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  1. #1
    Founder, Slim Devices seanadams's Avatar
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    Hi everyone,

    Lots of folks noticed that we were running low on inventory, spending
    less time here, and working our butts off on SlimServer 6. As
    suspected, there is a new product. Squeezebox2 is in full production
    now, and the first units will ship on March 31.

    Squeezebox2 addresses all of the top performance and functionality
    requests that come up here every day.

    802.11g/WPA: for better range, compatibility, security, and throughput
    FLAC: for reduced bandwidth usage
    More memory: for better streaming of PCM audio over wireless

    I'm just getting started... don't worry, I'll get to the pony.

    Although I don't often contribute to the audiophile discussions, I
    really do enjoy reading them. Regardless of who can hear what, the fact
    is that there are indeed some real measurable characteristics such as
    output levels, THD+N, and clock precision where we had room for
    significant improvement. Squeezebox2 has completely done away with all
    the limitations - we're now doing all of the audio decoding and DSP
    work in software, and this gave me the freedom to design the digital
    outputs and analog stages exactly the way I wanted them. Please see the
    FAQ and the hardware specs page for details on the new design.

    Among other things, the new design has allowed us to implement cross
    fading and some very impressive visualizers. Of course, having it all
    done in software (on an extremely fast processor) leaves the door open
    for more functionality down the road.

    Now some people have pooh-poohed the idea of visualizers as just being
    eye candy, but personally I think a high resolution, ultra-fast
    spectrum analyzer is quite a thing to behold. We've got one now - full
    screen, 64 bands, 30 frames per second, and perfectly synced with the
    audio. There are a few visualizers to choose from, including a smaller
    spectrum analyzer and "analog" VU meters.

    Squeezebox2 also has a new vacuum fluorescent display - we had it
    custom designed by Noritake specifically to support the ideas we had in
    mind for new fonts, animations, and visualizers. The display is
    slightly larger physically, and has more than twice the resolution at
    320x32 pixels. It has multiple brightness levels of course, but it also
    has grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and
    graphics.

    A few "bonus" features that you might not have expected:

    Dual antennas: Squeezebox2 has both an internal AND an external
    antenna. The 802.11g radio takes advantage of this configuration to
    automatically select the best antenna for transmit/receive, optimizing
    signal strength and vastly improving range/throughput.

    Bridging: yes, Squeezebox2 can share its wireless connection with a
    wired ethernet device connected through its (100Mbps) ethernet port.
    This allows other devices in the home theatre, such as Xboxen,
    Playstations, Tivos, or HTPCs to connect wirelessly to your access
    point.

    Pony: there is a discount code, "FREEPONY". Enter this on the order
    page to get $20 off on either the wired or the wireless model.

    Finally, a big "thank you" goes to every one of our customers and
    especially the people on this list. Thank you for promoting the
    product, helping us improve it, and suggesting ideas.

    The new web site is up now: http://www.slimdevices.com

    Sean

  2. #2
    Aaron Zinck
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    Squeezebox2

    Wow...nice unit. Love the visualizations. Good work slim.

  3. #3
    Bill Moseley
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    Squeezebox2

    On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:30:01PM -0800, Sean Adams wrote:
    > Although I don't often contribute to the audiophile discussions, I
    > really do enjoy reading them. Regardless of who can hear what, the fact
    > is that there are indeed some real measurable characteristics such as
    > output levels, THD+N, and clock precision where we had room for
    > significant improvement. Squeezebox2 has completely done away with all
    > the limitations - we're now doing all of the audio decoding and DSP
    > work in software, and this gave me the freedom to design the digital
    > outputs and analog stages exactly the way I wanted them.


    Sounds nice!

    I should have waited a few days, I guess. The Squeezebox I ordered
    yesterday was delivered today and is sitting on the table waiting to
    be opened.

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    Bill Moseley
    moseley (AT) hank (DOT) org

  4. #4
    Nick Silberstein
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    Squeezebox2

    Sean Adams wrote:
    > [techie audio porn]


    Very nice. Every single new addition to the Squeezebox2 seemed to be
    very nicely thought out, and really did seem taken straight from the
    requests I've seen on this list.

    Tempted...so tempted... And with the FREEPONY...

    > Finally, a big "thank you" goes to every one of our customers and
    > especially the people on this list. Thank you for promoting the product,
    > helping us improve it, and suggesting ideas.


    Thanks for running a company that treats its customers like it cares
    about them! Slim Devices is in a class of its own, especially in the
    "normal consumer" range.

    Nick

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  5. #5
    Steven Spies
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    Squeezebox2

    Native FLAC and Cross Fading on the SB2, Right On! Please tell me the
    SB2 supports FLAC ReplayGain, fingers crossed. Now do I order the
    black, platium or both, we do get a free pony after all

    On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:30:01 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
    >
    > Hi everyone,
    >
    > Lots of folks noticed that we were running low on inventory, spending
    > less time here, and working our butts off on SlimServer 6. As
    > suspected, there is a new product. Squeezebox2 is in full production
    > now, and the first units will ship on March 31.
    >
    > Squeezebox2 addresses all of the top performance and functionality
    > requests that come up here every day.
    >
    > 802.11g/WPA: for better range, compatibility, security, and throughput
    > FLAC: for reduced bandwidth usage
    > More memory: for better streaming of PCM audio over wireless
    >
    > I'm just getting started... don't worry, I'll get to the pony.
    >
    > Although I don't often contribute to the audiophile discussions, I
    > really do enjoy reading them. Regardless of who can hear what, the fact
    > is that there are indeed some real measurable characteristics such as
    > output levels, THD+N, and clock precision where we had room for
    > significant improvement. Squeezebox2 has completely done away with all
    > the limitations - we're now doing all of the audio decoding and DSP
    > work in software, and this gave me the freedom to design the digital
    > outputs and analog stages exactly the way I wanted them. Please see the
    > FAQ and the hardware specs page for details on the new design.
    >
    > Among other things, the new design has allowed us to implement cross
    > fading and some very impressive visualizers. Of course, having it all
    > done in software (on an extremely fast processor) leaves the door open
    > for more functionality down the road.
    >
    > Now some people have pooh-poohed the idea of visualizers as just being
    > eye candy, but personally I think a high resolution, ultra-fast
    > spectrum analyzer is quite a thing to behold. We've got one now - full
    > screen, 64 bands, 30 frames per second, and perfectly synced with the
    > audio. There are a few visualizers to choose from, including a smaller
    > spectrum analyzer and "analog" VU meters.
    >
    > Squeezebox2 also has a new vacuum fluorescent display - we had it
    > custom designed by Noritake specifically to support the ideas we had in
    > mind for new fonts, animations, and visualizers. The display is
    > slightly larger physically, and has more than twice the resolution at
    > 320x32 pixels. It has multiple brightness levels of course, but it also
    > has grayscale capability, which we use for the visualizers and
    > graphics.
    >
    > A few "bonus" features that you might not have expected:
    >
    > Dual antennas: Squeezebox2 has both an internal AND an external
    > antenna. The 802.11g radio takes advantage of this configuration to
    > automatically select the best antenna for transmit/receive, optimizing
    > signal strength and vastly improving range/throughput.
    >
    > Bridging: yes, Squeezebox2 can share its wireless connection with a
    > wired ethernet device connected through its (100Mbps) ethernet port.
    > This allows other devices in the home theatre, such as Xboxen,
    > Playstations, Tivos, or HTPCs to connect wirelessly to your access
    > point.
    >
    > Pony: there is a discount code, "FREEPONY". Enter this on the order
    > page to get $20 off on either the wired or the wireless model.
    >
    > Finally, a big "thank you" goes to every one of our customers and
    > especially the people on this list. Thank you for promoting the
    > product, helping us improve it, and suggesting ideas.
    >
    > The new web site is up now: http://www.slimdevices.com
    >
    > Sean
    >
    >

  6. #6
    Michael Peters
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    Squeezebox2

    On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:30:01 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:

    > FLAC: for reduced bandwidth usage


    WooHoo!
    That has the added benefit of flac not needing to be decoded
    slimserver side, correct?

    >
    > Bridging: yes, Squeezebox2 can share its wireless connection with a
    > wired ethernet device connected through its (100Mbps) ethernet port.
    > This allows other devices in the home theatre, such as Xboxen,
    > Playstations, Tivos, or HTPCs to connect wirelessly to your access
    > point.


    WooHoo#2!

    >
    > Pony: there is a discount code, "FREEPONY". Enter this on the order
    > page to get $20 off on either the wired or the wireless model.


    A final WooHoo!
    Glad I waited - I almost bought when the price plop happened.

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  7. #7
    Michael Peters
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    Squeezebox2

    On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 23:03:18 -0800, Steven Spies <sspies (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
    > Native FLAC and Cross Fading on the SB2, Right On! Please tell me the
    > SB2 supports FLAC ReplayGain, fingers crossed.


    If not, I'm sure it would be relatively easy to add it since it's done
    in software, correct?

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  8. #8
    Olav Sunde
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    This is very good news indeed! I'll order another SB immediately. Is
    streaming of 24bit PCM possible in the SB2? I have a collection of FLAC
    files in 24/96 from my favorite vinyl albums that I cannot play on my
    current SB...

    Best regards
    Olav Sunde

  9. #9
    Founder, Slim Devices seanadams's Avatar
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    On Mar 8, 2005, at 11:11 PM, Michael Peters wrote:

    > On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:30:01 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> FLAC: for reduced bandwidth usage

    >
    > WooHoo!
    > That has the added benefit of flac not needing to be decoded
    > slimserver side, correct?


    Yes indeed. In fact as far as wireless PCM performance is concerned,
    this is a triple-whammy:

    64Mbit buffer + more throughput + less bandwidth usage == totally
    killed the dropout issue even when microwaving a burrito.

    Some additional but less obvious benefits of client-side FLAC are:

    - effectively doubles the capacity of the already big streaming buffer
    on the client
    - lets us compress the PCM output for any server-side-decoded format
    (WMA, AAC, vorbis etc)
    - might help FLAC earn its rightful place as the most widely used audio
    format

    Thank you, Josh Coalson. Will send you a couple Squeezebox2 to play
    with soon.

  10. #10
    Founder, Slim Devices seanadams's Avatar
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    On Mar 8, 2005, at 11:13 PM, Michael Peters wrote:

    > On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 23:03:18 -0800, Steven Spies <sspies (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
    > wrote:
    >> Native FLAC and Cross Fading on the SB2, Right On! Please tell me the
    >> SB2 supports FLAC ReplayGain, fingers crossed.

    >
    > If not, I'm sure it would be relatively easy to add it since it's done
    > in software, correct?
    >


    I think Vidur is looking at this already, but not for 1.0 release. He's
    our DSP guru BTW.

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