|Slim Devices Squeezebox 2, with a Squeezebox 3 on the left.|
Why you want a Squeezebox:
1- The quality of the Squeezebox audio components is superior to any device in this price range. Specifically is has better components than Roku players, or even the newer Logitech players. In geek-speak, it uses a Burr-Brown digital/analog converter, which is still found in many premium home theater receivers.
2- Squeezebox does not exclude any file types just because they are Apple or Microsoft specific. It is file format neutral, with no stake in proprietary music file types. Play your iTune library (except of course Apple DRM files), Windows Media files, open source formats, uncompressed WAV, high resolution recording studio formats, etc.
|Connections: Headphones (on the side), analog L/R, digital|
optical, and digital coax outputs. Ethernet. 5v DC power.
|Squeezebox 2 front.|
|Original Squeezebox 2 packaging.|
Why you want a Squeezebox 2 or 3:
|Squeezebox 2 open package.|
2- The Squeezebox 2 and 3 process FLAC "on board". The Original Squeezebox and many other modern players support FLAC, but most process FLAC at the server then stream uncompressed digits to the player. Processing FLAC on board reduces network utilization required to play high quality audio. It also reduces the processing load on your media server, but only slightly. FLAC decompression is not intense.
|Contents: Squeezebox 2, remote, power supply, user|
guide, server download sheet, Ethernet cable, RCA cables.
Is Squeezebox 3 better than 2?
1- The Squeezebox 2 and 3 do not differ in audio hardware, and have the same display. They should sound identical placed in identical environments.
2- They have different cases. It would be hard to argue the digital alarm clock shape of the 2 is as good as the 3's elegant, upright slab. Do you like "retro"?
3- Later versions of Squeezebox 3 had a nicer remote. It is larger and easier to grip, has an improved layout, and the buttons are back-lit. The remotes are interchangeable.
|The best way to distinguish a|
Squeezebox 2 from an original
Squeezebox is the model label.
Now that the Squeezebox Classic is out of production, prices for used units are going up to near original retail prices; Even higher for unused units. There is no low cost, audiophile quality device that has replaced the Squeezebox. You can spend $500 - $2000 and still not improve on a Squeezbox 2 or 3. (If you have that money, get a Squeezebox Transporter!)
|Squeezebox 2 documents.|
I was fortunate to recently acquire a small supply of Slim Devices Squeezebox 2 wired players. I will use some, but even if I keep a spare, I have more than I need.