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Intros Capture Streaming Audio Without Using A PC

1/06/2001 02:00:00 AM Eastern

LAS VEGAS -Dealers will find new tabletop and component-style audio products that stream audio from websites without linking up to a PC.

Philips will join the market at CES, where Panja will show its second model, and RCA will show its first.

SonicBlue (formerly S3) will show its Rio Digital Audio Receiver, now due in February, to distribute compressed music from a home PC to other rooms in the house.

Here's what select suppliers will show:

Panja: The company's first dedicated streaming audio device, the $349-suggested Broadband Music Player, is actually the Panja's second streaming product.

The first, the $1,995 Panja 1000, incorporated streaming audio and video capabilities and Web text display in a distributed-A/V controller in-tended to distribute audio, video and Web content to rooms throughout a house, said consumer broadband products VP Horace Irwin.

The new device is a single-purpose single-zone device that plugs into a home A/V system. It uses an Ethernet-connected broadband modem to access MP3.com's 500,000 songs and music-locker service.

The services are available at Mypanja.com at $9.99 per month.

The device also streams MP3 files stored on a connected PC's hard drive.

"We are streaming only MP3 right now, but the Music Player can be software-upgraded to new codecs," said Irwin. "That's part of our road map."

The device, which was due last month, features component and S-video outputs to display an onscreen remote-controlled menu.

Philips: A working model of the FW-I100 Internet Radio Shelf System will ship in the second quarter.

The FW-I100 will stream audio directly from the Internet via a broadband connection, and it will stream music from a connected PC's hard drive. The device will access more than 1,000 streaming sites. It will ship with preprogrammed sites, but users will also be able to bookmark their own sites.

It features three-disc CD carousel, cassette and two speakers, and, the company said, it would work well as a college dorm system, given that it could share a broadband connection with a PC.

Additional details were unavailable.

RCA: The RIR 111 Internet Radio, whose deliveries were pushed back to the first quarter, will retail at a suggested $299 on RCA's online site and through other online retailers as-yet unannounced.

Developed with Kerbango, the Internet Radio will also be available in January under the Kerbango brand through Amazon.com.

The device will connect to about 21,000 streaming audio sites, which users can sort by presets and genres. It uses an Ethernet connection to link with a broadband modem, which RCA also sells.