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Media Servers and MP3 Players Reviewed

Even the most enthusiastic fans of vinyl and Compact Discs are starting to admit that they can see a day when there won't be any more shiny silver discs needed to play our music and movie content. How we will get from the world of Blu-ray Players and iPod Docks to full media servers and everything in between has yet to be determined however. Until then, here is a full compliment of the best in audiophile and videophile grade media servers to help aide in your search for the best server for your high performance AV system.

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Kaleidescape Mini System Music and DVD Server

Kaleidescape Mini System Music and DVD Server

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

No one product in the world of custom AV installation let alone media servers has changed the landscape as much as K-Scape's media servers. While still only packing DVD quality, this less expensive option wooed many a new client to this high end solution. Read More

 
Marantz IS301 iPod Dock Reviewed

Marantz IS301 iPod Dock Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Known for high end, audiophile grade AV receivers and source components comes an iPod dock worthy of the Marantz name. Brian Kahn takes a long look at the Marantz IS301 iPod dock in his reference AV system. Read More

 
Logitech Duet Network Music Server

Logitech Duet Network Music Server

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

As one of the first bi-directional remote controlled devices, this Logitech Squeeze box media server solution has captured the attention of many home theater and streaming enthusiasts as well as reviewers like Brian Kahn. Read More

 
Slingbox Media Server Reviewed

Slingbox Media Server Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Slingbox has found an interesting place in the world of home theater. It isn't really a video server, because it doesn't store any content. Instead, it allows you to feed content from your television to anywhere you please. It is a pretty impressive bit of technology and allows for all kinds of applications. Read More

 
Kaleidescape Movie Server System Reviewed

Kaleidescape Movie Server System Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

With their movie server system, Kaleidescape offers a server that is a powerful piece of technology. The server takes advantage of all the technologies available to it, the result of which is a component that can rest as the cornerstone of content for any home theater. Read More

 
Sony VAIO VGX-TP20E Media Center PC Reviewed

Sony VAIO VGX-TP20E Media Center PC Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Sony is a company that offers both style and substance. The Sony VAIO VGX-TP20E media center PC is a clear representation of this. Rather than stick with the boxy forms of the typical server, Sony introduced a round form factor that is pretty attractive, and they packed enough inside it to make it even more attractive. Read More

 
Vudu Internet Based Movie Service and Server Reviewed

Vudu Internet Based Movie Service and Server Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Since being sold to Wal-mart as their in-house video streaming service, VUDU's has since dumped its smutty porn channel which was a VHS-like draw for many of its competitors. Read a review of the original service and server here. Read More

 
Okoro OMS-LX100 Media Center PC Reviewed

Okoro OMS-LX100 Media Center PC Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

During the era of Windows Vista and before Apple really got their act together comes the Okoro OMS-LX100 PC-based media server. While lacking some of the key features like a Satellite TV tuner - this computer is designed to work right in your AV system. Read More

 
Apple Mac mini Media Center Reviewed

Apple Mac mini Media Center Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

One of the most cost effective and easy to use ways to set up a music server based system is to start with an Apple Mac Mini. Perfect for setting up iTunes and powering a network of AppleTVs, iPads, iPods and iPhones. Read More

 
Escient Vision Series Multiroom Media Server Reviewed

Escient Vision Series Multiroom Media Server Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

While parent company Denon & Marantz pulled the plug on media streaming company, Escient, not too long ago - in their day they made some pretty robust music and media serving devices that competed with the ReQuests of the world. Read More