SliMP3, an MP3 Player for your living room

The SliMP3 is a nifty little gadget which solves a lot of issues today's nerds have with digitally stored music. Essentially it is a small rectangular box with a large fluorescent display that connects via ethernet to your Windows/Linux powered PC or to your Mac running OS X and reproduces MP3 files streamed to it, connected to the aux port of your stereo.

It is also capable of reproducing streaming audio from the Internet. The embedded firmware and server software is open source.

Now, although it doesn't sound revolutionary, the idea is actually clever: no need anymore to burn all those CD's or Minidiscs, no need to store an ugly PC with a Monitor behind your HiFi Tower - you can keep the server in your homeoffice and just have a single ethernet cable laid under the carpet or through the wall. The SliMP3 comes with a remote control so you don't even have to get up from your chair to change the playlist.

The specs:

  • Dimensions: 8.5"W x 2.5"H x 2"D
  • Display: Noritake 40x2 VFD
  • CPU: Microchip PIC16F877 microcontroller
  • Ethernet controller: Crystal CS8900A 10Mbps embedded Ethernet chip
  • DMA controller: proprietary logic, Xilinx XC95144XL
  • MP3 decoder: Micronas MAS3507D
  • DAC: Crystal CS4334, 16-bit 44Khz
  • Buffer RAM: 1Mb (8 seconds at 128Kbps)
  • ROM: Rewritable flash program memory, EEPROM configuration memory
  • IR: Standard 40Khz IR receiver
  • Power supply: comes with 5V 1600mA power supply, player uses 700ma (max)

I am not afiliated with the company, nor do I own a SliMP3. But I am thinking about getting one.

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