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    Is Squeezebox for me?

    Hi All

    I have only just come across the Squeezebox range and was wondering if its something I could use for what I want.

    I have several digital music files stored either on the main pc but also on a NAS storage device. I have already got a touch screen monitor running pub software on a pc and use this as a touch screen jukebox which is then hooked up to a cheapish amp and speakers but this is too bulky and not useable in another room.

    I would like to be able to have something like the SBTouch in the living room but also another way to control my music from another room such as the gym room so can I link two SBTouches and if so is there a cheaper solution than buying two devices? I understand the SBTouch connects via rca leads to the amp so not exactly portable hence the need to another device in another room, unless of course ive got it all wrong?

    Any help or suggestions appreciated.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by technium View Post
    Hi All

    I have only just come across the Squeezebox range and was wondering if its something I could use for what I want.

    I have several digital music files stored either on the main pc but also on a NAS storage device. I have already got a touch screen monitor running pub software on a pc and use this as a touch screen jukebox which is then hooked up to a cheapish amp and speakers but this is too bulky and not useable in another room.

    I would like to be able to have something like the SBTouch in the living room but also another way to control my music from another room such as the gym room so can I link two SBTouches and if so is there a cheaper solution than buying two devices? I understand the SBTouch connects via rca leads to the amp so not exactly portable hence the need to another device in another room, unless of course ive got it all wrong?

    Any help or suggestions appreciated.

    thanks

    Colin
    So, you want audio playback in two rooms?
    If so, then you need 2 players (eg. Touch, SB Radio (which doesn't require an amp), and other 3rd party devices, such as a Chromecast, etc.).

    An alternative is to use a tablet/smartphone with squeezebox player software on it to play via device speakers (headphones, etc). You can also install an app to control the whole SB system.

    Be more specific and somebody will be able to advise.

    ps: bear in mind that SB devices are no longer manufactured, and finding a 'new' device can be difficult at a reasonable price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    So, you want audio playback in two rooms?
    If so, then you need 2 players (eg. Touch, SB Radio (which doesn't require an amp), and other 3rd party devices, such as a Chromecast, etc.).

    An alternative is to use a tablet/smartphone with squeezebox player software on it to play via device speakers (headphones, etc). You can also install an app to control the whole SB system.

    Be more specific and somebody will be able to advise.

    ps: bear in mind that SB devices are no longer manufactured, and finding a 'new' device can be difficult at a reasonable price.
    Hi thanks for replying

    Yes I want to be able to play music in several rooms but also control music in at least two different rooms. The same music will be played so im not trying to play one track in the gym room and another track in the living room. I just want to be able to easily play my music and change tracks while on the treadmill running but also be able to change tracks etc from a device in the living room aswell. I currently have a switch box for my speakers so can turn them all on and off individually for each room.

    As they are no longer manufactured is there something that has replaced the squeezebox that does the job just as well? I have seen a few on online auction sites so that would be the route I would have to go to buy one should I decide the SB would do what I need.

    thanks again

    Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by technium View Post
    Hi thanks for replying

    Yes I want to be able to play music in several rooms but also control music in at least two different rooms. The same music will be played so im not trying to play one track in the gym room and another track in the living room. I just want to be able to easily play my music and change tracks while on the treadmill running but also be able to change tracks etc from a device in the living room aswell. I currently have a switch box for my speakers so can turn them all on and off individually for each room.

    As they are no longer manufactured is there something that has replaced the squeezebox that does the job just as well? I have seen a few on online auction sites so that would be the route I would have to go to buy one should I decide the SB would do what I need.

    thanks again

    Colin
    Sounds like you need to consider the smartphone (as a controller) route. There are several android apps and an iphone app (ipeng) - either free or very low cost. Players, as above, range from the original SB devices to DIY units (based on the raspberry pi). Only the Touch and Radio have onboard displays.

    In theory, you can sync devices to play the same material - I'm no expert on the sync. process.

    Also, bear in mind that you also need to install the Logitech Media Server software on a networked PC (or some NAS devices allow for LMS install).

    The alternatives I'd consider are Sonos speakers (2 for 400 usd) or the new 30 usd Chromecast Audio device (which needs active speakers, or an amp plus passive speakers). Both these require a tablet/smartphone as a controller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    Sounds like you need to consider the smartphone (as a controller) route. There are several android apps and an iphone app (ipeng) - either free or very low cost. Players, as above, range from the original SB devices to DIY units (based on the raspberry pi). Only the Touch and Radio have onboard displays.

    In theory, you can sync devices to play the same material - I'm no expert on the sync. process.

    Also, bear in mind that you also need to install the Logitech Media Server software on a networked PC (or some NAS devices allow for LMS install).

    The alternatives I'd consider are Sonos speakers (2 for 400 usd) or the new 30 usd Chromecast Audio device (which needs active speakers, or an amp plus passive speakers). Both these require a tablet/smartphone as a controller.
    Thanks Castalla,

    OK I think the Touch sounds like the correct device and I guess im right in thinking that this device connects to my amp and my amp then connects to the speakers, theres no speakers connected to the SBTouch? I can then control the SB Touch with an iphone app from another room which then gives me access to my music from both locations and this would then mean I wont need two devices and wont need to worry about the sync process. Does that sound correct?

    the LMS will be installed on either the main pc (probably best solution) or on either my Buffalo Terastation or Netgear NAS, either way that seems like a basic job right??

    You mention alternatives but I shouldnt need them if my option just mentioned works should I as I can use my existing amp and speaker setup with the SBTouch.

    thanks again

    Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by technium View Post
    Thanks Castalla,

    OK I think the Touch sounds like the correct device and I guess im right in thinking that this device connects to my amp and my amp then connects to the speakers, theres no speakers connected to the SBTouch? I can then control the SB Touch with an iphone app from another room which then gives me access to my music from both locations and this would then mean I wont need two devices and wont need to worry about the sync process. Does that sound correct?

    the LMS will be installed on either the main pc (probably best solution) or on either my Buffalo Terastation or Netgear NAS, either way that seems like a basic job right??

    You mention alternatives but I shouldnt need them if my option just mentioned works should I as I can use my existing amp and speaker setup with the SBTouch.

    thanks again

    Colin
    The Touch requires an amp+speakers (or active speakers).

    IPeng is a controller (and I think it's also a player - you need to check in the iPeng thread - http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...support-thread). If you want the same music playing simultaneously on the devices then they have to be sync'ed - otherwise each device can be controlled independently via the controller.

    The Touch can also act as a controller for other devices.
    Last edited by castalla; 2015-12-22 at 07:09.
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    UPnPBridge - 2 paired Sonos Play1 speakers; Rocki - Sony SRS-BTM8 speaker; Pioneer WX-SMA1 speaker; - PURE One Flow internet radio: PURE Jongo S3x ; Jongo T2; Libratone Zipp
    Castbridge - Chromecast 1 + Chromecast Audio
    AirplayBridge - Loewe Airspeaker
    SB Player - Fire TV
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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    The Touch requires an amp+speakers (or active speakers).

    IPeng is a controller (and I think it's also a player - you need to check in the iPeng thread - http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...support-thread). If you want the same music playing simultaneously on the devices then they have to be sync'ed - otherwise each device can be controlled independently via the controller.

    The Touch can also act as a controller for other devices.
    ok thanks, the Touch will be connected to main home amp+speakers

    I will read up on IPeng but I will use that then to control the one and only Touch so that will give me access to the music from the other room but still only use the 1 device.

    I just want the same music playing through all my speakers throughout the house which will be connected to the 1 Amp that the Touch is connected to so the synce wont be an issue as its only one device.

    thanks again for your help, now just need to start looking to purchase an SB Touch.

    cheers and Have a good Christmas

    Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by technium View Post
    ok thanks, the Touch will be connected to main home amp+speakers

    I will read up on IPeng but I will use that then to control the one and only Touch so that will give me access to the music from the other room but still only use the 1 device.

    I just want the same music playing through all my speakers throughout the house which will be connected to the 1 Amp that the Touch is connected to so the synce wont be an issue as its only one device.

    thanks again for your help, now just need to start looking to purchase an SB Touch.

    cheers and Have a good Christmas

    Colin
    Sounds good. Good luck with the Touch search. Enjoy Christmas
    Touch, Logitech Radio, Logitech UE Radio, O2 Joggler + SqpOS
    UPnPBridge - 2 paired Sonos Play1 speakers; Rocki - Sony SRS-BTM8 speaker; Pioneer WX-SMA1 speaker; - PURE One Flow internet radio: PURE Jongo S3x ; Jongo T2; Libratone Zipp
    Castbridge - Chromecast 1 + Chromecast Audio
    AirplayBridge - Loewe Airspeaker
    SB Player - Fire TV
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    Quote Originally Posted by technium View Post
    ok thanks, the Touch will be connected to main home amp+speakers

    I will read up on IPeng but I will use that then to control the one and only Touch so that will give me access to the music from the other room but still only use the 1 device.

    I just want the same music playing through all my speakers throughout the house which will be connected to the 1 Amp that the Touch is connected to so the synce wont be an issue as its only one device.

    thanks again for your help, now just need to start looking to purchase an SB Touch.

    cheers and Have a good Christmas

    Colin
    I don't know what access you have to a Touch, but the online prices are quite high. The Transporter is an older but higher end device, originally much more expensive. I do see now that some versions of the Transporter have come down in price, for new units. Still more than a Touch, but worth considering. More flexible, and more cool looking if that matters. Possibly a better DAC amd the build quality is generally excellent. You control it in the same way, although it doesn't have its own touch screen.

    Ron
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonM View Post
    I don't know what access you have to a Touch, but the online prices are quite high. The Transporter is an older but higher end device, originally much more expensive. I do see now that some versions of the Transporter have come down in price, for new units. Still more than a Touch, but worth considering. More flexible, and more cool looking if that matters. Possibly a better DAC amd the build quality is generally excellent. You control it in the same way, although it doesn't have its own touch screen.

    Ron
    Thanks I did see the Transporter but at ú700+ over here its out of my price range.

    thanks

    Colin

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