Eee Box, small, cheap, silent and s/pdif out.
Aug 2, 2008 at 4:21 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13

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The eee box has been released in Taiwan and will be hitting the US soon. Although I am a big fan of netbooks and it's weight, I couldn't care less about the eee box. What is the point of having a small underpowered desktop with no optical drive (CD/DVD rom)?

Then the prices show up starting at $269 for the Linux version. It consumes less than 20W at load (full capacity) for comparison a standard non gaming PC consumes 7-10 times more. You can screw it behind your screen or TV for a neat workplace if it is not mounted to a wall. It has a small fan but is relatively silent and some ppl modified it to a fanless device and I just found out that it has a s/pdif out to feed dacs, two important factors for an audio source.

The real downside is that it uses 2.5" hard drives which are limited to 500GB. You can get a 320GB for less than $100 but a 500GB is still expensive at more than $220 which is almost the price of an eee box.

Would you consider it as a second desktop and audio source?

Some pics to see how small it is and the dimensions

Dimensions: 8.5″ x 7″ x 1″
Net Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Gross Weight: 6.6 lbs.

US Configurations and MSRP:
$269 1GB memory + 80GB HDD Linux edition
$299 1GB memory + 80GB HDD XP edition
$299 2GB memory + 160GB HDD Linux edition

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Aug 2, 2008 at 4:41 AM Post #2 of 13

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That would be pretty nifty as a dedicated seedbox/audio source.
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 12:58 PM Post #5 of 13

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Good idea as a second computer and a alternative to the Imac (can upgrade unit without ditching screen) lack of optical reader isn't a problem, if you just use it for browsing, playing off network storage. Although if it's used as a audio player hope it's got digital audio output.
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 1:14 PM Post #6 of 13

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I use my own fanless pc. I built a VIA c7 system about 2 yrs ago and its been working fine all the while. mini-itx is the key and its pretty standard now.

you can find ssd's that are ide (for older pc's) and sata of course and that completes the 100% fanless setup (the drive was the last thing to make noise out of my setup).

you don't care about spdif on the mobo - usb-audio does just fine for that. so 'everyone' has spdif if you think about it.

my mini-itx system wasn't much more than the asus and yet I got a standard mobo, standard case, standard mini-itx power suppy (brick and dc-dc converter) and no lock-in.

gets me bit perfect output on the gamma1 lite usb/spdif converter and draws close to 20w.
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 4:25 PM Post #7 of 13

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Quote:

Originally Posted by MrMajestic2 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Bringing up an old thread. Did anyone try one of these for audio?


I'll probably get an Eee Top later this year. It'll be my audio server/interface.
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM Post #8 of 13

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Would be great if the built-in S/PDIF would be bit-perfect up to 96khz, but Im guessing its not. Any small USB cards that go all the way to 192khz?
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM Post #9 of 13

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Quote:

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Would be great if the built-in S/PDIF would be bit-perfect up to 96khz, but Im guessing its not. Any small USB cards that go all the way to 192khz?


Yeah, I've got a small USB card already. It's called Stello DA100. Should work just fine although it doesn't do 192.
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 6:52 PM Post #10 of 13

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Quote:

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Yeah, I've got a small USB card already. It's called Stello DA100. Should work just fine although it doesn't do 192.


I want S/PDIF out only so the Stello wont work for me.
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 7:46 PM Post #11 of 13

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I want S/PDIF out only so the Stello wont work for me.


I was kidding about the Stello DA being a small USB card actually. Anyway, the M-Audio transit might do. It goes up to 96. I don't think there are that many USB cards that can do 192.

Where do you need 192kHz for anyway?
 
Apr 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM Post #13 of 13

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Quote:

Originally Posted by EnOYiN /img/forum/go_quote.gif
I was kidding about the Stello DA being a small USB card actually. Anyway, the M-Audio transit might do. It goes up to 96. I don't think there are that many USB cards that can do 192.

Where do you need 192kHz for anyway?



Usually 96khz is enough I know. I just want to have the highest available rate as an option. Chesky has a few releases in 192khz now, might be followed by others.
 

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