Question on squeeze box touch or alternative

bluedroog

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Yes it just switches from your computer to 'mysqueezebox.com' that's what is does for internet radio anyway, I assume it's the same for Spotify. So yes, you can use these services without your library of music location on.
 

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Sonos does this too, just to give you another option. One sonos unit needs to be connected directly to the router but otherwise no restrictions.

Just to confuse you!
 

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bluedroog said:
Yes it just switches from your computer to 'mysqueezebox.com' that's what is does for internet radio anyway, I assume it's the same for Spotify. So yes, you can use these services without your library of music location on.

+1 for Squeezebox; does what you want and it's generally excellent value for money.

Currently listening to: Allman Brothers Band on Radio Paradise
 

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I'm so glad I bought my SBT, I think its outstanding value. Internet radio and Spotify just sounds so good, and thats wirelessly too. Very easy navigation and much quicker compared to other internet tuners I've personally used (Marantz NA7004, M-CR603 and Onkyo TX-8050).

As for a seperate DAC, I've never felt any need to buy one. The SQ in my set-up I'm really pleased with, and I'm not sure paying £300-£500 on a seperate DAC would improve things any.

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Another vote for Squeezebox Touch. As far as anything I've seen the user interface is better than almost anything else and it sounds superb even using the internal DAC - certainly as good as any budget CD player. Great product.
 

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Does that mean if computer is switched off and no nas the squeezebox is of little use.

Already have a yamaha hard drive recorder which has my music so no need for nas drive.

It would have to work with computer off.

Thanks
 

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jonomd said:
Does that mean if computer is switched off and no nas the squeezebox is of little use.

Already have a yamaha hard drive recorder which has my music so no need for nas drive.

It would have to work with computer off.

Thanks

Your opening post asked for a source that provided Spotify and Internet radio without the PC being on. The SBT does all that very well indeed. One of the things I really like about the SBT is the fact that when I come down in the morning I can switch it on and have the internet radio almost immediately, a matter of only a couple of seconds to start playing.

If you want to stream music to it then whatever it is stored on (PC or NAS) would need to be switched on, or I believe you could put a load of your favourite stuff on a USB stick and plug that into the SBT.

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nads

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DIB said:
jonomd said:
Does that mean if computer is switched off and no nas the squeezebox is of little use.

Already have a yamaha hard drive recorder which has my music so no need for nas drive.

It would have to work with computer off.

Thanks

Your opening post asked for a source that provided Spotify and Internet radio without the PC being on. The SBT does all that very well indeed. One of the things I really like about the SBT is the fact that when I come down in the morning I can switch it on and have the internet radio almost immediately, a matter of only a couple of seconds to start playing.

If you want to stream music to it then whatever it is stored on (PC or NAS) would need to be switched on, or I believe you could put a load of your favourite stuff on a USB stick and plug that into the SBT.
problem. You ay not find the inboard software that able. Most users have the software installed on the NAS or pc.
 

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jonomd said:
Does that mean if computer is switched off and no nas the squeezebox is of little use.

Already have a yamaha hard drive recorder which has my music so no need for nas drive.

It would have to work with computer off.

Thanks

If you want computer off than you need a NAS. But this works with Sonos, Squeezebox Touch etc...unless you don't buy a much more expensive streamer with integrated hd.

Be aware that not every NAS will work with SBT as you need to run the server software on the NAS...check on Logitech website a suitable one. I use the Netgear Ultra II Ready NAS which is superb...not cheap but worth every penny
 

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Thats offered a bit more clarity now. Still looks as if it could do a job though. One day the hard drive on the yamaha will die (it is 6 years old and cannot be backed up) so may be worth starting a backup hard drive now for when this happens.

Thanks for the help.
 

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jonomd said:
Thats offered a bit more clarity now. Still looks as if it could do a job though. One day the hard drive on the yamaha will die (it is 6 years old and cannot be backed up) so may be worth starting a backup hard drive now for when this happens.

Thanks for the help.

Of course it can do the job. You can start with the SBT connected to your pc for now (needs to run a server software) and keep your music on external hd hardwired to your pc. When funds allow you can buy a proper NAS (you might be able to use the same disc which is on your Yamaha inside the NAS) and allow to play music when pc is off.
 
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Or...

You can just connect an external hard drive connected via USB to the Squeezebox Touch rammed to the gills with High Resolution FLAC files, install Toolbox 3 on it and have a pretty damn good audio experience. The Squeezebox Touch has it's own on-board Squeezeserver lite on it that allows you to access external USB devices, you can also share the drive and add files to it from another computer if needs be.

Make sure that that the external hard drive is formatted either FAT32 or NTFS, that it is a Primary partition and there are no image files on there greater than 300KB or else you will run into problems.

I have just upgraded from the Squeezebox II to a Touch (it arrived yesterday infact) and I got the unit from eBay brand new sealed in the box for £169.99 and it's a worthy upgrade path just for the simple fact it supports high resolution files out of the box and does not need any SOX re-sampling to occur.

Just got my eye on a Cambridge Audio Azur DACMagic on eBay at the moment to complete my hifi upgrading and then I think I have spent enough for the next few years.

Russ
 

nads

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Or...

You can just connect an external hard drive connected via USB to the Squeezebox Touch rammed to the gills with High Resolution FLAC files, install Toolbox 3 on it and have a pretty damn good audio experience. The Squeezebox Touch has it's own on-board Squeezeserver lite on it that allows you to access external USB devices, you can also share the drive and add files to it from another computer if needs be.

Make sure that that the external hard drive is formatted either FAT32 or NTFS, that it is a Primary partition and there are no image files on there greater than 300KB or else you will run into problems.

I have just upgraded from the Squeezebox II to a Touch (it arrived yesterday infact) and I got the unit from eBay brand new sealed in the box for £169.99 and it's a worthy upgrade path just for the simple fact it supports high resolution files out of the box and does not need any SOX re-sampling to occur.

Just got my eye on a Cambridge Audio Azur DACMagic on eBay at the moment to complete my hifi upgrading and then I think I have spent enough for the next few years.

Russ
DacMagic or DacMagic Plus?

If the DacMagic don't bother it is no improvement on the SBT DACs. To my ears.
 

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I' ve a SBT for 3 weeks and i'm loving it a lot!!!! My Rega DAC makes all the difference, more depth, 3 D sounding ( if you can say that in sound...) acoustic guitars, vocals, soud like they are in my living room...

You can put in a SD as well with you music and do random mix by: music, artist album!

My SBT change my way of earing music, I can controlet with my ipad from any part of my home!
 

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