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Slim Devices (Logitech) Squeezebox 3

Post by BillD » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:28 pm

I received the subject toy for Christmas from Santa (a.k.a. - me). This may be one of the coolest toys I've had in a long time. I spent all of Christmas day playing with it. Had some early cockpit problems (my computer would reboot each time the Squeezebox tried to connect), but moving to a "stable" Beta version of the SlimServer software cured that after reprogramming my hardware and software firewalls.

The audio out of this little box is outstanding. I have it in my family room hooked up to an old Yamaha A/V receiver. I've tried it both with S/PDIF (coax) and analog (RCA) and, at least with my Yamaha, the DACs in this little box produce superior sound to the DACs in the Yamaha, so I am running the RCAs. I had it connected both ways so I could instantly A/B the two with perfectly balanced outputs (you can adjust the analog output independent of the digital). It is very cool. Here are the facts:


Audio outputs (general)

* Digital and analog outputs
* All RCA connectors are gold-plated
* Volume control is provided for all outputs
* Multiple outputs may be used at the same time

Analog RCA outputs

* High fidelity Burr-Brownâ„¢ 24-bit DAC
* Two dedicated linear power regulators for DAC and line-out stages
* Full 6.0Vpp line-level signals
* Signal-to-noise ratio: over 100dB
* Total harmonic distortion: less than -93.5dB (0.002%)

Digital S/PDIF outputs

* Optical and coax digital connections
* Dedicated high-precision crystal oscillators (no PLL, no resampling)
* Standard IEC-958 (S/PDIF) encoding
* Optical connector: TOSLINK 660nm
* Coax connector: RCA, 500mVpp into 75 ohms
* Sample rates: 44.1Khz, 48Khz
* Audio format: linear PCM, 16 or 24 bits per sample
* Intrinsic jitter: less than 50ps (standard deviation)

Headphone output

* Standard 1/8" jack also functions as an IR blaster
* Minimum headphone impedance: 16 ohms
* Total harmonic distortion: less than 0.03%
* Left/right crosstalk attenuation: 92dB


Audio formats

* Lossless Formats (Apple Lossless, FLAC, WMA Lossless)
o "Bit-perfect" CD audio streaming, with reduced storage and bandwidth usage
o Approximately 2:1 compression ratio
* Uncompressed formats (AIFF, WAV, PCM)
o Supports raw pass-through of uncompressed PCM audio formats
o Digital passthrough to S/PDIF for DTS
* Compressed formats (MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MusePack, WMA)
o MPEG decoding uses MAD software, widely regarded as the most accurate, most compatible MP3 decoder
o High accuracy 24-bit synthesis
o Supports all MP3 data rates and sample rates, including VBR
o May be streamed in PCM (raw), MP3 (transcoded), or FLAC (transcoded) formats
o Sound Check and Replay Gain support for automatic volume control
o Some formats may require additional software installation (e.g. QuickTime), depending on platform

Internet Radio

* "Always-on" Internet Radio, powered by SqueezeNetwork, lets you tune in to Internet Radio streams even when the home PC is switched off
* Quick selection from hundreds of Internet Radio streams offered by Slim Devices' partners.
* Internet Radio favorites can be saved in a playlist for easy access
* Displays song title information during playback
* Support for MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA formatted Internet Radio streams


* Flash upgradeable firmware
* Network settings are stored in non-volatile memory
* Auto-configuration for most networks
* Easy setup for wireless networks


* 250 MHz 8-way multithreaded RISC processor
* "Pure software" SlimDSPâ„¢ architecture
* Field-upgradeable Xilinx CPLD
* 64Mb high-speed RAM
* 16Mb program flash
* Low-power design, all solid-state, fanless

Wireless Interface

* True 802.11g wireless networking
* Bridging capability allows Ethernet devices to connect to the network through Squeezebox Wireless
* Throughput up to 54Mbps, high speed PCI interface to radio module
* Dual antennas for improved range and throughput
* Supports all 802.11b and 802.11g access points
* Internal antennas: planar inverted-F antenna
* Automatically detects available networks for quick setup
* Supports both WPA Personal, WPA2-AES and 64/128-bit WEP encryption

Ethernet Interface

* True 100Mbps throughput
* Shielded CAT5 RJ-45 connector
* Connects to any 100Mbps or 10Mbps network
* Auto-detects full duplex and half duplex modes
* Automatic receive polarity correction
* Maximum cable length: 100 meters (328 feet)

Power input

* 5.0V DC, regulated
* Center positive, sleeve ground
* Connector: 2.5mm ID, 5.5mm OD, 11mm long
* Min supply rating: 1000mA

Power supply

* Switching power supply included
* Input voltage range and plug style specific to shipping destination
* Power supplies are small, efficient, and do not get hot
* One of four styles is included depending on country


What's included:

* Squeezebox Digital Media Player
* AC Power adaptor (appropriate plug by region)
* User's manual
* SlimServer software (requires download)
* Custom infrared remote, 2 AAA batteries included
* 6-foot gold plated RCA patch cord

System requirements:

* All systems: 256MB RAM, ethernet or wireless network, and 20MB hard disk space
* Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or later
* Windows: 733Mhz Pentium running Windows 2000/XP/Vista
* Linux/BSD/Solaris/Other: Perl 5.8.3 or later


* Dimensions: 7.6"W x 3.7"H x 3.1"D (192mm x 93mm x 80mm) including stand
* Finish: high gloss black


* Large, high-resolution vacuum fluorescent display
* 320x32 grayscale pixels
* Beautiful high-speed, full-screen visualizers
* Bitmapped graphics, multiple fonts, animation, and images
* Brightness control

Infrared remote

* Standard 38Khz IR
* Hand-held remote, 30 buttons
* Durable black or white finish
* Includes "SmartScroll" algorithms to quickly access favorite songs within large lists
* Custom codes do not conflict with other devices
* Data format fully compatible with most programmable and universal remotes
* Templates available for Pronto and other remotes
* Supports discrete on/off and other "shortcut" codes


* Two years parts and labor

Regulatory compliance

* CE Class B
* FCC Class B
* Canada ICES-0003 Class B
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