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While hi-fi manufacturers such as Pioneer and Marantz have started getting on the digital-streaming bandwagon, companies like Sonos and Logitech (nee Slim Devices) were there from the beginning. While Sonos' products are the more usable and popular option, I personally prefer the Logitech Squeezebox due to its high versatility and audiophile-friendly appointments. Think of Squeezebox as Android to Sonos' iOS. The Squeezebox Touch was released in December 2009 but the product has changed quite a bit since then, morphing from a grown-up MP3 player to a sophisticated music streamer. Logitech has subsequently released Android and iOS control apps, as well as support for most of the popular streaming services. While it's a little antiquated compared with the likes of Roku's products in that it still needs a PC or a Netgear NAS to run the system, it still holds up well among more modern systems. At $250 online, the Squeezebox Touch costs more than multimedia players like Roku boxes and Apple TV, but half as much as dedicated audio players like Pioneer's N-30.
The Squeezebox Touch is nothing less than an absolute bargain. There is truly little else to say about this incredibly easy to set-up and enjoy network player. It crams a shed-load of technology into a 150mm by 110mm enclosure, which is just 10mm deep – albeit increasing to 40mm at its base to accommodate its connection sockets. The player delivers internet radio along with music streamed from any computer(s) on your local network. It is wireless-capable, but we used it predominantly with a CAT5E Ethernet connection to enable it to access music reliably on a computer and NAS, running the free Squeexebox Server software, which runs on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. We supplied it with rips from a £370 VortexBox Appliance 1TB NAS, which conveniently comes with Squeezebox Server already installed and configured – although putting it on a Windows PC is only a five-minute job. Fully featured You can connect the Touch to a regular hi-fi system through a pair of RCA analogue sockets, or through a DAC using the coaxial or optical output. Equally, you can connect it straight to a set of active loudspeakers in an appropriately compact office or study system.
We review Logitech's network music player the Squeezebox Touch which offers a 4.3-inch color touch screen and stream music to any room in your house.When we saw Logitech’s first iteration of the Squeezebox at the 2007 CEDIA Expo, we knew they were on to something. Back then, customizable internet music services like Pandora were just beginning to gain popularity, but Logitech believed that we would soon want a device that allowed us to integrate our digital music collection with the growing possibilities of internet-based music.Since then, Logitech has steadily improved their Squeezebox brand and, today, offers the Squeezebox Touch: A touch-screen Wi-Fi enabled music server that provides easy access to your digital music collection, internet radio stations and paid internet music services like Rhapsody and Napster.The Squeezebox Touch comes packed with a power cord, remote control, a set of stereo RCA cables and a very simple user manual. There’s no software disc and no need for a flash drive to update its firmware. Everything the user needs is built right in. The Squeezebox Touch is gloss black and has a very clean face, adorned only with Logitech’s logo. The bezels on the unit are a little large and tend to make the screen seem small in comparison to the device’s overall size.
More often than not, a monolithic public corporation acquiring a small independent company ends up stifling innovation, sacrificing quality for quantity, and inexorably suffocating the golden goose. Happily, that scenario never played out when Logitech bought Slim Devices. While we don’t have any insight as to what’s gone on behind the scenes, we can tell you that the Touch—the fourth addition to the Squeezebox family of digital audio receivers under Logitech’s reign—is utterly fabulous. The Squeezebox Touch’s slab-like industrial design harkens back to the Squeezebox 3, which Slim Devices shipped in late 2005. But where that player was equipped with a 320x32 vacuum fluorescent display, suitable only for displaying text and crude, monochrome graphics, the Squeezebox Touch is outfitted with a 4.3-inch, 24-bit color, capacitive-touch LCD. The onscreen icons are just the right size for our relatively fat fingertips, and we had no trouble navigating the menus. The Touch comes with a basic infrared remote control, too; but having grown accustomed to the Sonos Digital Music System’s RF remote, we quickly tired of the Logitech’s line-of-sight leash.
Logitech's Squeezebox line of products combines the ease-of-use and functionality of the company's universal remote controls with the top-notch audio quality of its PC speakers. Squeezebox products stream music or audio via Wi-Fi from either your computer or the Internet, and the latest, the Squeezebox Touch ($299.99 direct), does the same, but features a slick touch-screen interface. The LCD can display photos from SD cards or USB drives or from apps like Flickr or Facebook, but for $300, I expect more than that. There's no video playback, for instance, which seems like a waste of the big, bright display. More importantly, there are no built-in speakers, here, like you'll find on the same-price Squeezebox Boom ($299.99, ); you'll need add headphones or speakers to enjoy the Touch's high quality audio streams. Although it does its intended job well, the Squeezebox Touch's price seems out-of-sync with its abilities. Measuring 3.6 by 5.9 by 3.1-inches (HWD), the centerpiece on the Squeezebox Touch is its 4.3-inch touch-sensitive LCD that auto-adjusts its brightness depending on the surrounding light. The design is clean, a Logitech logo below the screen is virtually the only design flourish on the otherwise glossy black plastic unit.
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