attached and it will just do its thing. As you know you run the system it using the free Sonos App on a Smartphone or ipad/tablet etc.


As I'm sure you know having Sonos yourself when you copy to flac you can embed album art (dbPowerAmp pulls that from the Internet along with track data making it very easy) that shows on the tablet control app.


If you are fussy just be aware Sonos is limited to 16-bit 44kHz (CD quality) for most formats but of course that's all you need when ripping a CD. The hardware can't play 24-bit downloaded Hi-Res music.

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  # 1697840 3-Jan-2017 11:37
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Wow. For that price it would be worthwile getting some sonos gear and a new Ipad/Tablet to control it.


However Sonos is probably only good if you have broadband internet access (ADSL/RBI or better). Its kind of a new thing that works very well with internet access but its kinda average if you don't have it. 


If not you might be better with some nice speaker/amp system and an MP3/FM Radio running in in via an AUX or 3.5mm jack.

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Uber Geek

  # 1697900 3-Jan-2017 16:01
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Assuming he already has a wireless router, and doesn't want a budget-busting solution for a holiday house, I would go with:


1.  A Panasonic SC-ALL8GN-K Premium Sound AllPlay Speaker (currently on sale for $197 at JB HiFi)


2.  A 2 TB WD My Cloud NAS (indicatively $289 at JB).


Connect the My Cloud to a the router using a cable and rip the CDs to it as MP3s using iTunes (works well and free) at the highest quality setting. Connect the Speaker to the Router wirelessly (it has dual band wifi). Download the free Panasonic music streaming app to control it. You should easily fit a few hundred CDs on a drive that size at the highest quality. If you are worried about this, you can always buy a bigger drive.


Job done for under $500. Further speakers can be added at the same time or later if needed.


That Panny speaker is the newer model than the one I have. It reviews well for ease of use and sound quality, and I love mine.

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