Eumeles - Media Player & Stereo Amplifier

  1. System
  2. Player
  3. Amplifier
  4. Integrated
  5. History
  6. Roadmap
  7. Contact

It took more than a year and several stages to get to the current state

  1. Background
  2. Off-the-shelf
  3. HTPC based
  4. Works-like, looks-like

The easiest and quickest way to a working system is if a solution can be purchased off-the–shelf. The market offers quite a number:

  • Audio streamers such as Squeezebox or Sonos. In terms of audio quality and value for money, the Squeezebox is certainly a good fit for listening to music only. But
    • The problem is that an audio streamer would require an additional device for photos and for video streaming
    • Another downside is that they all allow music browsing only in the simplistic, reductionist "Artist/Album/Song paradigm"
    • Due to their nature, they do not allow customisation of the user interface, e.g. to provide lyrics or displaying music in a manner suitable for classical music
  • Multimedia players such as Western Digital WD TV Mini, Asus O!Play, XStreamer, Iomega ScreenPlay, etc. They stream media from an internal disk, a locally connected USB disk or from a network drive
    • These kinds of device are cheap but do not provide enough processing power to run a nice user interface
    • And the same point holds as before as far as lyrics or classical music is concerned
  • Media player jukeboxes such as Sony Giga Juke, with a built-in hard disk. an amplifier and speakers, offer a nice and neat solution
    • These kinds of device seem to lock the user into their way of storing data and do not allow customisation
    • It is uncertain how open this system is for "borrowed" digital content (DRM constraints)
  • HTPCs. From build-your-own to very exquisite looking ones, there are many on the market, e.g. Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC. Usually they are designed to go under the TV set inside the TV furniture. They are standard width - around 400mm wide - though some, such as the HFX micro, are smaller.

One solution is to use several, but complementary off-the-shelf components in addition to an HDTV. The problem with this solution is that it rather increases the number of remote controls and boxes on our sideboard, but there is only limited real estate - even a standard amplifier is too large. Worse, most commercial software solutions are not customisable.