|Logitech Squeezebox Radio Review|
|Home Theater Media Servers Music Servers|
|Written by Mike Flacy|
|Thursday, 15 October 2009|
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With the rash of recent A/V components integrating the plethora of web related, streaming audio content into their feature set, Logitech has been streamlining their delivery of the same content in their Squeezebox series. The Squeezebox Radio is Logitech’s most recent release into this field. The compact form factor of the Squeezebox Radio is designed for an audience looking to bring their library of music into a smaller room. Additionally, the Squeezebox Radio is ideal for those who have a Wi-Fi network already established for streaming audio files.
The player is about 8.5 inches in length, 5 inches wide and 5 inches deep. There is an indention in the rear of the unit to act as a handle if you plan to use the unit as a portable device. The rear of the unit also has the AC power connection port, an Ethernet cord port for a wired connection to your network and the audio-in port. The 3.5mm headphone port is on the right side of the unit.
The front of the unit is split in half, the left side being the built-in speaker (a 3-inch driver with a ¾ inch tweeter) and the right side containing all the buttons to navigate around your music collection. There are 6 preset buttons that surround the 2.4 inch color display. Simply holding down one of the buttons during your favorite streaming station OR audio file on your server will make that a quick way to get to that music.
The color screen is quite clear and I would equate the quality in image similar to my iPhone. It loads up track information, album covers and the Wi-Fi connection strength on the screen during playback. It will also auto-dim the screen after a period of non-use. Below the screen, you will find the standard music playback tools, volume controls and menu navigation buttons. The main menu navigation tool is a large dial just below the screen. This scroll wheel makes for quick navigation as well as item selection by pushing the dial into the unit.
Other functions of the Squeezebox Radio include the date / time displayed on the screen when the unit is put into sleep mode by tapping the power button. The time is automatically corrected by the connection to the internet in case the unit is unplugged. The Radio also includes an alarm function that’s ideal for a bedside position. After setting the time, you can edit the alarm to choose which days it will be active as well as the music file that you want to wake up to. The Squeezebox Radio includes a variety of sound effects to wake up to as well such as babbling brooks, rainstorms, foghorns or even traffic for my Los Angeles brethren.