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5.0 out of 5 stars Logitech Squeezebox Boom versus Pure Avanti Flow, 25 Aug 2009
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If you are looking for an Internet radio with the option to stream your own music you are likely to choose between the Logitech Squeezebox Boom and the Pure Avanti Flow.

The first thing to say is that the Avanti flow also includes Dab Radio, FM radio as well as an integrated iPod dock that charges the latest nano version. If these are paramount to you then the Pure becomes the only option really. The iPod playback is very good and the Dab reception is also good. On the other hand if you prefer streaming music as opposed to using a portable player and if you find that wifi radio makes Dab and FM no longer a necessity then the following comparison might be of some assistance.

The software: The Avanti relies on the "lounge website" in conjunction with the "flow server" software. The latter is only required for streaming music from one's PC. The Squeezebox Boom works via the "Squeezebox Network" or the "Squeezebox Center". The latter is the software running on your PC. After using both it didn't take long to realize how primitive the Pure Software is in comparison to the Squeezebox one. This greatly affects the quality and functionality of both Internet Radio and Mp3 streaming that these systems offer.

Internet Radio: The Lounge works by storing your preferences: favorite music stations, etc. You can search for stations via genre but the design is cumbersome and finding what you want is a lot harder than in the Logitech. Furthermore, there are many bugs in the program. For instance adding/deleting a station to your favorites is not always straightforward. It might take a day for the change to appear. The main drawback of the Avanti is that you cannot control it via your PC. You need to do so via the main unit or the remote and its screen is not large enough for that. PC control is one of the main advantages of the Squeezebox family. In addition, Internet radio is very well organized within the logitech system with the advantage of using Music services such as Last.FM, Deezer, Napster, Classical.com ... This is not an option if you choose the Avanti Flow. Even though connectivity issues and errors may occur they are a lot easier and quicker to resolve as opposed those in the Pure. Another issue is the slow buffering times of the Pure that can be an annoyance if you frequently switch stations. Reception is very good in both and is rarely interrupted.

Streaming Mp3 files: Again controlling the device from your own PC is one of the main advantages of the Squeezebox. Furthermore, thsqueezebox allows streaming in lossless formats. Another advantage is that non-Latin characters will always be displayed native or converted to Latin ones on the Squeezebox screen or your PC screen. This is not the case with the Pure where you might end up seeing boxes instead and makes it hard to decipher names of artist, songs form your library.

Sound Quality : Very good for both within their price range. The Avanti is somewhat brighter while the Boom is warmer. Treble/Bass can be adjusted in both. I find the the Pure sounds better with low bitrate Internet Radio than the Logitech. The Avanti has an integrated Subwoofer but this actually may be a disadvantage for some people who would prefer to use their own sub. The squeezebox has a sub out.

Design, Built-in Quality : I like the looks in both. The Avanti has a retro style in a black gloss finish and is a more eye catching item. Yet I prefer the understated looks of the Boom as well as its screen. The both feel sturdy and the Avanti is a lot heavier and quite more sizable. One design problem of the Avanti is that the buttons are misplaced and that they operate in a counterintuitve fushion. The Boom, on the other hand, is very easy to operate from its scroll wheel that is similar to that of the iPod.

Conclusion

The Avanti is a more complete product, does nearly everything a mini hifi would do and is therefore the logical mini hifi replacement. However, if the typical hifi features are not important to you or if you plan to keep your CD player anyway and view streaming music as an addition to your current set-up then the Boom or any other Logitech Product is the one to go for. The Boom can be part of a multi-room set up where the Squeezebox Classic or the Squeezebox Duet receiver can take their place in your living room next to your hifi set up while the Boom can be used in the Bedroom/Office. Everything can be controlled from your PC or from the Duet controller and different players can also be synchronized. If you are ready to make the switch to the Squeezebox family you will enjoy your music in a whole new light.
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Mr. I. Ahmad says:
Excellent review, i'm in the process of finding a wi-fi streaming solution and this will help with my decision

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J. J. Mullin says:
Great review/ comparison, don't listen to those others having a moan. This is exactly the kind of advice I was after, thanks for taking the time to write it!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 16:59:25 BDT
A comparison review is even more useful than the comments on the Squeezebox alone.
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