1) What's your primary computer - Windows or Mac?
2) Do you have any "iDevices" - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch - that you use on a regular basis?
3) How many CDs are you talking about?
4) Do you already have a server/NAS (network attached storage) on your home network, or do you also need some info on that?
Squeezeboxes control playback volume as well as music selection. You don't necessarily need a DAC as they already have one built-in. All you need:1. Squeezebox Touch ($220 on Amazon)2. Server PC (free, in attic)3. Large hard drive (you already have one)4. Vortexbox server software (free: http://vortexbox.org/content/123-downloads)If you install Vortexbox on your server it will handle everything from ripping your CDs to serving music to your Squeezeboxes.
Do the recommendations change if he has a dumb NAS (dumb meaning that it is only storage and can't run any type of OS)?
Quote from: greynol on 19 July, 2012, 11:19:17 AMDo the recommendations change if he has a dumb NAS (dumb meaning that it is only storage and can't run any type of OS)?As far as Squeezebox is concerned, so long as there is a PC somewhere on his network where the server software can be running all will be fine. Just point the server to the NAS as the music library source. IIRC, when using Windows as your server OS this works best if the NAS is assigned a permanent drive letter.
There must be a simpler solution that doesn't require running an additional box (PC/Mac/laptop/server/etc.).
When you have a hammer everything looks like a nail, I guess.
1. Airport Express ($97 on Amazon; $85 for older version)
Still, these routers cost less