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    Squeezebox vs. Transporter vs. competitors vs. new computer

    So I've been doing my research on the squeezebox versus the transporter the last month and they both seem great. The Transporter seems to have an edge all around (looks, sound quality, etc), but it is also over $1,200.00.

    I'm wondering:

    A) If there are any competitors to Logitech options I should consider.
    B) Spec/ audio wise....much audio difference between these servers and a computer purchased within the last year?
    C) If you own both the Squeezebox and Transporter are there big differences the two?
    D) What about the Squeezebox (I think it is an older version) versus the Squeezebox touch (newer version?)h?
    D) Is there any benefit to these add-on's other than streaming. I don't do this yet, and will, but don't want to purchase something simply because it streams music wirelessy.

    Any/ all info appreciated.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danc6433 View Post
    So I've been doing my research on the squeezebox versus the transporter the last month and they both seem great. The Transporter seems to have an edge all around (looks, sound quality, etc), but it is also over $1,200.00.

    I'm wondering:

    A) If there are any competitors to Logitech options I should consider.
    B) Spec/ audio wise....much audio difference between these servers and a computer purchased within the last year?
    C) If you own both the Squeezebox and Transporter are there big differences the two?
    D) What about the Squeezebox (I think it is an older version) versus the Squeezebox touch (newer version?)h?
    D) Is there any benefit to these add-on's other than streaming. I don't do this yet, and will, but don't want to purchase something simply because it streams music wirelessy.

    Any/ all info appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Maybe I am not reading your post correctly, but a Transporter is a Squeezebox. It is just the top of the line Squeezebox. I would think most of this depends on whether you already have a DAC or not. If you have a DAC you really like then buy the Touch and use it as a digital transport. If you don't have a DAC already and have a very nice stereo setup then buy the Transporter. In any case (since Squeezebox tend to multiple), starting with a Touch can't hurt anything even using its analog outs.

    The line goes Transporter then Touch then SB3/Duet all of which are Squeezeboxes. The SB3 is no longer for sale as the Touch replaced it.

    The Server/PC is for playing local files using the program SBS. AS long as it is powerful enough, it is not going to effect anything. Your post leads me to believe that you don't completely understand Squeezebox. The Squeezebox is a Network Media Player and needs a Server to stream music. I believe a local server is best. One can stream Internet Radio with a Squeezebox because it will talk to Logitech's MySB.com server over the Internet connection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danc6433 View Post
    So I've been doing my research on the squeezebox versus the transporter the last month and they both seem great. The Transporter seems to have an edge all around (looks, sound quality, etc), but it is also over $1,200.00.

    I'm wondering:

    A) If there are any competitors to Logitech options I should consider.
    B) Spec/ audio wise....much audio difference between these servers and a computer purchased within the last year?
    C) If you own both the Squeezebox and Transporter are there big differences the two?
    D) What about the Squeezebox (I think it is an older version) versus the Squeezebox touch (newer version?)h?
    E) Is there any benefit to these add-on's other than streaming. I don't do this yet, and will, but don't want to purchase something simply because it streams music wirelessy.

    Any/ all info appreciated.
    Thanks!
    A couple of additions to iPhone's input.
    Look here:
    http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/speake...-music-systems
    for all the SqueezeBox devices.

    A) a few SqueezeBox fan boys will kill me for saying this, but you should at least consider Sonos.
    http://www.sonos.com/products/Defaul...&LangType=1033
    The Sonos players are generally combination devices that stream and amplify music as well as also being a wi-fi repeater allowing you to add other players further away from your router and server. However, they also make non-amplified players and separate wi-fi repeaters - so it is a very flexible system. The downside is they cost a great deal more than SqueezeBox (with the exception of the Transporter). The sound quality is on a par with the Duet or SB3 / Classic.

    B) the sound quality from a SqueezeBox Touch will trounce audio from the analgog output of any PC you are likely to buy, with the exception of those fitted with expensive and specialist after-market audio sound cards designed for the professional studio recording market. The Transporter leaves any other streamer for dead in terms of sound quality. My local Naim dealer is very upset that his agreement with Naim prevents him from selling the Transporter!

    C) I don't own either, but have heard both. The Transporter is in a league of its own, but you need a very good (expensive) hi-fi to appreciate that.

    D) The Touch replaces the old SqueezeBox 3 (later renamed the "Classic"). The Touch's analogue output is sonically superior and it has a colour touch sensitive screen.

    The other similar Squeezebox Device is the "Duet" which is screen-less SB3 ("Receiver") combined with a wi-fi remote control with colour screen called the "Controller" which is very like an iPod Classic in its layout and control system. You can get an app (iPeng) for the iPod Touch / iPhone that performs the same function.

    There are also two portable amplified SqueezeBoxes, the "Boom", which is fundamentally a SB3 with amp and two speakers in one box and the "Radio" which is like the Boom but smaller, with one speaker, and a colour screen. Bear in mind the only device with a touch sensitive screen is the Touch, all the others use dials and buttons to control the music menus.

    E) Not really. The SqueezeBox devices can access your saved MP3 collection, access the whole world (literally!) of Internet Radio and you can access music services like LastFM, Deezer and Napster. Don't underestimate how incredibly useful and flexible wireless network music streaming can be, particularly if you have a large collection of digital music files that you want to listen to in various places around the house.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by TheLastMan; 2010-07-16 at 03:33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastMan View Post
    ....... a few SqueezeBox fan boys will kill me for saying this, but you should at least consider Sonos......
    *gasp*

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastMan View Post
    A few SqueezeBox fan boys will kill me for saying this, but you should at least consider Sonos.
    The Squeezebox fans won't be upset at your suggestion to try out the competition - Sonus, and others too where appropriate. It's a perfectly reasonable thing to to.

    But, should you happen to purchase an alternative after legitimately testing Squeezebox products, now that would disagree with our better sensibilities.

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    Sonos can be the correct choice

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastMan View Post
    A) a few SqueezeBox fan boys will kill me for saying this, but you should at least consider Sonos.
    http://www.sonos.com/products/Defaul...&LangType=1033
    .
    No big deal about Sonos. It is a competing product and comes at the issue from a different direction and definitely different price point. Sonos does have its good points, but for me, price holds it back and some of its lack of flexibility (read required parts be purchased).

    But for those with no WiFi or LAN Network in their homes and spare bucks in their pockets (checking account or plenty of space on a credit card), Sonos makes sense with its own proprietary wireless network.

    For me Sonos drawbacks are price, no Transporter, color and shape of devices, built-in amps, Server has limits, and there are parts I 'have' to buy to get it to do X. But as far as being an NMP, it would be very hard to knock Sonos. It does what an NMP is supposed to do. IOW, Sonos is the correct choice for some people and certain situations.
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    Media Room:
    ModWright Platinum Signature Transporter, VTL TL-6.5 Signature Pre-Amp, Ayre MX-R Mono's, VeraStarr 6.4SE 6-channel Amp, Vandersteen Speakers: Quatro Wood Mains, VCC-5 Reference Center, four VSM-1 Signatures, Video: Runco RS 900 CineWide AutoScope 2.35:1, Vandersteen V2W Subwoofer

    Living Room:
    Transporter, ADCOM GTP-870HD, Cinepro 3K6SE III Gold, Vandersteen Model 3A Signature, Two 2Wq subs, VCC-2, Two VSM-1

    Office: Touch with Vandersteen VSM-1s
    Kitchen: Touch in-wall mount w/ Thiel Powerpoint 1.2s
    Bedroom: Squeezebox BOOM
    Bathroom: Squeezebox Radio
    Around the House: SliMP3, SB1, SB2, SB3
    Ford Thunderbird: SB Touch, USB drive
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