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Neil Davidson
2005-07-08, 10:00
Just noticed that Scan.co.uk has both wired and wireless in black and silver
on their Today Only page for the weekend.

Only a few less than their normal price, but I had no idea they even
stocked it :)

(http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ for those that are interested)

N.

Fifer
2005-07-08, 11:20
I think they just started to stock it. It's only 4 off their normal price, but they seem to be the cheapest anyway. They have black and platinum in stock for 190.33 delivered until Monday morning.

Robin Bowes
2005-07-08, 13:46
Neil Davidson wrote:
> Just noticed that Scan.co.uk has both wired and wireless in black and silver
> on their Today Only page for the weekend.
>
> Only a few less than their normal price, but I had no idea they even
> stocked it :)
>
> (http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ for those that are interested)

I hate you. You've made me spend money!!!

:)

R.

ModelCitizen
2005-07-08, 21:31
> > Only a few less than their normal price, but I had no
> > idea they even stocked it :)
> > (http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ for those that are interested)

> I hate you. You've made me spend money!!!

You too huh?
:-)

Simon Turner
Barcombe UK

Robin Bowes
2005-07-09, 00:46
Simon @ Home wrote:
>>>Only a few less than their normal price, but I had no
>>>idea they even stocked it :)
>>>(http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ for those that are interested)
>
>
>
>>I hate you. You've made me spend money!!!
>
>
> You too huh?
> :-)

Yeah, I've been making excuses for too long now. This was the push I
needed. But don't tell the other half!

R.

Paul Webster
2005-07-09, 01:45
I did the same ... 2nd one ... wife on holiday ;)
I think I saw that we get a free LAN card as well - not that it will help me much ... maybe I can find a PC with 10Mb card and replace it.

Neil Davidson
2005-07-09, 03:33
> Neil Davidson wrote:
> > Just noticed that Scan.co.uk has both wired and wireless in
> black and
> > silver on their Today Only page for the weekend.
> >
> > Only a few less than their normal price, but I had no
> idea they even
> > stocked it :)
> >
> > (http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ for those that are interested)
>
> I hate you. You've made me spend money!!!
>
> :)
>
> R.
>

You're welcome :)

Robin Bowes
2005-07-09, 03:49
Paul Webster wrote:
> I did the same ... 2nd one ... wife on holiday ;)
> I think I saw that we get a free LAN card as well - not that it will
> help me much ... maybe I can find a PC with 10Mb card and replace it.

Free LAN card? Where did you see that?

R.

Fifer
2005-07-09, 04:28
Top of the /todayonly page. Free gift with any order over 149 (ex VAT & Delivery) - Dlink DFE-530TX+ 10/100 PCI NIC. I'm seriously tempted (I don't need a NIC but I want an SB2). Which colour though?

Neil Davidson
2005-07-09, 04:29
Right up at the top, free on all orders over 149. Looks like a slip line
PCI card too, could come in handy....

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>
> Paul Webster wrote:
> > I did the same ... 2nd one ... wife on holiday ;) I think I
> saw that
> > we get a free LAN card as well - not that it will help me much ...
> > maybe I can find a PC with 10Mb card and replace it.
>
> Free LAN card? Where did you see that?
>
> R.
>
>

Robin Bowes
2005-07-09, 04:33
Fifer wrote:
> Top of the /todayonly page. Free gift with any order over 149 (ex VAT &
> Delivery) - Dlink DFE-530TX+ 10/100 PCI NIC. I'm seriously tempted (I
> don't need a NIC but I want an SB2). Which colour though?

Ah, got it. I dare say I'll be able to use that somewhere.

I had the same dilemma regarding colour. I went for the platinum one so
I can easily tell my SB1 and SB2 apart. (I'm not one who bothers about
all my kit matching!)

R.

Fifer
2005-07-09, 10:31
I like that reasoning so I'll probably go for platinum. I suppose we can always swap cases to ring the changes (or are SB1 and SB2 cases different? Anyone?).

Craig
2005-07-09, 10:38
I'm afraid that the free lan card is for orders above 149 ex Vat, I suppose you could buy 2 though ;)

Craig

Robin Bowes
2005-07-09, 11:39
Craig wrote:
> I'm afraid that the free lan card is for orders above 149 ex Vat, I
> suppose you could buy 2 though ;)
>

Craig,

The wireless version is 154.99 ex. VAT (182.11 inc).

R.

Fifer
2005-07-09, 11:45
Yes and the wireless SB2 is 154.99 so it should come with the free NIC. No matter, I don't need one anyway, I just want the SB2 at a good price. I just ordered the Platinum wireless.

EDIT: Robin beat me to it ...

Craig
2005-07-09, 12:17
Good point,

I only looked at the wired one, that's my excuse anyway ;-)

Craig

Paul Webster
2005-07-12, 08:31
I did the same ... 2nd one ... wife on holiday ;)
I think I saw that we get a free LAN card as well - not that it will help me much ... maybe I can find a PC with 10Mb card and replace it.
Arrived today at a convenient time for a short break ... now up and running.
Low profile 100mb D-Link LAN card was in the package for free as hoped.

Paul

Fifer
2005-07-12, 10:20
Me too. Just got home 10 minutes ago to find both waiting. I won't plug it in till tomorrow evening, when I can spend some time listening to it.

Fifer
2005-07-14, 02:26
I set up my new toy last night so thought I'd share some first impressions. I'll start with the niggle first; I'm not entirely in love with the platinum case. The finish (to me) is a bit flat (it looks too much like a plastic box painted flat silver, which is what it is I suppose) and it seems to emphasise the 'radio alarm' look of the housing. I contrast this with my recollection of opening the packaging of my SB1 a year ago and being very impressed by the black textured finish. The black casing also 'disappeared' into the cabinet which houses my AV gear, making the display seem to 'float' in mid-air, where now the SB2 stands out and it looks like someone's put a radio alarm in there. I suspect I may end up swapping the SB1 and SB2 boxes over. Are there any differences internally to prevent me from doing this? I'm sure there would be a market for a slightly more expensive model with a classier housing, but I appreciate that small companies are limited in what their design teams can take on. Maybe an aftermarket opportunity for someone? Anyway, considering the capabilities of the SB2 and the price, I do feel mean being so picky about the case. As always, these things are down to personal preferences and others may love the new colour. If I were to buy again though, I'd definitely go for the black.

Set-up was painless and easy. I downloaded and installed the latest nightly, changed my wireless network security from WEP to WPA, plugged in the SB2 and off she went. There was a minor hiccup when the Squeezebox couldn't find the DHCP server, but allocating a manual IP address and entering the addresses for the various network components did the trick. I did regret choosing a longer than minimum shared key as entering it via the numeric pads is a bit of a kerfuffle, but hopefully I'll only do it once.

The positives: the display is superb, I'm really impressed. If this was the only improvement over the SB1, I'd consider it worth upgrading. Clear, readable, fast and aesthetically very pleasing. I love it. I really like the little touches, like being able to have a news ticker screen saver when the box is off. I haven't had a serious listening session yet and I chose to plug the SB2 in as a direct replacement for my SB1 (which means I'm using an external DAC so cannot comment on the sound of the Burr-Browns), but there does appear to be a significant improvement in (the already excellent) sound quality over the SB1. It seems cleaner and clearer, with more attack and punch. I'll listen to this a lot over the next few weeks before forming fixed opinions, but I've already got a good feeling about this model. Add in the other improvements (802.11g, WPA, wireless bridge, Squeezenetwork, UI improvements) and this equates to a significantly improved product which could easily have sold at a premium over the SB1. It's nice that the price has been kept the same.

In sum, a massive improvement to an already impressive piece of technology. I just wish I'd bought black. Maybe the platinum will grow on me ...

max.spicer
2005-07-14, 04:42
If the platinum doesn't grow on you, you could always send it back and get a full refund or probably an exchange from SlimDevices. That's what the 30 day returns policy is there for after all. I'd be interested to see how this works in the UK, though.

Max


I set up my new toy last night so thought I'd share some first impressions. I'll start with the niggle first; I'm not entirely in love with the platinum case. The finish (to me) is a bit flat (it looks too much like a plastic box painted flat silver, which is what it is I suppose) and it seems to emphasise the 'radio alarm' look of the housing. I contrast this with my recollection of opening the packaging of my SB1 a year ago and being very impressed by the black textured finish. The black casing also 'disappeared' into the cabinet which houses my AV gear, making the display seem to 'float' in mid-air, where now the SB2 stands out and it looks like someone's put a radio alarm in there. I suspect I may end up swapping the SB1 and SB2 boxes over.[...]

In sum, a massive improvement to an already impressive piece of technology. I just wish I'd bought black. Maybe the platinum will grow on me ...

DrNic
2005-07-14, 05:26
If the platinum doesn't grow on you, you could always send it back and get a full refund or probably an exchange from SlimDevices. That's what the 30 day returns policy is there for after all. I'd be interested to see how this works in the UK, though.

Max

Your closing point here was exactly my thoughts - anyone had a go at this from the UK?
Would dread to think about US shipping and return with all the time it takes!! Plus more chance to get the "replacement" damaged....

Nic

Robin Bowes
2005-07-14, 05:40
DrNic wrote:
> max.spicer Wrote:
>
>>If the platinum doesn't grow on you, you could always send it back and
>>get a full refund or probably an exchange from SlimDevices. That's
>>what the 30 day returns policy is there for after all. I'd be
>>interested to see how this works in the UK, though.
>>
>>Max
>
>
> Your closing point here was exactly my thoughts - anyone had a go at
> this from the UK?
> Would dread to think about US shipping and return with all the time it
> takes!! Plus more chance to get the "replacement" damaged....

Hi,

I believe that the 30 day return policy only applies to purchases direct
from the Slim Devices web site.

In the UK, under the Distance Selling laws (I think) you have a few days
(7?) within which you are entitled to return your purchase for a full
refund.


R.

ModelCitizen
2005-07-14, 13:09
> the platinum case. The finish (to me)
> is a bit flat (it looks too much like a plastic box painted
> flat silver, which is what it is I
> suppose) and it seems to emphasise the 'radio alarm' look of
> the housing.

Looks like I made the right decision then. I got the black one as I had a
suspicion that the platinum might make the SB look even more like an early
eighties radio alarm. On the other hand my black case did degrade quickly
with the coating flaking off in bits.

> I suspect I may end up swapping the SB1 and SB2
> boxes over. Are there any differences internally to prevent
> me from doing this?

On my original SB I had to cut the plastic casing away from the digital out
(coax) socket so my cable could slide far enough onto the socket to make
secure connection. I was relieved to see that on the SB2 the digital out
coax socket stuck much further out of the casing, enabling the cable
connector to fit correctly without having to butcher the case.

> I'm sure there would be a market for a
> slightly more expensive model with a classier housing, but I
> appreciate that small companies are limited in what their
> design teams can take on.

Yes. I too would very much like a case that fitted in with the look of my
Naim gear a little more. I've been very impressed with a few of the DIY jobs
detailed on this list/forum.

> Set-up was painless and easy.

My wasn't painless but I succeeded in the end (with help from KDF and
Viddur, all hail them), even though it meant loosing my original
installation of AlienBBC.... :-(
The sound is definitely better, more punch it seems to me (infact I may stop
using my Perpetual Technologies DAC as I can't immediately tell the
difference in sound quality), the display is better, the news screen saver
is great (although I would like to be able to click to read the full
article, but minor concern really) and so far I have not noticed any drop
outs (even when using BitTorrent, the microwave or the wireless phone).
I've yet to be convinced that SS 6.*** is any better than 5.4.1 though, as
using the remote to browse music seems to stall the audio (which didn't
happen with 5.4.1) and I can't really see any improvement in speed of use
(or speed of scanning) so far (but I guess it's early days?). Oh, I use XP
and flac files.

Simon Turner
Barcombe UK