Logitech launches an all-in-one Squeezebox network player with a Boom

1 Sep 2008

Squeezebox Boom
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Internet radio and network connectivity are two of the most exciting areas in audio at the moment, and if you've joined the digital domain when it comes to music listening, or thinking of taking the plunge, then Logitech's Squeezebox Boom might be worth considering.

It's a new all-in-one stereo system with amplification and built-in speakers, plus an Internet radio. Not only can it stream music from your PC or Mac but it can also communicate to other Slim Devices products around your home, giving you a complete home network system.

File compatability looks like being a strong point for the Boom, with Apple Lossless, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis and AIFF included on the extensive list of audio formats that the unit can play.

The Boom supports 802.11g wireless networking and has 'always on' Internet radio using the SqueezeNetwork connection.

A high gloss black finish and large, high-resolution display, make for a striking looking machine, while there's also a small black remote control included, too. The speakers meanwhile take the form of two 3in long-throw woofers and two 0.75in soft-dome tweeters.

Out this month, the Squeezebox Boom will set you back £200. 


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Ethernet Interface:

True 100Mbps throughput

Shielded CAT5 RJ-45 connector

Connects to any 100Mbps or 10Mbps network

Auto-detects full duplex and half duplex modes

Automatic receive polarity correction (Auto MDIX)

Maximum cable length: 100 meters (328 feet)

Don't worry about the speed, even 10Mbit ethernet is more than enough for just a couple of data transfers (companies used to run tens of computers at once on just 10Mbit Wink

How I wish they'd make a Squeezebox with a NAS server built in (running a customisable version of Linux for running other applications on).

I know wireless is the future, but some of us prefer the security and reliability of hard wired connectivity.  Does this provide gigabit ethernet capability or only fast ethernet (which I find to be a little wobbly)?