8 thoughts on “Symphony, a wireless Jukebox now playing”

  1. This is very similar to the (canceled) HP Digital Entertainment Center and (canceled) ZapStation, right down to the price. IMO the Sonos system is a better fit for today’s world where most people already have their music ripped onto a computer. Besides storage, the Sonos system appears to have more features for the same price ($900).

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  3. support for exteranal USB drives is the key here (in my opinion)… why have a PC/Mac/server running all the time, plug the drive into the device and you have access to everything. + there’s a SPDIF output on this device.

    granted you’ll need amps in other rooms but at the end of the day an amp is WAY cheaper than a new Sonos box

  4. This product seems to take the archaic path as a number of other products……I already have digital music, stored on a number of drives in my house…why would I need yet another?

    The company that takes advantage of the iPod user, me, that already has their music digitized, and gives me access to it, throughout the house, is going to get my dime.

  5. mega i agree. i think for what you are looking for it is clear that apple will have to come up with something. i find that in the end all these different boxes are going to create a mish mash of devices which may not talk to each other. well if that is the case, then we don’t have to spend any money right now.

  6. this looks like the most expensive solution out there to me. At nearly twice the cost of a sonos unit and you still need an amp. Its 4x the price of a soundbridge + you need an amp = back at the price of the sonos and half the price of this.

    Crazy decision to support mac only, great for the mac people but tough sell for the other 98%.. the other thing i dont get, the wireless piece only plays mp3 and wma. so the whole hifi thing falls apart when you try and add wireless.


  7. Readers should be aware that although the Olive Symphony is probably a great a product, with an 80Gig and the future 160 Gig version, it will only allow a limited number of WAV files to be stored. Most files will have to be compressed allowing only MP-3 format playback – Bad sound. In addition, the user interface is suspect and looks very similar to an Ipod. The organizational factor is only as good as the meta-data they are using. If their meta data is not good, it will be hard to tell Mahler from Bruckner.
    For a truly revolutionary experience, check out http://www.fortunaclassical.com. Link to the Maestro experience to see:
    ***A fanless unit – no ambient noise
    ***400 Gig expandable storage – more room for music
    ***Future hand-picked pre-loaded bundles to start your collection off right
    ***A user interface that allows you to see and hear all of your music

    For more questions – Call Chad at 858-527-1565. We are in California and will be happy to show anyone our units.

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