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valnar
post Jan 15 2013, 13:48
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I have a large collection of FLAC and MP3 files on my home Windows server that I ripped. Almost all the FLAC files are entire album files with embedded CUE sheets. I have WiFi and CAT6 connectivity to my home theater/stereo/TV setup upstairs if necessary.

I am looking for a device or small Linux distro that will play FLAC and MP3 files through my existing Pioneer Elite receiver with the use of a remote. Integration into my TV is a must so I can see and select the song or album I want to play. It has to stream or play the files from my server - I am not interested in an internal HDD.

I believe several hardware options exist for something like this, but there is a kicker. I would prefer something that either downloads, or displays my own cover art with each album. Something in the way Windows Media Center works.

Any suggestions?
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yourlord
post Feb 7 2013, 18:23
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have you really looked at a raspberry pi running xbmc at all? I'm pretty sure it will do everything you want.. It even plays 1080p video.

Only $35 for the board.
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valnar
post Feb 7 2013, 18:54
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QUOTE (yourlord @ Feb 7 2013, 10:23) *
have you really looked at a raspberry pi running xbmc at all? I'm pretty sure it will do everything you want.. It even plays 1080p video.

Only $35 for the board.


How is the learning curve on XBMC? If it had all the apps I needed "out of the box", that would be great.
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post May 11 2013, 23:50
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I realize the thread is a bit old, but since it's still an actual topic...
With the Squeezebox phased out, I think a Raspberry Pi + USB audio card with digital outs + Squeezelite is a very solid and capable solution, not to mention cost effective.
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post May 12 2013, 17:11
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QUOTE (Mark0 @ May 11 2013, 14:50) *
I realize the thread is a bit old, but since it's still an actual topic...
With the Squeezebox phased out, I think a Raspberry Pi + USB audio card with digital outs + Squeezelite is a very solid and capable solution, not to mention cost effective.


I had started another thread after this and finally discovered Squeezebox. I was late to the whole Squeezebox train, but Squeezelite does indeed work great. I have it running on a Cubox. That + LMS does everything I want.
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