Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Squeezebox Duet, it's All About the Control

Your digital music collection just found a new outlet for expression. Squeezebox Duet ($400 MSRP), far from being a duet redo of a rockin’ Who song, is Logitech’s answer to the problem of getting the tunes on your computer to play through the speakers of your home theater system or similar system.

Squeezebox’s disposition for making sweet music with computer contents stems from its wireless capabilities. The Wi-Fi connects to you digital music library over your home network and also connects to music streams like Pandora, Rhapsody, or Slacker (w/ a SqueezeNetwork subscription) even when the computer is powered down.

There is no amplification provided by the squeezebox receiver, so plugging the squeezebox into a stereo receiver or some powered speakers is a definite requirement. Connecting the unit up a stereo receiver happens via the analog or digital (coax/optical) connections.

The jewel of this soon to be released multi-room system is the controller. This Wi-Fi home audio controller features an iPod like scroll wheel, large color display, flickr support, built-in speaker, headphone jack, and (just uncovered) a hidden SD card slot. Control all your music and streams from this well laid out, easy to handle remote.

The system comes with one controller and one receiver. The packaged system includes the equipment for setting up one room. Multiple rooms can easily be accommodated by extending the system with the purchase of additional receivers ($150 MSRP). Every room in your house could have it's own unique soundtrack with each room controlled by the single remote, of course you can get more remotes too ($300 MSRP).

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