Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio

by Damian on August 30, 2010 · 38 comments

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One area of media streaming I had been wanting to get more involved in but just never found the time (getting my video collection streaming properly has been top priority) was music. My wife and I are not huge music buffs but we do have a decent sized collection, and the only way of accessing was either by playing a physical disc (in general playing any media from a physical disc is a big no no in my house unless we rent something) or streaming from my Windows Home Server to one of the various media players/htpcs in my house.  The latter is not optimal because I found that once you get a media player involved inevitably the process can become more complex and more prone to issues (dropping the all important Wife Acceptance Factor). I decided the safest bet was to go with a dedicated music solution. Logitech and Sonos seemed to be the two most prevalent players in this market, but how to choose which one as users of each product are very passionate about their product. Well, the choice was easy, how about getting both!!! Logitech was nice enough to send me the Logitech Squeezebox Radio of which I will be reviewing now, and for Father’s Day I received a Sonos S5 (so be on the lookout for that review in the very near future). Let’s take a look at some of the advertised features/specs, and then get our hands dirty getting the Squeezebox Radio up and running.

Features:

Compact design
Your Logitech® Squeezebox™ Radio fits easily just about anywhere in your home—the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, even the patio—without taking up a lot of counter space.

Wireless connectivity
No wires needed—true 802.11g wireless technology lets you enjoy the music on your computer in any room.
Simple, guided setup
You’ll be listening within minutes—it’s easy to get connected, browse Internet radio stations, and sign up for online music services. Or attach your iPod.
Easy access to digital music
You can play songs from your personal library, tune in to thousands of Internet radio stations, or connect to online services like Pandora®, Slacker®, and Rhapsody®.*
Big sound from a small package
You’ll enjoy high-quality sound with very low distortion thanks to a two-way speaker and support for 24/48 kHz encoding.
2.4-inch color screen
It displays album art, track and station information, visualizers, screen savers, and more.

Specifications:

  • Audio formats
    MP3, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, HE-AACv2, Apple Lossless
    Other formats supported through transcoding
    Some formats may require additional software installation
  • Internet radio
    Support for MP3, Ogg Vorbis, HE-AACv2 and WMA formatted Internet radio streams
  • Wireless interface
    Built-in 802.11g (802.11n and 802.11b compatible) wireless
    One-touch setup (with compatible WPS-supporting routers)
    Supports WPA Personal, WPA2-AES, and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
  • Ethernet interface
    Connects to any 10/100 Mbps Ethernet network (with Auto MDX)
  • General
    6.1-cm (2.4-inch) 24-bit colour LCD
    Ambient light sensor to adjust display brightness according to environment
    6 preset buttons allow one touch access to favourite radio stations and playlists
    Alarm clock with 7 days of settings
    Line-in via 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Speakers and amplifier
    ¾-inch high-definition, soft-dome tweeter and 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofer
    Bi-amplified class D design with digital electronic crossover
    3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
  • Additional options sold separately (available March 2010)
    Rechargeable battery pack
    Infrared remote
  • Part of the Squeezebox family
    Works with all Squeezebox products for whole home audio
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    13 cm (5.12 inches) by 22 cm (8.66 inches) by 8.5 cm (5.04 inches)
    From front edge of knob to peak of curve on back surface
Unboxing:
Typical Logitech style packaging

Everything is packed nice and neat.

As you can see there is not much to the contents in the box. You get the Squeezebox Radio, power adapter with removable plug, line-in cord for iPod and other mp3 players, quick start guide.

Setting Up:
There are a few different ways to go about setting up. Being this is my first Logitech Audio device I will be starting from scratch.
1. Go to MySqueezeBox and register for a mysqueezebox account.
2. Once logged in go to the “My Music” tab, and download the Squeezebox Server software (I am installing on my Windows Home Server)
3. Install the Squeezebox Server software ideally on the device where your music library is stored. Since I installed on my Windows Home Server it was a simple Add-In install. Once installed open up Squeezebox Server:
Go to the “Library” tab and make sure the music/playlist directories are correct
Now go to the “Status” tab and click the “Start Squeezebox Server” button. With your Music library path set up the Squeezebox Server will now scan the directory for all your music.
Go to the “Account” tab and enter in your MySqueezeBox account information
In the “Advanced” tab are links to log files as well as the web address to access your squeezebox over the web. The Web Address should be http://IPAddress(i.e. the IP Address that the Squeezebox Server is installed on):9000. Depending on what router you are using you may have to set up port forwarding for port 9000
4. With the software installed we can now set up the Squeezebox Radio. Plug in the radio and connect the Ethernet cord (if wired). Press the power button on the Radio and you should be greeted by a “Choose Language” menu on the LCD screen. All navigation with be done with the radial knob on the from, and clicking the knob in will serve as “enter” .
Next step you will be asked to choose the network type that will be used
I am using a wireless connection, so choosing that brings up a list of available wireless networks to choose from. Simply choose your connection and enter in your network password.
Once the network connection has been established you may be prompted to update the Radio firmware. Otherwise the next step will be to link up with your MySqueezeBox account (you can actually create your account here but I found it easier to just do on a PC)
That should be it, you should now be presented with the main menu and the fun can begin.

Overall setup was very easy, taking approximately 10 minutes to complete. The only annoyance was entering in usernames/passwords directly onto the Radio, as it was a little awkward moving from one character to the next (there is a “>” that appears after you enter each character which is meant to serve as “Enter” when you are complete.  Several times I would hit this “>” when I was not finished and would have to start over).

Controlling The SqueezeBox Radio:
The Squeezebox Radio does not come with a remote control. There are four ways you can control:

1. Purchase the Logitech SqueezeBox Controller, which will not only control the Radio but also any other Logitech Players you add to the mix down the road. Alternatively there is a Remote/Battery pack that you can purchase just for the Radio

2. Control via the web. There are two ways to accomplish this:

- Log into MySqueezebox. In the upper right hand corner you should see an option “Remote Control” which will bring up the SqueezePlayer

- Go to the Squeezebox Server website (i.e. http://IPAddress:9000).

3. Using the various knobs/buttons on the Radio itself

4. Control with an App (such as iPeng) on your iPxxx (I haven’t check to see if there is an Android solution). I never tested out this App as at $9.99 I found it priced fairly expensive for an App. Since the Squeezebox Radio can be controlled directly from the LCD screen and I don’t have another Logitech player in the mix, the App just didn’t make sense for me at the time. UPDATE – thanks to several tipsters some recommended Android apps can be found here and here.

Controlling the Radio was easy and intuitive. You don’t need to have a separate remote as long as you don’t mind being in front of the Radio to operate or running to a PC. However, having a dedicated remote (either the Logitech Squeezebox control or using the iPXXX App) definitely enhances the experience. The all important test, could my wife operate the Radio without my help. Well, the short answer is Yes, so that is a big win in my book! My biggest complaint is that Logitech does not have their own Apple/Android App, especially considering Sonos has one for their players.

Playback/Performance:

I tested playback in two different environments. The first environment was in my home kitchen, connected wirelessly to my network. Playback was flawless, not once did I encounter any dropped signals or stuttering. At work I connected the Squeezebox Radio via Ethernet. I was able to quickly change the network setting from wireless to Ethernet on the Radio, and had the Squeezebox Radio playing my music in no time.

The LCD screen I found to be very clear and easy to read. This was actually a big positive for my wife being able to see what was playing at all times (versus the Sonos where we have to constantly look our the iPod Controller to see this).

Now I must admit I am not a big audio buff, and the mix of content in my music library is very limited. I purchase all my CDs and the rip to my Windows Home Server as 320kbps mp3s. I don’t purchase music online and don’t rip to lossless (mainly because doing so would require me to maintain two sets of songs). Based on my limited content all my mp3s played clear and without issue. For the size of the Squeezebox Radio it had good sound output, but if you are looking to fill a large area with sound it is definitely underpowered (as would be expected). Bass was modest, but don’t expect to shake the walls.

One thing I am trying to figure out is there is a Remote Libraries setting (Home -> Settings -> Advanced -> Networking ->Remote Libraries). From here you can create a new library in which you are asked to input what almost appears as an IP Address (000.000.000.000 is what appears). I was hoping this would allow me to connect to my squeezebox server in my house from my job, but I have no idea how to configure, and there is no documentation on the Logitech website about this feature. I posted in the Logitech forum last week but have had no response. If anyone knows what this feature is I would love to hear back. I am going to send the question to their support desk as well. If I was able to connect to my squeezebox server remotely, that would be killer!!! EDIT – I just heard back from customer support. Remote Libraries is to connect manually to other Squeezebox Server’s on your network. This is mainly used as a last option for support to get your player connected to your Squeezebox Server.

One other performance feature I wanted to test out was how well the Squeezebox Radio could hold a charge. Unfortunately the Radio does not come with batteries, and if you want to use without a power adapter you need to purchase the rechargeable batteries separately.

Apps:

This is probably one of my favorite features, the ability to utilize Apps such as Pandora, Napster, etc… You can manage the Apps directly from the Radio, but once again I prefer to do this from the PC logging in to MySqueezebox. You can see a full list of all available apps under the “App Gallery” section. Right now my favorite apps are Pandora and Podcast Player.

Once you have installed the Apps you can manage them from the “My Apps” section. You will also have a “My Apps” menu item on the home screen of the Radio.


Logitech has done a great job integrating the Apps into their software/players, making it very easy  to set up and access. A full llist of the services available can be found here.

Miscellaneous:

Not only does the Squeezebox Radio serve as a music player, but it also serves as an alarm/clock. The alarm is easy to set, and you can customize how it works with multiple alarms, such as turning on to an internet radio station, Pandora station, etc… I am not sure I am ready to give up the reliability of my trusty old school alarm clock, but this is a very interesting feature.

Another great feature is Internet Radio, which gives you access to thousands of radio stations from around the world. As a test, I wanted to see if I could get the Sports Talk radio station that I currently listen to at work on my PC. Clicking a few buttons on the Radio and I had found the station without a problem.

On the front of the Squeezebox Radio are 6 preset buttons (3 to the left of the LCD screen and 3 to the right of the LCD screen). You can easily mix and match the preset button with playlists, internet radio stations, and Apps. Once odd  thing I did notice, I had set up 3 presets when I had the Radio at work. I brought the Radio home, and when I brought it back to work the next day the presets had been erased. I am not sure what happened, so I will have to keep an eye out if this occurs again.

Final Thoughts:

Overall the Logitech Squeezebox Radio is a great little player. Setup was a breeze and very easy for the novice user to just pick up and start using. I would like to see Logitech include the rechargeable battery pack as part of the product. Development of a Logitech iPhone/Android app I would add as a priority. I would also like to see better documentation of the features as having to sort through FAQs to find answers is far from consumer friendly. Aside from these few cons the Logitech Squeezebox Radio makes a great secondary/portable player, and possibly the perfect player for your office at work! At less then $200 it is a very affordable solution to get started streaming music wirelessly throughout your house.





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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


{ 37 comments }

Sören Dam Larsen August 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Hi!
Thanks for sharing this extensive walkthrough of a very need mediadevice!
Just wanted to clarify – there IS an Android app – ‘Squeeze Commander’ for $2,99 in Market or SlideME. And if you don’t like that one, you can just pick your choice between the other nine awailable on http://www.cyrket.com/search?q=squeezebox .
But that is not all! If you happen to live in Europe (soon also the States) and you’re serious about consuming digital music you would probably subscripe to Spotify Premium. That would give you the opportunity to incoorporate your online music-experience and run ‘SqueezeControl’ on you Android handset to control the lot!!
Nice, clean, effective!!
Cheers.

Damian August 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Soren,

I think I have heard of Spotify, sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing about the Android Apps as well. If only I could convince my employer to switch my Blackberry to a Droid!!!

Alex Kuretz August 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Nice writeup, Damian, I’ve been wanting an audio-only streaming solution for a while as I hate turning on the TV just to play music over the HTPC or a streamer. Does this have line outputs for connection to a receiver for better sound, or does it only have the built-in speaker?

I’ve not used Pandora in a while, but when I used it before on my PC I believe it required some user interaction every now and then or it would stall out the playback. Does this occur with the app here, or does it play continuously?

Damian August 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I know what you are talking about with Pandora on the PC. Fortunately it plays continuously on the Squeezebox without user intervention (I have had it on all day it work)

As far as other connections I believe it is only meant to be used with t he internal speakers. There is a line in that can be used to connect an mp3 player such as the iPod to the Radio, and then play back through the Squeezebox speakers. It appears the Squeezebox Touch is the product they are pushing to connect to a receiver and/or other speakers (as the Touch has no speakers) – http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/5745?WT.ac=psE|7340

For the price the Squeezebox Radio is an excellent option to get your feet wet in the wireless music setup without having to commit too much up front (as opposed to Sonos which I will go more in to as I start to work on that review)

James August 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Good review. Just a note to say that I’m a very happy owner of a Squeezebox Boom, which does have that extra power to help it fill a room. I’m also a happy user of the SqueezeControl Android app, I’ve tried some of the paid apps, and none of them work as well, or as simply as the free SqueezeControl http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-squeezecontrol-wAB.aspx

Damian August 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Funny enough my dad had ordered me a Squeezebox Boom for this past Christmas but they were nowhere to be found. I was worried that they were possibly being discontinued so I told him not to pursue further. I will update my guide to reflect the Android app as well as what Soren mentioned. Thanks for the tip!!

MRL_WHS August 31, 2010 at 6:37 am

Just picked up one of these for $99 on Amazon. There was a $50 rebate. Bought it for the WAF as well. She loves it and can operate it without my intervention. There is a line out that can be used with external powered speakers. Works great. Also, reco you check out some of the addins for squeeze. I use the XM addin to play my XM Radio channels and also added a coverflow addin that creates cover flow on the radio display much like the iTunes app. Good stuff. Used a Linksys WMLS11b, 5 of em, around my house for sometime and I think I am sold on the Squeezebox line enough to move beyond my meager one Squeezebox radio purchase. Anyone interested in the Linksys units? PM me if you are.

Alex Kuretz August 31, 2010 at 8:08 am

Here’s the link to Amazon, though it looks like that rebate no longer exists. :( http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Squeezebox-Radio-Player-Screen/dp/B002LARRDK

Tim August 31, 2010 at 9:46 am

Greetings. Great write up again Damian. I have been an avid user of Squeezebox for many years. My use goes back to about ~2004 in the pre-Logitech when they were known as SlimDevices. Presently, I have the following Squeezebox devices running through my WHS:

2 Squeezebox Booms (as alarm clocks, wireless)
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/4707
1 Squeezebox Radio (office, wireless)
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/5847
1 Squeezebox Duet (kitchen, wired)
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/3817
1 Squeezebox Classic (family room, wired; mine is a wired SlimDevices product)
http://www.logitech.com/en-in/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/881

All of them can play in synch if desired. This is a great feature for filling the house with music especially for a party, etc. But this can be affected by the WAF factor noted by Damian. ;) The integration with podcasts, napster, rhapsody, xm, sirius, and internet radio is also excellent. They play local radio stations via the internet. Again, a great feature.

Besides the remote control Android app, the iPod Touch app is extremely well designed and useful. Getting my kids to use the Squeezeboxes has been difficult; however, with the iPod Touch app (iPeng) this has converted them. It seems for them that if it doesn’t flow through and iPod, they won’t look at it.

I, too, have my whole collection as 320kbps mp3. But, I have played a bit with the apple lossless lately to see how the squeezebox handles them. They play flawlessly both wired and wirelessly.

A couple of points to note for those venturing further into the Squeezebox realm.

1. Installation on WHS. For installation on WHS, the squeezebox server uses port 9000. This typically conflicts with TwonkyMedia which also communicates on port 9000. I set my squeezebox server to run on port 9010. Knowing this ahead of time, can save a lot of frustration.

2. Squeezebox Server. This is the Add-In installed on WHS (there is a PC version as well). The website that is configured becomes: http://whs-server-name:9000 or http://whs-server-name:9010 in my installation. This allows you to stream your own music collection as well as the ad-ins (Pandora, XM Radio, etc.).

3. MySqueezebox.com. This was formerly SqueezeNetwork.com. This site lets you manage your Squeezebox player settings, music Service accounts, and favorites. You can also download the Squeezebox Server software. This lets you use your Squeezeboxes without using or installing Squeezebox Server. I don’t typically use this site as I have Squeezebox Server running on my WHS.

4. iTunes integration. You can maintain a single iTunes library on your WHS and have Squeezebox and your iPods use the same library. This is great with managing playlists, etc.

Again, thanks for the write up … Theses devices are very well engineered and easy to use.

Vicki September 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for your input Tim; that was very informative. I too have purchased 3 squeezeboxes for my home use. I use the Squeezebox Radio as a clock radio and it is the best clock radio I have ever owned. I have 2 Squeezebox booms – 1 in my living room and one in my office/den. All 3 are wireless and in sync with each other. I was a big fan of mysqueezebox.com until I got a home server; now I run the 3 Sqeezeboxes off of squeezebox server on my WHS. Honestly… I don’t know how people without Squeezeboxes function. :)

Andrew Swihart September 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Also check the new WebOS app for Palm phones here, it’s very excellent: http://www.precentral.net/app-gallery/app-catalog/squeeze-control

Coop September 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I believe there’s currently a bug in the firmware that cause’s the source of music/sound to change after you hit the snooze button during an alarm. It happens to me almost every day, the good thing is Logitech is aware of it and has promised a fix. Other than that I’m very happy with the 2 Squeezebox Radio’s I have. I ended up buying the iPeng app with seems to be a work in progress but works ok when you figure it out.

Richard September 6, 2010 at 6:32 am

Thanks Damian for putting this review together. I like how you focus on the all important WAF factor because it is indeed real. Over time, I’ve also been exploring a better way to easily play my music but I still feel the price of entry is still high for what it offers.

Considering that any one of my (HT)PC can perform these same functions for “free”, what you’re really paying for is the ease of use and ease of access to your music while adding yet another device into the mix.

Or maybe I’m just getting old. My son told me that the other day. :)

Again, great write-up Damian.

Damian September 6, 2010 at 6:44 am

Hey Richard,

I agree with your assessment, although there are a few instances where an HTPC may not perform the same function For example:

- For me using an HTPC requires me to turn on my television to operate. For music this is just a waste for me, in particular for energy efficiency reasons. There are iPhone/Android apps out that can control your HTPC, so this could be the answer around this.

- An HTPC locks you in to one location. With the Logitech (Radio in the case of this review) you can easily plug it into any outlet in your house and have music at your fingertips (or listen to at work as I am doing right now :-) ).

I think the biggest threat to Logitech (and Sonos which I should have my review up hopefully in a week) is Apple’s just announced AirPlay

Richard September 6, 2010 at 6:50 am

Thanks Damian for the quick reply.

You make some excellent points that I did not consider – especially about having to turn on the TV which I agree is a pita for playing music. I guess this also implies that I can use my TV for anything else while playing music through a one of these devices which is a good thing also.

P.S. Isn’t it Labour Day in the U.S. today? Shouldn’t you be off taking advantage of “labour” day?

Damian September 6, 2010 at 6:57 am

Yeah, we have a Sonos is our kitchen, so I can access and play my music while still having full use of the TV (to watch sports, kids shows, etc…). It is also nice to be able to remotely turn it on and scare the family lol

Yes, it is Labour Day. Unfortunately for my clients over in Europe it is just another business day so I am at work. It is quiet though, loaded up some movies on my Laptop and brought into work, connected the hdmi port from my Laptop to the TV here, and we have a portable HTPC!!!

Richard September 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

Hey Damian,

Where did you get the Squeezebox WHS add-in. I followed your link to the MySqueezebox site and they only have the Windows server version. When I installed it, it didn’t integrate into my WHS console.

Damian September 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

Richard,
I am pretty sure that is where I got the software from as well, just downloaded it into my Software folder and WHS picked it up as an add in. You could also try the WHS file from here but it should be the same:

http://downloads.slimdevices.com/SqueezeboxServer_v7.5.1/

Let me know if that works.

Richard September 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

Your link did the trick. It’s installing now. :)

Thank you.

Richard September 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

I think I’m starting to see the whole appeal of Squeezebox. I don’t have a Squeezebox device (yet) but I just installed the SqueezePlay Beta software client on my PC which emulates having a Squeezebox and integrated my Slacker account as part of “My Apps” into it.

While I can run the native Slacker client outside of the SqueezePlay client, the appeal to me is that I can centralize access to all of my music sources into one area (SqueezePlay/Squeezebox) in addition to Slacker like music on my local WHS server, Pandora, and other Internet Radio sources.

I still think the Squeezebox is expensive but I can have my arm twisted. :)

Tim September 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Hi all,

I think “form factor” is a key attribute to devices these days. And by this, I mean a device that is easy to use.

You can play a CD/DVD on a pc or have a dedicated handheld CD/DVD player. You can watch a DVD on your pc or connect your PC to your TV when desired or have a dedicated DVD player. You can play your music through your TV, PC, etc. But, having a dedicated music system that can synchronize multiple players running through your house with a handheld remote can’t be beat. All while using your custom playlists set up via iTunes or software of choice.

Again, I own 5 different types of Squeezeboxes (1 radio, 2 booms, 1 classic, and 1 duet). Three of these are standalone (wifi), while the later two are connected to my stereos (wired).

The integration with WHS is a great benefit. This means one server and one music collection to manage that plays both on my Squeezeboxes and iPods.

Now, I can’t wait for my Dune player (Dune HD Smart) to arrive so that I can use that as my one video system to manage. (Yes, it can do more, but I really want this for videos. BTW, I intend to start off with mymovies as the interface.)

This is where the WHS really works well. It serves the data storage, backups, and data delivery side well. Having well designed devices to connect to this asset makes the system as a whole work.

Thank you Damian and all who have chimed in for giving the Squeezebox some of the attention it deserves.

Damian September 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Hi Tim,

We have the same approach. Right now there is really no one player that does it all, so I have just decided to break out the music part separately from the video. I rely on Sonos/Logitech for the music side, and then the combination of PCH/Dune/HTPC to cover my video fix. FYI, as far as he Dunes I believe the ship date was 9/10, but I think this means Sept 2010 and not Sept 1oth (I have heard later in the month is the expected ship date)

Damian September 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

@ Richard,

The Squeezebox Radio can be had for around $150 (not sure though what the price is in Canada), which when compared with other players on t he market is actually at the cheaper end. If you think this is expensive you better close your eyes when I post my Sonos review :-)

tokarl September 7, 2010 at 1:20 am

You should try out the new third party squeezebox app for Spotify,- enabling you to stream all the music you want through all of your Squeezebox devices !
Currently only available in Europe I think, but this small little feature has “made my day” for several years to come !

Tim September 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Hi all, I just saw the Squeezebox Boom at a very low price. It’s on Buy.com $181.45 with free shipping.

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=208793254

Enjoy!

Tim November 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hi all, I just saw the Squeezebox Radio at a super low price. It’s on the Logitec site for $119.99 with free shipping. And they are including the battery and remote control. Enjoy!

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/7800#

Damian November 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Tim,

Looks like I just figured out what to get my Dad for Christmas, thanks for the heads up :-) He just got an Android phone as well so I will have to start looking into the best Android App for the Logitech

Tim November 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Damian, I use Squeeze Commander. While not perfect, it is still better than the duo remote. The disadvantage for me is that I can’t control the alarm clock function via the app. Not a huge problem,, but it would be a nice feature. It connects to other players very easily once you’re on wifi. I can go over to my friend’s house and control his players as well without jumping through hurdles. :)

And again you’re in luck. It’s usually 5.99EUR. But right now I’m seeing it for 2.99EUR. Well worth it. Enjoy!
http://www.squeezecommander.com/

Tim November 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

OK, I just saw the squeezebox boom for $169 on amazon. It regularly goes for $249, so it’s a good buy.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DJ64D4

I own two of these. They have really good sound.

Dave December 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

The Squeezebox is available from Best Buy for $149. Note there is an accessory pack which includes a battery pack from LinkSys for $49.

I have a speaker system wired into my house, including six speakers in the kitchen and family room. Any suggestions about how to hard-wire the Squeezebox into this system? There seems to only be one small and weak headphone outlet on one side of the Squeezebox which does not seem to put out enough watts to run one, let alone multiple speakers.

Tim December 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Hi Dave, the squeezebox radio and squeezebox boom are really standalone players – meaning they don’t require an amplifier or external speakers. If you want to hook a squeezebox up to your stereo, I’d recommend the squeezebox touch or th squeezebox duet. If you have an ipod touch/iphone or android phone, you can skip the squeezebox remote with the duet and get the app. In this case, you could just buy the squeezebox receiver.

Last month Logitech had the squeezebox radio (white) with remote and batter for $119 available only on their website. I bought two of them for gifts this year.

Good luck. By the way, I own 2 boomboxes, 1 radio, 1 duet, and 1 classic.

tim

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Dave Kaiser April 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife. It worked fine for two months–then it totally stopped working. I keep getting a message that says it can not connect to the Internet–even when I put it a foot away from the wireless network box. We have several notebook computers in our house that easily connect to the Internet fine from more than 100 feet away–yet all I get out of this is failure to connect. I have attempted to find out where to get this fixed, but no luck–not a very good present!

MRlemke April 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Dave, I’d be interested in buying from you. You can pm me at MRL_WHS if your interested.

Tim April 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Hi Dave, I have 5 different squeezeboxes. Sometime they can be a bit finicky. But, once you overcome their “personalities”, they are a great product. I can stream all my podcasts, listen to many radio stations around the country/world, stream my local music, listen to Pandora, listen to XM radio ($2.99/month), and stream Napster ($5.00/month plus 5 free downloads), etc. Trust me, once you get it working again, you’ll be a lot happier.

There could be a couple of different problems. You have a couple of options depending how you have configured your squeezebox. Are you trying to connect to the local squeezebox server on your WHS or other pc? Or are you trying to connect it to mysqueezebox.com. Not knowing the answers, I can still give you a few standard trouble shooting tips. Here is what I would do.

1. Hardwire connect the Squeezebox Radio to the router/network switch. (Eliminate the wireless issue)

2. Power up the Squeezebox Radio, then reset it. To reset it, press and hold the power button until it shows “goodbye”. This resets the radio. Turn it back on.

3. Immediately download the latest software to the box. Select Settings -> Advanced -> Software Update. Update it even if the versions are the same. (Something may have been corrupted.)

4. Try connecting to your music.

If the above works, you may be in good shape. But, you probably want the wireless running. So, next:

1. Reset the radio again
2. Disconnect the network cable
3. Turn it back on
4. See if your wireless connection is working. You may have to reconfigure your wireless. The device will step you through this.

If this still fails, you may have a port conflict when running the Squeezebox Server on your WHS or PC. Try changing the port from the default 9000 to 9001. This can be an annoying little problem that can frustrate the heck out of you if you don’t know. I have a friend who was wrestling with this problem for weeks until I dropped by for a visit. I told him to give me 30 seconds and I could fix it for him. And it worked. :)

Good luck. Let me know how it goes.

Dave April 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Wow, five of the radios, I was lucky to afford one! Yes, gave it to my wife so she could listen to Internet radio (any radio) in the kitchen. We live in a very small town where there are only a few radio stations.

The GOOD news, your tips worked. I put a hard wire on the radio to the Internet, got it to work with that by resetting everything and then followed your instructions to get it to work wirelessly.

Thanks a million!

Harold March 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

hey how did you get it for free???

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