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    10 years after the Squeezebox Radio...

    Transporter, Cambridge Audio 651R + Q Acoustics Concept 40 --- Touch + Onkyo TX-SR309 + Morel Applause MKII --- SB2, SB3, Duet, 2 Booms, 7 Radios --- Ipeng & Material --- LMS 7.9.3 - 1579448956 on Pi4 4GB - Max2Play --- Qobuz

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    The Boom sounds *much* better than any of these new things, despite all the years. I now have a Boom in my Bedroom, one in a separate location, and a spare one. Great sound.

    As to Sonos... I guess if I hadn't owned SBs, I'd plonked down the money. But the only Sonos box I'd get is basically like a Squeezebox Receiver, but at twice the price. Logitech's decision to this day continues to make no sense :-P
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    Server: Virtual Machine (on VMware Workstation) running Ubuntu 18.04 + LMS 7.9.1
    System: SB Touch -optical-> Benchmark DAC2HGC -AnalysisPlus Oval Copper XLR-> NAD M22 Power Amp -AnalysisPlus Black Mesh Oval-> KEF Reference 1
    Other Rooms: 2x SB Boom; 1x SB Radio; 1x SB Classic-> NAD D7050 -> Totem DreamCatcher + Velodyne Minivee Sub
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablolie View Post
    The Boom sounds *much* better than any of these new things, despite all the years. I now have a Boom in my Bedroom, one in a separate location, and a spare one. Great sound.

    As to Sonos... I guess if I hadn't owned SBs, I'd plonked down the money. But the only Sonos box I'd get is basically like a Squeezebox Receiver, but at twice the price. Logitech's decision to this day continues to make no sense :-P
    I agree with both of these points. The Boom is an awesome little player, with great sound out of the box and scope to tune it to your own taste. And it goes surprisingly loud without distorting. A very clear-sighted design which, as you say, is not matched by any of the current portable speakers. At the time of the Boom's release, everything looked very promising. In contrast I remember being completely underwhelmed by the sound quality from the Radio - a bit muddy out of the box, and no scope to tune the sound. Lovely form factor, but the SQ was quite a surprise after the Boom. An updated Boom with the Jive interface would have been perfect IMO. Since that's not going to happen, I'm also making a bit of a collection of Booms, and have a small stock of foam surrounds to repair the bass drivers as and when necessary, and have experimented quite successfully with eliminating the sticky surfaces by spray painting with matt lacquer rubber paint.

    I have a friend with a Sonos system, and all I'll say is that the higher cost doesn't guarantee a smoother experience or better sound quality!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chill View Post
    I agree with both of these points. The Boom is an awesome little player, with great sound out of the box and scope to tune it to your own taste. And it goes surprisingly loud without distorting. A very clear-sighted design which, as you say, is not matched by any of the current portable speakers. At the time of the Boom's release, everything looked very promising. In contrast I remember being completely underwhelmed by the sound quality from the Radio - a bit muddy out of the box, and no scope to tune the sound. Lovely form factor, but the SQ was quite a surprise after the Boom. An updated Boom with the Jive interface would have been perfect IMO. Since that's not going to happen, I'm also making a bit of a collection of Booms, and have a small stock of foam surrounds to repair the bass drivers as and when necessary, and have experimented quite successfully with eliminating the sticky surfaces by spray painting with matt lacquer rubber paint.

    I have a friend with a Sonos system, and all I'll say is that the higher cost doesn't guarantee a smoother experience or better sound quality!
    That sticky surface is what I need to do next, but I'm a bit concerned that I might ruin the Boom even more. I have 8 of these
    LMS 7.7, 7.8 and 7.9 - 5xRadio, 3xBoom, 4xDuet, 1xTouch, 1 SB2. Sonos PLAY:3, PLAY:5, Marantz NR1603, JBL OnBeat, XBoxOne, XBMC, Foobar2000, ShairPortW, JRiver 21, 2xChromecast Audio, Chromecast v1 and v2, , Pi B3, B2, Pi B+, 2xPi A+, Odroid-C1, Odroid-C2, Cubie2, Yamaha WX-010, AppleTV 4, Airport Express, GGMM E5

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    My first Boom is on the way ... but it was flagged as "not working" ... my hope is that it really does.
    Paul Webster
    http://dabdig.blogspot.com
    Author Radio France (FIP etc) plugin

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    My new old Boom arrived today.
    Seller had described as not working and something that was picked up in a boot sale or similar.

    It has a poor power supply connection but real issue is that the front panel lights come on but not the screen.
    A bit of digging around in old posts etc showed that this was probably an issue with the WiFi PCI card ... so 15 minutes later after a battle with the car to get it out (was stuck to the circuit board with a pair of foam rubber pads) ... I now have a working Boom (over Ethernet).
    The screen is clearly (or more accurately not clearly) towards the end of its life but it works.
    Speakers sound fine.
    So next step is to see if the wireless cards are still available - as in this old post from bpa
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...mp-Transporter
    Paul Webster
    http://dabdig.blogspot.com
    Author Radio France (FIP etc) plugin

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