Logitech Squeezebox Boom

By Jonathan Spira on 1 November 2009
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This is not your father’s clock radio.  The Logitech Squeezebox Boom opens up an entire world of news and music – literally.squeeze It does not receive AM or FM broadcasts; instead, the only signal it gets is from the Internet or from your own music files.

In alarm mode, the Squeezebox Boom can wake you up to your favorite music playlist or Internet radio station.  It easily accesses thousands of broadcasters from around the world who also beam their signals via the Net, allowing the business traveler to keep up with news and information from his next destination or from home.

You can also select a nature sound or alarm tone –something different for each day of the week may be programmed.  If the Boom loses its Internet connection, it will still wake you in the morning with an alarm tone.

Small but clever touches abound.  The remote is magnetized and sits atop the unit in a cradle; you can play music in sleep mode (15 minutes works for me at night); and you can also turn it on and off and change stations from a Web browser.  The brightness adjusts based on ambient lighting (only the power button and clock are lit when the unit is off); the snooze button is generously sized.

Other music sources include Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.fm, Slacker, and Live365.  The Boom connects over Wi-Fi and features dual internal antennae.  It supports almost any music file format, including MP3, FLAC, WMA, WMA Lossless, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF.

Sound quality is superb; it compares favorably to my Bose Wave Radio (anyone want it since I’m no longer using it?)

www.logitech.com $299.99

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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