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Logitech Squeezebox Boom review

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Fod 16th July 2009, 10:41 Quote
I LOVE squeezeboxes! I have two classic units (AKA Squeezebox 3) and the wifi handheld controller thing which is very nifty. Although to be frank i use the iPeng app on my iPhone more often. Everyone should get a squeezebox!
capnPedro 16th July 2009, 10:46 Quote
It would never replace my HTPC!
perplekks45 16th July 2009, 10:49 Quote
It's not supposed to Pedro. :p

For me it's pretty much meh though.
B1GBUD 16th July 2009, 11:00 Quote
If it had an Ipod Touch dock then this would be a winner for me (and maybe an FM tuner) . Currently using Orb to stream from my PC but it seems to have problems with long tracks such as 30 minute mixes.
p3n 16th July 2009, 11:38 Quote
Looks like its from the 80s?
perplekks45 16th July 2009, 12:12 Quote
Yeah but in cheap plastic. :)
zoot2boot 16th July 2009, 12:53 Quote
i can't believe they rated it so highly. extremely limited appeal.
alextwo 16th July 2009, 13:45 Quote
Love my Squeezebox Duet, fantastic piece of kit.

Been thinking about getting a Boom for the kitchen where I can't really be bothered with the hassle of separates.
DirtyH 16th July 2009, 14:52 Quote
pictures of the display at work would have been nice...
Henry CPU Freeze 16th July 2009, 16:10 Quote
The plastic does look a bit cheap. May get one for some kitchen tunes if I can see one in the flesh.
Sifter3000 16th July 2009, 16:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alextwo
Love my Squeezebox Duet, fantastic piece of kit.

Been thinking about getting a Boom for the kitchen where I can't really be bothered with the hassle of separates.

It's ideal for that - and if you've already got Squeezebox software running you're all set with it. As for the plastic looking cheap, I think in part it's because the matt finish doesn't photograph so well.
ChaosDefinesOrder 16th July 2009, 16:47 Quote
so, all that money and design etc, it requires a one-account-only proprietary software instead of being able to hook up to any old DLNA server? Appologies if it actually does, I skim read after I read about the hassle of obtaining the software, and how you can set the software to run on some NAS boxes - what about NAS boxes that are also DLNA servers? kinda already has the software on there!
joe2345 16th July 2009, 17:55 Quote
Not sure why they had to register and put in a PIN. You can download the software without any such thing from the logitech website (http://www.logitechsqueezebox.com/support/download-squeezecenter.html). And the software is open source (GPL).

As to whether you should get this product or not... well it just depends on whether you are interested in getting into the whole "squeeze infrastructure" for your home audio. It's one of those things that you either jump in all the way, or stay completely out. It doesn't make a lot of sense to just own one squeeze product.

The problem they're trying to solve is: you've got your whole music collection stored on a computer; now how do you play it in many rooms all over your house? And their answer is to have one computer with your music collection and the squeezecenter software and multiple squeeze hardware devices, one in every room you want music in.

If that problem they're trying to solve isn't one that you have, then this most certainly isn't the product for you. But if it is a problem you have, then the squeeze setup is a good solution. (Other options are things like Sonos.)
pendragon 16th July 2009, 18:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by DirtyH
pictures of the display at work would have been nice...

what he said^^^ ... thanks for the review, however
docodine 16th July 2009, 23:47 Quote
For the price, why on earth wouldn't you get a cheap netbook and some speakers?
Meanmotion 23rd July 2009, 18:27 Quote
I can assure you the plastic is not cheap. It's a very nicely made device. Utterly pointless though. Just get a duet and plug it into a hi-fi.
alan79 31st July 2009, 14:57 Quote
I got one of these recently when the price dropped for the kitchen it is great but I am Biased as I have two clssics already. The 24 bit DAC on this is great.
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