Review (June 2010)
By Kevin Nakano
Logitech's long awaited Squeezebox Touch media player now joins the highly acclaimed line of networked-based audio products offered by the company. The new Squeezebox Touch features an intuitive 4.3-inch color touch screen that lets users easily select and play music as well as view album art and photos. The unit comes equipped with 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and wired ethernet connectivity and can be linked to control other Squeezebox products such as the Squeezebox Boom. The Squeezebox Server software running on a PC links the media player to Internet radio, DRM-free iTunes Plus downloads, and subscription music services like Rhapsody, Last.fm, Napster, Pandora, Slacker, Sirius, and a wide range of free Internet radio stations and podcasts. The system also supports a variety of digital music files, including uncompressed and lossless file formats. We downloaded the latest version (v7.5.1) and had it running on a low powered Acer notebook for test purposes.
The Squeezebox Touch sits with the screen angled towards the user, making it easy to see and use. The side of the unit has an SD card slot that lets users access music and pictures on compatible memory cards. Upon plugging in an SD card, the Squeezebox Touch will launch the Squeezebox server, which will scan the inserted card for compatible data files. The files are then available for playback through the user interface.
When using the remote with the Squeezebox Touch, the fonts on the display get significantly larger, so that it is easier for the user to read it from a distance. The normal five row text becomes larger three row text when the remote is used. Unfortunately, the remote itself provides no feedback, but does allow the system to be controlled from a distance. If you want a remote with a screen, then you should take a look at the Squeezebox Duet that we reviewed a while back.
Sound quality was very good on this unit and benefits from the support of high resolution 24 bit / 96 kHz material. The analog and digital connectivity on the back of this unit allows users to maximize fidelity, especially when connecting it to a higher-end audio system. We were quite impressed with the audio quality when using the digital outputs to our Denon AVR-5308CI A/V receiver.
- Kevin Nakano
Computer: HP Pavilion dv7-1245DX (AMD Processor, 2.1 GHz, 4GB, Vista 32-bit)
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