|Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Music Player|
|Home Theater Media Servers Music Servers|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Tuesday, 01 August 2006|
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I don’t have any major complaints about the Slim Devices Squeezebox, but I do have a few minor issues. First, the remote does the job, but I would have liked it to be backlit and to have the transport buttons better arranged. I found the DACs in my receiver and processor to be superior to those of the Slim, so I would recommend using one of the digital outs, preferably the coaxial from my listening tests, due to a slightly smoother, less digital sound. When I compared it with the transport in my reference system, the Slim Device fell short. This isn’t a statement of fault so much as it is a comparison.
The Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Music Player does as its name states and more. The device is easy enough for a child to set up and has a solid and practical interface that allows it to function as a freestanding music server. Once connected to your computer network, it is capable of accessing all your multiple computers’ music collections, streams Internet radio and RSS news feeds, can serve as an alarm clock and be a network bridge. Its large LED display can be tailored to virtually any situation or taste and it offers the flexibility to join wired or wireless networks. All the functions, except playing your computers’ music, are available without any of your computers even being on. If you live in an area with bad radio, or just want a better musical selection, Internet radio is a great way to go. The Squeezebox does an excellent job of allowing you to access any Internet radio station in the world.
Music servers are here to stay, for good reason. The convenience of having all your music accessible from a single device is huge. If you don’t have some type of music server yet, you are seriously missing out. If you already have a computer network in your home, the Slim Devices Squeezebox is a great way to enter into the music server world for under $300. Add the ability to stream Internet radio to your systems and the other features this device offers and it’s a true bargain, offering flexibility and easy of use not often found in network devices.