Hands On: Logitech Squeezebox Touch

I’ve been a fan of Logitech’s Squeezebox range of wi-fi music players for a long time. From the original Squeezebox Classic through generations of product revisions, the Squeezebox combines ease of use and strong audio format support with a growing list of features, enabled through improved hardware as well as an ecosystem of third party community plugins.

Logitech’s latest release, the Squeezebox Touch, builds on the success story with a 4.3” (11cm) colour LCD Touchscreen, which enhances your listening by making it easier to browse and select the music you wish to play from your collection as well as show off your album art during playback. A new suite of applications has also been released for the Squeezebox, bringing the best of online radio and social networking applications to the platform, expanding your choice of tunes and helping you recommend music to your friends and followers.


What’s in the Box?

The Squeezebox delights in presentation packaging that’s reminiscent of Apple’s better packaging moments with the iPod. Open up each layer and a little more of the product will be unveiled. It’s one of the cooler unboxing experiences we’ve had this year, and signals Logitech’s desire to create a product experience, rather than simply a product.

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Once you’ve finished having fun, you’ll find:

  • Logitech ® Squeezebox™ Touch Wi-Fi music player
  • Power supply with plug adapters
  • RCA audio cable
  • Infrared remote control with batteries
  • User documentation
  • Cleaning cloth

First Looks

The Touch retains the overall aesthetic that runs through the Squeezebox line, with shiny black acrylic likely to require frenetic polishing as soon as you get your fingers all over it.

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There are no physical controls on the device, with the touchscreen and remote handling all of those duties. New to the Touch is a side slot to play media from an SD Card. External storage support continues on the rear of the device, where a USB port debuts, alongside audio connectors including a 3.5” headphone jack, stereo RCA ports, optical and coaxial digital audio, and an Ethernet port. The device stands freely like a photo frame courtesy of a fixed silver stand.

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As with other devices in the range, the Squeezebox looks really good in the home, and that touchscreen only enhances the aesthetic.

As you can see from the images below, Logitech have shrunk the size of the remote control that is packaged with the Squeezebox (the Squeezebox Classic remote is on the left), but the controls are pretty much the same. The good news is that the new remote feels more responsive than the Classic remote, with commands sent and executed briskly.

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  1. Again nothing compels me to pay an extra £150 on this over another duet player. Looks great but doesn't seem like a nice upgrade path for existing owners.

  2. i see no mention of the build in squeezebox server software/
    If you insert a sd card ( us USB) the server will san the content. If used with squeezebox.com or a other SBS on your network the internal server does nothing.

  3. [quote]
    Review missed the point of the Touch #

    Posted Saturday 22nd May 2010 15:38 GMT

    One, the Touch can be operated without a PC, unlike other SB devices.

    It can play music loaded from an SD card, or from a USB HD directly connected to it.

    The Touch DOES NOT require installing SB Server software. It comes with it's own version of the software loaded on it, and can run as a self-contained music server, as long as it has a files on the SD card or the external HD.

    Two, the Touch plays hi-resolution 24/96 files in native format, something the SB Classic and Duet can't do. It also outputs higher quality analog and digital signals than those models. In short, the Touch is aimed at a more "audiophile" market than the Duet and SBC. The reviewer didn't seem to understand this at all

  4. Thanks for the nice review, Terry!
    I've recently started using the SB family and have to say I'm a big fan too – now already own a Duet and two booms; looking to add one more Boom in the children's rooms.

    Thanks Erik for the above comment too, it adds valuable info to the review; I was not aware about the fact a server is built-in; allghough in my use of the SB (with a centralized library on my WHS) I'm not sure how much it will add – nice to be able to play music from the SD on other players too though, I think there is some benefit.

    Personally I love the controller from the Duet – this would be the main reason to still consider buying another Duet instead of the new touch – anybody aware of controllers being sold separately to be able to control the other devices ??

  5. Hi All, (part 1)

    I am pleased to say this is the device I have been searching for to finally replace my CD Player. It's not often a product exceeds your expectations but this has. To replace by CD player, all I wanted, and I didn't think it was going to be a challenge, was a playback device that would play back WAV (lossless) CD Images ripped using Microsofts Media Player to an external USB Hard Drive that would include a remote and graphic display (let alone the touch Screen that this has). And it was as easy as that, I am burning CD's to an USB HD, plugging it into SqueezeBox, and SB does it all ! Launch the SqueezeBox app in the device, it scans the HD, builds a library file on the HD, and all the folders, Art and Song Titles all come through and are easily accessed by the touch screen and remote.

  6. Hi All (part 2)

    But most importantly the sound quality, using a coax digital out into a Marantz 7300 OSE through to Dynaudio Audience 82's the sound was pretty good. Through some older Jamo707's even better as they have been well and truely run-in. The sound on the Dynaudio's was a little 'bright', especially on vocals, but still close to CD Quality. Reading another review they suggested a DAC. And so I did. I added a DacMagic from Cambridge Audio, and WOW. Not only was the music quality close to CD quality, it was better. The CD player was an old DENON Alpha Processing DCM460, an oldy by a goody, and now retired.

    Thanks for reading.

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