IFA 2008: Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Those of you who have followed WGS for a while will know that we’re big fans of the Squeezebox range of digital media receivers.

I have two of the original Squeezebox units attached to my home network (in the kitchen and the main bedroom), and you’ll remember that we also featured a review of the Squeezebox Duet earlier in the year.

Here at IFA in Berlin, Logitech have announced the Squeezebox Boom, a newcomer to the range with new file formats available for playback, and most importantly, the added convenience of integrated 30W speakers.

As everything is in one box, there’s no need to buy and attach separate speakers with the requisite cable mess – you can simply plug it in, find your home network wirelessly or via Ethernet and go.


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It’s a great looking device that works seamlessly with Windows Home Server – if you enjoy your music and want an easy way to distribute and play it around the home, the Squeezebox Boom looks like a winner.

Features are as follows:

  • ¾-inch (1.9 cm) high-definition, soft-dome tweeters and 3-inch (7.6 cm) high-power, long-throw woofers
  • Bi-amplified design with high performance signal processor, class D amplifiers and digital crossovers
  • Stereo XL™ technology widens the sound stage beyond the physical boundaries of the speaker
  • 6-button presets allow one touch access to favorite radio stations and playlists
  • 7-day alarm clock
  • Infrared remote control
  • Bright, high-contrast VFD display with ambient light sensor and automatic dimming
  • Built-in 802.11g wireless with dual internal antennas
  • 10/100Base-T Ethernet port
  • Line-in via 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Headphone/Subwoofer out via 3.5 mm connector
  • Plays MP3, AAC, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, Apple lossless, WMA lossless, WAV, and AIFF music files
  • Connects to your home network to access music stored on your computer via SqueezeCenter, and Internet radio and music services via SqueezeNetwork™

    The Squeezebox Boom is available from next week at around £199.

    More Info: Logitech


    1. Can’t wait to get one. I already have two Squeezeboxes, served by SqueezeCenter running on my WHS box.

    2. Just ordered this (UK) and it will be with me on Tuesday 09 Sept – cant’ wait! I have an older Netgear bit of kit which was great in its day but this Squeezebox Boom is good enough for me to actually make the effort to replace it!

      Now just need to save up to buy the Squeezebox Controller.

    3. Received mine yesterday. Works really well, minor irratations with the controls e.g. the big round dial in the centre not being the volume control (unless you press the volume control buttons first – in which case it suddenly changes to doing that). Had to install their squeezecenter software on the WHS, but it can run as a service so no big problem.
      The remote is useless if you have a large music library, stepping through the lists is one at a time at about a couple per second. Using the dial on the box flies through and appears to page through long lists.
      Squeezecenter supports iTunes integration but needs access to your iTunes library file, which I manage from a workstation so could not use. Have had to set it to scan the directories.
      Has a range of downloadable plugins – unfortuantely the sexy weather display type ones don't fit on the display properly – unless someone would like to write one? It can display any info, so possibilities for a WHS addin that displays warnings?

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