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Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet

Planning to purchase either one of the above. Need to get some facts sorted out first because I am getting different info from different people and some info is the opposite if whats stated on the official website of Sonos and Logitech.


I require a wireless system for the house with details below:


Main source of music: CD player/iPod


Secondary source of music: iTunes from a laptop (need to access with laptop off)


Tertiary source of music: Music on a portable hard disk


Between Sonos and Squeezebox, which one can handle all/one of the above?


Anyone can help?

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet

Squeexebox Duet - since you have a laptop. But make sure your WLAN is rock solid.

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet

manic. how will squeezebox access the music files on the laptop if its off? im interested as im an owner.

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet
El Hefe:

Planning to purchase either one of the above. Need to get some facts sorted out first because I am getting different info from different people and some info is the opposite if whats stated on the official website of Sonos and Logitech.


I require a wireless system for the house with details below:


Main source of music: CD player/iPod


Secondary source of music: iTunes from a laptop (need to access with laptop off)


Tertiary source of music: Music on a portable hard disk


Between Sonos and Squeezebox, which one can handle all/one of the above?


Anyone can help?

 

none.

 

problems.

 

CDP.

 

Laptop off.

 

Nas will need tobeable to have some software installed on it for the Squeezebox..

 

you need to think a bit more about what you really want to do.

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet

The sonos do have a line in so you can connect a cd player, Squeezebox doesnt.But neither will stream from your laptop if it's off.

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet
daveh75:The sonos do have a line in so you can connect a cd player, Squeezebox doesnt.But neither will stream from your laptop if it's off.


 Thats what I thought. Neither both can access iTunes with laptop off. The reason I am putting a CDP as my main source is that I do not wish to keep my laptop on 24/7 as what I am doing now via airport express.


 So Sonos would be the better choice then.


 As for the NAS, I guess either one can access it right?

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El Hefe:daveh75:The sonos do have a line in so you can connect a cd player, Squeezebox doesnt.But neither will stream from your laptop if it's off.



So Sonos would be the better choice then.


 As for the NAS, I guess either one can access it right?

If you want to be able to hook up the cd player then yes sonos is the best/only choice.

Both can stream from a NAS,however squeezebox requires slimserver/squeezecentre software to be installed on the NAS.Though i gather it's a nightmare to try and install yourself,so would be better to buy a NAS with it pre-installed if going the squeezebox route.

http://ripcaster.co.uk/ sell NAS with the software pre-installed.

AFAIK sonos doesn't require any additional software to stream from a NAS.

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Get Sonos, dump itunes and stream your music from Napster

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet

If you have a NAS, the Sonos does not require a PC at all.


Ditto the Squeezebox if you have a NAS with SqueezeCenter installed like Netgear's Nasready, after setting up.

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Gets my vote. £10 per month and you can listen to anything(just about!)

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dustymrb:Gets my vote. £10 per month and you can listen to anything(just about!)



I use Napster through Squeezebox and dont pay anything for streaming. Is the £10 for downloading rather than streaming?

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Please let Logitech know - they will be delighted

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That's for streaming and downloading(but not to mp3 players thats an extra fiver)wasn't aware you could stream for free!

Have to say I don't really bother downloading but it has changed the way the whole family listen to music.Excellent for themed parties or some authentic music when eating foreign food! Recently even found some belly dancing music which made for  interesting party entertainment!

Of course we do listen to 'normal 'music aswell.

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Re: Sonos VS Squeezebox Duet

Thanks for all the feedback. I think most of you is in favour of Sonos which I tend to agree. So, will audition both and see which I can get at the best price.

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I'm thinking of getting the Sonos 150 bundle. I currently have a Yamaha Soundbar in my lounge with a DVD player and Foxsat HDR Freesat box and a laptop with some iTunes music on it, though it has limited HDD space. I have got Wifi in the house too.

My plan is to get the Sonos 150 bundle and a Buffalo LinkStation 500GB Media Server, possibly adding further ZonePlayers at a later date.

My 1st question is whether the Buffalo works as a NAS (not knowing a huge amount about these things) and whether anyone has successfully used one as a storage device with the Sonos? Secondly, what is the Sonos Zonebridge Wireless Router and do I need one?

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The Buffalo Linkstations work fine with Sonos.  At least one of the Zoneplayers has to be hard-wired to your router so if this isn't possible, the Zone Bridge is used.  It also extends the range.

Try sites such as ripcaster and the main Sonos site which is pretty good at explaining how it all works and there is a forum at Sonos too which should be able to offer more specialised advice when it comes to using NAS' etc.

I'm a Squeezebox fan and one of the main reasons I went down that route was cost and I hated the remote but now Sonos is cheaper and you can use the iphone/itouch app to control your Sonos system.  It is very impressive.  I use my itouch to control my two Squeezeboxes as well as my Harmony One/525.  The itouch makes a great remote (as long as noone removes it from the house!)

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