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Richard Scales
2005-03-08, 23:45
Good work sir!
Please can you advise as to when you expect your UK distributors to have
stock? (and perhaps which ones might have them first?)

Richard Scales


-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Adams [mailto:sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com]
Sent: 09 March 2005 05:30
To: Slim Devices Discussion; Slim Devices Developers
Subject: [slim] Squeezebox2


Hi everyone,

Lots of folks noticed that we were running low on inventory, spending
less time here, and working our butts off on SlimServer 6. As
suspected, there is a new product. Squeezebox2 is in full production
now, and the first units will ship on March 31.

Squeezebox2 addresses all of the top performance and functionality
requests that come up here every day.

802.11g/WPA: for better range, compatibility, security, and throughput
FLAC: for reduced bandwidth usage
More memory: for better streaming of PCM audio over wireless

I'm just getting started... don't worry, I'll get to the pony. :)

Although I don't often contribute to the audiophile discussions, I
really do enjoy reading them. Regardless of who can hear what, the fact
is that there are indeed some real measurable characteristics such as
output levels, THD+N, and clock precision where we had room for
significant improvement. Squeezebox2 has completely done away with all
the limitations - we're now doing all of the audio decoding and DSP
work in software, and this gave me the freedom to design the digital
outputs and analog stages exactly the way I wanted them. Please see the
FAQ and the hardware specs page for details on the new design.

Among other things, the new design has allowed us to implement cross
fading and some very impressive visualizers. Of course, having it all
done in software (on an extremely fast processor) leaves the door open
for more functionality down the road.

Now some people have pooh-poohed the idea of visualizers as just being
eye candy, but personally I think a high resolution, ultra-fast
spectrum analyzer is quite a thing to behold. We've got one now - full
screen, 64 bands, 30 frames per second, and perfectly synced with the
audio. There are a few visualizers to choose from, including a smaller
spectrum analyzer and "analog" VU meters.

Squeezebox2 also has a new vacuum fluorescent display - we had it
custom designed by Noritake specifically to support the ideas we had in
mind for new fonts, animations, and visualizers. The display is
slightly larger physically, and has more than twice the resolution at
320x32 pixels. It has multiple brightness levels of course, but it also
has grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and
graphics.

A few "bonus" features that you might not have expected:

Dual antennas: Squeezebox2 has both an internal AND an external
antenna. The 802.11g radio takes advantage of this configuration to
automatically select the best antenna for transmit/receive, optimizing
signal strength and vastly improving range/throughput.

Bridging: yes, Squeezebox2 can share its wireless connection with a
wired ethernet device connected through its (100Mbps) ethernet port.
This allows other devices in the home theatre, such as Xboxen,
Playstations, Tivos, or HTPCs to connect wirelessly to your access
point.

Pony: there is a discount code, "FREEPONY". Enter this on the order
page to get $20 off on either the wired or the wireless model.

Finally, a big "thank you" goes to every one of our customers and
especially the people on this list. Thank you for promoting the
product, helping us improve it, and suggesting ideas.

The new web site is up now: http://www.slimdevices.com

Sean

seanadams
2005-03-09, 00:17
Shipping status will be reported as it happens. We have a backlog of
people who ordered Squeezebox1 wireless while it was out of stock. They
will get their orders upgraded to Squeezebox2 and will receive the
first units off the line. New orders will go out immediately after
that, in the order received.

I do not have data right now on which UK resellers have ordered
already, how much stock, delivery dates etc, but Patrick will be able
to fill in some of these details in the few days.


On Mar 8, 2005, at 10:45 PM, Richard Scales wrote:

> Good work sir!
> Please can you advise as to when you expect your UK distributors to
> have
> stock? (and perhaps which ones might have them first?)
>
> Richard Scales
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Adams [mailto:sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com]
> Sent: 09 March 2005 05:30
> To: Slim Devices Discussion; Slim Devices Developers
> Subject: [slim] Squeezebox2
>
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> Lots of folks noticed that we were running low on inventory, spending
> less time here, and working our butts off on SlimServer 6. As
> suspected, there is a new product. Squeezebox2 is in full production
> now, and the first units will ship on March 31.
>
> Squeezebox2 addresses all of the top performance and functionality
> requests that come up here every day.
>
> 802.11g/WPA: for better range, compatibility, security, and throughput
> FLAC: for reduced bandwidth usage
> More memory: for better streaming of PCM audio over wireless
>
> I'm just getting started... don't worry, I'll get to the pony. :)
>
> Although I don't often contribute to the audiophile discussions, I
> really do enjoy reading them. Regardless of who can hear what, the fact
> is that there are indeed some real measurable characteristics such as
> output levels, THD+N, and clock precision where we had room for
> significant improvement. Squeezebox2 has completely done away with all
> the limitations - we're now doing all of the audio decoding and DSP
> work in software, and this gave me the freedom to design the digital
> outputs and analog stages exactly the way I wanted them. Please see the
> FAQ and the hardware specs page for details on the new design.
>
> Among other things, the new design has allowed us to implement cross
> fading and some very impressive visualizers. Of course, having it all
> done in software (on an extremely fast processor) leaves the door open
> for more functionality down the road.
>
> Now some people have pooh-poohed the idea of visualizers as just being
> eye candy, but personally I think a high resolution, ultra-fast
> spectrum analyzer is quite a thing to behold. We've got one now - full
> screen, 64 bands, 30 frames per second, and perfectly synced with the
> audio. There are a few visualizers to choose from, including a smaller
> spectrum analyzer and "analog" VU meters.
>
> Squeezebox2 also has a new vacuum fluorescent display - we had it
> custom designed by Noritake specifically to support the ideas we had in
> mind for new fonts, animations, and visualizers. The display is
> slightly larger physically, and has more than twice the resolution at
> 320x32 pixels. It has multiple brightness levels of course, but it also
> has grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and
> graphics.
>
> A few "bonus" features that you might not have expected:
>
> Dual antennas: Squeezebox2 has both an internal AND an external
> antenna. The 802.11g radio takes advantage of this configuration to
> automatically select the best antenna for transmit/receive, optimizing
> signal strength and vastly improving range/throughput.
>
> Bridging: yes, Squeezebox2 can share its wireless connection with a
> wired ethernet device connected through its (100Mbps) ethernet port.
> This allows other devices in the home theatre, such as Xboxen,
> Playstations, Tivos, or HTPCs to connect wirelessly to your access
> point.
>
> Pony: there is a discount code, "FREEPONY". Enter this on the order
> page to get $20 off on either the wired or the wireless model.
>
> Finally, a big "thank you" goes to every one of our customers and
> especially the people on this list. Thank you for promoting the
> product, helping us improve it, and suggesting ideas.
>
> The new web site is up now: http://www.slimdevices.com
>
> Sean
>
>