Affordable, compact, good quality MP3 playback for the living room
Hopefully someone can help me come up with a solution. What I'm looking for may be impossible, but we'll see. I have limited space in our entertainment center and what I'm trying to do is fairly simple. I want to have good quality MP3 playback for just lounging around, playing board games, reading, etc. We've used a laptop for a while and I'm tired of it. I want something where I can just use a remote to flip between songs and where the remote is the only thing I pack around. Tonight we bought this Philips MCD700. It's a DVD player/mp3 player with speakers. It sounds good enough. And the combo of a DVD player with MP3 playback means we can put in a burned DVD with MP3s.
This would be great save for two really big problems.
#1 - The player doesn't offer any way to navigate between albums. Most of my other MP3 players map a set of buttons to forward/backwards a track and forward/backwards an album. So moving to new albums is a pain.
#2 - The player takes forever to track to the next album or song if I'm using the remote.
I just think it's a bad quality piece of equipment. But as far as I know it's rare to find devices that play burned DVDs and output a decent wattage with good sound.
I know I could go the route of a mac mini + computer speakers, but my guess is that it would be louder and it definitely wouldn't be more affordable. I'm open to suggestions within my admittadly limited parameters. And I'm kind of suspect as to whether there are any affordable PC speakers that could replace even a mini-receiver and speakers.
Oh, and obviously a factor is the more music we can have in the player at one time, the better. So like the current solution has one upside in that it can hold a DVD worth of music. A standard CD player would obviously be a step back.