Logitech Squeezebox Duet mini-review
I am really digging the Logitech Squeezebox Duet I purchased last week for streaming music to our master bedroom. I got it to replace the Sound Blaster Wireless Music which, due to being abandoned by Creative, is not supported on Vista.
The distinguishing features of Duet are an awesome remote with color LCD that displays the music library and now-playing information, and a mind blowing arrays of supported formats and services. It hooked right up to my ~8K MP3s library, my Rhapsody To Go and Pandora accounts, and my DI.fm/SKY.fm, favorites delivering a state of bliss I haven't imagined possible before. UI is very well laid out, browsing is a breeze, responses are instant, the PC-side service is bomb-proof solid, vendor support is very engaged, and users+modders community is huge.
Not having any interest in Logitech's fortunes, I just wanted to share my enthusiasm and adulations about this one DAMN WELL MADE PRODUCT.
The short of it
Purchased: $350 at B&P Photo & Video, NYC
Stellar functionality and features
Integration with iTunes, Rhapsody, Pandora, Last.fm, and internet radio streaming
Support of most non-DRMed local file formats, including WMA and FLAC
Support for multi-room setups
Great industrial design and ergonomics
Plug-ins API for extensibility
Variety of OS platforms supported
Very active technical support, regular s/w & f/w updates, large community
No UPNP support out of the box
Peculiar combination of materials for the remote and charging stand -- matte black/gloss black/polished metal all together.
Noticeable memory footprint of the server process
Verdict: totally 5 out of 5