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Squeezebox Duet Network Music System Preview

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Summary

  • Product Name: Squeezebox Duet Network Music System
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Review Date: January 08, 2008 14:40
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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Executive Overview

Logitech announced the release of their new and improved Squeezebox Duet network music system, which allows people to access and listen to the music they in any room of their home. The new Squeezebox Duet system offers an innovative controller, which includes a full-color LCD screen, and a compact receiver which enables people to wirelessly browse, select and play their digital music on their existing stereo speakers anywhere in the home – even when their computer is off. With the Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system, music lovers can listen to their personal digital music collection, Internet radio and subscription services on their home-entertainment system in their living room, the stereo system in their bedroom, even on the mini-system in their kitchen  anywhere they have audio gear. And with the Squeezebox Duet controller, listeners can control their digital music from the palm of their hand. Broadband and digitization are rapidly transforming how people listen to music. 

The new Squeezebox Controller features a 2.4-inch full-color LCD screen. The multi-room controller uses a convenient scroll wheel, familiar menus and intuitive buttons, making it easy for people to browse, select and play their personal music collection, Internet radio and online subscription services, such as Rhapsody, MP3tunes.com and Pandora. People can search music by artist, albums, playlists, genres and a host of other categories. Plus, the  full-color screen displays album art and allows people to personalize their screen wallpaper. The Squeezebox Duet Receiver Building on the control and audio quality of the classic Squeezebox, the new compact wireless receiver easily fits in any room in the house. Expert engineering and sophisticated audio rendering technology helps provide enhanced sound clarity. Advanced 802.11g wireless technology eliminates the need to string wires everywhere just to listen to music from the computer. And Squeezebox owners who want to control multiple music sources all over the house can easily add more receivers, allowing them to listen to a different song in each room, or synchronize their receivers to hear the same tune throughout the house. Multiple receivers can all be controlled by one Squeezebox Duet Controller. Access Millions of Songs The unique Squeezebox solution even allows people to listen to music when their computer is off. Upon registering the Squeezebox Duet network music system, people can access thousands of radio stations and millions of songs, aggregated by Logitech’s Internet service: the SqueezeNetwork, powered by the open-source SqueezeOS platform. By putting music on the SqueezeNetwork, listeners can their personal digital music collection, enjoy Internet radio or access subscription music services through their Squeezebox Duet network music system from any location with Internet access. The new Squeezebox Duet joins the original award-winning Logitech Squeezebox network music system and the audiophile’s first choice, the Logitech Transporter network music system. For current Squeezebox and Transporter owners who want to control their music from the palm of their hand, a standalone Squeezebox Controller can be purchased and easily integrated into their current setup.

The Logitech Squeezebox Duet etwork music system is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in January for a suggested retail price of $399.99 (U.S.). For people who want to set up additional rooms to play music, additional receivers can be purchased separately for a suggested retail price of $149.99 (U.S.). A standalone controller can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $299.99 (U.S.).

For more information go to www.logitech.com.

About Logitech
Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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