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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, easy set up, 24 May 2010
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Whether you've ammassed a large or small music library on your PC, the Squeezebox family let you play it in different rooms around the house using wireless or wired LAN.

I already owned a Squeezebox "Classic" to link my main hi-fi to my PC music library, and I wanted to get synchronised sound in another room. The Squeezebox "Boom" does just that, and performs very well considering its size. Sound is crisp and bass is acceptable, but would be significantly better if you added a self-powered sub-woofer. The Boom has the output socket for this, but, strangely, Logitech don't make a suitable device to plug into it, so you're on your own if you want more than the standalone box can provide.

As well as playing music from your PC, the Boom has a "line in" socket that you can connect any MP3 player to, and use the Boom as a very good quality powered speaker system.

Sound is fine for a bedroom or kitchen, but doesn't have enough "oomph" for a main room hi-fi.

Set up was relatively easy, but I think the instructions are a bit sparse for anyone new to the Squeezebox family who isn't used to the concept. Entering wireless network passwords is hard until you realise that the "play" button acts as a backspace/delete key... Not mentioned anywhere in the instructions as far as I can see.

To set it up you have to download Squeezeserver software to the PC that contains your music library, then configure the Squeezebox Boom to connect to your LAN, either wirelessly (G only, no N support) or wired ethernet and tell it which PC the music library is on.

The Boom connects to Squeezeserver on the PC and the front panel or remote can then be used to scan through and select music from your PC to play, or you can control one or more Squeezeboxes from a browser application on any PC on your network.

You can also choose to connect the Boom directly to the internet through your router to play internet radio stations, or Logitech's own Squeezebox.com for added on-line features.

Third-party apps such as BBC i-Player can be downloaded and added to work via Squeezeserver on your PC if you want to manage internet radio stations better.

When synchronised, the sound from the two Squeezebox devices in my setup is perfectly in-sync. Alternatively, they can each play a totally different sound stream from the same or different source.

Finally, the Boom's display can be tailored quite a bit to control what menus appear and what information it displays about what's being played.

The possibilities are endless. The only reasons I didn't give this 5 stars are the price and the "thin" set up instructions.

Plus points:- It works well. It sounds good and is fairly easy to set up. I've rediscovered music I'd forgotten I had.

Minus points:- A bit pricy for my liking and I wish there was an option when in random play that lets you to play the rest of the album that track's on, or "more from this artist" etc., What yoi actually have to do is stop the random play, then search again to find the album or whatever.
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Initial post: 3 May 2012 23:03:12 BDT
J. J. Mullin says:
Agree with you on the price of the Logitech range but I think you're asking a bit much with the 'more from this artist' request!

Anyways, I've only got a radio at the moment but I'm seriously considering one of these...
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