SLIMP3 Home Music Receiver Compatible With Linux

Posted: Nov 2 2003, 10:27am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:47am CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips


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SLIMP3 Home Music Receiver compatible with Linux
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To install streaming music capability throughout the home might be one of the most popular projects for gadget enthusiasts this holiday season.

One inexpensive solution is offered by Slim Devices. The SLIMP3 Network Music Player streams the music over the network from a PC for decoding in the SLIMP3 hardware, to provide high quality audio output. Multiple SLIMP3 devices can be connected via the LAN to the same SLIMP3 Streaming server. Slim devices says a low end PC can handle up to a dozen SLIMP3 devices. The devices can be synchronized or operate completly indepently.
The SLIMP3 Streaming Servers Software is actually open source. It is available for free download. The software can also be used to stream over the internet to any player like WinAmp. This way users can listen to their own music library from work for instance.

Slim Devices sells the SLIMP3 Gadget for $239.00 on their shop.

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Hardware Features:

  • 40x2 vacuum fluorescent display—bright and easy to read.
  • Gold-plated RCA outputs connect directly to your stereo.
  • High quality 16 bit, 44.1KHz audio output.
  • Supports easy flash firmware updating over the network.
  • No moving parts (no fan, no hard disk or CD-ROM)—reliable and quiet: all you hear is your music!
  • Supports all MP3 bit rates and VBR, plus MPEG2.
  • Communicates using IP over ethernet, open streaming/control protocol.
  • Custom infrared remote control.
  • Small enough to place anywhere—on a shelf, bedside table, etc.
  • Display brightness control.
  • Low power - draws less than 4 watts during normal operation with the display turned on, and just a few milliwatts in standby mode.
  • Large buffer—no clicks or skips because of network problems


  • SLIMP3 Network Music Player
  • Illustrated user's guide
  • Regulated power supply (US, EU, UK, or Australian version included, depending on the shipping destination.)
  • Custom SLIMP3 remote—batteries included!
  • 6-foot, gold–plated RCA patch cord
  • 10-foot CAT5 Ethernet patch cord


  • Dimensions: 8.5"W x 2.5"H x 2"D
  • Display: Noritake 40x2 VFD
  • DAC: Crystal CS4334, 16-bit 44.1Khz
  • Buffer RAM: 1Mb (8 seconds at 128Kbps)
  • ROM: Rewritable flash program memory, EEPROM configuration memory
  • IR: Universal 40Khz IR receiver
  • Power supply: 5V 1600mA power supply, player uses 700mA (max)
  • Outputs: Gold-plated line-level RCA audio outputs
  • Network: 10-baseT RJ-45 connector


  • Support for subnets/gateways
  • Open UDP-based streaming and control protocols


  • Open-source, high-speed, embedded IP protocol stack
  • Written entirely in assembler, for performance and compactness
  • General purpose architecture offloads most of the application to the server side. New features can be added without making changes to the low-level firmware (protocols, device drivers)
  • Integrated firmware updater.



Streaming Software Features:

  • Broad array of operating systems - Windows 98/2000/XP, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, BSD - more OS's than any other player.
  • Easy to learn, easy to use web interface - control the player and manage your playlists from a web browser!
  • Browse and search for genres, artists, album and song titles.
  • Supports .pls, CUE, and .m3u playlist files
  • Shuffle and repeat modes
  • Built-in Alarm clock
  • Unlimited capacity - it doesn't matter if your mp3 collection contains 100 songs or 100,000 songs.
  • Easy access to Internet radio - Shoutcast, Icecast, and Live365
  • Remote Streaming - see column on the right
  • Extensible - Dozens of third party skins, and plug-ins extend the capabilities of the software, while open APIs and protocols allow easy integration with existing home automation system and other software.


  • Mac: Automatic synchronization with iTunes Music Library, including Smart Playlists.
  • Windows: Integration with MoodLogic's powerful software to create instant playlist based on the mood and style of one song.


See Also:
New Creative Labs Sound Blaster Wireless Music Receiver
PalmButler - Wireless PC To TV Gadget
Sony Roomlink and Other Wireless Music Gateways
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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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