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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???
Summary: There’s no faulting the Squeezebox for what it does (play music well) or how loud it does it (er, loudly). It’s what it doesn’t do (work without a computer, pick up normal radio) that makes us doubt we can squeeze a full £200 of value from it.
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: You can also control the Boom using the remote that comes with the Squeezebox Duet, which is outfitted with a color LCD. If you’re looking for a general-purpose audio-streaming box, as opposed to an alarm clock, you’ll be better served by the Squeezebox Duet or the Squeezebox 3 paired with high-quality self-powered speakers (Axiom Audio’s Audiobyte and Audioengine’s A2 or A5 are good choices).
Pros: Great alarm clock, great user interface, comprehensive audio-format support.
Cons: No digital outputs and limited to 802.11g networks.
Summary: At $299, the Logitech Squeezebox Boom is an expensive but versatile wireless music system. Its ease of setup and portability will make it more than attractive for those who want access to numerous music options without always having to bring a laptop into the equation. The Boom streams music from the Internet just as flawlessly—and with the same quality—as it streams tunes from your home library.
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Excerpt: Most streaming music devices require two key outside components to work: speakers and a source to power them. Since there are very few powered speakers out there in reality, you most likely need to attach the streaming device to a mini-system or your home theater system – and that can create a lot of clutter, especially in the kitchen. The Logitech Squeezebox Boom fixes this problem by creating an all-in-one sound system with music streaming capabilities.
Pros: Wonderful sounding; easy to setup and use; customizable; good build quality
Cons: Cannot play DRM-protected music; lacks an FM tuner; no iPod integration