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. $299 for a table radio may seem a bit steep but, as they say, you get what you pay for.
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.
Summary: The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is the best all-in-one tabletop Wi-Fi radio we've seen to date.
Pros: Wi-Fi radio with built-in speakers; compact form factor and bright, easy-to-read screen; supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet home networks; compatible with virtually all non-DRM audio file formats; provides access to PC-based music files (on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines) as well as PC-free Internet radio and podcasts; able to access multiple free (Last.fm, Pandora, Slacker) and premium (Rhapsody, Sirius) online music services; excellent online account integration.
Cons: Rubberized controls and reflective plastic finish show smudges and fingerprints; click knob and control layout takes a bit of getting used to; no compatibility with DRM music files, such as those purchased from iTunes or Zune online stores; AC-only operation.
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. What features does it add and how good is it?
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. As easy as
taking the device out of the box, plugging the power adapter in, and connecting
to a wireless network the Squeezebox is there to enable users with a plethora of
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.