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Use code MVC5 for 5% discount to get item at advertised price. Also possible 4% Quidco.

With the Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system, music lovers can listen to their personal digital music collection, Internet radio and subscription services on their home-entertainment system in their living room, the stereo system in their bedroom, even on the mini-system in their kitchen anywhere they have audio gear. And with the Squeezebox Duet controller, listeners can control their digital music from the palm of their hand.

To help you navigate your digital music collections, the new Squeezebox Controller features a 2.4-inch full-color LCD screen. The multi-room controller uses a convenient scroll wheel, familiar menus and intuitive buttons, making it easy for you to browse, select and play your personal music collection, Internet radio and online subscription services, such as MP3tunes and Last.FM. You can search music by artist, albums, playlists, genres and a host of other categories. Plus, the brilliant full-color screen displays album art and allows you to personalize your screen wallpaper.

The Squeezebox Duet Receiver
Building on the control and audio quality of the classic Squeezebox, the new compact wireless receiver easily fits in any room in the house. Expert engineering and sophisticated audio rendering technology helps provide enhanced sound clarity. Advanced 802.11g wireless technology eliminates the need to string wires everywhere just to listen to music from the computer. And Squeezebox owners who want to control multiple music sources all over the house can easily add more receivers, allowing you to listen to a different song in each room, or synchronize your receivers to hear the same tune throughout your house. Multiple receivers can all be controlled by one Squeezebox Duet Controller.

Access Millions of Songs
The unique Squeezebox solution even allows you to listen to music when your computer is off. Upon registering the Squeezebox Duet network music system, you can access thousands of radio stations and millions of songs, aggregated by Logitechs unique Internet service: the SqueezeNetwork, an open-source platform. By putting music on the SqueezeNetwork, you can listen to your personal digital music collection, enjoy Internet radio or access subscription music services through your Squeezebox Duet network music system from any location with Internet access no interaction with your computer is required.

The new Squeezebox Duet joins the original award-winning Logitech® Squeezebox network music system and the audiophiles first choice: the Logitech® Transporter network music system. For current Squeezebox and Transporter owners who want to control their music from the palm of their hand, a standalone Squeezebox Controller can be purchased and easily integrated into their current setup.

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#1
Still £150+ for the remote control which is out of order. You can get the receiver to work with an iPhone as a remote although it's a pain If you have a large music collection as it has to grap the artwork every time you load it.
#2
Get a Squezebox Touch, much better sound quality and does more things (USB input, internal server). I never did understand how they charge £150 for a remote with a screen.
#3
I've got one of these with a couple of receivers and it is excellent - you can actually operate several receivers from the one remote. I also have the software to use with an Android phone but don't find that works nearly as well as this remote. As the other reviewer said it can be very slow searching through large music collections using the app. Yes £150 is a lot of money for a remote (cheaper than a Sonos mind) but when it's all up and running it works really well so if you have a large music collection sitting on your pc and you'd like to be able to listen to it around your house/flat this is an option well worth considering.

As for the price I bought mine a year ago and think it was about £245 so this looks like a reasonable deal to me.
#4
buelligan
Still £150+ for the remote control which is out of order. You can get the receiver to work with an iPhone as a remote although it's a pain If you have a large music collection as it has to grap the artwork every time you load it.


If you use the original remote rather than an iPhone does it still take ages to grab the artwork?
#5
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
Get a Squezebox Touch, much better sound quality and does more things (USB input, internal server). I never did understand how they charge £150 for a remote with a screen.


Squeezebox touch is more expensive plus it doen't appear to have many of the features the Squeezebox has.
#6
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
Get a Squezebox Touch, much better sound quality and does more things (USB input, internal server). I never did understand how they charge £150 for a remote with a screen.


You can't carry a Squeezebox Touch around with you though and have to be standing reasonably close to it to be able to see the screen. With the Duet you can be pretty much anywhere in the house and can see exactly what you're searching for. The Touch doesn't do multiroom audio either so a lot depends on what you're after.

As for sound quality I thought they (Duet & Touch) had the same DAC so ultimately sound quality will be determined by your amp and speakers and the quality of your MP3's.
#7
dwl99
If you use the original remote rather than an iPhone does it still take ages to grab the artwork?


It's the software that comes with the Duet that links the artwork/indexes the tracks and the remote picks this up displaying covers where you have them. My initial scan (around 70,000 tracks) took several hours to scan the tracks and artwork but after the initial setup you only need to scan for recently added tracks/covers which is reasonably quick.
#8
You can also use a netbook or laptop as a remote which makes browsing large numbers of files much easier.
#9
It's showing as £234

Oops just noticed code. der!

Good find
#10
alasrati
You can also use a netbook or laptop as a remote which makes browsing large numbers of files much easier.


How're you going to use a netbook / laptop as a remote control to play mp3's etc around your house?
#11
33rpm
How're you going to use a netbook / laptop as a remote control to play mp3's etc around your house?
There is this wonderful thing called Wifi. If you combine that with another clever invention, namely the battery, you can move around and still control your Squeezebox.
#12
alasrati
There is this wonderful thing called Wifi. If you combine that with another clever invention, namely the battery, you can move around and still control your Squeezebox.


Carrying around a laptop or netbook is hardly the same as a remote control, and not everybody wants to have laptops lying around the house/flat.:whistling:
#13
33rpm
Carrying around a laptop or netbook is hardly the same as a remote control, and not everybody wants to have laptops lying around the house/flat.:whistling:
True, true. Of course I am not some kind of dictator so I wasn't suggesting that anyone had to use a netbook as a remote. Just that you can if you want. I thought it might be useful information. Lots of people have laptops near their sofa anyway.
#14
alasrati
True, true. Of course I am not some kind of dictator so I wasn't suggesting that anyone had to use a netbook as a remote. Just that you can if you want. I thought it might be useful information. Lots of people have laptops near their sofa anyway.


How would you go about using a PC or netbook to control the Squeezebox? Is there also a way to do this using a Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone?
#15
dwl99
How would you go about using a PC or netbook to control the Squeezebox? Is there also a way to do this using a Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone?


You need to install the Squeezecenter app on the PC, I don't believe there is a version for a smartphone.
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dwl99
How would you go about using a PC or netbook to control the Squeezebox? Is there also a way to do this using a Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone?
Short answer: on a PC via a web browser; on Winmo 6 using Slimcontrol

Long answer follows.

Ok, I am going to start off by defining three things.

Server: the PC or NAS box where all your music is stored. You need to install the Squeezebox Server software here. Contrary to what the other poster said, you don't need the server software on your phone.

Client: the thing the music comes out of. This can be a Squeezebox or you can stream to another PC/laptop. You can stream to more than one device at once. You can have different music in the kitchen than in the living room or you can sync everything so it all plays the same thing at exactly the same time.

Remote: the device you use to control the playback of the music. This could be a Squeezebox remote, an iPhone, a Winmo phone, a laptop, a PC (and probably more).

To use a PC, you just need a web browser. You go to hxxp://192.168.1.10:9000 to access the server's web interface (replace the "xx" with "tt" and replace 192.168.1.10 with the IP of the computer you use as your music server). Interestingly, you can also access this from any web browser in the world and play music. So if you are abroad in a hotel with Wifi, you could stream anything you like from your music collection (connection permitting): http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/ConnectingRemotely

Other free software does this too, such as: http://ampache.org/

You may even be able to use the browser method with a smartphone. But if you can't then try this: http://sc.sciatec.de/slimcontrol_download.shtml

Also, the software is free (it may even be open source) so you can try the server software and use a laptop as a client without buying anything from Logitech. So you can test out the server and remote software without paying anything. This might be useful if you want to see if you really need a remote or not.

More info on the server software here: http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/SqueezeCenter

Personally I think the Squeezebox system is a real bargain if you don't get the remote. The Squeezebox receiver on its own is £80 from Richer Sounds (in store). So you are paying almost twice as much again for the remote. You could buy three receivers for £240 and have music in three rooms. Excellent for parties.
#17
alasrati
Short answer: on a PC via a web browser; on Winmo 6 using

Personally I think the Squeezebox system is a real bargain if you don't get the remote. The Squeezebox receiver on its own is £80 from Richer Sounds (in store). So you are paying almost twice as much again for the remote. You could buy three receivers for £240 and have music in three rooms. Excellent for parties.


Thanks for the info!

I currently use Windoze Media Player as a media server - can I continue to use that as a server for the Squeezebox or is it necessary to install the Squeezebox software?
#18
I believe you have to use the Squeezebox Server software. It is pretty unobtrusive though: just runs in the background with a system tray icon. Uses some resources when it first scans your music but after that it uses hardly any RAM/CPU.

Of course you can still use Media Player or iTunes or Winamp or Foobar or whatever to manage your music as Squeezebox Server doesn't change or move any of your files.
#19
33rpm
You can't carry a Squeezebox Touch around with you though and have to be standing reasonably close to it to be able to see the screen. With the Duet you can be pretty much anywhere in the house and can see exactly what you're searching for. The Touch doesn't do multiroom audio either so a lot depends on what you're after.

As for sound quality I thought they (Duet & Touch) had the same DAC so ultimately sound quality will be determined by your amp and speakers and the quality of your MP3's.


The Touch has a different (newer and better) dac to the Duet, it also has a much better digital out stage and it can play 24 bit tracks natively. On the Slimdevices forum the Touch has been described as very close to the Transporter in sound quality and far better than the Duet. The screen is a bit of a let down as you cant change the fonts much to make it clearer, but this should improve when they update the firmware with some more screen settings options. The Duets best feature is its remote which is very good, but the Touch wipes the floor with it in sound quality (I have heard both, and own a Touch).
#20
The whole point of this is that you have your entire music collection to view and play from an instantly available small hand held device.

When I was looking for something like this for the kitchen the only reason I didn't get one was because it appeared to me that it will occupy 3 wall sockets, remote charger, box & separate amp?

Other than that, "hot" as they were at least £300 last time I looked.
#21
DubDriver
The whole point of this is that you have your entire music collection to view and play from an instantly available small hand held device.

When I was looking for something like this for the kitchen the only reason I didn't get one was because it appeared to me that it will occupy 3 wall sockets, remote charger, box & separate amp?

Other than that, "hot" as they were at least £300 last time I looked.


Get a Squeezebox Radio or Boom.
#22
Looks like you can also use the O2 Joggler with Ubuntu to control your squeezebox.

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