I'm in the process of designing my music-pc which I would like to be small, quiet and decent looking.
I plan to load all my music in FLAC format and connect over USB to my new Zodiac+ DAC.
I don't want to have another server running so that rules out all streaming products like APPLE-TV and Squeeze Box.
First option I considered was Mac Mini, but it was ruled out as it must be black to fit the rest of my rig.
Second option was to build a custom PC around atom chip which I’m still considering.
I had a discussion with a friend and he suggested using WD-TV-LIVE-HUB http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=570
Spec includes 500MHz CPU, 256MB of DRAM, 1TB HDD (2.5 inch) and 2GB of Flash memory (for OS and APPS) .
Connectivity includes one GigE, two USB2.0, one digital-out and one HDMI 1.4.
There is even a programmable remote which can be replaced by any universal remote.
Total power consumption is about 10-12W.
It comes in a small and inoffensive case for the grand sum of $200.
In theory this is a perfect miniature PC for a price made possible through the miracle of mass production.
There is a hacked FW done by http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv/ which runs Linux on that box so should be possible to load some minimal version of Linux with Foobar and stream music to any DAC (USB or S/PDIF).
There is another version called “WD TV Live” for $100 less which is essentially the same product without the internal 1TB HDD and which is 100% passively cooled (The TV-LIVE-Hub has one fan)
Has anyone tried this at home or that I’m the first one coming with this idea?
Your thought are highly welcome
Edited by gabrielo - 12/15/10 at 1:18am