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Logitech Squeezebox Touch REVIEW  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Article Index
Logitech Squeezebox Touch REVIEW 
Set Up and Listening 1
Set Up and Listening 2
Conclusion


Needless to say, I loved everything about the Logitech Squeezebox Touch. So much so that I am adding it to my main system. It is an improvement in every way over the Squeezebox 3 (which I still own, use, and enjoy). Specifically, the Touch's analog outputs are far superior than its predecessor. Adding in the ability to connect USB and SD storage media directly, and the support for higher sampling rates make the Touch an incredible bargain. It is also physically more attractive, and better built then the previous model.  The Touch screen interface is fun, and obviously all the rage.

There are many, way more complicated ways to get into computer audio. But to my mind the Squeezebox Touch does everything right and nothing wrong. No matter what your file format, connection type, or preferred source is, the Touch can accommodate it. To get the most out of
the Squeezebox a home network is required. But even without one, it is a superb digital file player as well via direct connection to a storage device.  Among all the products I have been able to professionally evaluate, the Logitech Squeezebox Touch earns my highest recommendation.


Specifications

Audio formats

  • MP3, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, HE-AACv2, HD-AAC, Apple Lossles
  • WMA Lossless, APE, MPC and WavPack supported through transcoding
  • Some formats may require additional software installation (e.g. QuickTime), depending on platform

Internet radio

  • Support for MP3, Ogg Vorbis, HE-AACv2 and WMA formatted Internet Radio streams
    Wireless interface
  • True 802.11g wireless networking
  • Support for 802.11b and 802.11g routers and access points throughout up to 54 Mbps, high speed PCI interface to radio module
  • One-touch setup (with compatible WPS-supporting routers)
  • Supports WPA Personal, WPA-2AES, and 64/128-bit WEP encryption

Ethernet interface

  • Shielded CAT5 RJ-45 connector
  • Connects to any 100 Mbps or 10 Mbps network (with Auto MDX)

General

  • USB host connector for accessing music and photos via USB drive or USB key
  • SD card slot for music and photos
  • Supports sampling rates up to 24 bit / 96 kHz
  • Stereo analog (RCA), digital optical, and digital coax output
  • 4.3" (11 cm) 24-bit color LCD with capacitive touch screen
  • Ambient light sensor to adjust display brightness according to environment
  • Infrared proximity sensor to detect presence and wake from sleep mod

Company Info



Logitech:
6505 Kaiser Dr.
Fremont, CA 94555 USA
+1 510-795-8500

Review System1

Cd Player: Naim CD5 XS with Flatcap 2X
DAC: Bryston BDA-1
Preamp: Audio Research SP16
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Belles Soloist 1
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables: DH Labs Revelation (IC), Kimber KCTG (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Element Cable Element Cord, (AC)  Shunyata Venom (AC) Pangea AC-9 (AC) Audience powerChord e.(AC) DH Labs (Digital)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Sound Anchors stands,  Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Salamander rack

Review System 2

:
Cd Player: Marantz 5003
Music Server: Squeezebox 3
DAC: CIA VDA-2 with VAC-1 Power Supply
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Preamp: Belles Soloist 3
Amplifier: Belles Soloist 5, Revox A722
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Kimber/QED/Transparant/Shunyata(AC)/PS Audio, Pangea Audio (AC), RS Cables, Element Cable
Accessories: Sound Anchor stands, Ayre Myrtle Blocks, Standesign rack






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