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radish
2009-09-03, 07:37
Just in case anyone's interested, I measured the power consumption of the SB Radio at 2W while "off" and around 4W while playing loudly.

Howard Passman
2009-09-03, 07:39
Just in case anyone's interested, I measured the power consumption of the SB Radio at 2W while "off" and around 4W while playing loudly.

Thanks for that info. May I ask a few more questions?

First, how does the rechargable pack integrate in the unit and just so I don't misunderstand, this is a mono speaker set up, right?

Thanks,

Howard

funkstar
2009-09-03, 07:43
First, how does the rechargable pack integrate in the unit and just so I don't misunderstand, this is a mono speaker set up, right?
The battery fits internally, there is a hatch on the bottom with a large screw to close it (it's made so you can use a coin if you want, I managed to open mine with a USB pen and close it with a SD card :)).

Yes it is mono, although there are two speakers for different frequencies. Just like one half of a Boom.

radish
2009-09-03, 07:44
There's a panel on the bottom (I think you can see it in some of those FCC photos) which you can remove to insert the battery. It's closed with a screw, so I'd consider it a fairly permanent installation (although removable if you really need to).

The speaker setup is one tweeter, one mid/bass. So yes, 2-way mono. There's a stereo headphone jack though.

kdf
2009-09-03, 07:44
mono setup, multi-driver.

Battery compartment is accessible from the bottom. The exact look and fit of the battery pack is known by very few at this time. Only the latest hardware will work with them

Howard Passman
2009-09-03, 07:54
One and all :-)

m1abrams
2009-09-03, 08:10
For a small radio for use in places this device is meant for (bedside, kitchen, deck, etc) I actually prefer mono setup. Particular for a bedside clock/radio use. You really are not getting stereo sound from two speakers 6in apart place directly to ONE-SIDE of your listening position ;).

Seriously considering this little guy for my nightstand.

dave77
2009-09-03, 08:14
Anyone know what the expected battery life is?

Howard Passman
2009-09-03, 08:17
Anyone know what the expected battery life is?

I think it was the press release that said 6 hours, but that would depend on whtehr you ran it wireless and how much you used the LCD I would think...

Howard

Howard Passman
2009-09-03, 08:18
For a small radio for use in places this device is meant for (bedside, kitchen, deck, etc) I actually prefer mono setup. Particular for a bedside clock/radio use. You really are not getting stereo sound from two speakers 6in apart place directly to ONE-SIDE of your listening position ;).

Seriously considering this little guy for my nightstand.

You're right of course. I think you might get better coverage (dispersion)though out of two drivers.

Howard

rtitmuss
2009-09-03, 08:20
Just in case anyone's interested, I measured the power consumption of the SB Radio at 2W while "off" and around 4W while playing loudly.

Off should be lower when we ship. At the moment the power amp is on all the time, as it happens I just fixed that this morning.

Richard

iPhone
2009-09-03, 09:34
I think it was the press release that said 6 hours, but that would depend on whtehr you ran it wireless and how much you used the LCD I would think...

Howard

Beta testers don't have batteries yet, so no hard numbers as of yet. Also, the firmware is still being tweaked to maximize battery turn time.

Some will be glad to hear that this Squeezebox can actually be turned completely Off. Push the power button to go into standby like a standard Squeezebox, press and hold to shut down. Also the firmware will save power if on battery and there is no activity (not playing or controls adjusted) for 10 minutes. Since we don't have batteries yet, not sure of the exact details but I believe the idea is to go to standby then power off after X time intervals.

ccrome2
2009-09-04, 18:09
You're right of course. I think you might get better coverage (dispersion)though out of two drivers.

Howard

The baby 2-way setup will give *much* better dispersion than a stereo 1-way. (i.e. a single woofer-tweeter arrangement vs 2 full-range drivers in a stereo arrangement).

That's why we chose this setup over a stereo setup with lousier speakers.

-Caleb

Howard Passman
2009-09-05, 16:41
The baby 2-way setup will give *much* better dispersion than a stereo 1-way. (i.e. a single woofer-tweeter arrangement vs 2 full-range drivers in a stereo arrangement).

That's why we chose this setup over a stereo setup with lousier speakers.

-Caleb


Should be a fun little box :-)

Howard