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Logitech Squeezebox Boom review

Kat Orphanides
23 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
190
inc VAT

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Specifications

The Squeezebox Boom is a well-built audio streamer with front-panel controls and a small remote.

We liked the chunky rubberised dial, which made it easy to enter our wireless password and scroll through lists of content. The large mono display is big enough to read from a couple of metres away. The remote is well designed but rather small and easy to lose.

We were slightly disappointed by the Boom's audio quality. Its stereo speakers are adequate, but mid-range tones weren't clearly defined and the sound lacked power, especially compared with Philips' Streamium NP2900. The mini-jack line out can be configured to output to headphones or a subwoofer but we'd have preferred a wider selection of outputs.

While most of the streamers here use UPnP or SMB to play media stored elsewhere on your network, Logitech's receivers work only with its own SqueezeCenter software, which is free from www.squeezenetwork.com. Configuring the software and the Squeezebox itself is made reasonably hassle-free by a quick-start guide. The Boom has loads of menu options but they're easy to navigate after a few minutes of familiarising yourself with the layout. It prompted us to enter our network settings and gave us a PIN to register it on the SqueezeNetwork site. This isn't much more awkward than setting up your PC to serve media via SMB or UPnP for the first time.

The benefit of registration is that it allows you to manage and play content from a much wider range of streaming audio services than are available to most of the players here, including Last.fm, Live365 and Napster. The SqueezeCenter interface on your PC also lets you add internet radio streams and OPML podcast feeds. It can play a wide variety of file formats, including Ogg, FLAC and AAC.

Despite a great range of features, the Boom falls short of a Best Buy award. Its audio quality is adequate for a kitchen but can't hold a candle to the stunning sound produced by Philips' Streamium NP2900, which doesn't cost much more.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Media Streamer typestreaming audio receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackYes
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackNo
Other audio formatsAIFF, Apple Lossless, FLAC, MPC
Internet radio stream compatibMP3, Ogg, AAC, WMA

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportNo
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Video WMV playbackNo
Video WMV-HD supportNo
Other video formatsnone
Internet video stream compatibnone

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports10/100
Wireless networking supportYes
128-bit WEPYes
256-bit WEPNo
WPAYes
WPA2Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs0
Minijack headphone outputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Total SCART sockets0
HDMI outputs0
Component outputs0
S-video output0
Composite outputs0
Other connectorsnone

Physical

Size130x340x100mm
Antennas2
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennaNo
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption on7W

Server Compatibility

Software includedSqueezeCenter (download)
UPnPNo
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBNo

Buying Information

Price£190
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.slimdevices.com

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