Pros Ability to set an unlimited number of alarms. Seemless interface with Sirius, Pandora, Rhapsody and thousands of internet radio stations.
Cons Sound is a little bit tinny when using the headphone jack to put through external self-powered speakers.
Summary I have had at least one dozen wifi radios of all size and description. By far the best products have been from Logitech. The Squeezebox Boom was superior to all the units out there and still is. However, it does have a rather large footprint for scarce nightstand real estate. But the place where Logitech excels is in their web interface. It seems like much ado about nothing, after all, people have been setting alarm clocks and clock radios for nearly a century. However, the Squeezeboxnetwork.com, now known as mysqueezebox.com is a quantum leap in getting jolted out of bed in the morning. If you lose your wifi connection during the night, don't fear, the Squeezebox radio will go off with a beep at the appointed time. This back up is of extreme importance when it comes to trashing your existing clock radio.
Using either mysqueezebox.com or the downloadable squeeze server, you can set an unlimited number of alarms with different music sources. This works great for me as I go to different offices on different days. Those 5am days demand AC-DC. The 7:30am days start off with a little Santana. And then on the weekends, those are the lazy days for which I get gently awoken by classical tunes at 8am.
The internal speaker is noticably inferior to the Boom but this is to be expected as it is much smaller and therefore the speaker is lighter weight and mono only. What was surprising is that using the external headset jack plugged into my AudioEngine 5's produced an inferior result compared to the same configuration as the Boom. The highs were clipped and the lows just didn't resonate. I guess they are using different AD generators and it shows. Audiophiles will have to wait for the Squeezebox Touch which promises to have a 24 bit AD converter.
But with that minor annoyance aside, you can't beat the huge clock display, which can be seen even if you're vision is 20-500. And then the nice art work that pops up on the small 2" color LCD screen is a nice touch, even if a might small. You can watch your FLICKR account streams and album cover artwork.
So if the Boom rate a 9.5, I would give the Radio a 9.0. Either way, waking up in the morning will never be quite the same.
Pros Great looks, good sound, not really that hard to program. Good range. Good price if you look around.
Cons There have been several software updates and each one seems to be worse than the one before. The radio will turn off or not, the radio station will refresh or not and the display will get stuck somewhere in the middle between sort of halfway on.
Summary In spite of several software updates, the radio still goes haywire at times. Need another comprehensive update. I also have a Roku Soundbridge connected to my sound equipment and it doesn't have the same software problems. It just plays what I want it to.
Pros When it works (almost never) it has good sound and small footprint.
Cons The software is bug ridden; radio stops after 1 minute, have to push another station to restart, then return to original.
Summary Logitech refuses (or is unable) to get SlimDevices, its software provider to create a proper OS for this radio. After repeated calls to Logitech, they admitted that the software doesn't work, and they "expect" it to be fixed soon. They offered a clooge workaround, of alpha software from Slim Devices (unofficially) which also didn't work (in other ways). I would say they are beta testing on their customers, but that implies that they find bugs and fix them. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.
Pros The set up was so easy and it even made the WPA/WEP key entry for my Verizon FIOS Internet. I was also able to easily find all the stations. I could easily "install" BBC and CBC and even a Facebook and a Flickr applet.
Cons A little expensive but you get a lot more than just a radio. It doesn't come with a rechargeable battery pack or the remote -- an additional $50.
Summary I am studying German and have been told that it helps if you listen to German radio so I ordered the Squeezebox Radio on the recommendation of my friend Scott. I find the Squeezebox Radio to be perfect for the night stand, where I will be listening to the radio before I got to bed. I set the presets with Berlin radio stations and linked via Wi-Fi and it sounds great in both spoken word and also music.
The set up was so easy and it even made the WPA/WEP key entry for my Verizon FIOS Internet. I was also able to easily find all the stations I listened to in Berlin when I lived there and I was also able to find local stations and I could easily "install" BBC and CBC and even a Facebook and a Flickr applet.
I am very pleased. I got a red one. The date and time is awesome because it is updated via Internet so I didn't even need to set the date or time -- so I also have myself an atomic clock, I guess. There are multiple alarms and also a line in so I can run my iPod and my iPod shuffle through the device, too, which is great for my German homework (a CD I burnt to MP3).
Small and deceptively powerful -- it is basically a little Linux box in a small boom box/Internet clock radio -- and it is the most modern of the Squeezebox line so you can do very cool stuff with the device. Easy to set up and to start using. It can work as simply as a clock radio with presets or you can get all geeky and install apps and podcasts and you can connect to SIRIUS and all those other paid streaming services. I love it. It is my new favorite thing.
"Totally Awesome!"on by joster917
Pros 1. Easy to use.
2. Great sound.
3. Nice looking.
Cons 1. Can't really use as a bedside clock radio.
2. Doesn't play in stereo.
Summary I thought I'd configure it at home before I brought it to work and it has never left my house! A chimpanzee could set it up. The sound is rich and full. The color screen is nice and displays useful information. It kind of looks like a clock radio, but it is not designed for that use -- if it were, I'd order 2 more...