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Logitech® Squeezebox Duet
Wireless digital music player
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Item #: 596DUET
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Original Price: $199.99
Access your favorite songs from any room in your home with the Logitech Squeezebox Duet. This easy-to-use music player uses your Wi-Fi® or wired home network to send digital audio from your computer to your home theater or stereo system. Enjoy your digital music collection on your best-sounding speakers, away from your PC. You can also connect the included receiver to a bookshelf system or tabletop radio in your bedroom, kitchen, or back porch wireless communication with your computer lets you use the Squeezebox Duet with whatever audio system you like.
Play songs from the palm of your hand
A handheld controller with a 2-3/8" color LCD screen makes it easy to browse your collection and select songs and playlists. It communicates directly with your computer over your wireless network, so you don't need to stay anchored near the receiver to use it. An intuitive scroll wheel and simple volume and playback buttons make operation a breeze. And the controller comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery and recharging stand, so you can keep it ready to play your favorite tunes.
Stream an array of digital music formats from a variety of sources
This versatile system lets you access music from many venues you can play your computer's digital music collection, listen to Internet radio stations, or subscribe to online music libraries such as Pandora® and Rhapsody®. And the Squeezebox Duet supports today's popular audio formats, including compressed, uncompressed, and even lossless files. The Squeezebox receiver's careful engineering and high-fidelity digital-to-analog converter give you detailed, accurate sound, and the system's hassle-free setup can have you humming along from any room in your house.
Note: requires free SqueezeCenter software download from www.slimdevices.com
Read our blog post about Moving music with the Logitech Squeezebox Duet
A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.
I bought the Squeeze Radio first and then decided to digitize my CD Collection on a Vortexbox and buy the Duet to run all. I wish there would be a step by step tutorial how to incorporate multiple library and setup choices. It took some time and still not totally there, but the Duet works very well.
Great Product!!! Couldn't be happier
The Squeezebox Duet is a good product with poor documentation. First problem is the requirement to download and install the"SqueezeCenter" software. There isn't any such software. Instead they mean to Install Squeezebox Server v7.5.4 (at time of this review). And squeezenetwork.com in the Users guide is actually now mysqueezebox.com/whatsnew. The Users Guide is short on information and almost caused me to return the product as not working because of initial setup dificulties. Squeezebox could not find my network and required the receiver to have power removed and reapplied before options spoken of on the support website would even appear on the controller. In use the hand held controller is simply excellent. However, one thing should be clearly understood, and that is your computer must be on and running Squeezebox Server software or none of it will work. You cannot get the excellent Pandora app or any of the internet channels without the Squeezebox Server software running. I don't run my computer 24/7 so it's a little annoying. Overall I am happy with the Squeezebox Duet and consider it to be worth the money.
It was everything I was hoping for.
Works just like advertised. No problem getting it setup.
A great product. Exactly what I needed to unlock the whole-house potential of my existing
music equipment and thousands of music files on my computer plus Pandora. Once setup, it
works flawlessly. There's the only rub. Logitech changed the setup process so the quick
setup guide that came in the box wasn't the latest process. The new process is actually
easier but not if you start with the boxed instructions and have to back up. If you buy this
quality product, go online first.
Does exactly what it advertises. Ease to hookup and tie into my multi-room receiver set
up and got it up and running in minutes. Consistently streams audio with no issues and
allows seamless access to my Rhapsody account. Perfect.
The Squeezebox Duet controller and receiver installed easily and work without a
problem. The receiving unit is in another room about 25 feet from my wireless
Linksys router and it is plugged into my Yamaha receiver. I largely use the
Squeezebox Duet to access and play internet radio stations ( Pandora being a
favorite) , through my stereo system. I've had it for about 6 weeks with no
problems. I use iPeng for my iPad with the Squeezebox and it works well. I have
not used the Squeezebox to access files on my computer yet as this is a low
priority for me. I find the volume controller function on the Squeezebox useful.
I'd been looking for a long time for something like this. I have about 500 CD's and my CD
jukebox only holds 400. I really needed a way to access all of my music seemlessly. I
also wanted the convenience of an I-pod like operating system. This unit offers that and
I am no techie and the directions and support provided with this product is thread bare,
but after a lot of trial and error I go it working.
My only other gripe is buffering. Some days it runs flawlessly, but other days (usually
when I'm having a party!) it seems to buffer a lot during play. Not sure what causes this,
but I have a very good router so that should not be the problem. Other than that, I love
this product. Only thing left to do is to upload all 500 or so CD's to me hard drive. That is
quite a daunting task!
I've owned one of these for almost 3 years now and I've never owned a product so
useful, yet so frustrating.
On the plus side, the sound is terrific, it's relatively easy to operate and
there are many, many sources of music to listen to from Rhapsody to internet
radio to the (non-DRM) music off of iTunes. The Squeezebox changed the way I
listen to music as much as the iPod did, and that's saying a lot.
On the minus side, I've had persistent firmware bugs with the remote since Day
1, and although the problems have grown less, they've continued constantly up to
now. The controller works fine for 1/2 hour then the problems start. After
that, it will start losing the signal for a minute or two then lock up or lose
some remote functions. This happens EVERY TIME I use it. Logitech's tech
support is great and has tried to help, but the problems persist. On top of
that, the battery life is poor to middling.
As much as I love this product, I can't recommend it now that newer and better
products are appearing on the market. If you have the money, buy a Sonos or
better. If you can afford just the price range of this product, skip it and try
the newer Squeezebox products.
Really nice unit. took me awhile to get everything set but I was not working really hard at
it either. The new webpage for Squeezebox was hard for me to follow for setting up.
May have been my dumb mistake. Support got me right back in line though. Glad I
bought it, it does everything it says.
Owned this setup for 2+ years.... totally awesome.... when we have people over to the
house... I just hand them the remote control and have them pick whatever music they
want... from my own home network stored music, Pandora, or whatever they want.... they
get the biggest kick out of it.... I have it hooked up to my whole house amp, so the music
plays all over the house... wherever I want it to play... even on the patio, in the garage,
etc. Great device for all my friends when they come over for dinner or just relaxing on the
deck.... I could have easily sold 5-10 of these devices to my friends if the price would
have been lower... if Logitech would drop the price on these to under $150, they would fly
off the shelves... the base unit will work either via wireless or wired ethernet... and the
remote is so much fun to use... buy it and you will not be disappointed!
After reading some of the reviews, I was a little worried that I made the wrong decision going with the Squeezebox Duet instead of the SONOS system but was I surprised! It literally took 5 minutes to set up and was super simple.
I would recommend this for anyone looking for an practical and reasonably inexpensive way to play their Itunes, Pandora etc. anywhere in the house.
We just installed a 600 sq ft paver patio in the back yard and I was worried that the controller would not allow me to control the music and volume, but it has worked flawlessly.
I was looking to replace an older receiver and CD changer for a whole house audio system. My needs were fairly simple, I just wanted to be able to remotely control the system from another room, and wanted a remote that had a display as to what was happening.
Conventional wisdom on some audio forums said I had to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to do this.
After some research, I found the Squeezebox Duet. Crutchfield's price was very competitive, and due to their reputation I bought it here (glad I did so, keep reading).
The unit arrived quickly, and to make a long story short, I had a bad battery. I called tech support and had another unit on the way hassle-free within minutes, and a UPS label to return the defective one (this is a big reason why you should shop at Crutchfield).
The second unit worked as designed. It found all of the music I had on a network attached storage device. The interface is very easy to understand. It's amazing how many free Internet radio stations are out there- it's neat to be able to listen to stations from your old town. It does everything I need it to do for a fraction of the cost of the big dollar equipment. The only minus I've seen on it so far is the range seems very limited. I'm about 25 feet away from my router (through a floor and 2 walls) and it has one bar of signal or will occasionally lose signal.
Overall, this system is great for what I needed, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something similar.
Setting this up was a no-brainer. Download the software, plug the gear in, and do as you're told, and it works.
It's really irritating that for the two power supplies (one for the receiver, one for the charging station for the controller) there's only one removeable plug. So if the receiver is in use, you can't charge the controller, and vice versa.
I use only the internet radio feature. You can't tune in a station, push the plus button, which is supposed to add whatever's playing to your favorites list, and then recall the station later from the Favorites list. The list is looking for a playlist for the "site", and there isn't one.
I didn't find anything in the manual that explains how to set up an internet radio Favorites list. As far as I can tell, you have to do it from you computer. The URL you need isn't the one in your computer's browser. It's the one in the controller, but once again, the manual doesn't tell you that. In a day and a half did stumble on a way to do it, but the instruction manual should provide, well, instructions.
I needed a product to address 3 issues:
1) iTunes MP3 collection on one side of house.
2) Amps for media room & house speakers on other side of house.
3) Did not want to use computer monitor or media room projector to select music.
My installation used a wired network connection for Duet, Wi-Fi for remote, coax & fiber
digital links to two amps, 64 bit Windows 7 w/iTunes.
Be sure of battery orientation in the remote. The setup was guided on the remote. Soon I
saw my MP3 collection, playlists and Internet radio stations. The remote seamlessly
transitioned between the two wireless access points. I played an MP3 file and heard
music in the media room, but not in the house. I switched the house amp from analog to
digital input and I had music everywhere.
The remote is iPod-like; intuitive to use. Album art in an MP3 file displays in color. My
wife, from her experience with her iPod, is now able to use our music library. Prior to the
SqueezeBox I had to turn the music on in the house.
Internet radio was not a selling point when I bought SqueezeBox. I haven't used Internet
radio since the places I have access to it aren't places I listen to the radio. Being
able to stream that resource via the SqueezeBox into our house speakers is very nice.
This is an excellent tool for its intended purpose. I have already recommended it to
others with similar needs.
I spent three hours on the phone with Logitech support. They could not make this product work on my new Windows 7 computer and Belkin router. Call the much touted Crutchfield support and was told all they could do would be walk me through the manufacturers set up book. If Logitech could not do it, they said they can't. Not what they told me before I bought it on the phone. Unless you really know your way around a computer, IP, router, virus control, firewall, and other technical issues, you will not be able to make this work. Too bad, I really wanted te expand Pandora around the house. This product is not ready for the average homeowner. Sorry.
I purchased a Squeezebox Duet a few weeks ago and was very excited due to its high ratings and specifications, e.g. 24-bit DAC's. However, despite my being an engineer and having set up many wireless components, I could not get this system to work. I called the toll-free support number and was instructed to call a toll number. I called the toll number and was on hold for such a long time that I finally gave up. The documentation is obsolete for the new firmware version. No literature ships with this device, and there was nothing available online in the way of help. Logitech should know better than to release a product without up-to-date documentation and excellent toll-free tech support. Logitech's e-mail support took 5 days to respond, and despite my having provided elaborate details on the problem, in their e-mail they just told me to contact them via phone. No links to a troubleshooting chart or anything helpful at all. By this time I had spent at least 12 hours on finding a solution, trying many different settings on my wireless router and firewalls, without any luck. It is possible if I spent a few hours on the phone with them we could have found a work-around, but it seemed so obvious that the product isn't documented, that I feared for what might happen if I upgraded routers or firmware. I am returning this unit to Crutchfield and hope to find a better solution soon.
This is an awesome little toy. The setup was amazing. A friend used his Apple to set up an iTunes library, but it took him a while to set up his playlists, purchase the songs, and it seemed like a headache. For me, it took me 15 minutes to unpack, set up, and log into my Pandora service. I was listening to my music in easily under 20 minutes and I love it. To be able to adjust the volume remotely is great and you can even get album data. Highly recommend this product, especially in conjunction with Pandora. Yup, did pay the $30 to Pandora to support their project.
Given some basic familiarity with computer/cell phone/remote control software (this means - lots of button punching and scroll wheel spinning, technology that is is definitely not compatible with arthritic finger joints!), the Duet offers a relatively easy and straight forward install and set-up procedure. Using the on-line Users Guide (oddly not included with the unit), set-up was complete in about 20 minutes. You will need your computer, ISP, plus your wireless router (in order to do internet radio and on-line music services). Check for compatibility before buying. Logitech offers an informative, searchable on-line help site, with rapid response to user questions. Wireless access to the world of internet radio, digital music files, plus the (unexpectedly) fascinating and informative music services (especially Pandora), make the Duet system well worth the thumbing effort involved. I was concerned about satellite ISP latency issues using Wildblue (satellite ISP service), but have experienced only a few momentary drop-outs (apparently quite common with this technology, you may need to increase the buffer time and radio station time-out settings in Squezecenter, this is easy to do). Note that the actual size of the two pieces included here is much smaller than they appear on screen. Bottom line, if you can set-up and navigate your cable TV remote, the Duet will be easy: try it!
I usually do not go out of my way to write reviews for products, but I had to
give my opinion on this one. I was a little hesitant to buy this due to the
price and hearing about how older wireless products work, but this thing
blew me away! I now have my entire music collection in the palm of my
hand and able to play it whenever I want at the touch of a button.
Navigating the remote is very easy and the setup was a breeze for me.
Just a warning though, if you do not know much about technology you may
have a hard time setting it up. They also have a link to a add-on where you
can store your music online (for a small fee of course) and you can access
your music from anywhere an internet connection is. I also use it a lot to
stream pandora music (a website which plays music similar to your tastes,
great for parties and highly recommended as well) and other online
stations. It also has great sound for being a wireless, it sounds like you
were playing a CD. Kudos to logitech for a great product! If I could give it
six stars I would.
This is the second Duet pair I have bought.
Also have through out the house and on the back screened pourch an additional receiver, a squeezebox classic, and in the kitchen a squeezbox boom. The systems are great. When we have parties we sync them so the music in any one room does not need to be overly loud. I would recommend these to anyone that wants a great system at a "resonable" cost.
Have 10,000+ songs on a server, now I don't have to try and figure out what I want to listen to. Just put it on random play (minus Christmas music), and sit back and listen. I sometimes forget that I have some of the songs that I do.
I bought this unit to interface with my home PC. I wanted to access my music files, (mp3 and iTunes) and listen through a whole house audio system. WOW does it deliver!! The access to Internet radio is simply awesome. I have a decent working knowledge of "electronic stuff" Installation via a wireless system was easy. Use of the device is also simple and downright COOL!! If you are Looking for a way to expand your PC or access music files or internet radio, you have to consider this product.
I love my Logitech Squeezebox Duet. It was a little challenging to get set up initially, but once I did, there have been no problems. I had to disable the firewall in my wireless router, which I didn't even know I had. But, once I got it set up, it has worked well and enables me to listen to the internet radio stations of my choice and to stream the music in my iTunes library to my stereo receiver. The major reason I purchased the Squeezebox was to be able to get internet radio through my stereo. I live in a area where radio reception is poor (near powerlines) and I could not listen to the broadcasts I wanted. The Squeezebox has solved my problem and gives me the bonus of streaming audio. I highly recommend this product.
Great idea...not for I Tunes users. If the fact that it could only play a small number of my I Tunes purchases had been clearly stated (can not play DRM protected music), I would not have spent the last 12 hours setting it up...set up is a nightmare. The folks at the help desk were nice but not much help. Much like the 2 Logitech universal remotes I own..they work...sort of most of the time on some things. I gave it 2 stars because it looks cool.
The Duet is a great concept that may or may not work on your PC. For me, it just didn't work. The problem for me seemed to stem from the McAfee firewall. With Logitech support I finally got the Squeezebox to communicate to my PC by 1.) uninstalling McAfee, 2.) reinstalling Squeezebox, then 3.) reinstalling McAfee. Unfortunately, the very next time I booted the PC it no longer could communicate.
After three conversations with Logitech tech support, they promised to call me back with "level 2" tech support. By that time I'd had enough and sent the product back. The same day I installed another brand which gives the same functionality. With my son's iPod Touch used as a wireless remote I get what the Squeezebox only promised. In addition, iPod remote functionality is much better than the clunky Squeezebox interface. For instance, you can "flick" you finger to scroll through songs which is easier than the Logitech wheel. Also, it doesn't make you start at the top of your library every time you look for the next song like the Squeezebox does.
I've ordered my own iPod Touch from Crutchfield and am putting the whole Squeezebox episode behind me. Be forewarned that if you buy one you may be helping Logitech "beta" test a product at your expense.
Never has there been a product so beautifully conceived -- and so poorly implemented. When the Duet works - it is truly wonderful, but almost daily you are forced to repair some sort of problem. I've owned this for six months now, and I continue to use the product despite all the time I have to devote to get it up and running again. If you are an IT sort and like that kind of thing, the benefits of this product are wonderful. If you're not willing to constantly spend time forcing this product to work for a few days - I would recommend you not buy it.
The main benefits: * I've now hidden my stereo in a closet, and control everything with this unit. * Turn volume up and down * listen to the radio (I don't use the tuner on the stereo at all) * listen to CD's off of my computer's hard-drive
The main flaws: * the handheld unit constantly losses the connection to wireless network * handheld unit constantly freezes up - forcing you to reboot * about once a month, the unit gets so locked up that you have to do a factory reset, which means reconfiguring it to talk to your network - not good when it happens during a party. * there are response delays - for example, turn down the volume but sometimes it will take 4-5 seconds for the command to reach your stereo. * every time you switch a music source (from your CD's to the radio for example) the unit has to download new software.
All in all, it is an incredibly frustrating product, but it has it's moments. Buyer beware.
This thing is simply amazing. It has to be one of the best, if not THE best music streaming device available today. While it's not for the faint of heart to set up and configure, once it's up and running it responds beautifully. I've had no problems with it at all for the past 6 months of use. It works every time and is much more responsive than the competing products. Having some experience with streaming content from a PC it was rather simple to install and get running however the included Squeezebox server software is not as intuitive as it could be. Tech support is very knowledgable if needed and they're not outsourced (yet). After about 15 mins scanning 10,000 songs, it's ready to go. The remote is wonderful and works from anywhere in the house. I use FLAC format audio files and this thing sounds great. While it's a bit pricey, if you want a reliable, easy to use, convenient way to play your PC audio content on your home system, this thing is well worth trying out. Crutchfield's pricing is competitive for this item so there's no need to look elsewhere..
This product looks great on paper with what appears to be simple installation instructions - A,B,C and D and you are all set. Not quite true. I purchased this unit in early August and gave up on the installation before we left for a month in Paris. A couple came from Germany to take care of things here while we were away. He is runs the network p/c communications for a US Air Base in Germany. When we returned, he had succeeded in establishing communications with the P/C but internet access was still blocked. We then hired a local installation tech. Several hours on the clock and numerous calls to Logitech Tech Support and it was determined that a firmware down load was needed - fortuantely I had a cat-5 cable around. Some not well documented firewall permissions were need - three months and over $200.00 of additional expense and it was working. If you are not technically oriented, the installation can be a "bear". Now that it is working, I love it. The sound is great and access to commercial radio on the internet is outstanding e.g WQXR in NYC and a Jazz station in Paris we love. Suggestion - if you have problems with installation go straight to Logitech Tech Support. They are efficient and very knowledgeable - do not even bother with the documentation available on line it is very incomplete.
All of that said I would recommend the unit - great sound and easy to use once you get past the installation!!!!
Easy to set up, some issues with my firewall which support emailed excellent instructions. Great sound very easy to use. I would reccomend to anyone looking to get their music from their PC to their dedicated stereo.
I kept thinking to myself, this thing would be great if only it worked properly. Because when it did work, it was pretty sweet.
But it just couldn't hold a connection for more than 30 minutes, and getting it to reconnect was a huge pain: Having to repeat the entire multi-step process over and over.
But there is a happy ending! Crutchfield handled the replacement of the first unit and return of the second unit, no hassles. (These guys rock.)
I really like this thing. It's the coolest thing in my audio system. Well maybe my turntable is a bit cooler but its darn close. I set up the Squeeze Network account and installed the Squeezecenter software on my computer before the unit arrived. I was very impressed with the way this was packed up. Very high class. Put the battery in the controller, plugged the receiver into the wall, plugged the analog outs into my preamp, answered a few questions on the controller, entered the controller PIN on the Squeeze network webpage and I was playing music. Set up took all of 15 minutes. The sound is really quite good. Maybe not quite as good as my CD player but so close that it is not worth the effort or expense to me to buy an outboard DAC. Maybe if my CD player died and I was going to go to listening to all my music from the hard drive I might go ahead and splurge but for now it is primarily an "internet radio" and for that purpose it sounds great. I found myself staying up way too late the first 4 days just listening to all the cool music that is now available to me. Buy one and try it.
This is simply the best thing that has ever happened to me as far as playback devices go. All the good that has been said about this product is right, its almost too good to be true, I'm in love with it. Like one other reviewer said abotu the iPod in terms of sheer functionality, style, excellent interface etc, with the exception that this thing has much better sound quality (especially with an outboard DAC) and its scope is so much broader than what an iPod can do. This is one of the most remarkable products out there and is THE future of home audio playback.
Excellent product, yet difficult to set up.
My routers forces different subnets for wired and WiFi networks. My Squeezecenter runs on wired subnet. Duet could not find server to connect, I had to manually program it in.
However once I got it running, this is outstanding. The best part is Pandora integration.
This is a great product that has really changed the way I experience and consume music. Services like Rhapsody and Pandora are great in theory, but who wants to listen to music through their computer??? This product changes all of that and bridges those fantastic services to your stereo with an easy to use interface.
Some minor setup complications initially, but those all went away when I hard wired the SqueezeBox via ethernet. In the end I think my issues were more the fault of my weak WiFi network and neighboring interference. There is also a great support forum at SlimDevices to help resolve issues, which I'm happy to say I've not had much use for.
I use this device to stream Rhapsody, Pandora, Sirius, and WMA-lossless files another computer on my network. And it all works seamlessly! Amazing. Second only to my HDTV, this is the best tech purchase I've made in a long long time.
I bought this unit because I have a Rhapsody subscription and was not happy using an old laptop to play music through my living room stereo. I compared this to the Sonos system. As long as you already have a wireless network in your home, do not plan on having a dozen different players, and are prepared to add your own amplifier to every player, this is the better system. It all comes down to the price. The biggest downfall to this system is there is no instruction manual. There are some online resources that can help but otherwise you're on your own. Initial setup is fairly straight forward, but troubleshooting any errors that arise later is tough without a book. Everything else about it is wonderful. Don't be afraid of the logitech wheel: it works just fine, but I will admit it is not as nice as a Sonos/iPod wheel.
I loved this gadget so much, I purchased two SETS.
Much cheaper than the competition.
The rechargeable batteries for the controllers can be replaced.
Expandable system. You can buy more receivers to expand your system to multiple rooms, even when you have just one controller. You can listen to different music in each room, or play the same synchronized music in the entire house using 1 remote
Wi-fi connected controllers do not need line-of-sight to control a receiver.
Intuitive user interface. I am able to navigate the menus very easily without reading any manual.
Terrific sound reproduction/transmission. I have one of my receivers hooked up to a $10,000 audio system, and I am enthralled by the quality of the sound!!
You can remotely turn on your PC using the controller!!! With my PC's "Wake on LAN" feature (most newer PC's have this feature built-in), I can use my Logitech Duet Controller to "wake up" my hibernating PC remotely when I want to listen to music.
Set up may not be as easy for the less than technically inclined. It is very do-able, but it just won't be as easy as loading a CD ROM on your PC and clicking on the "next" button as what most people would probably prefer..
Not compatible with Apple music files.
Won't work with some dedicated network drives. It is very picky, unlike the Sonos system which will work with any network drive. The Logitech Duet works only with a select few network drives. .
Very rarley does a product come along that "gets it". The last product that did that was the ipod. It just worked. To date, no other MP3 player has matched the technological savvy and ingenious innovation of the ipod. I feel the same way about the Squeezebox Duet. It effortlessly gives you access to all the music you could ever desire. Whether you are listening to your own files or an internet radio station or a music service such as Rhapsody or Pandora, this thing rocks! Forget iTunes, Apple will have to do some catching up on this one. Not to mention how angry I am that I cannot listen to my purchased iTunes music at home. That is simply ridiculous. The saving grace is Rhapsody. Rhapsody will read all your iTunes files and give you the Rhapsody equivalent so you can listen to them. Now that I have Rhapsody, I can't imagine why I would ever buy another song from iTunes. I would never have used Rhapsody if it had not been for the Squeezebox.
The remote is also very cool. It is a standalone wireless device and you can acess a mind blowing amout of information with this thing. You can even read news, sports, and a host of other information from data services all over the world. You can listen to podcasts and even view pictures from your Flickr account as a screensaver - pretty cool. Thank you Logitech for such a great product and thank you Crutchfield for such great service and for always seeming to have what I want at a great price and IN STOCK!!
I'm pretty technically inclined...however, this device is not nearly as easy to set up as it seems. All told, it took me a few days to get all of the kinks worked out. Connecting to your wireless network is pretty easy; however, getting the handheld remote to access my music library took a lot of time and fiddling around with the settings. I still have not been able for this device to recognize my winamp playlists (which it claims to recognize); however, the fact that this device plays internet radio is really nice. In spite of the connectivity issues, this device has far exceeded my expectations.
Not compatible with itunes downloads? Who cares! That's old technology (Sorry Appledicts). I am tired of searching, downloading, filing, and paying for song files that I lose in a hard drive crash, or may be poor quality, and I tire of very quickly. How many times have you told yourself, "geez, I need to get some fresh songs or playlists"? I'm a snob. I demand fresh playlists, new ideas, songs on demand, popular radio, and streaming genres - all with a few simple clicks. Squeezbox Duet does all of this and more. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED and your friends will envy your new simple remote and large color display which accesses it all. MP3's are out. This is the future. But just in case you aren't ready to pitch the 5,000 MP3s you have downloaded, it'll easily find those on your network too.
I listen to lots of talk radio over the Internet and I enjoy Sirius Satellite Radio. Problem is many Internet radio stations are blocked for listeners overseas. Anonymizer is not always satisfactory to spoof the blocked stations-especially if you want to listen over Wi-Fi radio. Sirius is available via Internet, but my SoundBridge using uSirius doesn't display all the details I want. That's where the Squeezebox Duet excels. I get my Sirius; I get all possible Internet radio--even those normally blocked to overseas listeners! Note: For Sirius you need a stateside account first before Squeezebox will activate that service.
I even use the Squeezebox to play my iTunes library w/o problem. Yes, SoundBridge does that, but now I have an alternative for when the SoundBridge burns out--as it has three times previously.
From the "Hands-on Research" page:
Wireless Bridge: If the Squeezebox Duet receiver is connected wirelessly to your network, the Ethernet port on the back can be used to bridge another (non-wireless) component in your system (Tivo, HD-DVD player, Blu-ray player, etc).
For me, this was a key feature as I just purchased a Pioneer BDP-95FD which has a wired-only ethernet connection. I already have one wi-fi to ethernet bridge for my Playstation and I thought this would be perfect for saving me from getting a second while also letting me stream FLAC (which the BDP can't do). Unfortunately, the ethernet bridge "feature" is unsupported by Logitech/Slimdevices, is not mentioned in the manual at all, and no interface or process for configuring bridge mode is provided. After much searching in the slimdevices forums, I found information about an open-source tool that is supposed to allow you to enable ethernet bridging. So far, I am unsuccessful.
The rest of the product is wonderful, as the other reviewers so glowingly mentioned.
This product is perfect! I have about 20GB of music stored on my wireless home network which includes my bedroom and office PCs. I have been looking for something that would allow me to listen to my entire collection from my living room/theater room. I have always been wary of most solutions due to lag or skipping but I decided to give this a try. I ordered it late in the afternoon and actually received it the next day around the same time from Crutchfield.
Setup was a breeze.. Took me less than 10 minutes and no tweaking was necessary. I'll have to admit that I did a little pre-work by setting up my Squeezecenter account before I received the unit. It installs software on the computer you want to get your collection from. All you have to do is tell the software which folder you want to pull the music from.
I can now stream my entire collection over my wireless network to my Onkyo TXSR605 receiver, Polk CSi A4 center, Polk Monitor 70 fronts, Polk Monitor 50 rears and Velodyne sub in my living room. It's even better that I can take the intuitive Duet controller with me throughout the entire house and control volume, fast forward/rewind, change tracks, albums, etc and everything sounds like I have a CD player hooked directly to my sound system (no lag or skipping). I'm planning on putting more speakers throughout the house and I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a similar solution..
This product is awsome and works as advertised. I now have the ability to be anywhere in my home and controll my music. With little or no delay. Any music on my computer(over 300 cd's) can be played on the hand held remote (through my home stereo), who's interface behaves like an ipod or a creative lab mp3 player. You can play one song or an entire cd or create a playlist on the go quickly. Controll volume, pause, forward, shuffle, etc. Just like a good quality mp3 player.
I've had fallen in love with internet radio thanks to this device. I have but smooth jazz station in my area and it comes with static because of the distance. Not anymore. I have so many stations to choose from all over the U.S. it's difficult to stay on one station and once you set up you also have the ability to record stations.
Set up can be simple if you follow instructions( I did not so it took me about 90 minutes) I'd say 30-45 minutes.
Being very busy this is the first I've taken time to write a review on anything. However something this great deserves it. After trying many different products to stream music from the office computer to the main movie room I had about given up.. All were wireless and had continuous cut outs. Then I found this. I watched two online demonstration videos and was sold.. Before it showed up Crutchfield called to give updates and also to inform that it was not iTunes compatible with the protected songs. Then finally it showed up!! I had a lot of issues with setting up then realized my wireless N router had to be set to N&G in order to connect. After getting it going around midnight, I couldn't believe how much it had to offer. I think I passed out around 3am.. It's awesome, it's like having my computer in my hand. And most importantly it has worked flawlessly!! I love it so much I have since wired in wall speakers to all but two rooms of my house. To say the least I have nothing good to say about iTunes right now due to the fact I cannot listen to MY PURCHASED SONGS in MY OWN HOUSE. Rhapsody on the other hand coupled with this is nothing short of amazing. Want to hear a song, simply search for it using the remote and there it is. You think fighting over the TV remote is an issue, wait until you get this. Again thanks to Crutchfield for great service, and Logitech for an awesome product..
experience, but the
Squeezebox Duet will
you listen to music
in your home!!!
I am really blown
away by this
springtime upon us I
used this the time
this past week to
wire my den and back
I had an old Onkyo
A/V receiver that I
installed in a
closet to power the
2 rooms. My grand
plan was to get this
all setup for the
Duet. I looked at
the Sonos Music
system but it was
way out of my
budget. The Logitech
Squeezebox Duet was
more than worth the
The install was a
snap. It really only
took a few minutes
to setup. I did a
before I got the
device and went
ahead and installed
software on my
computer first. So
when I plugged in
right away. No
The interface is so
slick and intuitive.
and familiar to
anyone that has used
an iPod or any other
portable MP3 player.
I was amazed at how
system is to the
controls on the WiFi
remote. Going from
track to track, or
album to album was
instant, no lag.
Really, I have used
before and some of
them had a distinct
lag in the controls.
I am very happy to
report that Slim
Devices and Logitech
got this right with
the Duet. This is
one of the few
I have been looking at wireless PC players for a long time. I was about to buy the sonos system so I could have one central controller for players in various rooms in my house. That all changed when I saw this squeezebox duet. At a 1/3 the cost of the sonos, I bought it right away without hesitation.
Controller--The sleak, black, look is very nice. Bottons are very easy to use and has a scroll wheel like ipod. The LCD screen is very nice with many wallpapers settings to choose from.
Players: Very small, can fit about anywhere near your stereo.
Setup: Here is where some of my issues with the duet come into player and why I gave it a 4 instead of 5. Logitech really does not give any manuals for the controller or receiver. You have to login (free) into logitech's online network called squeezenetwork to set up the system. Make sure you download the squeezecenter onto your computer to contol your computer music library though the controller.
Controller functions: Overall, I really like the controller. I just wish logitech would provide a manual so I could understand all of the functions and different menus, layers...etc of the controller. After playing with the controller for a couple of days, I finally figured out all of the things that this thing could do. Don't get me wrong, this thing is awesome after you figure out how to control it.
Functionality: I use iTunes for all of my computer music. The squeezecenter will sync all of the iTune music and allow you to play it through the player. I works very nicely. It will not work with iTunes protected music. I had to spend time to clean up my music library so the albums and album art would show up correctly on the duet LCD screen. All of that was done in I-tunes.
Conclusion: Overall, I love the concept of this device. Just as good as the sonos, at 1/3 the price and comes in black, not white. Also, the receivers are about 1/3 the size. I just wish logitech would provide more information concerning the controller and setup.
I've had a Squeezebox 3 for a few years and have loved it, but when I saw the new Squeezebox Duet I knew I needed to have one. Well, more accurately, I didn't need one, I wanted one.
The ability to stream thousands of tracks from the PC has been great. The one drawback with the older Squeezebox was that I couldn't see the display from a distance, which made it hard to select the music.
The new Squeezebox Controller, through it's WiFi connection, allows me to roam freely around the apartment choosing what music to play. The interface is great and the screen looks good. I'm always concerned about getting scratches on my iPods and may cut a plastic skins to protect the screen.
The big problem now is that most of my library is lacking the cover art. I'll be adding that over time so that the Controller can function in full color the way it should.
Overview: The Logitech Squeezebox Duet consists of a multi-room Squeezebox Controller, charging stand, and a Squeezebox Receiver. The Squeezebox Duet Network Music System streams your digital music collection and internet radio from your computer to any stereo system, powered speakers, or headphones within your network (LAN). Squeezebox has an Ethernet port and built-in WiFi capability, so it can be hardwired or connected wirelessly to a 802.11b/g/n network. SlimServer software is downloaded from your internet connection and facilitates communication between the Squeezebox Duet Network Music System and your computer.
Multi-Room Controller: The Squeezebox Duet's multi-room controller features a 2.4-inch, 256k color, backlit LCD display which makes it easy to browse playlists, albums, artists, and more. You can even use the controller to search by name. Its convenient scroll wheel, simple menus, and intuitive buttons make navigation simple. The multi-room controller operates off of a supplied Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The unit comes supplied with a charging cradle to keep the battery charged.
High-Performance Sound Quality: Expert engineering and sophisticated audio rendering technology provide sound clarity to please even the most demanding audiophile. The Squeezebox Duet Network Music System utilizes a high-fidelity 24-bit Wolfson DAC, sophisticated audio rendering technology, and digital outputs to provide crystal clear CD-quality sound.
Wireless Setup: The unit features built-in 802.11b/g/n capabilities with an internal wireless antenna. The Squeezebox Duet's advanced 802.11b/g/n wireless technology eliminates the need to string wires everywhere to listen to the music from your computer. The unit also features a hardwired Ethernet connection.
SqueezeNetwork: SqueezeNetwork is an always-on service (doesn't require that your computer is on) that provides access to Internet Radio. You can access millions of songs, thousands of Internet radio stations such as iTunes, Radio IO, RadioTime, Live365 and SHOUTcast; and music service providers such as Pandora, Rhapsody and Slacker, without ever turning on your computer using SqueezeNetwork, a unique Internet service. A complete current list of compatible services is available on Logitech's website (logitech.com). Even your personal music collection can be stored online in an MP3tunes music locker and played through your Squeezebox Duet.
Music Libraries: You are able to stream the digital music files stored on your computer (PC or Mac) over your home network to the Squeezebox Duet Network Music System. Many compressed, uncompressed, and lossless formats are compatible:
Note: Not compatible with protected DRM music files purchase from online stores such a iTunes or Zune.
Internet Radio: Listen to thousands of free Internet radio stations from around the world; access to talk radio, jazz, rock, pop, or your old favorite in the town where you grew up through your broadband internet connection.
Bridged Network Configuration: This configuration should only be used if you do not have a wireless network in your home. The Squeezebox Receiver will be connected to your wired Ethernet network and the Squeezebox Controller will use an ad-hoc connection to the Receiver for it's network connection.
Note: Ad-hoc connections on 802.11 wireless networks have much lower range than regular connections (called infrastructure mode connections). If at all possible, consider adding an 802.11 wireless router or access point to your network. It will improve the overall performance of the Squeezebox Duet.
Multiple Locations: You can add additional Squeezebox Duet Receivers (596SQRCVR, sold separately) and listen to a different song in each room, or synchronize them and hear the same music everywhere. Any number of Squeezebox Duet Receivers on your network can be connected to a single computer with SlimServer. They can all play different music, or your can synchronize them to play the same music throughout the house.
Internet Connection: Broadband DSL or cable
Network: Wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n