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Product : EZ-Stream Wireless Audio Adapter (SMCWAA-B)
Company : SMC Networks
Author : Devon 'dementor' Spector
Editor : Robin 'roki' Kim
Date : August 4th, 2004

Performance & Conclusion

This is one factor I was very impressed with about this unit. I expected minor stuttering at some points or even slight skips/pauses during song play. Conversely, I did not experience any major problems during my lengthy tests. I had the unit hooked up to the stereo in my living room, which is also hooked up to the speakers in my back yard. I ran the unit streaming songs on random play for four hours while entertaining guests. I only experienced one hiccup during that course of time which fixed itself in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless, I must make you all aware that this could have a lot to do with my house, my network setup, and of course any interference (or in this case, lack there of). The sound quality always stayed high, according to my ears. I can generally tell the difference between low quality sound <128kbps and high quality >=192kbps and VBR (variable bit rate). Under my specific conditions I did not have any issues that we would not normally expect from wireless networks. I also tested out the internet radio through the adapter. Once you find a good station there will not be any problems. There are tons of them available across the web, so just search for a reliable one with high bandwidth availability and you will be set.

SMC is once again breaking the barriers and ripping into the market with an innovative product. There are very few other products like it available at this time. The online music era has begun and at present it does not appear to be stopping, or even slowing down. I see a great future for similar products like the EZ-Stream Wireless Audio Adapter. Do not forget that it is still the early years of online music and the possibilities of innovation are endless. Six to seven years ago mp3s were barely accessible for the general population. In spite of this, the market has exploded and the evolution of digital music products is just beginning to take shape. The proliferation of mp3 players for home, car and portable use is one of today's greatest feats that will only fuel further growth. SMC, like many other manufacturers are grasping onto these opportunities to direct and revolutionize the way we listen to music.

Overall Score
4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5

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