Logitech Squeezebox Duet

Written by on 24 September, 2013 in Gadgets

Logitech Squeezebox Duet

Logitech Squeezebox Duet

Logitech Squeezebox Duet

“No more wires” my wife said. I wanted music in the kitchen, living room & kids bedroom.

It was either Sonos or Logitech’s Squeezebox. l’d seen Sonos at a friend’s house integrated all over the home at a cost of around £1000, so I thought I get one Squeezebox unit and see how it faired.

Firstly I setup an old laptop to be the music server. The music was on a NAS (actually my WDTV Live connected hard disk) as opposed to it own disc (because it was so old it didnt have enough space), and connected the audio to my Onkyo amp. As the amp is actaully 7.1, I used up the 5.1 for films (very few have 7.1) and set the option to use the extra two outputs as a different source or to power speakers in “zone 2” (the garden), which is excellent for barbeques and kids parties (and I can still show a film in the living rooom). The sound was great, so I got two more.

The other two sit descretly in the kitchen and kids bedroom connected to bose companion speakers.

Logitech provide a free app for your phone, given that we all walk around with our phonesd anyway this was a really cool way to controll the music without having to leave guests at parties. The Sonos friends were blown away by my simple solution.

If you’re not old enough to remember when we were happy and patient enough to listen to one album, you need to take time to build your own play list, although Cat Stephens is peaceful enough to sing the kids to sleep to. Depending on how eclectic your taste is don’t set it on random; Abba followed by Prodigy doesn’t work.

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