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Logitech Squeezebox Radio Music Player with Color Screen (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Listen to infinite music, news and sports from every corner of the globe with this easy-to-use
- listening to free Internet radio stations
- Bring full, high-quality sound to any room with an ultra-compact design that fits easily on your night table or kitchen counter
- Just turn the dial to browse radio stations, music tracks and even album art, displayed on the full-color screen
- Recommend music to Facebook friends instantly right from your Squeezebox
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Logitech Squeezebox Radio brings a world of music—free Internet radio, subscription services, or your personal digital music collection—to any space in your home, over your Wi-Fi network.
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Honoree in Audio Components CategoryNovember 2009
Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi Music Player (red)
Global stations. Endless music. Simple as turning on the radio.
Starting now, you can listen to music, news and sports from every corner of the globe, all without a computer. It's easy with the Logitech Squeezebox Radio. Just turn it on and tune in to thousands of free Internet radio stations, the hottest online music services, even your own personal music collection. Your listening options are as limitless as the Internet—in any room where you have a Wi-Fi connection.
Tune in to your limitless playlist.
- Free local stations from every corner of the Internet
- Access music services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker and SIRIUS Internet Radio
- Your digital music stored on your home PC or Mac
- You can even plug in your iPod
Your all-in-one Wi-Fi music player—no computer, no clutter, and no limits.
The compact Logitech Squeezebox Radio works with your Wi-Fi network to stream a world of crystal-clear music to any room you want. Just plug it in and turn the dial to connect to an underground rock station in Amsterdam, talk show in Sydney, sports coverage from Boston or BBC news from London. Discover millions of tracks from online services like Last.fm and Pandora. With its built-in high-fidelity amplifier and speakers, you'll enjoy room-filling sound—all from a little music player that fits easily on a corner of your kitchen counter, bedroom night table, or desk in the den.
High-quality audio with built-in premium speakers—big sound in a small package
You only need a little space to fill any room with rich stereo sound. This ultra-compact Wi-Fi music player is as small as a clock radio. But it's designed with big audio technology. Support for high-resolution encoding captures the wide range of details that make your digital music come to life. And the integrated high-definition tweeter and long-throw subwoofer make sure you enjoy a full sound experience, from crisp, clean high notes to warm mid-range and deep bass.
Vivid color screen for easy browsing at the turn of a dial
What would you like to hear? The best of Internet radio around the planet? Commercial-free classical music? Your favorite party playlist on your computer down the hall? The full-color screen and intuitive menus make it easy to browse your way—album art included. Just turn the control dial and make your selection. It's that simple. Plus, six pre-set buttons put your favorite stations and services at your fingertips.
Free SqueezeNetwork for direct access to a world of Internet stations and music services
With so many Internet stations and music services, the choices can be daunting. That's why Logitech created the SqueezeNetwork. It's an online service that organizes a world of music, so it's a breeze to access the stations, artists and services that match your tastes. Sign up for free and get connected right on your Squeezebox Radio.
Connects to Facebook for sharing music recommendations with friends
Say you just discovered a killer indie band track on your Squeezebox Radio. Now you can tell your friends about it instantly. Display your Facebook home page and browse your friends' walls right on the screen. You can even set your Facebook photos or news feed as your screensaver. So you can send them music recommendations the moment you hear that amazing track or Internet radio station—and receive theirs, all without a computer.
Easy setup connects you to Internet stations in minutes
Just turn on the power and the music player automatically finds your home Wi-Fi network. You also have the option to plug in an Ethernet cable. Either way, in just five minutes you'll be able to start listening to stations across the planet.
Line-in cord lets you plug in your iPod
Do you want to listen to your iPod tunes in any room? Simple. Your Squeezebox Radio comes complete with a cord and built-in jack for your iPod or other MP3 player. Just plug it in and you're ready to rock.
Convenient seven-day alarm and auto-dimming display
Wake up to NPR news, soft jazz from Paris or your own morning playlist. Or choose a different station and wake-up time for every day of the week. And when it's time to go to bed, don't worry about a bright display keeping you awake. It automatically dims when the lights go out, so you can rest easy.
Take your music around the house and control it from across the room with the Logitech Squeezebox Acessory Pack (sold seperately). It includes a rechargeable battery pack and infrared remote control designed specifically for your Squeezebox Radio.
What's in the box?
System requirements:Windows-based PC
- Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later
For access to music on your computer use Squeezebox software with the minimum system requirements:
- 256 MB RAM and 80 MB available hard disk space With any of the following operating systems:
- Windows XP/2000/NT/7, Windows Vista, 733 MHz Pentium
- Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later
- Linux/BSD/Solaris (Perl 5.8.3 or later)
- Ethernet or 802.11b/g wireless home network
- Broadband Internet connection required for Internet radio and music services
Which Squeezebox Wi-Fi Music Player Is Right For You?
|Highlight||Compact design with high quality sound||Color touch-screen with rich, full digital music through your stereo or powered speakers|
|Which should you choose?|
|Connection Sound output||Integrated speakers (no stereo required)||Connects to your stereo or self powered speakers|
|Control||On board controls, optional infrared remote (line of sight required)||Color touch screen with infrared remote (line of sight required)|
Top Customer Reviews
The first thing you notice is how much heft this little player has. It is really well built and the fit and finish is superb. It has plenty of weight and solid rubber feet so that it won't skid around on your night stand or table top. The screen looks great and all of the buttons have a nice solid tactile feel. Compared to many other cheap wireless network streaming radios, this device feels an entire order of magnitude better in its construction quality. The only disappointment here is the lack of back lit buttons, for using the radio in low lighting. It's also worth noting that the entire radio has a high gloss finish that will be a magnet for fingerprints. Looks great though!
The biggest challenge for most consumers with this device will be the initial set up. You need to create an account at [...] in order to set up your new Squeezebox Radio. The device uses this connection to play free internet music services as well as download software updates, etc, to the Radio. I already had a Squeezebox account so this was not a huge challenge for me, but it might be for some people who might be confused that they need to set up an account before they can use the device. There is an option to set up the account from the device itself. Don't do this (it is slow and tedious)! Go to the website and set it up in a few seconds and then just type your login and password on the device.
Other than the laborious task of entering my full email and password for [...] the rest of the setup is very easy. The Squeezebox Radio supports push to connect wi-fi set up which is common on many newer model wireless routers. It's similar to programming a garage door opener. Simply point the Squeezebox Radio at your wireless network and for 120 seconds it will try to connect with the push to connect functionality. Then just push the connect button on your router and it's automagically all set up.
Once set up the Radio will update its firmware and reboot, a process that takes a few extra minutes. After that you are good to go.
In addition to the many built in free online services, you can also play your own music through the Squeezebox Server application. I run the Squeezebox Server application on my HP EX495 Windows Home Server but you can also run Squeezebox Server on any Mac, Windows PC or even Linux box (there are even installable distributions for many Network Attached Storage units). This allows the Squeezebox Radio (and any other Squeeze players) to access all of the music on my home network. It's absolutely wonderful to be able to take the little table top radio anywhere in the home and listen to your entire music collection.
Sound quality is very good, easily enough to fill a small to medium sized room. It gets quite loud with little to no distortion and the controls are easy to use to change tracks, change volume, etc. Wireless strength is superb. I get a full signal anywhere within about 40 feet of my router, and the radio works anywhere on my suburban property with no audio hiccups or dropouts.
In addition to the intuitive controls such as "home", "play", "stop", "back", etc, the unit also features six programmable "preset" buttons similar to what you have on a car radio. Setting these up is a bit more of a challenge than you would expect. You are supposed to be able to hold these down on any song, album, playlist, etc, that is being displayed in the radio menu and have it added as a preset. Unfortunately some items don't add correctly and must first be programmed as a "favorite". It turns out that you can only add favorites for some items (such as playlists) from the Squeezebox Server web based menu, which is quite inconvenient. I don't doubt that Slim Devices (the arm of Logitech that makes these devices) will fix this soon enough.
Other minor glitches include some weird alarm behavior (it will show the time of the alarm when it is going off but strangely won't show the current time, which is annoying if you have hit the snooze button a few times and need to know what time it is), some auto dimming issues (the auto dimming works great but gets almost TOO dim in a dark room to see the radio) and a few other very minor nits.
Slim Devices have a long history of enhancement and improvement of device firmware, so I would expect a lot of these issues to be worked out in the coming months. Additionally there will soon be a battery pack and small infrared remote for the Squeezebox Radio available as a $[...] add on purchase. Personally I think at $[...] the Radio should include these items, but considering the great sound of the radio, the high quality screen and the superb fit and finish it is justified that this device costs as much as it does.
Also worth noting is that if you have an iPod Touch or iPhone you can get the iPeng application $[...] from the Apple App Store which makes controlling and programming your Squeezebox Radio an absolute breeze. iPeng is really a must have if you have these devices and want a wonderful pocket control that works from anywhere in your home. Beats the pants off of what Sonus has to offer!
//Update 1 (Nov 2nd 2009)
Yesterday my SB Radio lost all of the preset buttons which is most annoying. It also turns out that many of the requests for fixes around the alarms functionality have not been addressed and don't appear to be scheduled to be addressed in the next release or two of the software. If your primary use will be a night stand alarm clock I would recommend holding off for now until Logitech addresses alarm functionality issues. If the issues are not resolved I will reconsider my four star rating as it should then be a three star product.
//Update 2 (May 13 2010)
Logitech has not only not fixed many of the initial annoyances with the SB Radio, but newer firmware has in fact made the product less stable and reliable. It still does an admirable job of playing your local music library if you run the SB Server on a PC or Mac in your home, but the network streaming functionality seems to be having issues and I've found the alarm to be terribly unreliable. I would now under the current circumstances rate this only 3 out of 5 stars. It's really a shame too, as the "Slim Devices" that originally brought us these problems was very open and communicative about issues and what was being done to fix them. Logitech has little interest in relaying useful information to its beta testers, err, customers and instead gives us the run around with if and when issues will ever be remedied.
(Though I thought it was rather pricey)
This is the ONLY Logitech brand product that I own that I actually LIKE*
This is the OLDER model that still contains the older firmware which allows selection and/or entry of NON-LISTED internet radio stations (the newer AE firmware has this great feature REMOVED!).
I use this product OFTEN and it doubles as a nice CLOCK for my bathroom, too :)
I use this product to listen to my own internet radio station, and, for what it is, it sounds GREAT! It has very nice bass (lows) and nice crisp treble (highs) when sitting on my bathroom counter :)
The only things wrong with it are:
1.. it doesn't have THAT great of a battery life- its not bad.. about 4 hours or so.. but, its not super-great either.. (please note: it takes a SPECIAL battery and its NOT INCLUDED!) also, when running on batteries, it won't be a good clock unless you don't mind "waiting for it to turn on"; this can easily take up to THREE MINUTES of time - to read the time... WOW! and...
2.. another thing to keep in mind, is, when you turn it on, it will ALWAYS "call home".. and, thus, DISPLAY YOUR NETWORK'S IP ADDRESS on the Logitech website in Korea which it now REQUIRES access to in order to work (it didn't used to do that.. used to work without logitech.kr peeking in) and Logitech does NOT employ a strong password and/or encryption either.
Oh yeah, and one other VERY ANNOYING thing.. VERY IMPORTANT! Whenever they FORCE an update, ANY security settings (such as setting the SHELL ACCESS PASSWORD, for example...) will be RESET to its default.. This means ANY hacker who has your network's IP address (remember? they can get THAT from the Logitech website!) can LOG INTO the product's SHELL PROMPT and have a LAUNCH ACCESS POINT onto your home network! So, this has to be WATCHED and CHECKED from time to time.. I have had my network "broken into" as a result of this thing receiving updates and resetting the shell access password.. yes! they CAN gain access to this thing via the web right through Logitech's website in KOREA! luckily, at that time, I had it isolated and they didn't get far in, however, they DID have enough access to set up a DDoS node from within my network and caused EXTENSIVE DAMAGE to the network connection itself!
* Other than that, it really IS a GREAT sounding product.. just don't "leave it plugged in, on the net, unattended" for too long.