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Advice on Audio Player for Old Folks, Digital Playback - How much do devices vary?
carpman
post Nov 19 2012, 19:47
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a budget device to play audio mainly from USB memory stick (or possibly USB External Drive)

Was looking for an all in one solution and that led to looking at Portable DVD players (thus could play MP3s burnt to DVD, CDs, and MP3s from USB), but the problem having tried a couple is the interface is simply not designed to deal with a large number of audio files and one ends up navigating a clunky tree / directory system with buttons not designed to be pressed that often.

So, since my folks have a decent CD player already, I'm starting to think more along the lines of a straight MP3 player or e-Reader but it must have a decent sized screen and navigable interface.

Here's what I'm considering:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006LZW...me=&seller=

But this leads me to my second question:
How much do digital playback devices vary in regards quality. I'm assuming nowadays a DAC is a DAC, but is this true?
Afterall, it's just pumping ones and zeros out to an amp; can it vary that much?

The Mebook can play AAC, MP3, FLAC and WAV so its appealing. Plus it's very simple to navigate.

Anyone have any alternatives (I looked at Sansa players but none has a large enough screen for old folks - at least not these ones).

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

C.


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RonaldDumsfeld
post Nov 21 2012, 11:27
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This what you want mate.

RaspBerry Pi

Just think how proud they will be. Not only are you willing to spend $50 dollars on them you would also have put in a bit of effort.
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DonP
post Nov 21 2012, 14:06
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QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Nov 21 2012, 06:27) *
This what you want mate.

RaspBerry Pi

Just think how proud they will be. Not only are you willing to spend $50 dollars on them you would also have put in a bit of effort.


By the time you get the accessories necessary to do anything with it, you could have a complete tablet with a faster dual core processor.

Maybe you've already got a power supply, sd card, USB hub, keyboard, mouse, screen (HD TV works), wifi dongle. Many of these (except the screen) are $10 or less each, but they add up.

It could be interesting to configure it to boot straight into a music program controlled from a web interface (smart phone etc), then you could skip the hard wired input devices and maybe the screen.
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- carpman   Advice on Audio Player for Old Folks   Nov 19 2012, 19:47
- - saratoga   QUOTE (carpman @ Nov 19 2012, 14:47) But ...   Nov 19 2012, 20:07
- - JJZolx   How old are they? Where are they going be getting...   Nov 19 2012, 20:16
- - carpman   Old. But to be honest none of that stuff is an iss...   Nov 19 2012, 20:34
- - DVDdoug   Maybe a (cheap) laptop? For the last couple of ye...   Nov 19 2012, 22:43
|- - Dynamic   QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Nov 19 2012, 21:43) Mayb...   Nov 20 2012, 02:30
- - DonP   How portable does it have to be? I've seen lo...   Nov 20 2012, 02:09
- - carpman   A fast loading laptop with a line out and nothing ...   Nov 20 2012, 03:12
- - Dynamic   On Android, you can probably choose an app (or the...   Nov 20 2012, 03:37
- - carpman   Thanks, that's useful info. I had a look over ...   Nov 20 2012, 06:50
- - Dynamic   I get your point about build quality assumptions n...   Nov 20 2012, 11:46
|- - southisup   QUOTE (Dynamic @ Nov 20 2012, 21:46) Cert...   Dec 2 2012, 05:28
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (carpman @ Nov 19 2012, 13:47) Hi a...   Nov 20 2012, 17:02
- - Canar   I don't get why people are recommending Boom. ...   Nov 21 2012, 07:39
- - cyberdux   What about iPad mini with "Accessability - La...   Nov 21 2012, 07:53
- - RonaldDumsfeld   This what you want mate. RaspBerry Pi Just think...   Nov 21 2012, 11:27
|- - DonP   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Nov 21 2012, 06:2...   Nov 21 2012, 14:06
- - carpman   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Nov 20 2012, 16...   Nov 22 2012, 17:42
- - Dynamic   Did you see the Sandisk or Sansa Clip Zip? It has ...   Nov 22 2012, 19:25
- - Stephan37   I bought an iPad for my stereo system and I just L...   Dec 2 2012, 15:41
- - kritip   http://www.jayceooi.com/2012/08/20/how-to-...ive-o...   Dec 2 2012, 17:41
|- - carpman   QUOTE (kritip @ Dec 2 2012, 16:41) This i...   Dec 2 2012, 20:47
|- - carpman   QUOTE (kritip @ Dec 2 2012, 16:41) http:/...   Dec 27 2012, 20:19
- - mzil   I've owned various DVD and even Bluray machine...   Dec 3 2012, 04:21


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