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    Squeezebox Boom power cord not working

    Hello everyone - glad this forum exists.

    I bought two Squeezebox Booms maybe 6 years ago or so. Kept one for myself, and gave the girlfriend one.

    Mine stopped working a few weeks ago, just assumed it was dead and could not be resurrected.
    She gave me hers to listen to,and I figured out that mine still works fine using her power cord, but not when I use my cord. Nothing visibly wrong with it that I can see.
    It looks like a closed unit, is there anything I can try to do to fix it? And if not, anyone know where can I get a replacement?
    This is the model: Logitech Squeezebox Boom Power Adapter Supply V06792 12V 2.5A PSC30R-120

    I have a Squeezebox touch attached to my home stereo with 2 sets of speakers, and with the boom at the other end of the house, the setup works great. So I would like to keep the whole system working.

    I see one on ebay for $37 which seems pricey. I also see what appears to be generic knockoff replacements on ebay for much cheaper, but afraid to buy something and hook it up that could damage my boom.

    Can anyone help? - Thanks much.

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    Hi Patrick,

    you are lucky it's only the power supply because that is easily replaced. What you need is a switching power supply capable of 12V (fixed) at 2.5A (or more). The power jack needs to fit the Boom connector of course, I think it's 5.5mm outside and 2.5mm inside diameter. Please make 100% sure that the positive is the middle connector, not the outside one.
    The Squeezebox power adapters are nothing special so don't be fooled by the brand. They are all just rebranded OEM parts from China. There are better and more reliable ones on the market that you can use just as well. A general problem with the wall-wart adapters is that they are chock full of electronics that produce heat inside a sealed enclosure that won't let the heat escape easily. Sooner or later this causes components to fail.

    Assuming you are in the US (just based on your $37 quote ), here are some eBay replacements I found on ebay.com:
    item #262674053152: It's a brick like you typically use for notebooks nowadays. I personally prefer these because they have more space to distribute heat, and more circuitry to properly filter the output. Long-term stability also seems better to me. This specific one is 16.99 USD and explicitly fit for Squeezebox Boom devices, so if you want to be absolutely sure, it's not a bad choice. Otherwise, just search for "12v 2.5a power supply 5.5mm 2.5mm" and make sure the one you buy has a "center positive" connector. Hard to believe but many sellers don't mention the polarity. In that case, better choose a different one. The Boom won't forgive you a reverse polarity or over-voltage so be extra careful. If you have a voltmeter, it would be a good idea to test first in any case.
    Alternative item: #152436419252. Also a brick but no mention of Squeezebox which makes it 5 USD cheaper.
    There are lots more, also wall-wart style if you prefer that.

    If you are not living in the US, you can still use these items for orientation.

    Hope I could help.
    Regards,
    Joe
    1x Squezeebox Classic SB2
    5x Squeezebox Classic SB3 (one waiting for repair)
    7x Squeezebox Boom (two waiting for repair)
    1x Transporter
    1.5x Controller (one waiting for repair)
    1.5x Touch (one waiting for repair)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMuc2009 View Post
    Hi Patrick,

    you are lucky it's only the power supply because that is easily replaced. What you need is a switching power supply capable of 12V (fixed) at 2.5A (or more). The power jack needs to fit the Boom connector of course, I think it's 5.5mm outside and 2.5mm inside diameter. Please make 100% sure that the positive is the middle connector, not the outside one.
    The Squeezebox power adapters are nothing special so don't be fooled by the brand. They are all just rebranded OEM parts from China. There are better and more reliable ones on the market that you can use just as well. A general problem with the wall-wart adapters is that they are chock full of electronics that produce heat inside a sealed enclosure that won't let the heat escape easily. Sooner or later this causes components to fail.

    Assuming you are in the US (just based on your $37 quote ), here are some eBay replacements I found on ebay.com:
    item #262674053152: It's a brick like you typically use for notebooks nowadays. I personally prefer these because they have more space to distribute heat, and more circuitry to properly filter the output. Long-term stability also seems better to me. This specific one is 16.99 USD and explicitly fit for Squeezebox Boom devices, so if you want to be absolutely sure, it's not a bad choice. Otherwise, just search for "12v 2.5a power supply 5.5mm 2.5mm" and make sure the one you buy has a "center positive" connector. Hard to believe but many sellers don't mention the polarity. In that case, better choose a different one. The Boom won't forgive you a reverse polarity or over-voltage so be extra careful. If you have a voltmeter, it would be a good idea to test first in any case.
    Alternative item: #152436419252. Also a brick but no mention of Squeezebox which makes it 5 USD cheaper.
    There are lots more, also wall-wart style if you prefer that.

    If you are not living in the US, you can still use these items for orientation.

    Hope I could help.
    Regards,
    Joe
    Joe

    Thank you so much for saving another Squeezebox from extinction!
    Just purchased one of your recommendations.

    I love my boom, think it is an exceptional work of art and engineering. (Obviously you believe so too, since you have so many in your collection.)

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