Originally Posted by nkd
I've searched all around the internet and not been able to find anything like this. Does anyone know if there is actually any such thing as an mp3 player thats designed to be part of a seperates system rather than pocket sized? I'm looking for something i can use instead of my PC to play FLAC files that has a remote!
Actually, they shouldn't be hard too find on the net at all. The problem is finding a dedicated unit for a reasonable price. Most of high quality are pretty darn expensive because they are such a niche product and the cheaper ones lack key features. Also, you run into the problem of either having to run the interface through a TV or settle for a screen on the unit which would have obvious drawbacks if it's in your component rack, you're sitting on your couch, and you want to browse your MP3 collection. And probably the biggest reason for their lack of popularity is cheaper alternatives. You can easily rig a computer, x-box, or tivo to do the same things for a lot less money.
Some examples can be found in this old PC Mag article.
I think the Escient Fireball
is considered the top of the class but it's around $2000.