Logitech Squeezebox Boom Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review
3 September 2009
Conclusion: The Squeezebox Boom will open you up to a wealth of musical choices from all over the world including your own home network. It offers excellent sound quality for its size and an easy to navigate user interface.
Pros: Great sound for the size, upgradeable using external powered subwoofer or powered speakers, Easy to navigate through a wealth of content, Simple set-up if you're at last passingly familiar with computers and networking, Built in Wi-Fi
Cons: Unexpectedly entered a lengthy firmware upgrade loop on a few occasions but always recovered, Not the least expensive internet radio on the market, 1-minute snooze???
Conclusion: The Squeezebox Boom's somewhat convoluted interface is overshadowed by slick design and excellent sound quality.
Pros: Compact and attractive. Streams tunes from your PC's music library. Robust audio codec support. Plays Internet radio and services like Slacker, Rhapsody, and Pandora. Speakers offer laudable power. Magnetic remote is easy to keep track of.
Cons: Menu navigation can be confusing. System can be slow to retrieve songs from PC libraries, music services.
Excerpt: If you’re familiar with the original Squeezebox network music player, it allowed you to listen to the music on your computer in one location wirelessly over your hi-fi system. Logitech recently acquired the company, and has been making significant advances. One of them is the new Squeezebox Boom.
Pros: Great sound., WiFi and Ethernet connectivity., Accesses music located on computer wirelessly.
Cons: No battery operation., Glossy black finish is a dust-magnet.
Summary: The Logitech
Squeezebox Boom is an amazing network audio device that is unique in its
function and sound. Brilliant audio oozes from the speakers of the Squeezebox
from a range of user owned digital media to internet radio sites.
Conclusion: The only con that I can really see is that the price is a bit high for most users on the market, if they were able to push it down to ~170$ I think alot more people would find this the perfect choice.
Excerpt: The Squeezebox Boom is another solid entry in a long line of great audio streamers. Logitech has mastered the art of building inexpensive, good-quality powered speakers, and the ones integrated into the Boom are no exception.
Pros: Great alarm clock, great user interface, comprehensive audio-format support.
Cons: No digital outputs and limited to 802.11g networks.