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Norsqueeze
2015-07-01, 07:10
I have a Radio and a Duet already and am currently considering buying a 3rd unit used. At the site use the boom and the radio cost about the same so I wonder which one I should get. I know the boom doesn't support the official Spotify plugin, is there any other issues I should be aware of that may make one of them better to buy?

Would you, in general, consider them to "age well"? I've had the radio for three years now and apart from being quite buggy I've had no problems so far.

SlimChances
2015-07-01, 07:25
There are threads about problems with the speakers on the Boom having deteriorating rubber edges (there are kits you can get to replace the rubber)

kc5f
2015-07-01, 15:38
I've got all three, and have to say that even as a Premium Spotify member, I'd rather listen to another service on my Boom than Spotify on my Radio. The difference in sound quality is huge, aside from also getting stereo. And if you use LMS instead of msb.com, you can listen to Spotify on the Boom, too, with the plugin.

As for the speakers, we have wide swings in temperature and humidity at our house, not having air conditioning, and the Boom sounds great after quite a few years. But I also never listen to it above 50, and usually at 35 or less. It's plenty loud, but I have a feeling some people push it.

Norsqueeze
2015-07-01, 18:16
Thank you both for your replies! Both are very helpful! Looks like I'll try to get hold of the boom then.

PS: If anyone has something to add feel free:-)

malaugh
2015-07-04, 08:08
Another option is a Zettaly Avy. It,s a boom style box with speakers with a touch screen between hat runs android. I just bought on and like it very much. They cost $200 on Amazon now, but a couple of weeks ago they were running a deal for $135. You can load Squeezeplayer to get the boom functions, and also add any other app for the google play store. There are some that are not compatible (notably Tunein), but rad.io, spotify, google music all work fine.

kc5f
2015-07-05, 05:34
How does the sound compare to the Boom? That's what I find most incredible about it. Something the size of a big clock-radio that sounds like something much bigger.

malaugh
2015-07-05, 07:40
How does the sound compare to the Boom? That's what I find most incredible about it. Something the size of a big clock-radio that sounds like something much bigger.

I have never heard a boom (I have a Duet on my main stereo). I would describe the sound as "OK". Nothing special, but peasant.

toby10
2015-07-06, 03:12
Radio is mono, Boom is stereo. Both sound good, but Boom has a "fuller" sound.

ModelCitizen
2015-07-06, 03:22
Boom every time.

However, it is quite possible to damage the Boom speakers if like me, you like a bit of volume and listen to modern bass heavy music. So I use it with a subwoofer (as it has a sub-woofer out) and like the sound very much. I also have it permanently set to medium stereo expansion.

asgeirn
2015-08-01, 05:49
The VFD screen on Boom and original Squeezebox players have a tendency to become more and more dim. Mine has.

I've seen threads trying to research replacement VFDs with little success.

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