Logitech Squeezebox Boom Review

If you’re familiar with the original Squeezebox network music player, it allowed you to listen to the music on your computer in one location wirelessly over your hi-fi system. Logitech recently acquired the company, and has been making significant advances. One of them is the new Squeezebox Boom. What features does it add and how good is it?

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If you’re familiar with the original Squeezebox network music player, it allowed you to listen to the music on your computer in one location wirelessly over your hi-fi system. Logitech recently acquired the company and has been making significant advances. One of them is the new Squeezebox Boom. What features does it add and how good is it?

As the name might imply, the Squeezebox Boom pairs the award-winning network music player with a 30-watt digital amplifier and speakers, making it even more convenient than before. In between both speakers are the LCD display and navigation controls, which are very self explanatory and common throughout most boombox-style devices.

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Below the LCD are six preset buttons, a large knob for volume & navigation, and the usual play/pause and previous/next track buttons.

The Boom uses 802.11g or Ethernet (located on the back of the device) to connect to your home network, in turn, allowing it to connect to your computer’s music library. Also found on the back are headphone out and line in jacks for enjoying other devices using the built-in speakers, or listening to the Squeezebox function using headphones.

Installing the Squeezebox Boom is a very simple process, and in our case went very smoothly. We setup the device using our Apple Time Capsule network, and then proceeded to pop in the setup disc into our Mac. If you just want to listen to internet radio or services such as Pandora, there is no additional software required.

However, if you’re interested in listening to your iTunes or Windows Media library, you’ll need to install the SqueezeCenter web server onto your PC, Mac, or Linux computer. We tested the SqueezeCenter-route during our testing period and it worked seamlessly. FYI, the Squeezebox won’t play DRM-protected music such as older iTunes purchases, but will play newer iTunes Plus songs.

Navigating throughout the Boom may seem complex at first glance, but the large knob control works well. In terms of audio performance, the Squeezebox Boom packed quite a bit of bass, which is surprising for such a small device, but besides that, it sounds really good. Playing internet radio and podcasts over WiFi worked flawlessly as well, and we enjoy waking up to SomaFM’s Groove Salad every morning thanks to it.

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However, the glossy case is a dust-magnet, and the Boom isn’t totally portable–you have to be near an AC-outlet for it to work.

The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is available now and you can grab it from Amazon.com for just under $240 bucks. It’s probably the best internet-connected radio we’ve seen yet.

Pros

  • Great sound.
  • WiFi and Ethernet connectivity.
  • Accesses music located on computer wirelessly.

Cons

  • No battery operation.
  • Glossy black finish is a dust-magnet.

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