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    Senior Member MeSue's Avatar
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    "I want a Squeezebox boombox"

    Quote Originally Posted by dean
    I'd love to hear more (probably on a separate thread) about your "I want a Squeezebox boombox" signature.
    Well, first some history… before I bought a Squeezebox, I started by looking for a network music player with built-in speakers. I wanted to use it primarily in the bedroom and outside (poolside), but also have the choice of connecting it to my sound system in the living room (where I rarely listen to music). That left me with only two choices… something from Linksys which got terrible reviews, and the MacSense HomePod. (Both are only 802.11b wireless.) Despite the mediocre reviews of HomePad, I decided to try it. Well it was awful… worthless speakers, terrible screen, crapped out all the time, etc. Look up my review on Amazon if you want to know the details.

    After that experience I went to the Squeezebox2. It was more than I wanted to spend, but it got such good reviews I decided to go for it once I knew I could use it with PC speakers for the bedroom where I didn't have a home stereo. It works for the bedroom beautifully (aside from some headphone jack issues which are still being resolved), but I still can't conveniently use it outside or in other rooms of the house. I'm stuck burning MP3 discs and lugging around a heavy, clunky boombox to use out by the pool. :-(

    What I would love is something as good as the Squeezebox2 but with (decent!) built-in speakers and a single power plug. I personally don't have a need to use it on battery power, but it would be a nice option. This way I could use the box in any room of the house, even where there is no home stereo to connect to. THAT is what I would call plug and play! Of course it should also have audio outputs for connecting to a home stereo when one is available.
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    Very much yes! I had wondered what a boombox was. I don't want something with huge speakers and a built in sub, which is what a boombox sounds like to me. However, if you're talking about something like a portable tape/radio/cd device, but with the tape/radio/cd replaced by a squeezebox then count me in! Being able to move something around the house at will would be fantastic. Likewise, I'm not bothered about battery support - I have plugs all around the house, and I'm unlikely to have a wireless network present when I'm somewhere without a plug. When I mentioned to my wife about the rumours of a new device being mooted on these forums, this was exactly what she hoped the new device would be, and that's independently of this new thread.

    Max

    Quote Originally Posted by MeSue
    Well, first some history… before I bought a Squeezebox, I started by looking for a network music player with built-in speakers. I wanted to use it primarily in the bedroom and outside (poolside), but also have the choice of connecting it to my sound system in the living room (where I rarely listen to music). That left me with only two choices… something from Linksys which got terrible reviews, and the MacSense HomePod. (Both are only 802.11b wireless.) Despite the mediocre reviews of HomePad, I decided to try it. Well it was awful… worthless speakers, terrible screen, crapped out all the time, etc. Look up my review on Amazon if you want to know the details.

    After that experience I went to the Squeezebox2. It was more than I wanted to spend, but it got such good reviews I decided to go for it once I knew I could use it with PC speakers for the bedroom where I didn't have a home stereo. It works for the bedroom beautifully (aside from some headphone jack issues which are still being resolved), but I still can't conveniently use it outside or in other rooms of the house. I'm stuck burning MP3 discs and lugging around a heavy, clunky boombox to use out by the pool. :-(

    What I would love is something as good as the Squeezebox2 but with (decent!) built-in speakers and a single power plug. I personally don't have a need to use it on battery power, but it would be a nice option. This way I could use the box in any room of the house, even where there is no home stereo to connect to. THAT is what I would call plug and play! Of course it should also have audio outputs for connecting to a home stereo when one is available.
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    I would love this, the ability to play music in any room of the house on a whim would be great, especially for those long summer evenings BBQing outside !! (yeah right, see location!)

    I suspect one issue would be cost, I wonder how much cutting down on some of the outputs and also potentially a smaller display would be offset by the speakers, amplifier etc.

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    What a great idea. Yes, I'm definitely interested!

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    Senior Member MeSue's Avatar
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    Another idea would be to offer a separate, attachable speaker accessory that is custom designed to attach to the Squeezebox and share the same power adapter (maybe daisy-chained for power?). Actually, that would be even better than an entirely new hardware unit!
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    I just got my 2nd SB2 for my bedroom, and am using an old pair of powered Sony speakers (SRS-100) via the headphone out. Sounds fantastic. IMHO, a boom box would be too bulky, and not offer much speaker separation. There are lots of compact powered speakers on the market that would work equally well.
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    Of course powered speakers will work, but this is about being portable. If I want to use my SB2 outside, using your suggestion, I would have to carry:
    1 Squeezebox
    1 remote
    2 speakers
    2 power bricks
    speaker cables
    … and then find a power outlet with 2 plugs, connect everything, and then break it all down when I want to locations again. Not gonna happen.
    Sue
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    I think an amp/SB combo might be a worthwhile product for Slim Devices to pursue - just add an inexpensive (or expensive) set of speakers and you have a complete system. But built in speakers? Nah.

    Boomboxes are portable, but a Squeezebox boombox would only be portable within the network where it can talk to a SlimServer. You couldn't take it to the beach, for example, without also taking a laptop to run SlimServer. Squeezenetwork is a possibility, but it requires a 'net connection, also hampering portability. That makes an SB boombox a very expensive product with limited utility.

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    Yes I appreciate that but I just want to be able to use it around the house, in the kitchen if doing some heavy duty cooking, utility room if ironing, back garden if the weather is nice, garage if I am tinkering - you get the picture.

    I don't want lots of wires or effort, just a portable device that has one plug and that sounds reasonably good.

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    Why don't you build your own? ;)

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