At first glance, the Logitech Squeezebox Radio looks just like a table radio, but a closer look reveals a much more adept and interesting solution to getting music to any room in your home without needing a messy wiring job. Like any Wi-Fi radio, the Squeezebox can wirelessly draw content from Internet radio stations, plus a broad array of content partners such as Pandora, Slacker, Napster, Spotify and many more. Install server software on your PC or Mac, and you can also listen to your own digital music collection anywhere that's in range of your Wi-Fi network. Each Squeezebox Radio can work independently, or you can sync them to play the same selection in each location. The music streamer is available in black, white or red.
We've seen different takes on how easy the Squeezebox Radio is to set up. PCMag.com, for example, calls setup tedious but not difficult, and CNET calls it "a chore," especially if you want to take advantage of all that the Squeezebox Radio has to offer. Others, like BigPictureBigSound.com, say setup is "remarkably simple." Regardless, most (but not all) agree that once it's set up, using the Squeezebox is pretty straightforward, even if Logitech has unfortunately decided to make a remote control an optional feature, available only in a package with a battery (*Est. $50) that turns the Squeezebox Radio into a portable wireless music player. Logitech also offers a free app that'll turn your Apple or Android phone or tablet into a remote control, but some third-party apps that do the same thing rate higher with users. Without a remote or app, you can easily control a Squeezebox Radio from its front panel, which is augmented by a small color display.
Sound quality is pretty good, most say, but it's also not up to the standards set by some competitors like the Sonos Play:5 (*Est. $400), which draws lots of praise in that regard. If you want/need a little better sound quality, the Squeezebox Radio has connections for an external speaker or headphones.
Logitech also offers the Squeezebox Touch (*Est. $270), a small device that adds Squeezebox streaming capabilities to an existing sound system or powered speakers. Reviews are generally positive, and it's less expensive than the Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (*Est. $350) that performs the same job, especially if you also need the latter's bridge adapter (*Est. $50) to bring Sonos's proprietary mesh network to life. However, while music streamed over the system sounds great (depending, of course, on the quality of the source material and of the playback system), not every reviewer is impressed with the Squeezebox's ease of use.
Lots of reviewers weigh in with their impressions of the Logitech Squeezebox Radio. In-depth reports can be read at sites such as CNET, PCMag.com, BigPictureBigSound.com and elsewhere. Other good and helpful reviews are found at DigitalTrends.com, Pocket-Lint.com, and What Hi-Fi? and Good Housekeeping magazines. Go to Amazon.com to read hundreds of user reviews.
CNET provides an in-depth, hands-on review and comes away generally impressed with the Logitech Squeezebox Radio. Sonic quality is "solid" but not as good as some competitors, including a different Squeezebox model that has since been discontinued. A couple of glitches are encountered and initial setup can be a "chore," but playback is generally "exceptional" and use is easy enough with a little practice.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio (black), Matthew Moskovciak, Oct. 12, 2009
PCMag.com isn't as enamored of the Logitech Squeezebox Radio as some reviewers. Sound quality and some connectivity issues spoil the picture for Tim Gideon. While setup also comes in for criticism, the Squeezebox Radio is called easy to use and delivers lots of great content.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio, Tim Gideon, Oct. 28, 2009
3. What Hi-Fi?
The audio enthusiasts at Britain's What Hi-Fi? magazine give the Logitech Squeezebox Radio a top 5-star rating. Sound quality isn't perfect and editors note that the Squeezebox Radio is mono only, but they say it's solid and perfectly listenable. Flexibility -- including the ability to handle a wide variety of audio formats -- is highly praised.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio, Editors of What Hi-Fi?
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio rates a solid 3.5 stars out of 4 here. You can count Rachel Cericola among the experts who have no issues at all with the ease of setup. Sound quality is called "decent," at least when the size of the Squeezebox Radio is taken into consideration.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio Review, Rachel Cericola, Oct. 27, 2009
5. Good Housekeeping
The testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute are impressed with the sound quality of the Logitech Squeezebox Radio, even when played at high volume levels. However, they struggle with the user interface. In the end, it earns a grade of B+.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Internet Radio, Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio earns an Editors' Choice award here. Setup is easy and sound is good. Few complaints are noted other than the lack of stereo sound and an included remote.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio Review, Michael Brown, Oct. 19, 2009
This U.K.-based site gives the Logitech Squeezebox Radio a solid evaluation. It finds a few points to complain about but says, "When it comes to the crunch, it's a simple device, with oodles of potential, that sounds great."
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio Review, Chris Hall, Jan. 26, 2010
More than 600 owners leave opinions about the Logitech Squeezebox Radio on the site of this Internet retailer. The overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 reflects the general satisfaction that most users have with the Squeezebox Radio. Some stability issues and poor Wi-Fi reception are among the complaints voiced by those who are less than completely pleased. Reviews indicate that some shortcomings have been addressed by updated software.
Review: Logitech Squeezebox Radio Music Player with Color Screen (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com