Squeezebox

A Quick Review Of A Few Entry-Level Dacs

A Quick Review Of A Few Entry-Level Dacs

Publisher’s Note: This comparison originally appeared on the Polk Audio Forum. It appears hear courtesy of the author.

A few months ago I set out on a mission to do a comprehensive comparison of as many entry-level DACs as I could get my hands on. I use the term “entry-level” loosely, as I was looking at models under $500. Many people may not consider $500 an entry level price point for a DAC, and I’d agree that the dollar threshold is debatable. Nonetheless, there were DACs nearing the $500 mark I wanted to include and so I set that as the somewhat arbitrary price limit. read more…

Logitech Squeezebox App comes to iOS

Previously, on Cybertheater, Logitech Squeezebox App came to Android. It should come as little surprise that it is now on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch now.

For those who are unaware of the Squeezebox player collection, it includes the Radio and Duet, and they allow the streaming of music content throughout the home with Pandora, Slacker, and any other App that is popular right now. read more…

Logitech Squeezebox Controller App comes to Android

Some of you might remember when we covered that whole Squeezebox Controller from Logitech before, and you’ll be pleased that it has come to Android.

This Application is able to access the user’s home Wi-Fi in order to control all the Squeebox players from the phone or the tablet. read more…

Logitech launches Squeezebox Touch

The Squeezebox Touch made by Logitech that we mentioned previously is now available for purchase and you can buy it online for $300.

In case you forgot the Logitech Squeezebox is considered a network music player and comes with a touchscreen of 4. read more…

Logitech Squeezebox Boom all-in-one network music player

MP3tunes is proud to introduce all-in-one network music player Logitech Squeezebox Boom. Set free your music collection from your PC and do whatever you want. You can upload your music by creating your personal Music Locker on MP3tunes. read more…

Squeezebox Duet Wireless Music Server

Squeezebox Duet Wireless Music Server

The Squeezebox Duet Wireless Music Server consists of a receiver, a handheld controller, and a handset. The handset has an LCD panel at the top, and the controls are at the bottom. read more…

Bolder Cable Ultimate IV Squeezebox Power Supply

Bolder Cable Ultimate IV Squeezebox Power Supply

Specifications:

  • ACME Audio Silver Plated IEC connector, ACME Audio Silver Plated fuse holder, ACME Audio Silver Plated ceramic fuse, EI core transformer, He-Fred rectifiers, Jensen four pole capacitors and a Linear Tecnologies regulator. Includes the Nirvana Regulator upgrade.
  • Price $950

The application of power supply design is a topic that is frequently not fully appreciated by the typical audio enthusiast. Even individuals who are adventurous enough to pop the hood on their gear may yet have a limited grasp on what they are looking at. It is often assumed that if a piece of equipment has a large transformer and chunky filter caps, then it must have a high-grade power supply. While these two sub-components play an important role in the performance of a power supply, there are several other considerations that must be addressed in the overall architecture of the component layout. Designers must work through an appropriate grounding scheme, and smooth the ripple characteristics of AC current with the bridge rectification assembly. The electrical current needs of the circuit must be taken into account, and the power supply filter capacitance requirements are then generated. A high quality power supply directly affects the sonic characteristics of a component; therefore every part within the power supply has an influence on the overall sound. During the design process, it is necessary to listen to the effects of the parts used within a power supply, and find the appropriate blend of parts to achieve maximum performance. Since the audio circuit of any component manipulates the DC output of a power supply, it can be inferred that the overall performance of a piece is determined by the quality of the power supply stage.

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Bolder Cable Company Squeezebox Modifications

Bolder Cable Company Squeezebox Modifications

Modifications:

  • 8 total choices from $125-$1000

Convenience and high quality audio performance are two attributes that rarely co-exist in an audio component. Audiophiles have an innate distrust of any piece of gear that touts its ease-of-use as a selling feature. For instance, in the eyes of discriminating audiophiles, CD changers are often regarded as inferior to a single disc player. Since the transport is a critical step in correctly reading the data off a disc, it stands to reason that a high quality single disc mechanism will audibly outperform the complicated carousel design. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and in some cases a high-end piece of audio gear can actually simplify the process of listening to music. The Squeezebox SB3 is a device that allows an audio enthusiast to conveniently interface a conventional audio system with a computer. A music library is stored on a computer hard drive, and the Squeezebox uses a wireless signal to transmit the information to the stereo system. A stock Squeezebox can be categorized as a “lifestyle” component, yet it can be turned into a high-resolution digital source with a properly designed modification package.

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Slim Devices Squeezebox & Bolder Power Supply

Slim Devices Squeezebox & Bolder Power Supply

On the right hand corner of my computer desk rests a 250-gigabyte external hard drive. Every once in awhile the face of the hard drive lights up, and the unit makes a soft whirring noise. At the same time, Allison Krause’s delicate voice fills the front room of my house. Sitting astride an Audio Magic Kukama digital to analog converter is a diminutive black box, with a large LED readout on the faceplate. To a casual observer this device could easily be mistaken for an everyday household item, such as an alarm clock. Upon closer inspection, this person would notice that the little black box displays the artist and song title of the music being played upon the stereo. This unobtrusive piece of electronics is called the Squeezebox, which is one the easiest ways to enter the world of computer based music storage. read more…

An Overview of using a PC as a Music Source

An Overview of using a PC as a Music Source

“I tried using my computer as a player. I achieved good results, but not as good as my dCS gear.” – quote from a member of an on-line forum.

A person would have to know a little context about the quote above to realize why it may be of interest. The context is as follows: The author of the quote was comparing a personal computer equipped with an above average six hundred dollar sound card and quiet case, against roughly forty thousand dollars worth of dCS gear composed of a separate digital transport, upsampler, wordclock, and digital to analog converter. I’m not surprised that the dCS gear was preferred as much as I am surprised that the owner of the gear thought the comparison was worthwhile . An interesting outcome of the comparison was that the owner kept the wordclock, upsampler and DAC but no longer uses the transport. The computer now performs the duties of a digital audio transport.

There are a number of benefits that can be realized by using a computer as a digital music source, as well as a few problems that need to be overcome. Some of the benefits are as follows: read more…

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