01.Logitech Squeezebox Boom
Dimensions (mm, W x H x D) 330 x 127 x 79mm
The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is made for constantly connected people, streaming music either over the internet or from a personal computer. Resembling a large clock radio, the Squeezebox has a subdued design with a piano-black finish and two speakers on either side of an auto-dimming aqua display for time, song title and radio station details. An auxiliary input for connecting an iPod or other media player, as well as a headphone port that doubles as a subwoofer connection, adds to its versatility. As an alarm clock, the Squeezebox is extremely easy to set up and use, and set in “sleep” mode so it automatically turns off.
The SqueezeCentre application, loaded onto a PC, Mac or Linux computer, allows you to perform many tasks, including search for music stored anywhere on your computer or network and select online radio stations and podcasts. You can also subscribe to various music services that allow you to either download music or store your collection online. The web-based interface is simple to use and allows you to customise how your Squeezebox screen looks and operates. Another connection option is the SqueezeNetwork, where you can listen to music online even if you don’t have a computer operating. All you need is broadband internet access and to select “SqueezeNetwork” in the menu.
The Squeezebox delivers surprisingly good sound for its size. It can play most popular music file formats, including MP3, WAV, AAC and AIFF. Until recently, the Squeezebox could not play music bought from Apple’s iTunes site because of digital rights management (DRM) issues. Thankfully, the DRM restriction has been lifted and music purchased from iTunes can now be played.
The Squeezebox works very well over a wireless network, allowing you to place the unit anywhere in an average-sized house, and it also has an Ethernet connection if wireless access is not available. It won’t receive local radio stations via a standard AM/FM antenna, however most local stations are available online.
For the price, the Squeezebox Boom would want to do much more than simply wake you up in the morning with a buzzer or radio station – and it does. If you keep your music on your PC and also enjoy listening to internet radio, the Squeezebox will quickly become part of your daily routine. Once you’ve followed the series of steps to set up the unit it’s easy to use and move, and delivers surprisingly good sound in an attractive, compact package.
Please note: this information was current as of February 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.