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Friday, March 18, 2005

Digital Music Player

Engadget reports;
Digital Techniques have applied some of their, um, digital techniques to their new Blackbird line of digital audio adapter/hub-type dealies that connect up to your home network and let you listen to your digital music collection on your home stereo. Yeah, there are tons of these things out now, but these ones come with up to 300GB of storage capacity (most digital audio adapters, like the Squeezebox or the Roku Soundbridge, have no internal storage of their own and can only stream music that’s somewhere else on your local network—the Blackbird is more along the lines of the MP3beamer we mentioned last month) and their higher-end 160A and 300A devices offer 24-bit/96Khz audio quality (ask your favorite audiophile why that’s important); all of their players can be controlled using a WiFi-enabled PDA (which sort of, but not completely, makes up for the lack of a built-in display). All of their boxes can also stream Internet radio stations, play MP3, MP3PRO, OGG, WAV, and FLAC audio files, and have both analog and digital (S/PDIF) audio out ports.

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