Logitech Squeezebox Boom
Manufacturer: Logitech Part number: 930-000054
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CNET editors' review
price range: $535.35
- Reviewed by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 09/09/2008
- Released on: 09/02/2008
The good: Wi-Fi radio with built-in speakers; compact form factor and bright, easy-to-read screen; supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet home networks; compatible with virtually all non-DRM audio file formats; provides access to PC-based music files (on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines) as well as PC-free Internet radio and podcasts; able to access multiple free (Last.fm, Pandora, Slacker) and premium (Rhapsody, Sirius) online music services; excellent online account integration.
The bad: Rubberized controls and reflective plastic finish show smudges and fingerprints; click knob and control layout takes a bit of getting used to; no compatibility with DRM music files, such as those purchased from iTunes or Zune online stores; AC-only operation.
The bottom line: The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is the best all-in-one tabletop Wi-Fi radio we've seen to date.
Wow! A great product
by DennyInDurham on October 13, 2009
Pros: Everything works, sounds great (for the size)
Cons: Higher priced than the competition (but worth it)
Summary: Caveat: I purchased this (and a couple of Grace radios before) primarily to listen to a handful of Sirius talk channels without turning on a stereo system. DirecTV provides all ...
Summary: Caveat: I purchased this (and a couple of Grace radios before) primarily to listen to a handful of Sirius talk channels without turning on a stereo system. DirecTV provides all the XM music channels, and I have a minimum of use for the 15,000 internet stations the radios successfully receive.
After suffering through a couple of months trying to get Grace Internet Radios to work reliably with Sirius Internet Radio streams (they're otherwise decent products), I happened on the Logitech Squeezebox Boom (in a CNET Grace Radio review).
Sirius works. Effortlessly. Just like you'd expect it to. But it starts playing faster than a Sirius Satellite Radio (and much faster than a Grace radio, when it works).
Everything else works, too, and is highly customizable to do things the way YOU want to.
Notable, and helping to justify the relatively high price, is remarkable sound quality for such a small unit, good build quality, usable IR remote, remote control from a PC, both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, and ability to be used in conjunction with other Squeezebox products.
This is simply an outstanding product.
No Real Audio support
by rcuff on September 3, 2009
Pros: What everyone else says
Cons: No support for Real Media - which means limited access to the BBC domestic radio services, which are among the world's best
Summary: I wouldn't buy a wifi radio that didn't support Real Media. While it appears Real's share of the streaming media market continues to fall, specifically at the ...
Summary: I wouldn't buy a wifi radio that didn't support Real Media. While it appears Real's share of the streaming media market continues to fall, specifically at the expense of Flash-based streaming audio, nonetheless a significant chunk of the diversity of Internet Radio would be lost. And isn't that diversity the reason Internet radio is of interest?
2 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
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by lewkmiller on July 12, 2009
Pros: 1. Ease of use. 2. Ease of use. 3. Ease of use. Bought for my wife how loves Pandora. Got it home and played with it for hours. Lots of great features and things to play with. Techy enough for me easy enough for non-tech wife.
Cons: I agree with the video review, it needs a battery. but other than that not much to gripe on.
Summary: Bottom line? This is such a great way to have adio around the house, for mood music, passing work time, or rockin out. Tons of option to listen too and ...
Summary: Bottom line? This is such a great way to have adio around the house, for mood music, passing work time, or rockin out. Tons of option to listen too and they are all right there in one little box. I love this product!
by TonyMaro on July 5, 2009
Pros: Wireless network, allows you to bridge the wireless to a wired device, works in conjunction with the other Squeeze device line. Excellent sound for it's size, and has a subwoofer option for even more base.
Cons: Not much really. Battery only operation would have been nice, but I like the smaller size that not having batteries allows. With the need for a wireless or wired network nearby, needing power isn't much of an inconvenience.
Summary: I already owned a Squeezebox from before Logitech purchased Slim Devices. I got the Boom to use in my bedroom and to replace the speakers in my LCD TV which ...
Summary: I already owned a Squeezebox from before Logitech purchased Slim Devices. I got the Boom to use in my bedroom and to replace the speakers in my LCD TV which sound like crap, while adding the music capabilities I already have in my main home entertainment system through the Squeezebox there.
One of the coolest features is the ability to sync my original Squeezebox and my Boom together to play the same Internet stream at the same exact time, so as you walk through the house you get sound from everywhere without needing high volumes. The sound quality is excellent, albeit dependent on the quality of the original stream - so for your own collection rip in a good high-quality compression or a lossless format and you'll be amazed. Some Internet radio stations are better than others, and there's tons out there so don't settle for crappy streams.
The web interface to the SqueezeCenter allows you to easily setup playlists and favorites that all of your Squeezeboxes take advantage of - so my playlists in the living room are the same as in the bedroom.
For good quality sound and basic portability, the boom is amazing - great for the kitchen or to take out on the deck for a barbecue. If you're an audiophile, the original Squeezebox for it's digital audio outputs, or the Transporter if you have some money to burn are excellent.
The only thing I wish is that I had 2 more of these for other places around the house!
Best radio I've ever owned, internet or otherwise.
by carlcapasso on June 26, 2009
Pros: Sound quality is excellent. The available program material cannot be surpassed. Setup is easy and so is access to program material.
Cons: Not too much here to not like. What would be nice would be some sort of rechargeable battery pack and/or a retractable power cord and a better handle to facilitate carrying. the unit from room to room.
Summary: Logitech has made what could have been a very complex and complicated radio into something that is very simple and easy to operate. Given the sound quality, diversity of program ...
Summary: Logitech has made what could have been a very complex and complicated radio into something that is very simple and easy to operate. Given the sound quality, diversity of program material, and the ease of use, this is one heck of a radio. I use it every day. Sorry I didn't buy it sooner!
Liked the first one so much I purchased a second
by mokev on June 22, 2009
Pros: Great size and is easy to configure on wifi. Sound quality compares to higher end devices that I have heard. Interface is also very customizable if you choose to play with some of the available plug-ins.
Cons: Not many cons. However, there are always more bells and whistles that you would like to see. Like more customization of the interface (maybe color options) and adding additional services.
Summary: This is a great little streaming music system. I liked my first one so much, I purchased a second unit. I also have the Squeezebox Duet and Classic. My Squeezeboxes ...
Summary: This is a great little streaming music system. I liked my first one so much, I purchased a second unit. I also have the Squeezebox Duet and Classic. My Squeezeboxes are my favorite gadgets. I have moved all of my CD's to storage and I am now completely streaming either MP3's or music services. I highly recommend this product.
A digital masterpiece, better than sliced bread
by goosmoo on June 2, 2009
Pros: After several hours of listening to my new Boom, I still keep having "OMG" moments. The sound is fabulous, even for podcasts. The variety of services you can use with the device mean there is something for everyone. The Boom is simply marvelous.
Cons: The cover on the remote seems to get loose resulting in the battery not being detected and the remote thus failing to work. That is the only negative aspect I have found, other than the lack of sleep I'm getting due to staying up late listening.
Summary: It's worth every penny.
The Squeezebox Boom has far exceeded all of my expectations, which were already high based on reviews I had read. The Boom has great sound, ...
Summary: It's worth every penny.
The Squeezebox Boom has far exceeded all of my expectations, which were already high based on reviews I had read. The Boom has great sound, great services, and a great design. If I took everything I wanted in an Internet radio and combined those things into one device, the Boom would be the result.
If you have a lot of interest in Internet radio, and you want great sound in a device you can move from room to room, I suggest checking out the Boom. If you can stomach the price, I think you'll be happy with what you get.
This is a phenomenal product that I use every day
by Hooter on March 25, 2009
Pros: Very flexible, playing different music sources
Through the internet music services I have learned about new music and/or artists
Huge community/forum where folks are writing plug ins daily
Cons: Sometimes difficult to connect to Squeezenetwork
Can't connect with my Yamaha MusicCast server (yet)
With The Squeezebox Boom Internet Radio Has Arrived
by appeal2 on March 13, 2009
Pros: The ultimate clockradio with unlimited music programming. Website seemlessly incorporates sirius and pandora. Product just keeps getting better and better
Cons: Need snooze button on remote. Need backup alarm if internet fails.
Summary: I have owned six internet radios, three logitechs and this is by far the best. Logitech has perfected its website, adding in Sirius integration for satellite radio subscribers and Pandora ...
Summary: I have owned six internet radios, three logitechs and this is by far the best. Logitech has perfected its website, adding in Sirius integration for satellite radio subscribers and Pandora integration. I would like to see Receiva integration to make adding regular FM stations easier. Logitech's website now enables users to add in an unlimited number of alarms, any time day or night, repeating or just one shot deals. It is the perfect alarm clock. Just needs a back up in case the internet goes out during the night. Has six preset station buttons, would like to see 12-18 of them, but no big deal since you can set an unlimited number of favorites. Sound quality coming from the integrated speakers is pretty good. The unit is heavy, most of the weight must come from the speakers, heavy magnets equal better sound. Why not make them detachable. Nice magnetic remote unit, just needs a snooze button. I have Audio Engine 5 speakers hooked into headphone jack, unit sounds superb! Snooze bar on top of unit can be set for snooze interval, great feature.I take back the criticism about not having back up alarms. The other day my home wifi went out sometime during the night. With other squeezeboxes and wifi radios, this would have meant no alarm. Not so with the Boom. 7:30am came and the Boom came on with a gentle chirp. I woke up and didn't miss my appointmnet.
In older model Squeezeboxes website was not so great and you really needed to make a computer a server for the Squeezebox. This led to all sorts to network and memory problems and alarm failures. The enhanced Squeezenetwork website really eliminates the need for the Squeezeserver software unless you really want to play your own music files, not really necessary for me.
All in all I have studied every internet radio on the market. There's a few Grace Radio units that are good and sound pretty cool but in terms of a clock radio combined with internet radio and sound quality, Logitech clearly has the edge.
I would like to see them chop the speakers off this unit altogether and just sell the receiver which you could hook up to your own self powered speakers, like the other Squeezeboxes. It would be more compact and would be a killer product in its own right.
Updated on May 25, 2009
Radio / alarm clock / music & nature sounds player ...
by ajdbarros on February 28, 2009
Pros: The strongest points of this box are: very decent sound for the size, highly configurable, dual control center (SqueezeCenter or SqueezeNetwork), plays almost any music formats, works with several different internet radio listing services
Cons: Interface is not so intuitive, configuration can get very complicated, neet SqueezeCenter running on a computer to play your music sitting on a networked hard disk
Summary: Many functions were built into this compact black box. To do what you want you can use two different ways.
One is the SqueezeNetwork (SN), an online service that will ...
Summary: Many functions were built into this compact black box. To do what you want you can use two different ways.
One is the SqueezeNetwork (SN), an online service that will connect you to internet radio listing services, podcasts, news. Someone complained about not being able to listen to BBC radios, but with the activation of a plugin (AlienBBC) you have full access to all live radios and listen again programs. Through SN you also can configure your radio using a computer and a web browser!
The other is SqueezeCenter (SC) that you'll have to download and install on a networked computer. SC will let you add an important feature - set up a music library from the files you have on your computers. SC also transcodes music formats not supported by Squeezebox hardware, such as APE, and gives you all the functionality you'd get through SN. It lets you fully configure your box, way easier than doing it directly through the rotary knob.
Beyond listening to radio and your music collection, it works as a very good alarm clock. You can have several alarms, program which days of week they will come off, and wake up to music, nature sounds or sound effects. There are quite a few of them. It makes quite a nice bedside radio-alarm.
After proper setup, the box will connect to your wireless network very quickly. I had no problems at all. Buffering radios is quick as well. There are 6 presets on the box front and you can have many favorites programmed.
As to sound quality, it is pretty decent given the compact size of the speakers. For a medium-sized room you can make it sound pretty loud. But evidently this is not a party beast. I listen mainly to classical music and the sound is clear and detailed.
On the downside, I'd complain only about the box sometimes being slow to respond to volume adjustment. And the need for a control software to access my music library. The functionality SC brings is likely to make it worthwhile.
All in all, I'm quite happy. I can now listen to radio or music anywhere in the house, and be awaken mon-fri by chirping birds (and NOT on sat and sun!). And in the end, I will not need to convert all my ape files to flac on a go, just to be able to listen to them through the shiny black box.
- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Part number: 930-000054
- Description: The compact all-in-one network music player that lets you listen to the music you love in any room of your home. Simply plug in the power cord and follow the easy setup wizard. You'll be able to instantly browse all the music on your hard drive, tune to thousands of Internet radio stations, and access your favorite online music services.
- Product Type Network audio player
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Output Power (Total) 30 Watt
- Connectivity IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi),
IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet),
IEEE 802.3u (Fast Ethernet)
- Speaker(s) 2 - Built-in - Wired
- Driver Details Speaker : 1 x Tweeter driver - 0.75 in - Soft Dome,
Speaker : 1 x Woofer driver - 3 in
Digital Media & Network Players
- Network player type Network audio player
- Network player functionality Digital audio playback,
Internet radio playback
- Network player supported digital audio standards WMA,
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1x(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
1xAudio line-in(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Type Fluorescent display - Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD)
- Built-in display Fluorescent
- Display illumination Yes
- Display dimmer Yes
- Remote Control Type Remote control - Infrared
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Remote control,
AC power adapter
- Built-in clock Alarm,
- Timer Wake
- AV Furniture None
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years