November 25, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Got a ridiculously large music collection and looking for a way to store and manage it—and control it with a sweet interface?
You might want to take a peek at Sooloos, which announced today that its impressive Sooloos Ensemble System has been lowered to $7,900.
The Ensemble System is a change from what Sooloos has previously done in offering separate and costlier components for storing and playing your tunes. This one brings those components together for a single Ensemble server that can hold 2,400 albums in lossless FLAC files and 192 kbps MP3 files—so you can play them on your stereo or portable device.
The kicker to the system is the stunning 17-inch Sooloos Control: One touchscreen that shows off all your album metadata, including the cover art, and lets you manage and select music without a keyboard or remote. If you do want to use a remote and happen to have an iPhone or iPod touch, you can control it that way as well—plus it can be incorporated into other third-party control systems.
You can back up your system to a computer through a one-touch PC-based application, and you can also load files to your Ensemble System via the PC. Then you can take those 2,000-plus CDs and store them somewhere else for safekeeping.
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