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Squeezebox 2

May 17th, 2006

The Squeezebox 2 is a network music player. To put it simply, it allows you to play the music on your computer on a hi-fi, anywhere in your house, wirelessly! Interested? Read on…

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Give up your CD collection

The squeezebox gives you easy access to your music via a friendly remote control. Digital music on your computer is great but wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could play it through your main hi-fi without cables trailing everywhere? Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to change the CD in your CD player very half an hour?
With the Squeezebox, all you have to do is rip your existing CD collection to your computers hard drive and you will never have to touch a CD again. Ever!

Great Quality Sound

Squeezebox features a high fidelity 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC, legendary in the audiophile community for their clean output and ultra-low distortion characteristics. Digital optical, coax, and analog connectors can plug into any home theater, stereo or amplified speakers. Basically, the squeezebox will connect to pretty much any soundsystem.

And its all wireless!

The player contains built-in support for true 802.11g and advanced lossless compression technologies. This means you can put your player three times as far away from your wireless network as usual and still get your music. If you don’t have a wireless network, don’t worry, the Squeezebox also has an ethernet port so you can plug it into your LAN should you need to. Even better, the Squeezebox can also act as a wireless bridge. Any wired device that you plug into it will have instant access to your network or the internet. All this with very little to setup.

The Software

To get your player working, you will need to download the free, Open Source software from the website. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux and on other operating systems, Slimserver is very easy to install. Once installed, simply open your web browser, type in the address of your Slimserver and you can change all the necessary settings through a user-friendly web interface. After telling the computer where your music is stored, Slimserver will find all your files and organise them for you. All that is left- plug your Squeezebox in! Of course, there are many fine tuned settings that you can play with to streamline your player.

Lots of formats

This isn’t just an MP3 player. The squeezebox also plays WMA, FLAC, AAC and Ogg Vorbis files. There are even plugins available that will let you listen to other formats should you wish.

Multiple Squeezeboxes?

Should you wish to (and if you can afford it), you can install multiple Squeezeboxes around the house. You can get them to play music independantly, all from one computer, or you can get them all to synchronize. Brilliant for that house party you’re having!

Beautiful Design

The Squeezebox is a slick accessory. Apart from it being compact, the Squeezebox boasts a massive, bright Vacuum Fluorescent Display. This lets you find out what you are listening to from the other side of the room with ease. Furthermore, due to the high resolution screen, the Squeezebox can display a number of attractive visualisations along with the music. This is a must have for your lounge. Sexy!

Easy Access

The Squeezebox itself has absolutely no buttons on its smooth body. Everything is done via a user-friendly remote control. Browsing the menus on the Squeezebox’s screen is a pleasure and even the least technologically minded person can get along with the interface. You can browse your music by Artist, Album, Genre and Year and can quickly build up playlists which can be saved for later listening. You can even search your music using the numerical pad on the remote. Text entry is exactly the same as that used on a mobile phone. What could be simpler? If you dont want to use the remote control, you can always login to the server through your web browser and tell the player what music you would like. This can be great fun if you are at the other side of the house- try turning up the volume whilst somebody else is in the lounge. You can really spook people out!

Squeezenetwork

Another nifty feature of the Squeezebox is Squeezenetwork. This is an online service that allows you to listen to internet radio streams with your Squeezebox without having your computer switched on. This is one of the most unique features of this player and is truly superb. For one thing, it gives you access to thousands of stations that a conventional radio simply could not provide. Great for foreign language learning- you can listen to the French News every morning before getting up.

Plugins

This being an Open Source project, there are hundreds of plugins out there to provide extra functionality. You can view your favourite RSS feeds on the players screen, play tetris, shutdown your computer remotely. The list really does just go on!

Try it out

Interested but you don’t want to make the investment yet? There is an answer.
Download and install the Slimserver software then get Softsqueeze, a software version of the Squeezebox. This little program emulates the Squeezebox onto your computer screen, giving you all the functionality of the real thing so that you can try before you buy.

The Verdict

This little gadget has changed my life. Every morning, I wake up to the sound of French Radio. Whenever I am juggling in the lounge, I bring along my Squeezebox to provide the music. All of this was not possible without this device. I would now find it very hard to live without it.
Possibly the best purchase I have ever made.

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This excellent album follows up Manu Chao’s debut as a solo artist after the breakup of his highly successful former band, Mano Negra. His former albums leaned heavily on a Latin feel but this album takes a new approach, ambitiously mixing in some touches of Reggae.

From Latin to Reggae

Proxima Estación: Esperanza is a real blend of musical roots. Whilst there is still a strong Latin America feel to the music as in his previous album, his songs are also full of reggae rhythms, Jamaican-style brass and even a bit of Trinidadian Calypso. Crazy as he is, Chao has chucked in a whole range of weird sound affects and speeded up vocals which all add to the fun.

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An album for Linguists

If you are a linguist then you will love this album. Whilst most of the songs are in Spanish, there are a couple of French and English songs too. If that isn’t enough, Chao often switches language half way through a phrase in his songs, an innovative approach that is highly entertaining for the listener.

Top 3 Songs

The best track on this album has to be “Trapped By Love”. This song has a very catchy rhythm and really gets inside my head. If you are not used to Chao’s albums, you should know that each track blends into the next, in this case, “Le Rendez Vous” follows up and has the same rhythm as the precedent. Chao sings in a blend of English and French and takes you through the streets of Paris. I juggle along to these two tracks every morning and tend to have the lyrics stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

Chao’s tribute to Bob Marley, “Mr Bobby” is an exceptional song and evidently has a strong reggae feel to it. The other two songs aside, this would be my favourite song on the album. If you get the chance, listen to the live version on “Radio Bemba Soundsystem“, its even better.

The Verdict

Whilst I prefer both “Clandestino” and “Radio Bemba Soundsystem” for their originality, Proxima Estacion does not disappoint. Despite two of the tracks on the album using the same rhythm as “King of the Bongo” from Clandestino, this is still Chao as we all know him, fun!