Home entertainment systems have a long way since ooh 'and it ahh'ed because your neighbor had a pair of speakers that they actually built within its walls. This is old news. Even homes in new developments are relatively small with a full range of audio, network, cable TV and telephone. In many developments the builder offers a standard wiring package and various upgrades for additional wiring, speakers, wiring enclosures and evencomplete control systems.
Systems have developed treatments include sleek, wall-mounted touch screen panel that easy access to your music and other home features such as security, lighting, HVAC, and motorized. A talented programmer can make these systems function with true "one touch" simplicity. It 's almost as if reading your mind.
The advantage of the touch screen that can change the control interface to show only what you needat any time. This provides tremendous flexibility, while retaining the simplicity people desire. The touch screen interface is very powerful in combination with another technology that has occurred recently on the ground, the hard disk based media servers.
The CDs are downloaded or ripped to a hard disk. This combination allows your entire music catalog will be displayed on the touch screen for easy searching. In general, you can search by artist, song title, genre or album.Once the desired selection is located, you simply touch the screen and start playing.
These servers use computer hard drives and modern compression techniques to phenomenal music store on a simple audio component less than half the size of a CD loader 200. They work just a typical CD player, not the computer, so that they are reliable and easy to use.
Media servers have exploded in popularity recently because of the enormous popularity ofcompressed music formats like MP3 and the fantastic range of features of a system based on disc.
For those who have or own CD mega changers, a hard disk music server like a breath of fresh air.
Access to every song is usually less than a second away. Compare that with the choice of 94 in the 300-disc CD changer, 201 disc when you play. With multi-room audio system, six on the other side of your home, in an attempt to do this with akeyboard or remote control. Waiting for you on the disc was playing then roll the carousel around to your desired disc can seem like an eternity back.
Another advantage is easily categorized. Most systems recognize any hard drive you insert the CD to rip and if you do not, they are connected to the Internet to access a huge database. This automatically have access to the artist, album and song information. Gone are the days of using a keyboard or remote controlinformation on your CD with difficulties to enter a CD changer. You can also stop worrying slot on which the disks are "Let's see, was Led Zeppelin IV in slot 90 or 190?"
Using a server hard disk frees up your CDs for use elsewhere, such as car, boat or holiday.
Moreover, since the CDs are not locked into a turning point, the collection can be enjoyed by many family members at once. With a change, if someone to listen to all disksin it are basically off limits. With a magazine, not just your CDs free for use in other locations, but many server hard drive, multiple audio outputs.
Multiple outputs can listen to different drives in different areas of the house, if the system is configured. For example, a person to listen to Korn in the rec room while Bach's Requiem is playing in the kitchen and Dire Straits in the bedroom. With a conventional CD changer, thisimpossible.
You can also buy and store music from many online music store in the server's hard drive.
server hard drives offer advantages over music files stored on a computer too. Because they function like a traditional audio component, are easier to use for many people. It 'also easier to integrate with touch screen based home control. This will begin to change, as the popularity of multimedia PCs such as Microsoft XPMedia Center Edition 2005 increases.
These units are many steps closer to the delivery of long-promised "convergence" between consumer electronics and computers. Multimedia PCs, also known as HTPC functions [Home Theater PC] such as DVD players, personal video recorders (TiVo-like), memory and hard disk.
They allow the storage of digital photos easily on your TV or monitor. HTPCs can, of course, surf the web on your TV via the broadband connection. For hardefficient storage and compression techniques improve, it will be the storage of HD movies and HDTV programming have become commonplace.
Soon these types of servers and interfaces will be the norm than the exception. Think nothing amazing array of features and the ability to easily access your media collection in your house. Once a rarity, media server, in one form or another, is found in almost every home.