(Welcome to Ryan, one of the finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:Home Tech. Comment away.)
Have you spent hours painstakingly converting your collection of CD's into digital files only to realize that now, instead of the tattered cardboard box housing your cd collection sitting in your living room, a beige plastic box with a noisy fan and a plug needs to take its place in order to access and play those very same songs? Hardly the visual tradeoff you want to make in order to minimize the clutter in your space. Fortunately, Roku has the solution to this problem.
Chances are, if all your music is now digital, you are using either iTunes or Windows Media Player, and this is where the Roku Soundbridge comes in. At only 10 inches long and 2.37" in diameter, the Soundbridge can tuck inconspicuously onto a bookshelf or on top of your stereo. Alternatively, if wall mounting is your thing, an optional mount is available that can do this without exposing any hardware. All you have to do is plug the soundbridge into your stereo receiver or powered speakers and it connects wirelessly to your iTunes or Windows Media Player library. Now you can search and playback that Duran Duran song that you haven't heard in a while.…..all with the ugly beige box in a far off corner or another room.
$149 (currently on sale) here.