16 Jul 2001 RyanMuldoon   » (Journeyer)

Home Entertainment ramblings

Lately, I have decided to marry the two things I spend any money on: home entertainment and computer hardware. I want to upgrade to a (dual?) athlon box in the next couple of months, abandoning my still-capable dual celeron 366 machine. I realized that I'm still going to have a lot of parts left over from that upgrade. I am also moving into a new apartment with my friends, and I will be one of the few people with any money for setting up some kind of home entertainment system. My goal for the year is to get a decent mid-sized tv, and a dvd player. If I'm lucky, I'd like us to also get a receiver and a 5.1 speaker system. The downside to this is that I will only have a DVD player from which to play music. So, I want to take my current computer and turn it into an MP3 jukebox of sorts. The goals/constraints are as follows:

  • Easy for non-computer people to use
  • Network-connected
  • should double as an MP3 server for the house
  • Icecast server?
  • Should plug into the normal A/V system
  • should be easy to make new playlists
  • Ideally, it should have a remote
  • Should be cheap to do

The hard part is going to be how I make it easy to use...I don't want to have to have a monitor. But I *do* have a voodoo3 card with a tv-out. So it could plug into the TV or something. But that still is unappealing. And I don't want a full-size keyboard. Probably the best idea is to have a web-based interface that other computers in the house can access, to build up playlists. Then a remote control to do normal stereo functions. Bonus points would be if it could work from a universal remote. Anyway, that's my little hardware project that I want to undertake in a couple months. If anyone has any ideas on this, I'd be interested in hearing them. ;-)

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