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    SB3-where can I get a replacement remote control

    Hello-I was a member here long ago but couldn't log into my old account so started a new one. I use a SB3 regularly that I bought way back in Jan 2006. A few days ago the remote became flaky-it won't turn the SB3 on or off, but once it's on the remote works fine. Rebooted the SB3 by pulling power cord, replaced batteries with known good new ones, no help. Put the a remote app on an old android phone and use that to turn the SB on or off, then use remote but I would like to solve the problem or get a new remote.

    If it is the remote, does anyone know where to buy one? My online search basically failed-I found this one which claims to work but it doesn't look anything like the SB remote-looks like a generic TV/multi device remote. EDIT I can't post link as this is my first thread, sorry.

    I periodically check for something new to replace the SB-any suggestions that aren't kits (I'm inept electronically)? My music library is essentially lots of FLAC files. My wife uses the SB to access internet radio. My receiver is getting old in the tooth, a modern audio/video receiver that enabled me to play FLAC files would be great.

    Thanks for any guidance,

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    You can get most of the players on eBay very cheaply. It'd also be a small surprise if someone here didn't have a remote they'd flog you.

    I am very happy with my Dac32 from Polyvection. Absolute breeze to set up and does Bluetooth too. Downside for you is you'd need a phone to control it. Both the LMS Material skin and Orange Labs Orange Squeeze app are great controllers.

    https://polyvection.com/en/product/dac32/
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    Tom, I presume you are in Connecticut?

    Can you (or someone) post a picture of the remote? I have an extra, but don't recall which one goes to the SB3 we have (sitting unused), and which one is the extra. The extra one was a beta remote, same as the one that shipped, but I believe the locations of a few buttons were moved.

    If I can see an image of the original, I can share a photo of the spare I have, and I'd be happy to give it to you for the cost of the shipping.

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    A couple of recent developments-when I went to take a picture of the remote I gave the on/off button one more try and it is now working (consistently). Maybe the dozens of tries I've done in the last few days shook a piece of dust loose or something. Also I found a used one on ebay and I think I will buy that to have a backup. Thanks for the generous offer but I'm thinking there is such a limited community of active users that it may be best to keep as many in safe hands as possible.

    Attached is a picture of my remote. My Squeezebox was purchased in Jan 2006 from Slim Devices (before Logitech acquisition).
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    a couple other thoughts -

    Alot of times with those silicone button remotes, especially when old, you can get pretty in there or even oxidation of the copper. Maybe it got spilled on, etc. They are basically a conductive material on the back of the silicone button (usually carbon?) that creates a closed circuit of copper traces on the remotes PCB when the button is pressed. If you take them apart, remove and gently wash and dry the silicone pad. Then use a pencil eraser on the copper "pads" under the buttons to clean any oxidation off.

    You will be surprised how much crap is in the remote. You can also take the time to clean up the shell once the buttons are out of the way.

    Don't worry about being electronically inept this is more of a mechanical thing. You would have to try real hard to mess it up.

    The second thought, buy a super cheap universal remote and program it to the SB codes (they are in the forum somewhere). A step up from cheap, I use a Harmony 650 (now discontinued, but still on ebay ) to control my systems including SB touch, amp, tv, etc. I don't ever use the SB provided remotes anymore.

    Then there are the phone/pad apps...

    Jim

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    Thanks for the additional info.

    Some updated info-I apparently have a SB2, not SB3 as I originally guessed. Logitech Media Server under the player tab shows it as Squeezebox Classic model, type is squeezebox2.

    I have an new in box old unused universal remote but have been unable to get the right code to program it. Best info I could turn up for the codes was here ( https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...e+control+code )-I tried the code suggested there (2096) and the half dozen listed for JVC DVD IR codes in that remote's instructions. Any idea where to find the remote codes here-forum search turned up a daunting list of threads.

    We were always very careful with this remote, I doubt it ever got spilled on but the surface does feel sticky. When I get the nerve up I will try to pop open the case and clean it as suggested above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFromCT View Post
    I doubt it ever got spilled on but the surface does feel sticky.
    I am not familiar with the remote, but alot of the squeezebox devices had the tactile controls (buttons/knobs) coated with a "tactile feel" substance (i.e. "rubber" but not rubber). This substance deteriorates over time, so most likely this is what you are feeling. There are a few threads about it on this forum. Some claim to clean with alcohol, but I have found the best is to remove and/or repaint, but you would lose all your icons, etc. so probably best to live with it.

    Jim

    edit, here is one of the threads regarding "sticky" https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...ghlight=sticky

    edit to the edit: here is a good thread on the remote control thing, if you read toward the end, they identify a remote that works (for a SB3, but should work for SB2), and also the specific JVC DVD remote code set. https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...t=remote+codes

    I have not tried this....so YMMV
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    Success! (I think).

    I was able to pry it open very carefully using a letter opener and, most importantly, without breaking or losing anything. Nothing looked too bad as far as dirt/gunk goes-certainly nothing worse than would accumulate 15 years sitting on a shelf. I cleaned the rubbery button pad with rubbing alcohol and rubbing with a handkerchief, did the same to the front of the case to polish it up some (no markings loss) and rubbed the on/off electronic contact with a pencil eraser a few times, gently.

    It now seems to be working consistently. Thanks for all the advice and help, much appreciated.

    Now to spend some time going through these forums to help pick out this squeezebox's eventual successor. After all, 15+ years of regular use is pretty impressive but this won't last forever and Logitech abandoned this line. I'd had a hard time finding something simple and easy enough to use, and unobtrusive (WAF is a huge issue) and cheap enough (I'm a product of multiple generations of New Englanders). I still think the Squeezebox is the best piece of electronic equipment I ever bought (except perhaps my large Advent speakers-bought in 1971 as my first audiophile purchase and foolishly sold sometime in the eighties because the cabinets were getting very beat up from multiple moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFromCT View Post
    Success! (I think).



    Now to spend some time going through these forums to help pick out this squeezebox's eventual successor.
    you will see alot of people use a raspberry Pi single board computer with PiCore Player, Max2Play, etc. You can add a Hat to provide analog or digital output, and a screen. There is also a Polyvection device (DAC32?) that allot of people seem to like, I have not tried one.

    I use a raspberry pi3b+ running LMS on Picore Player with a 2TB HDD for my library, about a $100USD solution, can't beat that. I don't run it as a player too, but many do.

    Having said all of that, I am still buying logitech squeezebox devices on ebay (Radios, Touch, Boom, I would not by another Duet/Receiver). I love them and used they are a great value. Really well engineered. Radios for about $60USD in the US, compared to $300 MSRP I think. Touches less than $150USD. I think I have a bit of a problem (e.g. I have about 3 radios as "spare"). It seems that many might have been just sitting in a box, so they still have alot of life. I have gotten a couple that still had protective film on them!

    Jim

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    In terms of alternative products, you might check out the Core32 and DAC32, which seem to be well-supported and effective. There are a lot of active pages, so a fair bit of reading.

    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...S-Music-Server

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