I love my (dying) Audiotron

My favorite, hands down, geeky device is my turtle beach audiotron.  I have instant access to every single one of my CD’s, I can make custom play lists, and the sound quality is fantastic with the optical connection (there’s one other huge deal-breaker feaure I love which I’ll get to below).  Unfortunately, the darn thing is dying on me.  I found the exact problem documented in one of the TB forums, but it requires that the product is returned – and they’ll only fix it for “original purchasers”, despite the fact the guy I bought it from never used the thing.

It is several years old, and I’m happy to spend my hard earned money on another network media player.  Heck, when I bought the audiotron, I didn’t even know of any other network media players on the market (and afaik, there were none), but today there are dozens.  Unfortunately (and by “unfortunately”, I mean I’m freakin’ pissed about it), there are no other network media players that will work without a “service” running on a remote computer.  The deal-breaker feature I mentioned above is that my audiotron will play media directly from a NAS.  I am absolutely amazed that every single player requires either media connect, or some other proprietary software running on the machine with the media files in order to work.  Am I the only person in the world who sees the home computing world moving from a centralized PC that does everything to dozens of experience specific devices in the home.  I’m all for everything connecting, but why does it all have to connect through a PC?  (yes – I know I work for a company that wants a PC on every home…).  My only “home” machine these days is a laptop – but I have nearly 80 gig of audio files available via NAS.  How stupid would it be that if I bring my laptop to work, my wife can’t listen to music?  How stupid would it be to boot a computer to play media when the media is already available on the network? 

I guess I’m buying a new audiotron (I’ll be the original purchaser this time if it fails).  The device is unchanged (except for firmware) in over 5 years, but it’s the only technology that I see fit for use.  I wonder if I should check out Yodobashi first?

Comments (7)

  1. graham says:

    buy another audiotron? this is what you want:


    full nas support no PC required, multizone and check out the remote. you’re not the only one out there that doesn’t want to have to have your PC on or your laptop in the house to listen to music and these guys know it.

  2. Alan Page says:

    I just wish the sonos was available in a non-amplified (and cheaper) version.

  3. Jack says:

    I have one and I love the damn thing! The front panel doesn’t work well since I flashed it last and I am thinking about trying the last available firmware.

    I did see before where there was a device that was Linux based that would work with a NAS.

    I use my Audiotron to connect to my Linux box using Samba to share the files and it works great. I never have to reboot that PII 450Mhz box ever!

    Good luck with your search. Look for that Linux based device. I heard a lot of good things about it. There might be a review for it on http://www.tomshardware.com

  4. Barry says:

    Mine just died. have had to toggle back switch and reboot for last 3 months, now no power.

    Any ideas whether TB will service this?