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MeSue
2008-09-24, 08:53
Searching eBay for misspellings finally paid off for me! Last night I won a slightly used Sqeezebox (sic) Duet for a very good price. I really only wanted a Controller, but I'm sure I'll find a place to put the receiver to use...

Anyway, since this is used... is there anything I should do before setting it up? Will the Controller need some kind of factory reset?

maggior
2008-09-24, 09:18
I would. You might be able to configure it without a reset, but I'm sure it will be much easier with the reset.

To do a factory reset on the controller, first turn the controller off. Then you hold down the + button as you press the power button. Release after a few seconds.

You should factory reset the player too.

http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/Hardware_Reset_commands

MeSue
2008-09-24, 09:23
Thanks! So it's the same basic reset process for the Controller as the older players. Makes sense.

exile
2008-09-24, 09:28
another great place to get used sb's is craig's list. I've picked up a slimp3, sb1 and sb2 all on craig's list and the prices for each of them were quite low.

maggior
2008-09-24, 09:41
One potential pitfall...depending on the firmware rev on the controller now, it may or may not be able to deal with password protection on your SqueezeCenter. If you have trouble getting the controller to connect to your server, you can try temporarily disabling the password. It will then connect to the server and update the FW to a current version. Then you should be able to connect to the server.

I'm not sure how you enter the server password at that point - you may just have to do another factory reset on the controller. With current FW, the setup wizard on the controller will ask for the username and password of SqueezeCenter. I recently had to do a factory reset on my controller to help debug a bug I reported and it asked for the username and password. I was happy to see that the configuration usability had improved.

You may have no trouble at all with the setup, but brace yourself for potential issues.

Have fun with your new toy when it arrives!

iPhone
2008-09-24, 09:44
another great place to get used sb's is craig's list. I've picked up a slimp3, sb1 and sb2 all on craig's list and the prices for each of them were quite low.

Gee thanks Exile, now you are killing our over-retail price EBAY Buy It Now market by informing others of actaul Internet bargain places. Thanks alot! ;} LOL




NOTE: Just joking of course, for those that didn't get it.

MeSue
2008-09-24, 09:48
Are you talking about:
a password I specifically entered into SC
the admin password for my server which is running SC
the wireless security password

Hopefully the first, because I don't have that set up.

maggior
2008-09-24, 09:51
I'm talking about the security settings in squeezecenter itself, not an account login on the server.

Basically, if you don't need to enter a username and password when you access SC via the web interface, you don't have security setup and should have not trouble.

Mark Miksis
2008-09-24, 10:01
So Sue, what was the actual price you got it for?

MeSue
2008-09-24, 10:04
So Sue, what was the actual price you got it for?

$232.50 shipped.

Thanks, Rich, for the warning about security settings.

maggior
2008-09-24, 11:30
Wow! That's cheap! Nice deal.

Good idea about searching common typos for a product - I'll have to remember that one.

exile
2008-09-24, 13:27
Gee thanks Exile, now you are killing our over-retail price EBAY Buy It Now market by informing others of actaul Internet bargain places. Thanks alot! ;} LOL

iphone-

i actually hesitated in posting that because the deals that I've gotten on craig's list have been so good but it seems only fair to spread the word on this forum.

MeSue
2008-09-26, 11:11
I got the Duet today. It is in great shape and setup went smoothly. I did have to download the manual to figure out setting up the Receiver, but then it was easy. Right now it is playing Rockabye Baby Pink Floyd for my visiting niece who is down for a nap.

signor_rossi
2008-09-26, 13:45
Probably off topic, but didn't want to open new thread for it and squeeze it in anyway ;)
New Duets can be found for as low as 265 (without shipping) on Italian online shops now (not immediately available, though), this may be of interest to some Italian people.
I almost can't hold back, but is there a new Duet revision coming? These prices seem suspicious.

SignorRossi.

pfarrell
2008-09-26, 14:10
signor_rossi wrote:
> I almost can't hold back, but is there a new Duet revision coming?
> These prices seem suspicious.

SD/Logi never talks about future products, and thus I have no idea. But
given the usual life cycle of SD products, its way too early to think
about a Duet 2.

It takes volumes of shipped units to pay off the engineering costs. The
Duet is too new, and given the complexity of the Controller, I bet the
costs were big.

The Receiver side is not that big a deal, its essentially just a SB3
without the display

signor_rossi
2008-09-26, 23:56
signor_rossi wrote:
> I almost can't hold back, but is there a new Duet revision coming?
> These prices seem suspicious.

SD/Logi never talks about future products, and thus I have no idea. But
given the usual life cycle of SD products, its way too early to think
about a Duet 2.

It takes volumes of shipped units to pay off the engineering costs. The
Duet is too new, and given the complexity of the Controller, I bet the
costs were big.

The Receiver side is not that big a deal, its essentially just a SB3
without the display

I guess you are right, I made similar assumptions when thinking about it and the only reasonable upgrade that I can think of would be a better readable display in brighter light conditions, they could stick it in the Controller without other changes.
Anyway, the cost for such an upgraded Controller certainly would start again at 400€ in Europe, which is to expensive for me atm. Let's see how business is in the next few weeks and I will decide if I can afford a Duet.

SignorRossi.

SomeChap
2008-09-27, 01:08
I was wondering that too... Where to go next with the Squeezebox. SD seem to have hit the formula on the head, to confuse a few metaphors.

I suppose that's why the focus is on broadening the range with Controllers and Booms and 3rd-party plugins etc, rather than refining the core product functionality any further. I would also wonder if the whole range needs a bit more large-scale market traction before it can settle into its niche properly.

On the other hand, it's not as if the competition (eg Sonos etc) is exactly innovating furiously.