Conclusion: Logitech's latest touch-screen-enabled Squeezebox works well, streaming music from your computers and the Web without hiccups, but for $300, it's light on extra features.
Pros: Streams music from computers and Internet radio via Wi-Fi. Sleek, minimal design with responsive touch screen. SD card slot for photo and audio files. Ambient light sensor adjusts screen brightness automatically.
Cons: Lacks built-in speakers. Does not support video files. No internal storage. Apps are limited in number and usefulness.
Conclusion: Like the Centrance DACport, which I reviewed in June , Logitech's Squeezebox Touch offers excellent audio engineering with no sign that it has been compromised to reach its low price point. This is especially commendable when you consider that, in addition to its audio circuitry, the Touch includes a Linux-based server complete with touchscreen display.
Excerpt: (1 items) Logitech’s Squeezebox line of music players are designed to bring your iTunes library and the best of Internet-based streaming-audio services out of the realm of the computer and into your home. The $200 Squeezebox Radio ( ) and $300 Squeezebox Boom bring their own speakers to the party. The $300 Squeezebox Touch , in contrast, is a slim device that’s designed to attach to a set of external speakers, such as the ones in your living-room home theater set-up.
Pros: Touchscreen makes for easy control, Plays wide variety of audio formats, Provides access to Internet sources of music, photos
Cons: Small, dim screen hard to see from a distance
Summary: The easiest way to summarize this is to let you know that the Squeezebox Touch will not be going back to Logitech. Simple to setup, easy to use, and with great performance and quality, it's what I've been waiting for in a networked music player. I now spend my mornings listening to Pandora, find it much easier to put on whatever music I want to listen to at a moments notice without having to dig out a CD or vinyl, and find that I listen to far more music than I did...
Conclusion: The addition of a touch-screen to Logitech’s already comprehensively featured Squeezebox music player goes beyond “cool factor” to make the user interface much more intuitive and easier to use than previous generations. Armed with the capability to play back just about any music file, easy access to internet music content, simple set up, flexible audio outputs and a bunch of other little goodies, the Squeezebox Touch is the internet music player to beat.
Pros: Convenient touch-screen, Apps for Pandora, Rhapsody and much more, Powerful Internet Radio search., Handles high resolution audio
Cons: Analog Audio outputs sound bright, Large Bezel, Screen should be bigger, Spendy, Did we mention the price?
Summary: The Touch is equipped with an AKM Semiconductor AK4420 stereo DAC that supports bit streams up to 24-bit resolution with sampling rates as high as 192kHz (the Touch itself is limited 24-bit/96kHz) while delivering an impressive signal-to-noise ratio of 105dB. This is the first time we’ve encountered this DAC (Logitech has used Burr-Brown and Wolfson DACs in the past), but we dig it.
Pros: Gorgeous touch screen; USB host and SD card slot; supports 24-bit, 48kHz FLAC, and Internet radio.
Cons: Infrared remote; inferior to Sonos in multi-room configurations.
Conclusion: The Squeezebox Touch builds on the classic Squeezebox design and performance, with some of the visual enhancements present in the Radio. However, it takes these features even further with a slicker, friendlier interface and a powerul (and pretty!) touch screen. For those who want to bring the power of Internet radio and networked music to your living room, with high-quality sound and a stylish front end to match, there's a new player in town, and it's called the...
Pros: Super-quick response time, Tons of musical options and apps aplenty, Built-in Wi-Fi, Can be synchronized with any Squeezebox or Transporter for whole-house music, High quality internal 24/96 DACs and fiber/coax digital outputs with support for lossless formats make this system at home with any audiophile rig, Works with Squeezebox Controller for multi-room, multi-device control and integration
Cons: No dedicated home button, Remote offers options not available through the touch screen controls, No new apps since Squeezebox Radio launched last year
Conclusion: Squeezebox touch has no big flaws. I think it's a bit marginal product and the buyer needs to have exact need for a device like this. For the price of 300 euros I would have wanted to see less plasticy appearance and/or a bigger screen. My biggest disappointment is the slightly dated feel after using many touch screen cellphones.
Pros: wisely chosen set of connectors, perfect internet radio to be used while you pc is shut down (if placed in a reach of a hand)
Cons: too much cheap glossy plastic, price feels unjustified compared to the screen size and plasticy appearanceprice feels unjustified compared to the screen size and plasticy appearance, smallish screen makes it feel bit dated