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Great at what it does - will work best for you if you have streaming media already.,
This review is from: Logitech Squeezebox Boom (Electronics)
The player itself is great. It connects to server software which you can install on your PC or Mac or other device. It takes music from the server over a wired or wireless network, and plays it back without needing to connect it to an amplifier (unlike the others in this range).
For people like me who have invested in a squeeze media setup at home, it's terrific, because now we can play our music collection in places like the kitchen, where you don't really want a full amplifier and speaker setup.
For people who don't have a squeezebox setup already, the main question you should consider is: are you willing to leave your computer on all the time you might need to play music? You can also use another device such as a home server, or certain kinds of network-attached storage which you can install software on, but this isn't always easy.
If the answer to that is yes, then the Slim Server software itself is very good and very flexible. Quality is excellent, build quality and playback quality. Treble is perhaps a bit weak, but bass is excellent for a unit of its size.
It supports MP3 and FLAC formats out of the box (and probably others too) - the latter is highly recommended if you are ripping CDs for the first time and don't have to worry about compatibility with other devices.
The installation of the AlienBBC plug-in allows access not just to BBC radio stations live, but also everything available via the Listen Again feature, at least in the UK.
So, if it matches your needs, I heartily recommend it - it's great quality for the money. However, I don't think this series is the easiest to use for those new to streaming media.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2009 16:44:18 GMT
Alan G. Gibbons says:
You mention an AlienBBC plug-in...
What is this and where do you get it from?
Do you have to pay for it?
More importantly, how do you use the Squeezebox's user interface to browse and access the programmes available on the BBC Listen Again service, and how easy is it to do so?
Posted on 24 Feb 2009 16:44:51 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2009 17:31:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Mar 2009 17:32:00 GMT
Just google Alien BBC. It's free and works beautifully.
And there is a menu entry in Alien BBC for Listen Again which you just navigate to via the remote control. Again, it's dead straightforward.
Disclaimer - I have a Squeezebox Classic, not a Boom. But I'm 99.9% sure the software is identical.
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