While the myriad
you have when scouting out an in-home streaming music solution
is quite robust
, Colorado is aiming to provide a new twist on a device that has become relatively stagnant in the innovation department. The company's vNet lineup includes Vibe media servers, encoders, tuners, and docks, but the focal point here is the 7-inch color touchscreen that controls all the action. The LCD, aside from displaying album art, metadata, and libraries from every connected audio source, houses a 70 watt Class D amplifier to act as a self-contained receiver, should you choose to use it. This "IP-based audio streaming solution" allows you to connect PCs, CD players, DAPs, satellite radio receivers, and essentially anything with an audio output to your home network through Ethernet, while the LCD receiver of sorts locates and manages connected devices. Since it's highly doubtful your special edition iPod or circa 1985
cassette deck has a LAN port, Colorado offers encoder units that accept just about any form of analog / digital audio inputs, and converts the tunes to PCM streams that get piped to your speaker system via the Vibe display. We don't have any clues on pricing or availability, as it seems Colorado is mostly interested in dealers at this point, but we can't wait to give this thing a go with our vintage 8-track player once it drops.