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Agent Smith
2012-09-05, 09:36
I bought my first SB3 Classic in August of 2007 (it says SlimDevices on the front), then picked up 2 "Logitech" SB3 Classics in 2008, and last week bought 2 touches from Amazon before they sold out. The classics work great, but I have noticed that the screen on my oldest classic is starting to dim after 5 years of being on 24 hours a day. I can still read the display but it is nowhere near as bright as one that I don't always have plugged in. (I set both to 4 brightness.)

How long have you had your Squeezeboxes for? How long do you reckon they'll last before a chip burns up or it just stops powering on for no apparent reason? I'm hoping 10 years.

garym
2012-09-05, 11:12
I'm hoping 10 years.

I hope I last 10 years. ;-)

garym
2012-09-05, 11:19
My oldest SB is a BOOM. It has been on, plugged in continuously since purchase (I'm guessing 2008, it was when first released). Most of the time it is showing the TIME only, but it is always on. Haven't noticed any dimming of the screen yet.

TheLastMan
2012-09-05, 11:29
How long have you had your Squeezeboxes for?Duet since 18 March 2008 which is a tad under 4.5 years. Second receiver added August 2008.


How long do you reckon they'll last before a chip burns up or it just stops powering on for no apparent reason?Not a clue. Hopefully not too soon. If it stops powering up maybe that will just be the PSU, which can be easily replaced.


I'm hoping 10 years.I'm hoping another 10 years!

I am also hoping that somebody will find a way of making more music services run on LMS "unofficially", even if MySB.com is turned off. Otherwise I can see myself running two systems side-by-side, which will be a pita.

TheLastMan
2012-09-05, 11:32
I hope I last 10 years. ;-)
Ditto! That brought me right down to earth with a bump Gary. Puts all this Squeezebox nonsense in its proper context.
Carpe diem and all that...

pippin
2012-09-05, 11:34
My oldest Classic is also from 2007, still one of the most-used units. Have the Display dimmed to 2 most of the time so can't judge on brightness.

The only SB that ever died for me was a Radio that created striping on the display and then got stolen in the mail when I wanted to exchange it, all others still work, even the beta units although the Controller doesn't charge anymore so I might count that one as broken, too, but I only ever use it for testing in it's cradle anyway.
The IR remote that came with the original Classic also broke, no idea why, rarely ever used it. No problem, have plenty of spares and only use it for setup.

Mnyb
2012-09-05, 12:09
Is it not so that the display or wifi card or powersupply are the most likely to fail in a classic .

Run with as low brightness ass possible or screen off ,you might need it for setup some day .

If the wifi card fails it can be removed and the classic still works via ethernet .

230V psu on an origianl SB3 is bit on the cheap side but they to can be replaced with aftermarket units .
The power connector can get a bit loose , signs of loose contact or flaky psu is for if spontaneously example reboots .

The ir diode in the remote can get loose from it solder joint especially of the remote is dropped , folks have rescued the remote by just resoldering the ir-diode .
But a Touch remote also works on a classic ,but it has no brigthness button so that function will get lost then (but you can control that with the server ) .

Controllers battery is not very long lived , luckily it is the same as some popular Harmony remotes , so it won't get out of stock for a while , some chargers for controllers also have a connection problem .

My SB3 bougth 2006 was fine when i put it away for a Touch likewise my duet was replaced by a Touch 1,5 years later to but it is still in working order (but boxed) there are some controllers whose displays deteriorate rapidly (must be a quality problem ) .
So for longevity i minimised using the display on my never squeezeboxes , no clock running on them 24/7 use blank/off screen saver

boun01
2012-09-05, 12:16
I have a SB3 since the end of 2009. I use it every day and it works very well. But the display doesn't work in the center of the screen for a year and a half. I can use the High Font to have a full display in small types on the top of the screen. SB3 displays seem to be fragile.

I get a Touch in the begining 2011. No problem with it.

TheLastMan
2012-09-05, 12:46
Controllers battery is not very long lived , luckily it is the same as some popular Harmony remotes , so it won't get out of stock for a while , some chargers for controllers also have a connection problem. Newer ones don't, and it is possible to bend contacts in the dock to make it work - search the forums for instructions (rather old now). I have a spare Controller and two spare batteries. Should last me a while!

The Controller is still the most used way of selecting music in my household. It has no alternative use for the kids (unlike an iPod Touch or phone) so never strays far from the dock.

The Controller screen also dims over time - something to do with the backlight I suspect. You can stave this off almost indefinitely if you use the blank screensaver option.

And finally... do what I did and buy a spare. My current Controller has been heavily abused by my kids - dropped onto wooden floor several times, sat on, slept on, variously covered in food, mud, Guinea Pig (Cavey) droppings and pee. It is still working fine - even polishes up quite well!

So if it can survive that lot and still work after nearly 5 years then it is probably good for another two or three - particularly as the kids are now slightly more sensible than they were 4 years ago. With a spare my current system is probably good for another 6 or 7 years.

As Garym pointed out, let us all hope we last as long as our Squeezeboxes!

mlsstl
2012-09-05, 13:00
I have an Slimdevices SB3 from 2006. It's been on continuously since then (over 6 years now) and it works fine. I do keep the display brightness low when I'm not using it. My Touch is about 2 1/2 years old now and is also working fine and the Radio I bought in the Fall of 2009 is also plugging away.

My first Squeezebox was the SliMP3 and I ran it for about 5 years before selling it in 2006. I also had a Duet for several years. It was all working fine when I sold the receiver in 2011 and the controller earlier this Spring.

So, no complaints whatsoever about reliability.

m1abrams
2012-09-05, 13:29
SB1 bought it sometime in 2003, still goes strong. However it does not get too much play time anymore but still works well as a bright VFD Clock :)

I have a Duet, 2 Radios and 2 Touches that all work and get used weekly if not daily on all of them.

Fozzy
2012-09-06, 02:33
Here's my purchase history:

Nov 2006 - SB3
Dec 2009 - Boom
Aug 2010 - SB3 and Boom
Oct 2010 - Boom
Aug 2011 - Boom

All of these are still working perfectly and I am obviously hoping they do so for some years to come.

Of the SB3s one is Logitech branded and black, the other SlimDevices branded and sliver. The earlier purchase was from an on-line retailer and the later one from eBay so I suspect the earlier purchase was a new one with Logitech branding and the later purchase for a used one with the SlimDevices branding.

Looking back over that I remember buying the first SB3 on recommendation from someone at work because I had bought a new house and the PC was no longer close to the HiFi. The first boom was when our daughter first had her own bedroom and I wanted to be able to play our music collection in her bedroom. 2010 was buying another new house, setting up a home office with some bookshelf speakers and one SB3 and the other Boom in our bedroom and after that it was just putting them in rooms that did not have one so we can now listen is any room of the house except the bathroom.

pallfreeman
2012-09-06, 02:38
I ordered my first SliMP3 on November 22, 2002. It still works just fine, although I have no idea where the remote went.

banned for life
2012-09-06, 14:02
Newer ones don't, and it is possible to bend contacts in the dock to make it work - search the forums for instructions (rather old now). I have a spare Controller and two spare batteries. Should last me a while!



Keep in mind that the life span of a lithium ion battery begins with it's manufacture, not when you start using it. To prolong the life of the "spares," fully charge them and then discharge to about 40% and then store in a cool place. Repeat this process now and then.

bfl

sander
2012-09-06, 15:21
My strategy for extending the life of my devices is the autodim plugin which shuts off the screens when I'm asleep, so hopefully that will help them endure. I think I set up my radio using switch saver to do the same at one point.

My duet controller's battery died at one point, but once I ordered the replacement, somehow it came back to life before the replacement arrived and has been good since. The controller is cradled 99+% of the time (its basically an ersatz touch), so the actual battery life isn't tested much.

I picked up an SB3 on the cheap one time from craigslist as when I went to buy it, the device wouldn't power on. I asked the seller to let me try to revive it. I took it home and removing the wifi card brought it back to life. We agreed the half the selling price and I replaced the card and we're good.

Hopefully that will be the extent of my problems for a while.

TheLastMan
2012-09-06, 16:05
Keep in mind that the life span of a lithium ion battery begins with it's manufacture, not when you start using it. To prolong the life of the "spares," fully charge them and then discharge to about 40% and then store in a cool place. Repeat this process now and then.
bfl
Thanks for the tip!