View Full Version : What would make you buy another Squeezebox ?

2011-08-06, 01:38
This poll is a bit similar to the ones I posted about two weeks ago, but this time I'd like to know what changes that would make it most interesting for you to buy another Squeezebox.

Note, the question is only related to yourself, not your friends or relatives, see below for the separate poll thread about what would make it easier to recommend a Squeezebox to someone else.

Also note that the question is not about what would improve your current Squeezebox, it's about what would be needed to make it worth for you to invest in more Squeezebox hardware.

Try to avoid checking all the checkboxes, try to limit yourself to check the top 3 or something similar.

Also, if you haven't already answered on the related polls, please do so, you will find them here:

2011-08-06, 09:57
I will eventually probably buy buy a touch and a pair of audio engine 02 speakers. Combined cost will be about 350 - 400 sterling, hence the " eventually". Something along the lines of a boom with a screen costing less than 200 would certainly speed up the decision!!

2011-08-06, 10:45
The main reason for me is not in the list.
I would like to be able to use easily and flawlessly popular software to play flac and radio streams with Squeezeboxes (especially the Touch), and be able to get rid of SBS and mysqueezebox.com if I want to do it.

With TinySBS, and an empty USB stick, it is fine for radios streams, but not for flacs.

I would like Squeezeboxes to be "network sound cards" and use them without installing SBS at all.

TinySBS may be used, if it allows to do that, but I don't want it to scan or browse the library.

I want to be able to scan and browse with external softwares if I feel like it.

I heard about different plugins to use foobar or mediamonkey.
But I hadn't had time to try yet.
Is SBS (or TinySBS ot mysqueezebox.com) still necessary ?
If yes, with one of those plugins, is it possible to get rid of scan and browse from SBS (pointing SBS to an empty folder for example) ?

2011-08-07, 12:08
I checked all new hardware boxes.

Basically I need a sign from Logitech that Squeezebox has a future.

2011-08-07, 12:39
Actually, if they fix the current problems (which are not affecting me too bad anyway), I'd be happy. There is no reason that the platform needs to become even better to be a good solution for me.

It would be nice, certainly. But if I buy a fridge, I don't expect it to become a heater with an update, do I? So why would I expect that with my Squeezeboxes. They should work as advertized, that would be enough for me.

Or what exactly do you mean by "has a future"? Are you afraid that they'll turn of the mysqueezebox.com site? That is be a risk, agreed, that's why I don't want to depend on a third party server system.

But as I understand it, Sonos also depends on a local server, doesn't it?

Mark Miksis
2011-08-07, 12:58
Basically I need a sign from Logitech that Squeezebox has a future.

I suspect this is a common sentiment.

2011-08-07, 13:51
I'd like to see a new device that is a cross between the Transporter and the Touch.

It would have the shape of a traditional audio device, use wall current without a wall-wart, have a display like the Touch (but perhaps not touch sensitive) and be silent.

The remote would be like the Touch remote to control things.

The additional space in the device would support a more powerful processor and a small SSD for the software and the library. The library would be on one (or more) external USB3 drive. The device could either contain a DAC or connect to a DAC. The processor should be capable of rebuilding a library of 20,000 tracks within 15 minutes.

So, it could be used as a regular part of an audio system. Perhaps the server software would still be used with a computer to build the contents of the external hard drive. This would be how tagging gets corrected etc, so you would know that the library was CLEAN before it was attached to the device.

So, Logitech already has everything they need to build and sell this.
They could sell this as a entry item as decribed, or a high end item by adding a second SSD internally for the library. Its wired / wireless network connectivity would be used to refresh software and provide streaming radio access to the Internet.

If it was had a large touchscreen it could compete with SOOLOOS.

2011-08-07, 14:04
Some other variations would be nice.
- A SqueezeOS based Receiver.
- A larger screen Touch
- Wireless headphones with a SqueezeOS player embedded in them (I suggested this years ago, stripped down Controller built into a set of round ear headphones).

2011-08-07, 15:05
An updated <and cheaper> SB3 with enviable audio specs. I'm more interested in response than hi-res audio. No touch screen is required: the SB3/touch remote would be fine.

A boom that was not designed with clock radio in mind. If anyone has heard small ScanSpeak woofers, you know what I mean. This might require a real transformer rather than a wall-wart. Otherwise the I/O of the boom would be fine. As above SB3/touch remote would be better.

2011-08-07, 19:24
Moving to a bigger house so I have more rooms to put them in. :D

2011-08-08, 00:56
Or what exactly do you mean by "has a future"? Are you afraid that they'll turn of the mysqueezebox.com site? That is be a risk, agreed, that's why I don't want to depend on a third party server system.

What I mean is that I am hessitant to invest further in whole house audio when I have a nagging felling that the product-line will stop being sold at some point in the "near" future and thus force me to change to Sonos or whatever for further expansion. I don't really care for mysb.com. I try to avoid it, though I suspect radio-channel-lists are maintained via mysb.com.

Actually there is nothing keeping me from buying more squeezeboxes except that we don't really need more (or at least need other stuff more than stocking up the last couple of rooms.)

Grumpy Bob
2011-08-08, 01:52
I have two Squeezebox Radios and an SB3, running off a QNAP NAS box running the server 24/7. All perform flawlessly (issues I've had mostly relate to the BBC's radio streams and appear to be nothing to do with the server software or hardware). Frankly, the only thing that would really make me buy another SB would be if one of those three devices conked out.

For a replacement for the SB3, I would not be looking for a touch screen or a fancy display, as I don't want or need that for the HiFi. I use SqueezePad on the iPad to control the music.


2011-08-08, 04:06
I recently bought some receivers to replace SB2's and have better synch with Touch and SB3's, so if Logitech brought out a completely new generation I might be persuaded but to be honest I'm out of rooms now and the later stuff just doesn't match the reliability of the earlier SB3's. It seems to me that what the audio market wants is SB3's or receiver/ipeng combination. I wasted another hour last night trying to get a Duet controller to connect to the server (others were fine).

On that point (and you don't list this option)I am fairly sure that if they brought out a model with an integrated CD player for backup when the rest doesn't work, my wife would be first in line..