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seanadams
2004-04-01, 15:14
Dean and I worked long and hard on this project, and with good
marketing advice from Patrick, we are pleased to introduce the first
products in our new line of Wireless Music Players.

Thanks go out to our development community, and especially to
Audiophile Weekly for their guidance in designing the new form factor.

For more information and product specs, please see the link on our news
page.
http://www.slimdevices.com/au_news.html

Best regards,

Sean Adams
Slim Devices Inc.

Graham Scott
2004-04-01, 15:30
lol - looks neat, but what's the shipping charge to the UK?

Sean Adams wrote:
>
>
> Dean and I worked long and hard on this project, and with good marketing
> advice from Patrick, we are pleased to introduce the first products in
> our new line of Wireless Music Players.

Jason Holtzapple
2004-04-01, 15:43
Sean Adams wrote:
> Dean and I worked long and hard on this project, and with good marketing
> advice from Patrick, we are pleased to introduce the first products in
> our new line of Wireless Music Players.
>
> Thanks go out to our development community, and especially to Audiophile
> Weekly for their guidance in designing the new form factor.

That form factor seems vaguely familiar ... nice work there! ;-)

--Jason

Harry McQuillen
2004-04-01, 16:40
Wow... I wish I had held off buying my squeezebox... I have a nice flat
patch in the backyard that would be perfect... and now we can have
access to the whole music collection when we're out crusing the pacific
in the submarine!

-Harry

At 2:14 PM -0800 4/1/04, Sean Adams wrote:
>Dean and I worked long and hard on this project, and with good
>marketing advice from Patrick, we are pleased to introduce the first
>products in our new line of Wireless Music Players.
>
>Thanks go out to our development community, and especially to
>Audiophile Weekly for their guidance in designing the new form
>factor.
>
>For more information and product specs, please see the link on our news page.
>http://www.slimdevices.com/au_news.html
>
>Best regards,
>
>Sean Adams
>Slim Devices Inc.
>
>

Mark Bennett
2004-04-02, 00:39
I like the joke, but as with all good jokes there's often an
element of truth at the bottom of it.

I'm not here to bash the Squeezebox. Far from it, I've been
showing to all my friends, and trying to persuade them it's
the greatest thing since sliced bread. The features and
performance are excellent, not to mention the outstanding
support and plugin development from SlimDevices and this
community.

In fact, I'm ready to buy more Squeezeboxes to start spreading
the goodness around the home. And the whole exercise has made
me seriously think about spending $1000's on upgrading my hi-fi
system so that I can enjoy the ease of use benefits combined
with great music quality.

However, it's not the most stylish piece of kit to install
in a modern home. My wife has suggested that she's not going
to let me buy more until "they come out with a more stylish
model". In my mind it looks too much like a PC peripheral
rather than a serious piece of hif-fi, or at least consumer
audio kit.

The styling of the Roku is it's (only) strong point. It does
look good, and it's ability to fit direct to the wall will
help it to win business with people who want the look of an
integrated solution, but without having to make their own cases
and cut custom sized holes in their walls.

The option to have a much bigger display is also appealing if
you're fitting it in a large room. OK, the Squeezebox does
large text, but you only get a small numer of characters, and
end up with titles scrolling all the time.

I wouldn't buy a Roku. I think that their approach on this
is despicable and a blatant rip-off. Having said that, I do
think that SlimDevices should take a serious look at the Roku,
and think about incorporating some of the style and practicality
features which are getting them column-inches, and are making
them interesting to a part of the market.

I also have a whole host of other Squeezebox variant ideas that
would help to provide wirelss music for almost every occasion,
but I know that Slim have a small team, and limited design/support
resources. If Sean, or other members of the slim team want
to discuss these offline, I'm more than happy to do so.



Sean Adams wrote:
>
>
> Dean and I worked long and hard on this project, and with good marketing
> advice from Patrick, we are pleased to introduce the first products in
> our new line of Wireless Music Players.
>
> Thanks go out to our development community, and especially to Audiophile
> Weekly for their guidance in designing the new form factor.
>
> For more information and product specs, please see the link on our news
> page.
> http://www.slimdevices.com/au_news.html
>
> Best regards,
>
> Sean Adams
> Slim Devices Inc.
>
>

mherger
2004-04-02, 02:07
> I like the joke, but as with all good jokes there's often an
> element of truth at the bottom of it.
[..]
> However, it's not the most stylish piece of kit to install

I think style is a thing you can't discuss. It's personal. But I have to
agree that they did not exactly match my style with the Squeezebox... I
prefer the SliMP3's design. The Squeezebox is kind of too 60s/70s (not so
sure, this was before me ;-)).

Regards,

--

Michael

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Tahir
2004-04-02, 04:10
Mark

I'd agree, i've got 2 slimp's and I think the squuezebox is a backwards step
stylistically. I couldn't buy a ROKU either, but they do look a a lot more
attractive, and large text looks a LOT better on their display. If Slim
devices are going away from the minimalist look they need to find someone
that can make it look as cool as an iMac / iPod.

Just my view

Tahir
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Bennett" <mark (AT) markandliz (DOT) co.uk>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004 8:39 AM
Subject: [slim] New product coming soon!


> I like the joke, but as with all good jokes there's often an
> element of truth at the bottom of it.
>
> I'm not here to bash the Squeezebox. Far from it, I've been
> showing to all my friends, and trying to persuade them it's
> the greatest thing since sliced bread. The features and
> performance are excellent, not to mention the outstanding
> support and plugin development from SlimDevices and this
> community.
>
> In fact, I'm ready to buy more Squeezeboxes to start spreading
> the goodness around the home. And the whole exercise has made
> me seriously think about spending $1000's on upgrading my hi-fi
> system so that I can enjoy the ease of use benefits combined
> with great music quality.
>
> However, it's not the most stylish piece of kit to install
> in a modern home. My wife has suggested that she's not going
> to let me buy more until "they come out with a more stylish
> model". In my mind it looks too much like a PC peripheral
> rather than a serious piece of hif-fi, or at least consumer
> audio kit.
>
> The styling of the Roku is it's (only) strong point. It does
> look good, and it's ability to fit direct to the wall will
> help it to win business with people who want the look of an
> integrated solution, but without having to make their own cases
> and cut custom sized holes in their walls.
>
> The option to have a much bigger display is also appealing if
> you're fitting it in a large room. OK, the Squeezebox does
> large text, but you only get a small numer of characters, and
> end up with titles scrolling all the time.
>
> I wouldn't buy a Roku. I think that their approach on this
> is despicable and a blatant rip-off. Having said that, I do
> think that SlimDevices should take a serious look at the Roku,
> and think about incorporating some of the style and practicality
> features which are getting them column-inches, and are making
> them interesting to a part of the market.
>
> I also have a whole host of other Squeezebox variant ideas that
> would help to provide wirelss music for almost every occasion,
> but I know that Slim have a small team, and limited design/support
> resources. If Sean, or other members of the slim team want
> to discuss these offline, I'm more than happy to do so.
>
>
>
> Sean Adams wrote:
> >
> >
> > Dean and I worked long and hard on this project, and with good marketing
> > advice from Patrick, we are pleased to introduce the first products in
> > our new line of Wireless Music Players.
> >
> > Thanks go out to our development community, and especially to Audiophile
> > Weekly for their guidance in designing the new form factor.
> >
> > For more information and product specs, please see the link on our news
> > page.
> > http://www.slimdevices.com/au_news.html
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Sean Adams
> > Slim Devices Inc.
> >
> >

Mitch Harding
2004-04-03, 06:56
> > I like the joke, but as with all good jokes there's often an
> > element of truth at the bottom of it.
> [..]
> > However, it's not the most stylish piece of kit to install
>
> I think style is a thing you can't discuss. It's personal. But I have to
> agree that they did not exactly match my style with the Squeezebox... I
> prefer the SliMP3's design. The Squeezebox is kind of too 60s/70s (not so
> sure, this was before me ;-)).

FWIW, I think the SqueezeBox looks fine. It's not very large and it doesn't
stand out when not in use. A larger display would be nicer, but I'm not
unhappy with the current-sized display. At the large text setting it shows
enough characters for me to identify most of my songs -- guests seem to have
a bigger problem with it, since they are not familiar with my music
collection, and thus need more characters to identify the songs.

But anyway, just wanted to let the folks at Slim Devices know that not
everyone feels the SqueezeBox is an eyesore.

--
Mitch
www.mitcharf.com

Daryle A. Tilroe
2004-04-03, 07:36
Mitch Harding wrote:

> FWIW, I think the SqueezeBox looks fine. It's not very large and it doesn't
> stand out when not in use. A larger display would be nicer, but I'm not
> unhappy with the current-sized display. At the large text setting it shows

I thought I would chime in here with support as well. I have no
issues with the current Squeezebox design. Its smaller than 'standard'
audio component form factor has actually worked out nicely and it
sits atop one of my speakers. It is completely unobtrusive when off
and central when on. Of course I can see the desire for double high
and/or wide display models and an audio component size one but I'm not
sure if the market is big enough for that many variations. I would
still focus on technical polishing and enhancements at this point.
Actually one enhancement that should be considered by someone to really
get mass market with the Squeezebox is a complementary server appliance
for the people who don't want to setup and fool around with a 'PC'
server. I.E. a headless box with a 200GB HDD that any techoidiot can
put a CD in and add to their 'jukebox'.

--
Daryle A. Tilroe

Joseph N. Craig
2004-04-04, 10:19
>I saw a device called the Martian 120 that went someway to doing this.

There's a quite negative review on the Tech TV web site.

mherger
2004-04-05, 02:13
Hi

[..]
> Actually one enhancement that should be considered by someone to really
> get mass market with the Squeezebox is a complementary server appliance
> for the people who don't want to setup and fool around with a 'PC'
> server. I.E. a headless box with a 200GB HDD that any techoidiot can
> put a CD in and add to their 'jukebox'.

Just got a catalog on my desk offering devices by ICP Electronics
(http://en.ieiworld.com/index.asp): little Linux based
routers/firewalls/NAS, starting with a 200GB disk up to rack mounted raid
terabytes. In one of their promotional text (I can't find any more...)
they claimed being very fast and flexible for customizations. May be they
could be convinced to add slimserver to their devices. Ugly devices, btw
:-).

--

Michael

-----------------------------------------------------------
http://www.jo-sac.ch/lindenberg - die JO des SAC Lindenberg
http://www.jo-sac.ch - JO-SAC inoffiziell!
http://photo.jo-sac.ch - mein kleines Photoalbum