Sunday, 18 May 2008

WiFi 03 : Music Server

Despite the disappointment with the Sangean WFR-20 so far, one of the past year's best buys has been the Noxon iRadio.

Apart from its obvious use as an internet radio, it also has a talent for playing music streamed across your wlan and can even act as a music server along with your digitised music collection.

The free server software associated with the iRadio has the rather odd name of TwonkyMedia but is quite easy to set up and doesn't really need any further explanation from me. However, as with streaming, a large percentage of my collection is in .flac format, a codec the iRadio cannot play.

When streaming music across the wlan this problem is dealt with by the ShoutCast server which transcodes all formats into either .mp3 or .aac which the iRadio recognises. However, when using it as a server the raw files are broadcast out and when the iRadio encounters a .flac file ... silence.

There used to be a TwonkyMedia transcoder application, but examining the latest version - 4.4.5 - it's not clear if transcoding works with it, and the files don't seem to be available on the website any more.

However, I'm still using TwonkyMedia 4.4.2 which seems perfectly adequate and the .flac transcoder files are archived here and just need unpacking and placing into your Program Files/TwonkyMedia/cgi-bin folder for the iRadio to be able to play .flac files. HTH.

That still leaves the question of .ogg and .ape formats. There are instances of people getting .ogg to play over the iRadio. As for .ape I'm not so sure. However, I only have very few files in these formats, and it's not really worth the effort at the moment unless a solution falls into my lap.

To be honest, the server navigation on the iRadio is pretty clunky but it does work. Sound is surprisingly good through headphones given a reasonable source file.

When my hifi is permanently set up I intend to move on to something like SqueezeBox to provide a link to my digital collection and leave devices such as the iRadio, and hopefully, the Sangean to provide internet radio facility around the house.


*See my hifi index here.

0 comments:

Labels

.ape (1) .ogg (1) 1000th visitor (1) 110v/220v (5) 2008 (2) 38495 (1) 5 boro bike tour (2) A Salt and Battery (1) AccurateRip (1) Adele (3) Adele Adkins (3) alan e hill (1) amplifier (2) ape (1) Ashes To Ashes. (1) AU-117 (1) AU-217 (1) audax (1) audio stream (1) Audio-Technica (1) audio-technica arm (1) avant garde (1) avis (1) badminton (5) bar-tape (1) barack obama (1) Barbican The Dolphin Hotel (1) baseball (1) basketball (1) batter (1) BBC (3) BBC radio 5live international (5) BBC Radio 6 music (1) BBC Spotlight Southwest (1) beatblender (1) belted kingfisher (1) Beryl Cook (1) bi-wiring (1) bicycle (2) bicycles (1) bike ride (1) bikes (1) birds (1) birthday (1) bisto (1) Black bears (1) blacktop (1) blocking (1) blog (2) bloglines (1) Breughel (1) Bristol travelodge (1) British beer (1) broken beat (1) brooklyn (2) Brooklyn Bridge (1) Burnley (1) BVD (1) cadbury's fruit and nut. plymouth navy gin (1) cambridge dacmagic (3) Canada (2) caroline kennedy (1) cd player (2) CDs (1) central new jersey (1) Chasing Pavements (2) chatting (1) Cheltenham (1) chord (1) chrome and blogspot editor issue problem (1) clotted cream (1) cod (1) codecs (2) cold (1) Connoisseur turntable (1) Continental GP4000 (4) continental mountain kings (1) Corner House Grand Prix (2) cory booker (1) covered bridges (1) cricket (2) Culinary Institute of America (1) cycling (12) cyclists touring club (1) dab radio (1) dac (1) dacmagic (1) daleks (1) Dalziel and Pascoe (1) damage (2) davros (1) daylight saving (1) Delaware and Raritan State Park (1) democrats (1) devonshire ice cream (1) digital home audio (2) Doctor Who (2) donna (1) downloads (2) Dual 504 (1) earbuds (1) Ecuador (1) Eleanor Roosevelt (1) electricity supply (1) Electronics (1) Elex Atalier (1) ep record (1) Esbjörn Svensson (1) Esbjörn Svensson Trio (1) EST (2) Etymotic (1) European voltage (1) ex-pats (1) ExactAudioCopy (1) facebook (2) fall leaves (1) FDR (1) February blizzard images (1) find a job (2) finland (1) firefox (1) fish and chips (1) fish and chips USA (1) five boro bike tour (5) flac (2) flac trancoding (1) football (4) Fort Wadsworth (1) Foyle's War (1) gapless (1) Genarro's Princeton (1) geo-blocking (1) Get Better Sound (1) giro d'italia (1) Giro di Jersey (4) gmt (1) google chrome and blogspot problem (2) google reader (1) Green Army (1) GreenUS (1) Greg Vandike (1) gridiron (1) Griggstown (1) groundhogs (1) haddock (1) Halter's Cycles (1) happy new year (1) hard cider (1) headamp (1) headphones (1) heat (1) Henley Designs (1) hifi (6) HiFi Project (1) hillary clinton (1) hitec (1) home music server (1) Home Park (2) Horizon (1) Hôtel Costes (1) hummers (1) Humphrey Lyttelton (1) Ian Holloway (1) Ian Hollway (1) ice storm (1) images (3) in-ear headphones (1) indiana (1) Indianapolis (1) individual time trial (1) infiknitty (1) Inspector Lynley (1) integrated amplifier (1) interconnects (1) internet connections (1) internet radio (6) iPod (1) iRadioForum.net (1) iRadioForum.org (1) iRiver (1) ISIHAC (1) itt (1) jazz (2) job hunting (1) Joe's Pub NYC (6) john mccain (1) joombla (1) knitting (4) lace shawl (1) lacework (1) Lambertville (1) lan (1) lawn (1) Leicester City (1) Life On Mars (1) line level (1) liquid lounge (1) live music (2) looking for a job (2) lossless compression (1) lou reed (1) lounge (1) lounge-radio (1) lp (1) lp record (1) LPs (1) Maid of the Mist (1) mains conditioner (1) manhattan (2) Maplin's (1) mapmyride (1) marantz (1) marantz cd5001 (3) Mark Kermode (1) martha (1) mcvitie's digestive biscuits (1) media monkey (1) Messiah (1) mickey (1) Mike's Plaice (1) Montgomery Recreation (1) more stuff (1) mountain biking (1) mp3 (2) Musée des Beaux Arts (1) music (2) music server (5) music streaming (1) netherland (1) Nevada Smith's (1) New Jersey (2) new jersey bike maps (1) New Jersey Transit (1) New York (5) New York City (1) New York Giants (1) New York Times (1) newfie (1) newfie picture (1) newfoundland (2) newfoundland picture (1) news aggregator (1) Niagara Adventure Pass (1) Niagara Falls (2) NJT (1) noxon iradio (8) NPR (1) nujazz (2) NYC (3) NYS Sheep Wool Festival (1) ogg (1) Oh That British Bloke ... (1) Ontario (1) ortofon (1) ortofon 2M red (2) ortofon 510 (1) PAFC (3) Panama Hats (1) panamahatsdirect.com (1) paradise (1) PASOTI (1) Paul Muldoon (2) Paul Sturrock (1) PBS (1) Philadelphia Eagles (1) phono (2) phonostage (2) playoffs (1) pledge week (1) plugin (1) Plymouth (2) Plymouth Argyle (5) Plymouth Argyle Mayflower stand (2) Plymouth Gin (1) plymouth hoe (1) Plymouth Sound UK (1) podcast (2) Pompougnac (1) preamplifier (1) PREX (1) Princeton (1) Princeton Freewheelers (3) Princeton North Shopping Center (1) Princeton Record Exchange (1) Princeton University (1) private eye (1) pro-ject (1) pro-ject align it tool (1) progressive rock (1) ProJect Cherry turntable (1) Project Classic Cherry turntable (4) project USB II Box (1) punctures (1) qed silver spirals (1) quad (1) quad 11L2 (1) quad 11L2 speaker (1) queens (2) Quick 220 (2) racket (1) Rackett (2) racquet (1) ravelry.com (1) reciva (3) record turntable (1) recycled glass (1) remotedj radio (1) republicans (1) results (2) retro vintage hifi blog (1) rhinebeck NY (2) Ringoes ITT (1) Ringoes NJ (1) Rio Karma (3) RioVolt PSX100 (1) road surface (1) road trip (1) robert de niro (1) Rocky Hill Classic (1) Rocky Hill Cycling Classic (1) rose (1) routeslip (1) rss feed (1) rugby (1) SanDisk TakeTV (1) sangean wfr-20 (10) Sansa TakeTV video player (1) Sansui AU-317 MkII (6) Sansui AU-317 MkII product manual (1) satellite radio (1) scrumpy (1) senator edward kennedy (1) Sennheiser (1) Sennheiser HD-580 (3) shawl (1) short-wave radio (1) shortwave (1) shoutcast (4) shuttle (1) shuttlecock (1) Simon Mayo (1) Six Mile Run (1) Sludge tyre sealant (2) snow (2) soccer (3) somafm (4) Sonic Universe (1) Sony (1) sports jacket (1) squeezebox (2) St George's Hall - Bristol (1) St-Germain-des-Prés-Café (1) staten island (2) streaming (3) stuff (1) sunset (1) super tuesday (1) sweater (1) taylor's yorkshire gold tea (1) the bronx (3) The Championship (3) The Guardian (2) The Needle Doctor (1) The New Frontier (1) The Parlour NYC (1) the return (1) the theory of everything (1) The ultimate post 9/11 cricketing novel (1) The Van Dike (1) tilapia (1) tire (1) Torchwood (2) tour de franklin (1) trek 1200 (2) trek 6000 (2) TrekStor Vibez (1) Triumph Brewery (1) turntable (2) twonkymedia (1) tyre (1) UK TV (1) US Presidential primaries (1) US Route 206 (1) US voltage (1) USA (5) velostage (2) velostage.blogspot.com (2) verrazano narrows (1) video media files (1) vinyl (1) vinyl discs (3) vinyl disks (1) vTuner (2) vw passat (1) W.H. Auden (1) walk on the wild side (1) wasps (1) waterfalls (1) wear indicators (1) weather (3) webcam (1) welland ship canal (1) West Hoe Fryers (1) wifi (4) wikipedia (1) wilson-benesch (1) winamp (1) wlan (3) wright's coal tar soap (1) WWKiP Day (1) XL Records (2) yonex (1) Zune (1)

© 2010 Alan E Hill