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sunnyshirazian
2011-11-17, 04:18
Gather round kids, story time.

I have purchased the following (in order,)a squeezebox boom, squeezebox duet, squeezebox radio and a squeezebox2.

The Boom was my first Squeezebox I purchased. It wasn't cheap, but I wasn't disappointed. It was worth the money. It has a slightly clumsy way of getting stuff done, but it did what it was supposed to & it did it very very well.

Then I purchased my Duet - this was great, but I didn't use it as much as my Boom. It was missing something, a type of Love. (I don't know what it is exactly, but the Boom has it, and the Duet doesn't). It is not worth the money. I like the device, but not happy, or delighted.

Then I purchased the Radio. It was worse. I mean, it looks great, it functions as expected (most of the time). The battery pack is neat (so neat, it shouldn't be optional). I like the handle and the round look, but it's still missing something (love?). I'm happy with the purchase, but still not delighted.

As a user who has had many years of enjoyment, my most recent addition has delivered the most delight to me - i.e. Slim Devices Squeezebox2. It's easy to use, it offers everything a device in it's class should. It does what it's supposed to. I does its job very well. It's simple, yet delivers much more than I expected. I am happy with the purchase. I am delighted.

It is old. It isn't good looking (by modern standards). But I don't care. Take all my other squeezeboxes away, leave me my Squeezebox2. I'll stay happy.

To the pioneers who were the first - thank you.

The Squeezebox2 has delivered the most delight to me so far. I love it.

I love it.

I really really love it.

There are no words to express how I feel, there really isn't. I am just so very delighted.

Something has changed Slim Devices. I don't know how things are internally at Logitech, but get back that love.

Anyway,

Thank you Slim Devices.

bernt
2011-11-17, 04:26
Yes, my Boom and my SB2 is the best gadget ever. Team it up with a (setup and forget) Vortexbox and enjoy.

dennis55
2011-11-17, 05:03
Listening via MYSqueezeBox.com my Transporter (original):) is giving me the great performance and pleasure when i first opened the box!

Enjoy your music folks

dennis

jimzak
2011-11-17, 12:01
Despite my struggles with the software at times, I have enjoyed all my Squeezebox players. The biggest enhancement is the software for Android and iOS that Logitech and third parties have developed.

I listen to more music now than I did when I was in college.

Thanks Slim Devices.

xio
2011-11-17, 15:33
Welcome newbie ;-)

I bought my first SLiMP3 about 8 yrs ago (guesswork, I didn't google it). Was a toss up between that & an Audiotron(!). Still have it, in a box somewhere. Amazed at howit just worked,straight out of the box. Since then, an sb1, sb1g, sb2, 2xsb3, 2 radios, a boom & a duet later I still have most of them, in daily use. 99.9% of problems have been caused by my meddling or being an early adopter. Been a great ride, I still love them, but can't help but think we're in the twilight years now...

Enjoy!

pski
2011-11-17, 18:02
Boxen sure beat the crap out of my "old" method of wiring computer-grade Belkin cable to tape-corder switches and bridging line level between tape-in and tape-out. (Of course, that was 1987.)

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castalla
2011-11-17, 18:38
Having tried various 'internet' radio systems, I've got to say the SB route is the best on offer! Beats all the others into the dust. The media streaming is also excellent, at least for an old duffer like me!

Logitech just don't push their products and are missing a big market of frustrated 'other' system users. I was an early adopter of Reciva radios - struggled for years with poor firmware, pathetic support ... finally, I discovered SB. More than satisfied.

Ikabob
2011-11-17, 19:13
I love it.

I love it.

I really really love it.

There are no words to express how I feel, there really isn't. I am just so very delighted.

I just want to chime in here that I am glad that there are others who feel like they LOVE their system. I,too, LOVE all my Squeezeboxes and the Squeeze ecosystem. Add Ipeng to my love as well. Yes, I love it...I really really love it!
Thanks.

sherington
2011-11-18, 01:12
Bought an original SB but have now moved on to a Touch - that pushed me into sorting out the artwork, since one could now see it - the sound quality on the Touch is also fabulous - way better than the old SB, although that really worked well too.

The whole thing made me (continuously - to this day) really sort out my tagging, but that is as long a process as ripping was in the first place, wo will take years to get absolutely right!

Onwards and upwards Logitech - you have a gem here, with a larger market than you appear to think!

socistep
2011-11-18, 02:45
Bought an original SB but have now moved on to a Touch - that pushed me into sorting out the artwork, since one could now see it - the sound quality on the Touch is also fabulous - way better than the old SB, although that really worked well too.

The whole thing made me (continuously - to this day) really sort out my tagging, but that is as long a process as ripping was in the first place, wo will take years to get absolutely right!

Onwards and upwards Logitech - you have a gem here, with a larger market than you appear to think!

I started with a Duet 3.5 years ago, then bought a boom, a radio and 2x Touch - the orginal Duet box isn't used but I still use the controller.

All SB players are great and I listen to so much more music now, I ripped my collection with vortexbox and the tags/artwork are in a good condition, not exactly how I would want all of them but due to time constraints (young kid!) I now just enjoy listening to the music with the occasional tagging session.

ghostrider
2011-11-18, 10:41
Transporter, Boom and Controller. Best home entertainment dollars I've ever spent! Been lucky that I haven't encountered any major software problems that I haven't caused.

MeSue
2011-11-18, 11:00
Started with SB2 and begged on this forum for a Boom-like Squeezebox I could use outside and move around the house. Surprise! Got invited to beta test the Boom after participating here for several years! Bought a Duet at some point through a great deal on eBay, and also beta tested Radio and Touch. I still have them all connected and love them all! My favorites are the Boom and Radio since I like the non-clutter of extra wires and they sound great.

maggior
2011-11-18, 11:01
Best home entertainment dollars I've ever spent! Been lucky that I haven't encountered any major software problems that I haven't caused.

My sentiments exactly.

I started out with the SB3 when it was still Slim Devices. I got one at first. Not long after, I got a second. Then I got the Duet not too long after it came out and added another receiver. Then was the Boom. Eventually I ended up with 4 of those. The first 2 I picked up for less than 1/2 price at Circuit City when they went out of business. Finally, I bought a Touch.

All of them get used on a regular basis - myself and my family really enjoy our music. The advent of iOS and Andriod controlling apps has really enhaced the experience.

So yes, thank you Slim Devices...and also Logitech for bringing the squeezebox into standard retail channels and widening the exposure of the product line.

yeomanspc
2011-11-21, 14:59
The original SLIM guys had a vision and it's actually stood the test of time well. I still have a couple of SLIMP3's being used as well as every other box except boom, now in every room in the house except batroom! (yep, garage, shed, hall, conservatory etc.). To my mind, the SB3 was an excellent device with no hassle. Logitech have tried to make the devices more capable and complex recently, but maybe a cut-price simple device where you don't have to be a geek or a nerd to make it all work would sell well. I know a few folk who gave up on Touch's and bought instead all SB3's for their simplicity (and they just work). I don't think the players are in their twilight - with the new Android and IOS apps as controllers I believe they have a new lease of life.

sc53
2011-11-21, 16:27
Just spent a whole afternoon into early evening yesterday reading newspapers and articles with my SB3 playing into my "big" system (with the Electrocompaniet DAC and integrated amp). I made all my selections, playlists and repeats from my iPhone using iPeng. I read a Stereophile article about an old Steve Earle album, and immediately pulled it up on my SB3 to listen to it while reading. It was like being able to click a highlighted link in the article--instant music. I was thinking, after several hours of this, how amazingly easy it was and how enjoyable. I had meant at some point to start playing some new jazz LPs I had, but never got around to it because the SB3 experience was just so easy and relaxing, and to play LPs I'd have to jump up every 15 mins or so and clean the record, flip it, etc etc. Wow the difference from the good old days.

jimwillsher
2011-11-22, 01:00
I'd be devastated if my SB players stopped working. They are the best gadgets in our house - and we have a LOT of gadgets :-)

I have an SB3 in the kitchen, SB3 in the study, and a Boom in the bedroom. I also have a gap on the shelf ready to take another player when I can afford it (I want another SB3 but can't get one, so it'll have to be the touch which is unnecessary).

I can't remember which SB player I bought first, but it was the one where the new screen was released and you could buy the new display and fit it yourself, bending back one of the terminals inside. I bet the warranty lawyers had nightmares over that!

So, one very happy SB household here. There's always a few bugs with the software but there is with all software. But the music plays, and plays well.

Two requests from me:
1) Please don't ever discontinue the SB product line
2) Please don't ever discontinue the Linux distribution.

(I run a Ubuntu x64 VM on my Windows server, purely for Squeezeboxserver/Logitechmediaserver, as I prefer the Linux approach for this stuff).



Jim

Browny
2011-11-24, 12:27
Agreed. Ive been around since SB2/3 and slimserver 6.

Best money I've ever spent on any electronics. It has literally transformered how I can listen to music. I'd still be happy even if things hadn't changed since then.

The fact that it has evolved with Internet music streaming.....for free....is a bonus. Simply the best value for three hundred pounds nearly 8 years later!!

To put it in perspective......every PC I owned at the time has long since died, or been superceeded.

I'd echo that this feels like the beginning of the end, but I've said that before too!

I'm just content to enjoy the music these days. Squeezebox will always have a place in my gadget heart even when (if) something better comes along.

Thank you Slimdevices.

Goodsounds
2011-11-24, 14:09
My sentiments exactly.

All of them get used on a regular basis - myself and my family really enjoy our music. The advent of iOS and Andriod controlling apps has really enhaced the experience.

So yes, thank you Slim Devices...and also Logitech for bringing the squeezebox into standard retail channels and widening the exposure of the product line.

Ditto, ditto, and ditto.

azinck3
2011-12-02, 23:33
No other gadget has stood the test of time as well as my Slim Devices players have. I have 1 SB1, 3 SB1g's, an SB2, and a Duet that I use daily. They all do what I need them to do brilliantly, and they've only gotten more capable over the years.

I'll echo what others have said about the VFD-based models being the best. They're easy to use and super-responsive. Just a joy to use. The Duet doesn't have the same magic.

Oh, and as long as we're reminiscing about the good old days: who remembers the long, hard-fought battles over whether or not switching the community from being mailing-list-based to forum-based would mean the end of the community? :) Seems like an eternity ago now. Glad to see we've survived.

boun01
2011-12-03, 09:11
Thank you Squeezebox to help me to clear the living room. I get rid of tuner and cd player. My disks are now in shoesboxes in a storage place.

I truly enjoy the quality of sound of this device, even from Internet radios.

Also, it's far more easy to listen music from Squeezebox Server than a from a CD collection. And, for a classical music lover, the internet radios open a rich world. I listen more music with Squeezebox.

I didn't experienced the problems noted with the server updates. Perharps I was lucky. But I am not a "power user". I use the server only to listen two or three FM internet radios and to browse my classical music by folders (composers).

Finally, I was impressed by the Logitech Service. I bought a SB3 two years ago. After one year, the display disappeared in the middle of the screen. They shipped me a Touch to replace the faulty unit! Now the sound is better and I have a weather Station when the Touch is off.

chill
2011-12-03, 09:49
Fantastic thread. I wonder how many other products can boast such a thread.

For my own part, I still have the feeling that I came to the party a bit late - I think my first SB product was an SB3, probably about 6 years ago, although I do have a couple of earlier models that I THINK I bought off ebay later on, one of which I took apart and built into my DIY pre-amp. I still have the SB3 in regular use, alongside a Touch, a Boom and a couple of Radios.

Like most people here, the SB ecosystem reignited my passion for music, and I'm sure this is what led to me building my own pre-amp, power amp and speakers. Without a doubt though, the stand-out feature for me is the ability to have the whole house blasting out the same music in perfect synch. It still makes me smile when my kids tell me to turn my music down. In my day it was the other way round!

gian
2011-12-03, 09:55
Slim Devices changed my life.

I have always been an avid listener, LPs, CDs, radio, and short wave broadcasts.

Slim Devices brought short wave listening up to high end stereo.

I listen to BBC, France Musique or Radio Orfey from Moscow at CD quality.

I have a few SB2, SB3, Radio and Touch.

I am very fond of the white SB3 I have with the Slim Device logo.

It was a pain to see it go to Logitech, they are too big to manage such a jewel.

jazzcat
2011-12-05, 10:38
First of all, I'm glad to have found this Community. Have been reading for hours and days, before I bought my SB products, and now that I have them I still keep reading and learning. (You'll note I wrote "SB product*s*").

You see, just a few days ago I bought a new Touch. Connected to my vacuum tubed power amps, DIY dac and Vandersteen 2C speakers, it blew me away. What's more, it was on sale for $50 off!! Then just a day later, I saw the same store had the SBRadio on sale also for $50 off. Took it home (for the bedroom). Sync'd them up and now the "cat" is grooving to 500+ jazz stations, not to mention his personal library,yeah man!!

I always have to have good, swingin' music flowing through the house. Used to have XM satellite. It was OK until the merger with Sirius, after which it went down the tubes for my tastes. Cancelled the subs and dumped all my Sat-Rad gear.

So to end this unabashed fan letter, I'm so happy to have discovered Logitech SB. I love it. It's changed my musical life! I'm sure the people from Logitech look in here sometimes. To them I say: Please accept my most enthusiastic "Thank You" !!

jazzcat

kc5f
2011-12-05, 14:27
I've stated it in other threads, but it's true that my Duet and Boom have changed the way I listen to music. Music has always been important to me, but just having local stations and a few CD's kept me from having it on all the time and, more importantly, exposing myself to more depth and breadth of music of all types.

Now music surrounds me all the time, with services and stations that constantly expose me to new music and genres. Who'd have believed a few years ago that I could go to sleep listening to traditional Scandinavian music and wake up to Latin Pop direct from Mexico City?

I hope that these devices continue to be developed and sold for some time to come. I will be one of the first to but the next generation Boom when it comes out. The sound and functionality are unmatched!

pablolie
2011-12-06, 21:55
The SB3 also remains my favorite product, the Touch is a worthy successor, the Boom a great add on.

The Duet was a mis-step - as I got a replacement battery for the controller I realized the concept is not made to last. That will probably be the last time the battery is available. :(

My mother loves her SB Radio, which allows her to listen to stations from the mother country all day long.

Thank you Logitech via SlimDevices :)