Systemline has thrown its hat into the convergence ring with the announcement of its new HDD MusicServer, which combines a CD player, 160GB hard drive and internet radio all under one roof.
The MusicServer lets you record from CD to either WAV, WMA, MP3 or AAC with a choice of five different bitrates ranging from audiophile-friendly uncompressed (for around 300 albums) all the way down to a space-saving 68kbps (or about 40,000 songs). Usefully, the system can scan for music files on other laptops and hard drives on your home network, which can then be added to the MusicServer's collection.
Another bonus are three separate audio outputs (RCA and optical S/PDIF), allowing you to play three independent tracks all at the same time around the home. Or if you want to keeps things simple, you've the option to plug in an MP3 player to the in-built USB socket. And as the MusicServer can be hooked up to the internet, if you pop in a CD it'll automatically display artist, album and track info. Pretty neat eh?
The Systemline HDD MusicServer is out now, priced £1,250.