Reviews and Problems with Logitech Squeezebox Duet
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Logitech Squeezebox Duet
14 June 2009
Summary: With its excellent iPod-like remote, the Logitech Squeezebox Duet is an ideal way to stream the full range of digital music--including files on your computer's hard drive, premium subscription music services, and free Internet radio--to your living room stereo system.
Pros: Network digital audio system includes excellent wireless remote with color screen and scroll wheel control; 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, podcasts, and premium online music services including Rhapsody, Sirius, and Pandora; excellent online account integration; expandable to multiple rooms.
Cons: Minor improvements could make the already good interface even better; scroll wheel isn't quite as responsive as the iPod's; no compatibility with DRM music files such as those purchased from iTunes or Zune online stores; setup process could frustrate those who aren't tech-savvy.
Conclusion: Logitech may have hosed themselves on this review. Had the interface been working correctly, this one could have easily scored 5's across the board. Unfortunately, with the interface problems, it's hard to say, "You've just GOT to get one of these." Still, what the Squeezebox Duet did correctly, it did amazingly. Streaming was so solid it was beyond belief. The remote was, for the most part, a joy to use and a real head-turner when guests were over.
Pros: Easy access to Internet Radio, Tons of connection options, Great fidelity and lack of audio dropouts, SqueezeCenter makes personalization a breeze
Cons: If receiver has a problem connecting, there is very little feedback to tell you what's wrong, Software still beta, Menu layout could be better organized
Excerpt: But the Squeezebox Duet isn’t a failure—in fact, it’s the best Squeezebox yet—but it’s aimed at an entirely different audience than the Sonos. Where the Sonos is closed, proprietary, and relatively static, the Squeezebox operates on open-source software that encourages tinkering, third-party development, and evolution.
Pros: Terrific remote control, inexpensive, open source.
Cons: Piggybacks on your Wi-Fi network, compatible only with 802.11b/g.
Conclusion: By and large, there's little not to like about the operation of the Squeezebox Duet. Wireless performance was largely flawless, whether streaming from online services or locally networked PCs -- that's compared to other wireless music systems, which occasionally have dropouts. Another great thing about the Duet was the ability to create an "on-the-fly" playlist, using pretty much any source available.
Pros: Minor improvements could make the already good interface even better, No compatibility with DRM music files such as those purchased from iTunes, Setup process could frustrate those who aren't tech-savvy
Cons: Excellent remote with colour screen and scroll wheel control, Supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet home networks, Compatible with virtually all non-DRM audio file formats