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  • Vice.Destroyer 3 Aug 2011 20:16:13 5,823 posts
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    Far be it from me to diss someones ingenuity, but is 400+ not a lot of money for essentially a HD-enabled CD player, with an offline Gracenote database?

    Is there something comparable for a lot cheaper? I think my mum could cope with something like that. Any suggestions?
  • Tom_Servo 3 Aug 2011 20:19:51 17,330 posts
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    I've seen the advert for that, talk about a snake oil salesman. Can't believe it's that expensive!
  • Jazzy_Geoff 3 Aug 2011 20:20:00 7,767 posts
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    squeezebox radio +5 napster sub
  • Dirtbox 3 Aug 2011 20:20:48 77,480 posts
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    What the hell is HD enabledable about a CD player?

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  • Tom_Servo 3 Aug 2011 20:23:25 17,330 posts
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    Hard drive.
  • lucky_jim 3 Aug 2011 20:28:17 5,260 posts
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    I keep seeing it advertised in Private Eye, I feel sorry for the people who get suckered in.
  • mal 3 Aug 2011 20:33:32 22,341 posts
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    It's not that expensive when you consider it contains a CD drive, a computer to rip tracks, a hard disc and a 30Wx2 power amp in a pretty small box. But of course and iPod and a cheap dock system will be cheaper if you already own a PC and are happy using iTunes to rip your CDs. This presumably attracts a slight premium because it's designed for people who aren't computer literate enough to do that. They advertise in every issue of Private Eye, which should tell you something about their target market.

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  • Dirtbox 3 Aug 2011 20:35:55 77,480 posts
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    Tom_Servo wrote:
    Hard drive.
    That's HDD.

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  • Trowel 3 Aug 2011 20:37:21 17,461 posts
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    Probably bought to replace their Bose Wave.
  • Tom_Servo 3 Aug 2011 20:37:38 17,330 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Tom_Servo wrote:
    Hard drive.
    That's HDD.

    I know, but I'm assuming that's what VD (arf) meant.
  • PhoenixFlames 3 Aug 2011 20:44:18 8,899 posts
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    Billy_Sastard wrote:
    mal wrote:
    It's not that expensive when you consider it contains a CD drive, a computer to rip tracks, a hard disc and a 30Wx2 power amp in a pretty small box. But of course and iPod and a cheap dock system will be cheaper if you already own a PC and are happy using iTunes to rip your CDs. This presumably attracts a slight premium because it's designed for people who aren't computer literate enough to do that. They advertise in every issue of Private Eye, which should tell you something about their target market.

    It's the ripping of all his mothers CD's that would be the ball breaker, if you've got the patience. I suppose it depends how large her CD collection is, it took me a good while to rip all mine, ripping my DVD collection is a massive pain in the arse, it takes about half an hour a film, I have roughly 500 DVD's :(

    I thought about doing this but then I realised I don't watch my DVDs more than 3 times so what's the point.

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  • mal 3 Aug 2011 20:48:19 22,341 posts
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    And anyway, AFAIK this doesn't play DVDs - only CDs.

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  • UncleLou Moderator 3 Aug 2011 20:51:06 35,432 posts
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    No idea how good the thing is, but compared to the competition (Ripnas, Olive, Naim (lol)) it's actually dead cheap. It really is a terrible market, with traditional hifi companies charging particular ridiculous amounts of money.

    Cheapest option I could find a while ago was a Squeezebox Touch with an external HDD, but you need a PC to rip, of course.

  • Ford 3 Aug 2011 21:07:55 398 posts
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    I just put most of my DVDs in a big 400 disc wallet and downloaded my favourites off usenet. Chucked all the boxes away, worthless plastic.
  • Carlo 3 Aug 2011 21:16:07 17,949 posts
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    Billy_Sastard wrote:
    mal wrote:
    It's not that expensive when you consider it contains a CD drive, a computer to rip tracks, a hard disc and a 30Wx2 power amp in a pretty small box. But of course and iPod and a cheap dock system will be cheaper if you already own a PC and are happy using iTunes to rip your CDs. This presumably attracts a slight premium because it's designed for people who aren't computer literate enough to do that. They advertise in every issue of Private Eye, which should tell you something about their target market.

    It's the ripping of all his mothers CD's that would be the ball breaker, if you've got the patience. I suppose it depends how large her CD collection is, it took me a good while to rip all mine, ripping my DVD collection is a massive pain in the arse, it takes about half an hour a film, I have roughly 500 DVD's :(
    I wouldn't even bother ripping my own DVDs, just download it.

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  • neilka 3 Aug 2011 21:27:17 15,678 posts
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    Kick Brennan Up The Arse
  • Vice.Destroyer 30 Aug 2011 16:58:10 5,823 posts
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    Tom_Servo wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    Tom_Servo wrote:
    Hard drive.
    That's HDD.

    I know, but I'm assuming that's what VD (arf) meant.

    Apologies for the typo.

    /puts himself down for the 400 HD-enabled CD-drive and hands in his geek membership. Appropriate punishment.
  • Dolly 30 Aug 2011 17:23:24 3,208 posts
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    We bought my gf's parents a PS3 and they've put all their CDs on that.

    They love it.
  • Vice.Destroyer 30 Aug 2011 17:36:25 5,823 posts
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    Good shout, Dolly. I guess it is not such a hardship to visit the inlays now. And still cheaper than a Brennan.
  • Whatsfor 30 Aug 2011 21:14:17 2,189 posts
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    Everything in this thread so far < sonos.
  • Kill_Crazy 30 Aug 2011 23:19:15 2,292 posts
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    Billy_Sastard wrote:

    I'm doing it because they're taking up to much room, plus it's a headache trying to find a certain film when you've got that many, they don't stay in alphabetical order long when you've got two kids. I'd like to flog em or just stash em in the loft.

    Sorry for the derailment.

    Which program do you use to rip dvd's, Billy? What size do they encode to for decent quality?
  • President_Weasel 30 Aug 2011 23:23:31 8,984 posts
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    You know what, Vice.Destroyer? I'm glad you're internet savvy too.
  • Chopsen 14 Sep 2011 08:29:28 15,739 posts
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    I agree with mal.

    Thing is, it's a one-box single-device solution that doesn't look like arse and is presumably easy to use. For many people that fits the bill perfectly. Nerds who have technology that can be combined to do this sort of job lying around are not the target audience.

    Whatsfor wrote:
    Everything in this thread so far < sonos.

    Aye, though you still need a PC somewhere for sonos at least initially.
  • RedSparrows 14 Sep 2011 08:37:53 22,080 posts
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    Shame vd's savyness doesn't stretch to Japanese RPGs...
  • speedofthepuma 14 Sep 2011 09:04:24 13,268 posts
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    or giant gorillas.

    I've turned off all the avatars and crap, so don't expect me to be impressed by yours.

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