Roku LT is media player capable of streaming most any audio and video available on the internet. Measuring 3 x 3 x 0.9 inches the Roku LT is a dependable stand-alone miniature media streaming device which only requires a wifi internet connection and an AC power source.
The Roku line of products are intended for streaming movies and
other content to a tv (which it does exceptionally well), but I have
adopted it to extend my AM signal range by serving as an audio feed
(via ShoutCast) to a second remote transmitter.. Thus it can be
considered a "poor mans Barix unit".
Although, I'm still under the stage of experimentation for this use, and have only tried it consistently for a week or so at a time, as
of yet have not experienced a single dropout or buffing issue with
In the event of internet signal loss, the Roku has proved to be self
healing when using a shoutcast stream, in that it simply waits for
the signal to return and then resumes..
However, if power is
interrupted the Roku reboots and waits for user interaction,
so a UPS might be desirable to avoid such an occurrence.. Another
possible remedy is by incorporating the use of a Ruko app that works
in any browser called "Remoku" http://help.remoku.tv/ (it's free), which enables a lot of additional
controls to how it works, such as automatically starting up the Shoutcast channel to a specific stream... but I haven't actually experimented with it yet, so.. can't say much more about it.
These Roku units are intended to run 24/7, they do
not even have a on/off switch, and they use minimal energy. Also
note that the higher end models do have the option of using an ethernet
connection, but I saw no need for one for my purposes.
I bought this LT model used for $38, then liked it so much I bought
a new HD model just for home entertainment on sale for $49.
This certainly appears to be a viable and inexpensive alternative to
a $600 Barix installation for feeding a second transmitter located
away from the studio.
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