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seanadams
2005-03-08, 22:30
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

mherger
2005-03-09, 00:27
On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:30:01 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
wrote:

[..]
> grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and graphics.

As I intended to do a little work on my musicinfo screensaver I wanted to
have a look at the screensaver you show on the homepage - it breaks with
the two line style we had so far. But I could not find it in the latest
SVN. All the visualizers I've found work full-screen. Is this Dean's
latest photoshop work ;-) or is SoftSqueeze not up to it, yet?

--

Michael

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kdf
2005-03-09, 00:31
Quoting Michael Herger <slim (AT) herger (DOT) net>:

> On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:30:01 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
> wrote:
>
> [..]
> > grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and graphics.
>
> As I intended to do a little work on my musicinfo screensaver I wanted to
> have a look at the screensaver you show on the homepage - it breaks with
> the two line style we had so far. But I could not find it in the latest
> SVN. All the visualizers I've found work full-screen. Is this Dean's
> latest photoshop work ;-) or is SoftSqueeze not up to it, yet?
>
press 'now playing' on the remote a bit. you'll get the sidebar animations that
way. look at the visulalizer plugin for examples of how to control vis.

-kdf

dean
2005-03-09, 08:44
The photos on the website are from photoshop BMP files that were loaded
up on the players for the photo shoot. The fonts have changed slightly
and we haven't added a NOW PLAYING option to the full screen
visualizers, but otherwise what you see is what you will get... :)


On Mar 8, 2005, at 11:27 PM, Michael Herger wrote:

> On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:30:01 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
> wrote:
>
> [..]
>> grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and graphics.
>
> As I intended to do a little work on my musicinfo screensaver I wanted
> to have a look at the screensaver you show on the homepage - it breaks
> with the two line style we had so far. But I could not find it in the
> latest SVN. All the visualizers I've found work full-screen. Is this
> Dean's latest photoshop work ;-) or is SoftSqueeze not up to it, yet?
>
> --
>
> Michael
>
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Peter Watkins
2005-03-14, 06:59
On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:30:01PM -0800, Sean Adams wrote:

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

Sounds nice...

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

> 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.

Sean, have you tried putting a SlimServer host behind the bridge? It'd
be mighty cool to have an SB2 sitting atop a Mac Mini next to my main
TV & its stereo -- I could connect the TV to the Mac Mini's DVI output
and use it not only as a quiet, low-power SlimServer host (I'm tired of
my x86 power supply fan running 24x7), but also as a slideshow/video
playback device.

The DVI out would justify placing the Mini away from the WiFi AP, but
would the SB2 be able to use a SlimServer on the bridge configuration
rather than on the WAN?

-Peter