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Kaleidescape Movie & Music Server $16,720 as tested, October 2006 Kaleidescape invented the video jukebox and set the bar high with its intuitive graphic interface, which now adds music storage and playback in this latest iteration. Crestron Adagio Entertainment System $13,600 as tested, October 2006 Crestron, best known for its touchpanel home control systems, future-proofed its first multiroom entertainment system by building in a powerful processor that enables the addition of many Crestron options for home automation. Niles Intellicontrol ICS Multiroom Audio System $6,800 as tested, October 2006 This 6-zone/6-source system offers flexible modular construction and the incredible iRemote, a two-way wireless remote control that lets you browse all your music and control the system from the palm of your hand, from anywhere in the house. Qsonix Q100 Digital Music System $5,495, April 2006 Quite expensive for a two-zone music server, but this system's giant touchscreen interface is so cool and engaging we can't help ourselves. Speakercraft MODE Distributed Audio System $2,614 as tested, February/March 2007 The MZC-66 at the heart of this system represents excellent value in a 6-zone/6-source multiroom controller/amplifier. But it's the easy-to-use MODE keypad, with its knob-and-scrollwheel interface, that really sets it apart. Yamaha MusicCAST $2,000 and up, July/August 2006 A sophisticated, expandable wired or wireless multiroom audio system with Yamaha's full-featured MCX-2000 server at its core. Colorado vNet Vibe Audio Distribution System $1,690 base system, $8,790 as tested, April 2007 This cutting-edge IP-based music system boasts a beautiful and easy-to-use touchscreen interface, along with plug-and-play installation. HP z556 Digital Entertainment Center $1,500, February/March 2006 A slim profile and the ability to record three TV shows simultaneously (including one in high-def) make this Media Center PC a winner. Sonos Digital Music System $1,199 (two-room system), February/March 2005 Second review: July/August 2006 Elegant, expandable system to spread music from your PC or audio gear around the house. Philips WAC700/WAS700 Music Center $999, July/August 2006 Simplicity of setup, ease of use, and slick industrial design are the hallmarks of this wireless streaming music system. Escient Fireball SE-80 music server $999, October 2005 A new low price for Escient's friendly Music Manager user interface, along with wireless PDA control and other features. Olive Symphony Digital Music Server $899, December 2005 Its lack of an onscreen TV user interface is notable, but the otherwise sophisticated Symphony excels on sound quality and features like built-in wireless streaming. Based on Sound & Vision's experience with the following brands and model lines, also consider these untested models: HP z560/z565 Digital Entertainment Centers, $1,800/$3,000 (see related review of HP z556), Olive Musica wireless digital music server, $899 and up; Olive Opus digital music server, $2,999 and up,