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post #61 of 97

its can be used as touch screen and once you docked it on the keyboard dock, you can use the touchpad like normal notebook. it support wasapi/ks/ds output. you can downgrade to win 7 but no guarantee all will work. It have 2 usb port. One micro usb port on the tablet (USB OTG cable provided) and another in the keyboard dock. I even have jplay installed at one point but it took off as too many resources tied up without any significant increase on SQ.

 

You could downgrade to w7 but risking some of the native driver support frm acer. Also this is the only tablet/netbook hybrid that doesnt have an internal fan due to low heat precipitation of the processor 


Edited by forbigger - 3/16/14 at 10:06am
post #62 of 97
Thread Starter 

Very well guys, thanks for the insights. I'll keep checking on those Tablets. My concern is loosing what I'm used to: Win 7, Foobar 2K, WASAPI, etc. If I can use these as well, it would work out as the idea of a quite Tablet is appealing. Thanks!

post #63 of 97

you'll still have foobar and wasapi, and im sure win7 will work fine if you hook up a USB mouse to it or install a start menu alternative on win8. Win8 apart from the Metro UI (which you can disable entirely if you need to) is pretty much a better windows 7.

post #64 of 97

Two years ago I built a totally silent audio PC using more or less standard ATX parts with a low power (T series 30W) 2.6GHz Pentium. It does have fans but they are on a fan controller and don't come on during normal operation.

 

If I was to do something similar today I'd use one of the new Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) boxes. These are essentially i3 or i5 chips, memory and 2.5" drive bay mounted on a small board the size of your hand. The case acts as a heat sink so no fans required. They are even sealed and therefore dustproof. More than enough power to process audio.

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nda-01-2014-intel-nuc-i3-haswell-25-inch-hdd-ssd-support-uk-power-cable

 

Another alternative if you don't mind some noise is a small touchscreen netbook or transformer PC. Connect it up via wireless and control your mains from the couch.

 

ASUS Vivobook 200 range looks ideal.

 

https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_VivoBook_S200E/#overview

post #65 of 97
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Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld View Post
 

Two years ago I built a totally silent audio PC using more or less standard ATX parts with a low power (T series 30W) 2.6GHz Pentium. It does have fans but they are on a fan controller and don't come on during normal operation.

 

If I was to do something similar today I'd use one of the new Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) boxes. These are essentially i3 or i5 chips, memory and 2.5" drive bay mounted on a small board the size of your hand. The case acts as a heat sink so no fans required. They are even sealed and therefore dustproof. More than enough power to process audio.

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nda-01-2014-intel-nuc-i3-haswell-25-inch-hdd-ssd-support-uk-power-cable

 

Another alternative if you don't mind some noise is a small touchscreen netbook or transformer PC. Connect it up via wireless and control your mains from the couch.

 

ASUS Vivobook 200 range looks ideal.

 

https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_VivoBook_S200E/#overview

 

That Intel NUC stuff is very interesting, can it run any kind of OS or does it need something specific?

post #66 of 97
post #67 of 97

Very cool... If I needed to build a secondary media system this would be it.

post #68 of 97

this is awesome.....very neat.....enlighten me, if I want to use this as my transport, outside of hooking it up with external monitor, is there any way to control the playback from an android tablet using wireless? If so can you briefly explain how and what software to be used?

 

Thanks again for the insight. Guess been living too long in the shell

post #69 of 97
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Originally Posted by forbigger View Post
 

this is awesome.....very neat.....enlighten me, if I want to use this as my transport, outside of hooking it up with external monitor, is there any way to control the playback from an android tablet using wireless? If so can you briefly explain how and what software to be used?

 

Thanks again for the insight. Guess been living too long in the shell

 

For this I would use RealVNC. Install the server on the NUC, and the client on your tablet. You will get full control of the NUC from your tablet. I already use this on my smartphone and it's a godsend.

post #70 of 97

so I still use foobar ? just emulating the screen from the NUC to my tablet ? thanks

post #71 of 97

You can pretty much use anything you want, VNC in short shows you the desktop of the device you're connected to with full control. So you can use it to launch/close any application and you'll have full control over it from your tablet as well. It's also free for personal use which is great.

post #72 of 97

I use a laptop, smaller footprint and less noisy than most desktops, less cost too. I use ATI video card HDMI connection to receiver.

post #73 of 97
For the acer which type of ssd os ideal? Are all the brands essentially the same?
post #74 of 97

some may argue that a particular brand of ssd sounds better. for me that's just a lot of crock....I'd go for the known brand and best price. speed not essential.

post #75 of 97
Cool and what would you suggest as good start up build for the acer. Havemt worked with Win8 before so kinda diving nto this on the assumption that it will be a good portable source while hopefully also be able to fulfill my school needs?
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