: SqueezeBox Users Thread
Well, I'm excited as a Squeezebox from Slim Devices is on its way to me for review.
I have now reviewed several competing solutions so I look forward to the opportunity to trying out this highly regarded box.
Once I get it set up, I'll let everyone know my progress. If you have any questions about its operation, post them here and I'll try and answer them.
I've had a Squeezebox 3 for a couple of months now, and I love it. It has great performance and features, and combined with the open-source Slimserver software it's ridiculously customizable.
I'm just starting to get into the many, many different optional plugins that are available from the Squeezebox/Slimserver community: for example, there are plugins that can turn the Squeezebox into an intercom, a caller ID display, or a dynamic weather display.
The sound quality of the unit is superb, at least when playing high-bitrate or lossless tracks. So much so, in fact, that it's unlikely I'll ever play a physical CD again.
2006-06-20, 10:32 AM
Any updates on the SB 3???
Been using it for a while but by no means have I exhaustively tested it
Positives so far:
Easy to setup
Good Sound Quality
Nice having the LED display
Like the ability to stream audio to multiple squeezeboxes or computers using the slimserver software
Negatives so far:
the browser interface is slow and not intuitive
Can't play DRM songs
Still some of this is first impressions so I reserve the right to change my mind!
2006-06-21, 04:53 PM
What is the squeezebox.
2006-06-21, 10:47 PM
I was wondering the same thing earlier so I GOOGLE'd it ... might was to try it :D
Anyways .. here is the home site (http://www.slimdevices.com/)
Streaming XM Radio to the Squeezebox (http://www.digitalhomecanada.com/content/view/1403/98/)
This is very cool, however, it does rely on a 3rd party plugin.
2006-07-14, 10:53 PM
I'm had my squeezebox for a couple days now and while the honeymoon isn't over yet, it does everything I hoped it would and more. Very nice combination of hardware and software and it sounds great. I'll probably end of getting at least one more.
2006-07-15, 04:04 PM
Out of 10 how would your rate the squeeze box.
2006-07-18, 05:39 PM
I'd give it a solid 8/10. It loses some points because it runs part of itself in the /temp directory :mad:
According to my SlimServer : "Your music library contains 1293 albums with 14373 songs by 1070 artists". This is all .mp3, fully id3v1/v2 tagged including embedded album art. I have a very large bookcase containing my CD's I can remove from my living room now. I have joined the digital age :p
The web portion works fine for me, I have delays moving around. The remote works well and is easy to navigate even with so many artists. I haven't delved into the plugins and there are a number of them since the software is built around Perl. I did like the internet radio, it sounded better than I expected and 26 stations of background noise (rain, fire, ocean, etc).
I'm probably only using about 30% of what this thing can do but really it's all I wanted; a way to easily play my music library. Hopefully their next generation model will include a full colour LCD display so album art can be shown. I think that would look snazzy.
2006-07-19, 10:29 AM
I have read the thread and Squeeze Box page and I have a difficult time understanding how this device is really much better than simply streaming audio (CDs, internet radio, etc.) from your PC, via a USB to digital cable interface (I use the Xitel Pro HiFi Link), on to the digital input of your HT amp? I have had this set up for several years at about a quarter of the cost of this Squeeze Box thingy. The Squeeze Box I gather allows for wireless and remote control and has a neat LCD, other than that it is simply an expensive audio interface between computer and HT. Am I missing something?
2006-07-19, 03:22 PM
They look like two different things. To me that Xitel looks to simply use your HT system as your PC's sound (essentially a usb sound card with a digital out). So any audio playing on your PC would be heard through your stereo; you need to control everything from the PC.
The squeeze box is a network device that streams audio files from the server or Internet (no computer needed in that case). Control of the audio is done with its remote or via any web browser. There is no direct interaction with the PC. It could be in another room or another building as long as it's netowrk reachable.
So while yes, I could simply run a 100' cable to the receiver's inputs and listen to audio on my HT equipment, I guess I don't mind paying a little more for a little extra. (I also own a Pronto instead of a generic all-in-1 remote so go figure)
To heybirders point, to each his own.
FYI: I actually have my laptop beside my receiver with an standalone soundblaster audio card with toslink because the 100' cable didn't work for me and neither have any of the media streaming solution.
I have yet to buy a Dlink, Squeezebox, Roku or similiar because I still haven't found what I'm looking for. (hey there's a song in that line!)
To me a Squeezebox that could play DRM and stream satellite radio would be perfect.
2006-07-19, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the clarification.
2006-07-26, 08:26 PM
I have been researching the Squeezebox with plans of getting one to stream audio from the PC to my audio system and also to stream music when I am riding the stationary bike outdoors. Here are a few links I found which had informative reviews on the Squeezebox:
SilentPcReview (audiophile oriented) (http://www.silentpcreview.com/article287-page1.html)
PocketNow (I found out here that there was a handheld interface (PocketPC) for the Squeezebox (http://www.pocketnow.com/index.php?a=portal_detail&t=reviews&id=754)
Globe and Mail's take on the Squeezebox (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051117.gtsqueezenov17/BNStory/Technology/TechReviews)
2006-07-26, 09:15 PM
I have been researching the Squeezebox with plans of getting one
Have you checked out the forums over at Slim Devices?
Lots of good info there. Sean Adams (Slim Devices CEO) and lots of other SD folk are on there quite often talking with the users and taking feedback.
But be warned, like any forum, more users come to complain instead of singing the praises of the SB.
2006-07-28, 07:35 AM
Is the squeeze box well worth it.Aslo how much duty to those who bought one did you pay.
2006-07-28, 08:42 AM
Have you checked out the forums over at Slim Devices?
Yes, I have been there too... Looks like many of the problems users had encountered had to do with enabling security with wireless connectivity... especially typing in passwords in the Squeezebox. I will probably be getting the cheaper non-wireless one to avoid this. I plan to connect the Squeezebox to my network via a wireless bridge, a modded Linksys WRT54GL router running the opensource DD-WRT firmware.
Using a wireless bridge has a few advantages, one is that I can use the bridge to connect both the Squeezebox and a Slingbox to my system. I only need to setup wireless security for the bridge which is easier especially when using long passwords (63 characters for WPA-PSK).
2006-07-28, 09:43 AM
Yes, I have been there too... Looks like many of the problems users had encountered had to do with enabling security with wireless connectivity
Very true. Wired is the best way to go if you can. But sometimes, wireless is the only option.
2006-08-09, 09:58 AM
There is now a plug-in for the Squeezebox to allow you to receive the online streaming feed from Sirius Radio. I assume it works much the same as the XM Radio plug-in for the Squeezebox.
You will need an account with Sirius in order to receive the online feed, but is it free if you have an account. As with the XM Radio feed, you can sign up for a 3 day free trial if you do not have an account.
Here is the link to the Squeezebox plug-in for Sirius online. The plug-in is the second one listed, about half-way down the page: