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    CES Update: Resolution Audio IXS Music Streamer

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    <img src="http://www.computeraudiophile.com/files/resaudsmall9.jpg" style="padding: 1pt 10pt 7pt 0pt;" align="left"> Well, day 2 of CES 2008 is over and I feel more like week 2 is over. Here are some quick pictures of one of my favorite products of the whole show. Resolution Audio's IXS streaming component. This product is a gem. It streams your iTunes library from your computer into your high end system. In addition Jeff Kalt from Resolution Audio was using the iPod Touch with the Signal application (which I have discussed here before) to control the music selection. This was convergence at its best. A Mac Mini music server combined with a real high end music system controlled by an iPod Touch. Much of the high end audio world is kicking and screaming about moving into the next generation of great sound reproduction. Resolution Audio on the other hand is leading the way with this very smart offering. Resolution Audio knows its place is high end audio and is very smart to leave everything else up to computer companies such as Apple. There is no need to reinvent iTunes or try to incorporate a Mac Mini inside the IXS unit. Plus taking advantage of the iPod touch and Signal is the second smartest thing Resolution Audio did. The resolution Audio people were very nice to talk to and knew their products inside and out. I hope to have more about this wonderful product in the near future.

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    Hey markr!<br />

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    So far I'm most impressed with this unit from resolution audio. It allows people to use iTunes and the storage of their choice, allowing for unlimited expansion etc... Also, these guys were using the iPod Touch so they actually "get it." Many other companies are still tinkering with internal storage and building their own interface etc... These guys have done what i think is the smartest thing. Leave computers up to Apple and others, and concentrate on high end sound.<br />

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    back to the show

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    Despite my regular use of a Squeezebox, I'm still a little confused on the alternatives. What does this device do that a Squeezebox doesn't do?

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    I think this device goes well beyond the Squeezebox. Similar to how a dcs transport / DAC goes well beyond a $59 Pioneer CD player. This is true high end equipment and there is no primitive Squeezebox application to use!

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