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Nic Wardle
2004-12-22, 14:06
Hi
First sorry for such a cr*p title to this subject but I couldn't think of a better way to describe it!!
I have recently had 2 close friends come over and they both left in admiration of my beloved squeezebox setup.... Both are computer savvy and went away to "research" themselves into media servers (despite my proclamations they were wasting their time!!)

Both have (independently I may add) returned to me asking what advantage we (the squeezebox clan) have over the enemy (!) - roku.
Now - without wanting a slanging match over the two devices, what would you all say the advantages of the SB are over the Roku?? The only thing I reckon Roku has going for it is the look of their device (and that is obviuosly going to vary from personal taste!).
Things I can think of at the moment:
1) Excellent support
2) Regular server/firmware updates
3) Ability to use iTunes if you wish
4) Large variety of format support
5) Not having to create a playlist of radio stations (we have shoutCAST!)

Help me out here everyone, I think I have 2 more customers on the way!!
But I am trying to be objective, as they are both good friends!!

Many thanks

Nic

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Jack Coates
2004-12-22, 14:16
Nic Wardle wrote:
> Hi
> First sorry for such a cr*p title to this subject but I couldn't think of a better way to describe it!!
> I have recently had 2 close friends come over and they both left in admiration of my beloved squeezebox setup.... Both are computer savvy and went away to "research" themselves into media servers (despite my proclamations they were wasting their time!!)
>
> Both have (independently I may add) returned to me asking what advantage we (the squeezebox clan) have over the enemy (!) - roku.
> Now - without wanting a slanging match over the two devices, what would you all say the advantages of the SB are over the Roku?? The only thing I reckon Roku has going for it is the look of their device (and that is obviuosly going to vary from personal taste!).
> Things I can think of at the moment:
> 1) Excellent support
> 2) Regular server/firmware updates
> 3) Ability to use iTunes if you wish
> 4) Large variety of format support
> 5) Not having to create a playlist of radio stations (we have shoutCAST!)
>
> Help me out here everyone, I think I have 2 more customers on the way!!
> But I am trying to be objective, as they are both good friends!!
>
> Many thanks
>
> Nic
>
> PS: I like the readability of the forum Beta!!
>

I've shown and described the Squeezebox to several friends, some of whom
have bought and some of whom haven't. I'm not going to bother trying to
convince someone, though I certainly share my opinion if asked. To me
it's a no-brainer, but then my criteria are different than other
people's. For instance, a good friend of mine ended up passing on the
Squeezebox because it had no video support, a criterion that is
meaningless to me (we don't even have a TV, much less any need for video
playback).

Tell 'em how much you like yours, then let them make their own decision.
If they make a bad one, it's their own fault for ignoring your sage
advice :)

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Jim
2004-12-23, 15:52
Nic Wardle wrote:
> Hi First sorry for such a cr*p title to this subject but I couldn't
> think of a better way to describe it!! I have recently had 2 close
> friends come over and they both left in admiration of my beloved
> squeezebox setup.... Both are computer savvy and went away to
> "research" themselves into media servers (despite my proclamations
> they were wasting their time!!)
>
> Both have (independently I may add) returned to me asking what
> advantage we (the squeezebox clan) have over the enemy (!) - roku.
> Now - without wanting a slanging match over the two devices, what
> would you all say the advantages of the SB are over the Roku??

Functionally, they _should be_ very similar. I don't have a Roku, so I
can't speak to that.

What what I understand, the Roku isn't 100% friendly with Slimserver,
and is happier with iTunes. I guess if Slimserver crashes, you need to
power cycle the Roku; a Squeezebox just recovers gracefully.

The side-mounted connectors on the Roku are absurd. Frankly, the tube
baffles me. People make custom cases for Squeezebox, and have we see
even one tube (or did I just miss it)?

One last little nit, the Roku doesn't have a headphone jack. I don't use
headphones with my SB, but compact computer speakers sure are portable...

(don't tell, but there's a rumor of me working on a SB case that puts
the SB in the subwoofer of a 3-piece computer speaker rig)

Anthony James
2004-12-24, 04:25
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 15:52:23 -0700, Jim <jim1128 (AT) comcast (DOT) net> wrote:
> Nic Wardle wrote:
>
> The side-mounted connectors on the Roku are absurd. Frankly, the tube
> baffles me.

Actually I think it's quite a smart piece of industrial design. The
tube is a simple aluminium extrusion which is cheap and probably gives
a solid, high quality feel. Presumably the electronics and screen then
just slide in from the end so assembly is simple. The end mounted
connections are necessitated by this arrangement but plastic caps sit
on the end and the cables actually route out of these backwards.