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mikeb
2005-06-01, 14:10
I am looking to purchase an audio system for my home and have narrowed down my choices to Squeezebox2s with 802.11b PDAs and the Sonos Music System.

I am specifically concerned with whether multiple Squeezebox2s can play completely synchronized music or not. I see a few mentions in the forums of synchronization issues with the PC software and older versions of hardware, but none of multiple SB2s. Should I take this to mean that it works flawlessly? Anyone used it and can attest to its functionality?

I am also concerned with the remote functionality. This is one of the things I am specifically focusing on. What exactly can I control with a PDA (whether it be TelCanto or the http interface)? Do I still need to retain the IR Remote (or an IR function on the PDA requiring line of site)? I want to be able to control music, playlists, volume, and synchronization via 802.11b. Is this possible?

mherger
2005-06-01, 14:14
> completely synchronized music or not. I see a few mentions in the
> forums of synchronization issues with the PC software and older
> versions of hardware, but none of multiple SB2s. Should I take this to
> mean that it works flawlessly? Anyone used it and can attest to its
> functionality?

I'd say so, yes.

> I want to be able to control music, playlists, volume, and
> synchronization via 802.11b. Is this possible?

This is all available from the web interface (don't know telcanto). If
you're not sure: download the software and connect to
http://localhost:9000/Handheld/ - this will give you the PDA optimized
skin in your browser.

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bklaas
2005-06-01, 14:17
Michael Herger wrote:
>> completely synchronized music or not. I see a few mentions in the
>> forums of synchronization issues with the PC software and older
>> versions of hardware, but none of multiple SB2s. Should I take this to
>> mean that it works flawlessly? Anyone used it and can attest to its
>> functionality?
>
>
> I'd say so, yes.
>
>> I want to be able to control music, playlists, volume, and
>> synchronization via 802.11b. Is this possible?
>
>
> This is all available from the web interface (don't know telcanto). If
> you're not sure: download the software and connect to
> http://localhost:9000/Handheld/ - this will give you the PDA optimized
> skin in your browser.
>

also, you may want to checkout the Nokia 770 as a slimserver controller
rather than PDAs. See this thread:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=14419&page=1&pp=10&highlight=Nokia
This, in my mind, would be the closest approximation of a Sonos-type
environment (also much cheaper).

cheers,
#!/ben

mherger
2005-06-01, 14:29
> also, you may want to checkout the Nokia 770 as a slimserver controller
> rather than PDAs. See this thread:
> http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=14419&page=1&pp=10&highlight=Nokia

If only it was available... And I have seen estimated prices for
Switzerland which are more than the double of the announced USD350 :-(!

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max.spicer
2005-06-01, 14:40
I am looking to purchase an audio system for my home and have narrowed down my choices to Squeezebox2s with 802.11b PDAs and the Sonos Music System.
I don't know anything about the Sonos system, but SqueezeBoxes are great. I can't imagine any other device having the community, the features and the sheer wow factor of the SqueezeBox2. SlimDevices really care about their users and their product - you frequently get the chief executive answering your questions on the forums. How often does that happen anywhere else? I can't speak for synchronisation between real boxes, as I only have the one (so far). I bought my SB2 a few months ago, and have no prior experience of any SlimDevices product. However, I'm definitely a satisfied customer. Don't miss out!

Max

mikeb
2005-06-01, 17:09
I don't know anything about the Sonos system, but SqueezeBoxes are great. I can't imagine any other device having the community, the features and the sheer wow factor of the SqueezeBox2. SlimDevices really care about their users and their product - you frequently get the chief executive answering your questions on the forums. How often does that happen anywhere else? I can't speak for synchronisation between real boxes, as I only have the one (so far). I bought my SB2 a few months ago, and have no prior experience of any SlimDevices product. However, I'm definitely a satisfied customer. Don't miss out!

Max

The open source nature and standards based implementation is one of the things making me lean towards the Squeezebox2 (other than price, and the fact that the unit has a display). I just wanted to understand exactly what both products did before making a decision.

The suggestion on downloading the slimserver and playing with it is a good one. My FreeBSD box is installing the port now.

Thanks a ton guys.

caclement
2005-06-09, 21:23
I was able to use telcanto with some success but had problems with it working consistantly.

As for syncronization, I just bought a SB2 and have failed miserably in getting it to sync with SB1 although I was told it could. Syncronization is off enough that you don't want to be in earshot of both at the same time, unless you like splitting headaches. I don't know about sync'ing with two SB2's but my trust factor is way too low to spend another 300 dollars to find out. Check the audiophile forum, I'm not the only one.

Other than the sync issue, the slimdevice works well. Music sounds great, interface is easy to use. You can easily and quickly pick the music you want to hear and away you go. But for whole house audio, it isn't there in my opinion.

Maditude
2005-06-10, 01:43
The suggestion on downloading the slimserver and playing with it is a good one. My FreeBSD box is installing the port now.

Thanks a ton guys.
Last I checked, the 'bsd port for slimserver was pretty old. If you decide to go with the new version from just a plain old tarball, note that you will need Perl 5.8.6 (installs from ports easily enough), drop me a note if you have any problems.

David Zuckerman
2005-06-10, 11:14
On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 01:43:11AM -0700, Maditude wrote:
> Last I checked, the 'bsd port for slimserver was pretty old.

The FreeBSD port is current right now, at 6.0.2. I'm running it on my
5.3 box. The port's status can be tracked at Freshports.

http://www.freshports.org/audio/slimserver

mikeb
2005-06-10, 15:27
On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 01:43:11AM -0700, Maditude wrote:
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: mikeb Wrote:
: > The suggestion on downloading the slimserver and playing with it is a
: > good one. My FreeBSD box is installing the port now.
: >
: > Thanks a ton guys.
: Last I checked, the 'bsd port for slimserver was pretty old. If you
: decide to go with the new version from just a plain old tarball, note
: that you will need Perl 5.8.6 (installs from ports easily enough), drop
: me a note if you have any problems.

As David followed up with, the port is up to date. I had no problems
getting it to work and did end up purchasing two squeezebox2s which
have been great so far. There have been a few synchronization issues,
but they are remedied by stopping play via the http interface and
restarting play. Hopefully that can be fixed in code at some point.

--mikeb

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