Reviews and Problems with Logitech Squeezebox Radio
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Logitech Squeezebox Radio
20 August 2010
Conclusion: Logitech's wireless-audio-streaming devices keep getting better, but the Squeezebox Radio, with so-so sound quality and some connectivity and set-up issues, is not the star of the Squeezebox line.
Pros: Color LCD. Easy to operate. Streams Internet radio and Web music services like Pandora and Slacker along with music from your PC. Incorporates apps like Facebook and the Amazon CD Store.
Cons: Set-up can be a hassle. Streaming and buffering issues over Wi-Fi. Weak sound quality. Remote not included.
Conclusion: The Logitech Squeezebox was designed to take all your radio and music needs and shove it all in a convenient easy to use package, which would also look good enough for you to want to place it on your kitchen windowsill or lounge table. It certainly does all of that, centralising your tunes and stations into a modern jukebox that you can place anywhere in the home.
Excerpt: We’ve reviewed quite a few wireless internet radio players here on The Gadgeteer. Some have performed well while others have been mediocre. Today Judie Lipsett of Gear Diary and I will be doing a dual review of the Logitech Squeezebox Radio. Will it be a winner or a dud? Keep reading to find out.
Pros: Easy to set up and easy to operate, Allows you to stream free and paid channel audio wirelessly over your home WiFi network, The 2.4" color screen displays album art, Flickr or Facebook photos, your Facebook news stream, or other items, The Squeezebox Radio is solidly built, looks great and sounds great, too
Cons: No way to customize clock display, Handheld remote not included
Summary: The Logitech Squeezebox Radio is a nicely designed device for listening to your music from anywhere in the house. As a bonus, it lets you access all sorts of online content, both audio and visual. The Radio is powerful enough to fill a bedroom or office, although itâ€™s lacking in bass. Our biggest complaint is that the system's interface makes it very difficult to deal with large music collections or to access the unit's many options.
Excerpt: If you love the idea of bringing the world’s music and radio stations into your home, Logitech has several Internet radio solutions for you. Our current entry-level favorite is the Logitech Squeezebox Radio for $199. The Squeezebox Radio has an elegant high-quality look, almost classic sexy with big tuning dial and glossy black or red finish. Solidly built with simple buttons, it features a vibrant color display that shows album art, clear menus, and other information.
Excerpt: (1 items) Logitech's Squeezebox family of products , originally created by Slim Devices, began life as boxes to get music stored on your computer to play through your existing stereo. Since Logitech took over the Squeezebox reins, the line has expanded to include a few all-in-one products that act not only as receivers for streaming content, but also as speakers to play that content.
Pros: Compact, portable all-in-one design, Support for a wide variety of audio formats, Good sound for its size, Access to streaming online content
Cons: Navigation and text entry can be tedious, Control limited without expensive remote or third-party iPhone app, Switching to Web-based control requires manual setting changes
Conclusion: The Squeezebox platform was created by a company called Slim Devices which was later acquired by Logitech. Thankfully Logitech did not try and “reinvent the wheel” and kept many of the developers and built up the platform based on its strengths. The Squeezebox Radio is the next step in the evolution of their network music player.
Pros: Simple to setup, Sharp Color display, Numerous online music services, Large selection of Internet radio options, Compact and portable
Cons: Mono, Lack of included remote, Does not include rechargeable batteries, Uses 802.11G for wireless
Conclusion: You may not be able to put a price on endless musical options from around the globe, or around your house, but we can. For $199, the Squeezebox Radio seems just right.
Pros: Decent sound for the size, Endless audio options, as well as access to Facebook, Insanely easy setup process, Can be synchronized with any Squeezebox or Transporter for whole-house music, Built-in Wi-Fi
Cons: No remote, No artwork/control for iPod content, Somewhat bizarre musical sounds & sound effects, No ability to comment on Facebook