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Is anyone aware of a DIY solution that permits displaying cover art and track info on a small screen full color LCD or OLED screen built into PC case along with transport controls for track and playlist navigation? I am aware of the various character-based LCD and OLED solutions but they will not work for displaying cover art. I would like to keep the case in the same size range as a standard CD player so something with a high res screen maybe around 3.5" would be ideal.

 

Thanks!

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Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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Thanks for those, but they all kind of scream PC. I'm looking for something more polished with a smaller screen like the Auralic offerings, but with a color display and the ability to display cover art.

 

I'm trying to go the DIY route because no commercial product seems to offer multichannel DSD playback to a USB DAC along with a nice case with small color screen and transport controls.

 

If I could find a small color display that would fit into something like this Mini-Client 2500 Order Form

and work with Foobar or Jriver MC, etc. along with transport buttons, that would be ideal.

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I'm almost tempted to suggest you should buy a Pioneer N-30 and rip its electronics out and use that case as a basis for your PC...

 

Alternatively go the DIY route and find someone who will machine you a front panel.

 

Eloise

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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I'm almost tempted to suggest you should buy a Pioneer N-30 and rip its electronics out and use that case as a basis for your PC...

 

Alternatively go the DIY route and find someone who will machine you a front panel.

 

Eloise

 

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These guys are regular advertisers in Silicon Chip magazine (Au.) and get very good reviews using various materials, for both professional looking results and affordability.

 

Front Panel Express:*Front Panel Design Software and CAD Conversion Service

Thanks Alex; Thats the kind of thing I was thinking but couldn't remember the company ... if you could get a case where the front can be removed, replace it with something custom from these guys (or similar) ...

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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Certainly a custom front panel would be needed, but looking through everyone's generously supplied links, I'm not seeing a small enough display to handle my needs. It seems that I will have to seek some sort of a DVI to LVDS or similar interface board and then perhaps employ one of the existing USB button boards with custom panel buttons appropriately mapped for the transport controls.

 

I guess all the above would be within my ability; it would just be difficult to find the time to devote to all the engineering required. It's a shame such a solution has to be kludged together.

 

Thanks everyone!

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Nice one. I've been there, soldering smd etc. It had to fit in a custom cnc'd case, and height was also the problem.

 

The goal was to get it as slim as possible. (50 mm, a nightmare in 2004!)

 

Out of curiosity, what kind of design do you have in mind?

 

Ronnie

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Nice one. I've been there, soldering smd etc. It had to fit in a custom cnc'd case, and height was also the problem.

 

The goal was to get it as slim as possible. (50 mm, a nightmare in 2004!)

 

Out of curiosity, what kind of design do you have in mind?

 

Ronnie

 

I plan to take a fanless case like the Atech Fabrication HeatSync 2800 with a custom front and rear panel. The motherboard will be rotated 180 degrees to route the video internally to the LCD with just power, Ethernet and USB on the back with a small panel-mount board. Additionally there will be a few hardware buttons for playlist and playback control on the front.

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