Roku SoundBridge M500 Network Music System

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Roku SoundBridge M500 Network Music System

Roku M500



Wireless digital music receiver for streaming music from a PC or Mac to any home stereo or surround sound system Native support for Apple iTunes and Rendezvous, Windows Media Player, Windows Media Player 10, and Rhapsody Compatible with Windows Media DRM 10 music services, including Napster, MusicMatch, and Easy-to-read 40-character, 2-line LCD display shows artist and title info; built-in WiFi card slot (card included) and Ethernet interfaces Ultra-fast 400 MHz Blackfin DSP; measures 10 inches wide by 2.37 inches in diameter; 1-year warranty
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Roku SoundBridge M500 Network Music System

Brand Roku
Model M500
Color Silver
Type Audio Or Video
Item Dimensions 2 pounds
Package Dimensions 12.3 × 10.7 × 3.3 inches, 2.6 pounds
Warranty 1 year parts, 1 year labor
Finally, a network music player that looks as good as it sounds! Roku SoundBridge plays your PC or Mac digital music files anywhere in the house - connecting your stereo or powered speakers to your computer's digital music library. Or, listen to a variety of Internet Radio stations, without even turning on your computer. WMA, MP3, AAC, AIFF and WAV music formats are supported - and it's network ready with wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Product Description Winner of the CES 2004 Innovations Award, Roku's SoundBridge M500 digital music receiver employs WiFi technology to broadcast media files from your Mac or PC to just about anywhere in the house. You no longer have to be sitting at your computer to hear your music, nor do you need to burn your Internet-sourced audio to CDs to import it to the living room. Just plug the M500 into your integrated amplifier or surround receiver and you can listen to all your digital music on your stereo or multichannel speaker system. The M500 includes a built-in 802.11b WiFi card slot (with card) for wireless use and an RJ-45/Cat5 Ethernet port for hard-wired connections.

The M500 features a 40-character, two-line LCD display that shows the track and artist name. Take a closer look.
The SoundBridge is compatible with WMA, MP3, AAC, AIFF, and WAV music formats right out of the box. Further, its native support for Apple Rendezvous and iTunes means the M500 is instantly ready to play your Apple media — no additional software is required, as you're already set up for Rendezvous or iTunes. Just enable iTunes' sharing feature (though please be aware that iTunes Music Store "Protected AAC" files are not supported). SoundBridge uses Apple's DAAP (digital audio access protocol) to communicate directly with iTunes, and reduces its network bandwidth by decoding AAC files in the player rather than in the computer.

PC owners, meanwhile, will delight in the SoundBridge's built-in Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player 10, and Rhapsody support. The device also works with any music service using Windows Media DRM 10, such as Napster, MusicMatch, and All told, the M500 is the most compatible music player around.

The M500's side panel includes RCA analog, coaxial digital, and optical Toslink digital outputs.
With the M500's convenient remote control, it's easy to browse, select, and control your music from across the room, or you can control playback from your computer using the intuitive web interface. The M500 also offers an easy-to-read 40-character, two-line LCD display that shows the artist name, track name, and a few other details.

The SoundBridge offers Internet radio access, too, bringing you a selection of free music and talk-radio stations (with up to 10 station presets). Roku's Fast Browse feature lets you browse huge music collections by album, artist, genre, or composer (providing your files are properly encoded with said details). You can also play your stored iTunes playlists or use the keyword search to find the title you seek.

Beyond its WiFi and RJ-45 interfaces, the M500 offers straight-ahead audio connections: a gold-plated line-level RCA output and S/PDIF coaxial and optical Toslink digital outputs (one each) for those that want a pure digital connection with a surround receiver or a CD or minidisc recorder.

In addition, Roku has outfitted the SoundBridge with a super-fast, 400 MHz Blackfin DSP and 16 MB of DRAM memory, giving it more than enough headroom to handle future software updates. Finally, the SoundBridge's sleek industrial design looks comfortable anywhere of the house, and even fits conveniently on the wall or under a shelf or cabinet using Roku's optional mounting accessory.

The M500 measures 10 inches wide by 2.37 inches in diameter and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
M500 SoundBridge receiver, custom remote control, two AAA batteries, localized power adapter, 802.11b CompactFlash WiFi card, 3.5 mm-to-RCA cable, detachable rubber base, user's manual.

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