[ILUG] Build your own MP3 player?
longword at esatclear.ie
Wed Nov 21 01:39:34 GMT 2001
John P. Looney wrote:
> Not really. Why not go the whole hog;
> A box with decent 3D that you could play TuxRacer on
> A box with decent audio so you could play CDs of MP3/OGGs
> A box with reasonably CPU so you could watch a DIVX encoded movie on a
> DVD RAM/CDROM
Doesn't take much CPU if you've got some support in the video chipset
that's used by the decoder.
You also want a video chipset that can directly do TV resolution at TV
rates. Not 800x600/640x480 VGA non-interlaced that must go through some
tortuous route to get into something a TV won't barf on. ATI are the
only respectable chips I know of at the moment that can do it.
> A box that's got an RJ45 socket & modem, so it's your dial up router
> A box that's solid state so you don't notice if it's left on all the
If the hard disk is well chosen (possibly 2.5", definitely 5400rpm or
less) and properly secured to a decent case, it should be quiet enough
you won't mind it spinning 24x7.
> A box with a TV tuner so it's a digital video recorder (spin up the
> hard disk when recording/playing, then turn it off again)
Quality encoding hurts. You really want an MPEG2 encoder chipset and a
high quality digital video encoder. I'd also suggest that the device
offer the ability to record directly to a CDR/CDRW/(re)writeable DVD.
Further, I would suggest that any company offering such a device device
should seek to retain the legal services of OJ Simpson's team.
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