Philips - Cassandra
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If you could build your own ultimate Philips audio device, what features would you include to experience the best sound and performance?
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I wish to have no gap between different tracks, when playing over network (streaming). There are applications like live concerts, classic concerts, Mix-CDs from DJs which are seperated in different tracks to allow some navigation, but should be listened seemless without break between the tracks. Audio-CDs allow to have no gap between different tracks.
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Last edited by bugmenot; 08-23-2011 at 01:41 PM.
My favorite audio gear is Winamp 2.9. My Philips ViBE 4Gb is almost perfect for in-car use (except for a Shuffle oddity we're investigating in another thread), especially that it resumes play with a single touch. Beats putting a laptop in the glove box! But I'd add these features:
1. A command to end play (and power off?) when the current song finishes
2. An option of fade-out instead of stop play abruptly, including when switching to a different song
3. The choice of whether to play regardless of power, or to stop when external power is switched off (like turning off the car)
I wish the various displays had more to do with one another. If I switch to the "clock" screen-saver, why not continue to use a small part of the screen to show the battery status and song now playing? If I turn off the unit and keep it plugged in, why use the screen (despite my power-save choices) to tell me the unit is charging, or is fully charged and should now be unplugged? What if I kept it plugged in because I want it to just become a wall clock? While playing and charging, could the "charging" animation also show how nearly charged it is? When resetting the clock, the current time should be the default for Hours and Minutes; also, it seems there is no way to zero the seconds.
I would love the unit, and buy five more for when they wear out, if I could really customize it: put my own .FON fonts into it, customize the displays by writing HTML, and write my own programs in the language of your choice to decide what songs to play when. Of course, these steps might make customer support a nightmare!
Definitely AirPlay support for the Streamium sets (by the means of a software upgrade; I'd even pay for that !).
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Integration in the iPhone is somewhat less intuitive (as it's a separate app), but it sure is much much better than nothing at all !
I guess DNLA and AirPlay may be implemented together; the Denon network device seems to have both (but I admit I didn't take time to check it in detail).
to me, i think it's more or less similar - to use apps or to use airplay...
i personally have tested... when using apps , the distance between the iphone and the device can be longer... when using airplay, the distance have to be closer...
Here's a suggestion. There are several miniature products for home hobbyists; most connect to a PC. You write a program for it on the PC and then burn it into flash memory on the product. But if you want it to blink lights or operate devices, you get a soldering iron. A popular one in the US is the "BASIC Stamp" because it is the size of a postage stamp and it contains an interpreter for the old BASIC language. I've just learned about a more powerful one from Italy called Arduino for which you write programs in a "C-like" language.
These sell for several times the price of a ViBE player--which already has a USB interface, a color screen, a rudimentary keyboard, and sound output. And the ViBE probably has a much higher powered processor in it.
So produce a variation of the exact same hardware, for which the customer can write programs on a PC and load them into it through the USB port, and offer it to the hobbyist market. Make it easy for such programs to play MP3 files and to put custom stuff on the screen (perhaps by outputting HTML). Provide a framework for the user to write menus that would display like the ViBE menus.
Last edited by Spike; 12-05-2011 at 01:34 AM.
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Thanks for the suggestion, this sounds like quite a good idea for the enthusiasts out there . As always your feedback is much appreciated and valued.
I have passed the details of your suggestion to our development team but cannot confirm if this is something we will implementing in the future.
On the NP3500/12, in random order:
Originally Posted by Philips - Cassandra
1. gapless playback.
2. a real text search function in the current directory (because the list has already been downloaded, it can be implemented in the Streamium client, independent of the search capabilities offered by the upnp-server).
3. directory sorting order should be alphabetical, insensitive to case & accents, so "pachelbel", "PADEREWSKI", "paganini" and "Pärt" should end up next to each other (in this order).
4. show cover art in flac files.
5. show multiple images in music files as a slide show.
6. mark directories as favorite, not only single tracks.
7. add internet radio stations locally, not on the philips website
Last edited by kwetal; 01-04-2012 at 11:44 AM.
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About point -4-, My NP3900 shows my cover art and I only use Flac.
Make sure the cover art is in a file called "Folder.jpg" that needs to be in the album folder.
Some ripping tools do that automatically (example: dbpoweramp).
Thank you for your suggestion. I know of this option of some upnp-server programs to offer an image file with a specific name as cover image to the upnp-client (the Streamium).
Originally Posted by k1200rs
However, the main drawbacks are:
- dependent on the upnp-server possibilities
- only one image per folder, not per individual file
My wish is for support of images that are embedded inside the flac files itself, just as the Streamium supports images embedded inside mp3-files (but see also my next wish, #5).
From what I remember (I maybe wrong), the ID tag standard for FLAC does not support track / folder image. It does not follow the ID3 tagging used in MP3 which is more complete.
Hence the album art needs to be in Folder.jpg which is used by most players/servers/control points which means FLAC cannot support track specific image. This is not a NP3900 or even a server issue, this is more a FLAC standard issue.
Last edited by k1200rs; 01-05-2012 at 01:35 PM.