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    For all the gadget freaks and tech heads

    I bought a new Home Theater Receiver yesterday, Pioneer VSX-1020-K, and it has Internet Radio Streaming Capability.

    So far so good and I've added stations from various websites including Cyberjams.

    Most newer receivers will have USB capability, thus enabling you to connect a USB keyboard to the receiver and type in urls to your favorite stations.

    http://cyberjamz.com/live.asx - that's all you need to stream live music from Cyberjamz






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    Nice............
    So you just plug right into your ISP and your up huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dj kelvin View Post
    Nice............
    So you just plug right into your ISP and your up huh?
    The receiver is attached to my Router, which is attached to my cable modem, picks up a local IP address and that's all it takes for it to connect to the internet.

    With the use of a USB keyboard, it's a life saver because it makes it easier to type in the url of whatever station you want to hear, as opposed to using the remote control. Now you can't browse the web on the receiver, so you will need to go to your computer and simply copy down what sites you want to add and input them into the receiver.

    The bitrates do vary and being that I'm listening to the music on full powered speakers, you will hear degradation with stations broadcasting music at lower bitrates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GROOVE VICTIM View Post
    The receiver is attached to my Router, which is attached to my cable modem, picks up a local IP address and that's all it takes for it to connect to the internet.

    With the use of a USB keyboard, it's a life saver because it makes it easier to type in the url of whatever station you want to hear, as opposed to using the remote control. Now you can't browse the web on the receiver, so you will need to go to your computer and simply copy down what sites you want to add and input them into the receiver.

    The bitrates do vary and being that I'm listening to the music on full powered speakers, you will hear degradation with stations broadcasting music at lower bitrates.
    Thats cool I will have to look intot that.....Thanks
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    No Problemo!!!

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    hey Groove - this helps, but what is your opinion on sound quality given the 64k stream?

    t

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    With broadband more commonplace these days, the lower bitrates just don't do it anymore, especially now that the use of the internet is beginning to move from the computer desk to the entertainment center.


    All of the content I watch these days comes strictly from the internet. No more Cable or Direct TV. The use of Content providers such as Netflix, Playon, Tversity, and the ability to watch many movies and TV programs in HD from the web is an indication that Internet Radio should step up the audio quality as well.


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    Niceness! I think its time for a receiver upgrade this year. Putting one on the Xmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Festivus list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkny11203 View Post
    Niceness! I think its time for a receiver upgrade this year. Putting one on the Xmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Festivus list.
    If you in a spending mood my birthday is in May.........
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    One month later just makes you a May fool. Sit there and wait for it.
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    So i'm a little confused, you mention it's a receiver. My question was regarding audio queality, but the you answered me about video. Does this baby also stream video? if not, what are you using to steam these services?

    thanks!

    t

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Cano View Post
    So i'm a little confused, you mention it's a receiver. My question was regarding audio queality, but the you answered me about video. Does this baby also stream video? if not, what are you using to steam these services?

    thanks!

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    Yes, the various online stations I'm streaming are at very low bitrates. From 64 to 256kbps. You can get away with these rates on some small PC speakers but not with Full sized Mains.

    The receiver does not Stream Video but is capable of Upconverting analog video signals to 1080p through the use of HDMI.

    I have a 6Mbps Cable Modem I use to stream content from the web. I have Laptop running Windows Vista Premium Edition, which includes Windows Media Center. I also have an Xbox 360 which enables me to stream movies and TV shows from Netflix.




    In place of Direct TV, I have an Antenna installed, which enables me to watch Local Digital and HD Stations over the air. With a TV Tuner attached to my Laptop, I can record TV shows and also use it as a DVR.

    In conjunction with Vista Media Center, I have two programs called "Playon" and "Tversity" which streams content in to my laptop, and I use the Xbox 360 to view the content on my Display. With Playon, I can watch Hulu, Netflix (but not in HD), cable and network channels, audio and video podcasts, as well as local audio, video, and pictures on my home network. Tversity does a better job at transcoding some of my local content and it's a good tool to manage audio and video podcasts.

    www.tversity.com
    http://www.playon.tv/playon

    The last piece to the puzzle is a program called Orb.
    www.orb.com

    This program serves the same purpose as the two mentioned above but I can do it remotely. I can watch live TV, recored content, audio, pictures, and video files on a computer or gaming console at a remote location, or on a smartphone.





    If you ever wondered about people who have "Pulled the plug", this is my example.


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    wow, you have a very elaborate set up. big investment made in hardware with the tv, pc, xbox, and high speed internet connection. this is the way of the future. me thinks you will find newer tvs being sold in the future with lan connections, wireless modems, and networking equipment already built in.

    thanks for the added info. i'll wait until it's a little consumer friendly.

    t

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    Dope !!!

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    Most of us are already capable of doing what I have done with just a PC or laptop.

    Just take into consideration the cost of Satellite or Cable. The real savings are when you discover the content that can be found online and stream it to your TV with the use of a VGA cable, due to the fact that the majority of LCDs and Plasma have atleast one VGA connection.

    The basic versions of Tversity is free, while Playon has a 2 week trial period and a subscription service thats about 20 dollars a year.

    Add an OTA antenna for your local stations, which broadcast digital and HD programming, and you could be saving up to 1500 dollars a year. If you have Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Premium, or XP Media Center, you can add a USB TV Tuner Card such as the Hauppauge 850 TV Tuner, and turn your PC or laptop into a DVR similar to a Tivo.





    The hard part is changing your way of viewing television. With my set up I will not be able to watch a lot of live sports programming, and that's where the antenna comes into play, for I will be able to watch College and NFL football on the major networks as an example.

    If your ISP has the ability to stream ESPN3.com, then you're in good shape because that's another choice built into your Internet subscription. In the coming months XBOX Live Gold Members will be able to stream ESPN3.com through their consoles.

    So again, anyone with a computer and atleast a 3Mbps internet connection is already set up to save a lot of money, should they choose to do so. My set up is an all around entertainment center for TV programming, gaming, movies, and music. Once you get all of the kinks out of the set up, it's pretty much a very manageable system and what's most important is the extra cash in my pocket.


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    I concur with the VGA card..dope..BTW check your email..



    Quote Originally Posted by GROOVE VICTIM View Post
    Most of us are already capable of doing what I have done with just a PC or laptop.

    Just take into consideration the cost of Satellite or Cable. The real savings are when you discover the content that can be found online and stream it to your TV with the use of a VGA cable, due to the fact that the majority of LCDs and Plasma have atleast one VGA connection.

    The basic versions of Tversity is free, while Playon has a 2 week trial period and a subscription service thats about 20 dollars a year.

    Add an OTA antenna for your local stations, which broadcast digital and HD programming, and you could be saving up to 1500 dollars a year. If you have Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Premium, or XP Media Center, you can add a USB TV Tuner Card such as the Hauppauge 850 TV Tuner, and turn your PC or laptop into a DVR similar to a Tivo.





    The hard part is changing your way of viewing television. With my set up I will not be able to watch a lot of live sports programming, and that's where the antenna comes into play, for I will be able to watch College and NFL football on the major networks as an example.

    If your ISP has the ability to stream ESPN3.com, then you're in good shape because that's another choice built into your Internet subscription. In the coming months XBOX Live Gold Members will be able to stream ESPN3.com through their consoles.

    So again, anyone with a computer and atleast a 3Mbps internet connection is already set up to save a lot of money, should they choose to do so. My set up is an all around entertainment center for TV programming, gaming, movies, and music. Once you get all of the kinks out of the set up, it's pretty much a very manageable system and what's most important is the extra cash in my pocket.


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