Media Streamer

Squeezebox Duet Wireless Music Streamer

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Introduction

We have all noticed the proliferation of media servers on the market over the past several years. The problem is, they are quite expensive, usually in the thousands of dollars, and some in the tens of thousands.

Face it. You know you want one. We all would l like to be able to play our music collection in any room where we have a hifi system. But, going into the main listening room and digging through the collection of CDs to find the ones you want is a chore. Some of them are probably in your car as well.

Specifications

  • Design: Wireless Music Streamer (802.11b, 802.11g)
  • Formats: AIFF, WAV, PCM, MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MusePack, WMA
  • Receiver and Hand Held Controller (Handset) Each Have 64 MB RAM
  • Wolfson DACs for Analog Audio Output
  • Maximum Analog Output: 4.8 Volts
  • Connections on Receiver: Stereo RCA, Coaxial Digital, Toslink Optical Digital, Ethernet
  • Hand Held Controller Uses Rechargeable Battery (Charger Cradle Included)
  • Dimensions: Receiver: 1.25" H x 6" W x 4" D; Controller: 6" H x 2" W x 1" D
  • Weight: 1 Pound Each
  • MSRP: $399.99 USA
  • Squeezebox

Well, finally, there are some products that will let you play your music in any of those rooms you want, by ripping your CDs to a music directory on your PC and using a wireless "Music Streamer" in the room where you want to listen to them. Your PC acts as the media server, since media servers are basically computers themselves. So, you save a lot of money by just using your office PC. You must have a wireless network of course, so that the music receiver (streamer) in another room can access the music on your PC. You can connect your network to the receiver with long Ethernet cables if you like, but wireless is really the way to go.

There are several music streamers on the market, including Squeezebox, which has several models. Their newest entry is the Squeezebox Duet, which is the subject of this review.