Reviews and Problems with Logitech Squeezebox Radio
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TechBargains Review - Logitech Squeezebox Radio
21 November 2010
Summary: The Squeezebox Radio is the perfect clock radio, or desk radio replacement for the modern user. It's attractively priced (list is $179.99, but it streets around $150), sounds excellent, is easy to use, and has multiplatform support. As long as you don't need a stereo device we can't think of a reason not to buy the Squeezebox Radio!
Pros: Easy to Use:, Sound Quality:, Fit and Finish:, Great Wi-Fi Reception:, Windows/Mac/Linux Support:, Very Good Headphone Amplifier:, Squeezebox Controller App:
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.
Summary: The Logitech Squeezebox Radio has an exceptional design, an unmatched variety of streaming music services, and solid sonics, making it the top value pick for Wi-Fi radios.
Pros: Wi-Fi radio with built-in speaker and color LCD display; stylish exterior design and outstanding button placement on front panel; can access thousands of freely available Internet radio stations; streams tons of online music services (Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker, Rhapsody, Sirius, Live Music Archive); provides access to PC-based music files (on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines); supports nearly every digital audio file format, including lossless formats like FLAC and Ap...
Cons: Remote and battery pack cost extra; slightly more expensive than competing radios; setup could scare off tech novices; not a perfect alarm clock; doesn't sound quite as good as the Squeezebox Boom; some stability issues.
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
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.
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