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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sonos Controller For Android Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/10/...-blow-you-away/

"You can exhale Sonos fans, it's finally happening. The Sonos Controller for Android is official. After almost a year in development, the free WiFi music remote finally gives Sonos owners control over their whole-home audio system from any Android 2.1 and above device with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854."

If you've made the rather hefty investment in a Sonos music system (reviewed here), and you have an Android phone, this is a clever way to maximize the functionality of that system. You might not have a Sonos remote handy, but if your phone is nearby, you have an even better tool for controlling music all around your house. I really like the Sonos system, but it seems so expensive to me so I've never made the jump. Any Sonos owners out there that feel the investment is justified?


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Logitech Squeezebox Duet: A Powerful But Quirky Network Audio Player

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Wireless streaming audio player
Manufacturer: Logitech
Where to Buy: Amazon.com [Affiliate]
Price: $333.99 USD
System Requirements: 802.11b/g network or hard-wired Ethernet, and a computer (Windows or Mac OS X) to host the Squeebox software.
Specifications: Available at the Logitech Web site.

Pros:

  • Powerful audio streaming system capable of many tasks;
  • Attractive design, small shelf footprint with multiple audio outputs;
  • Excellent audio quality.

Cons:

  • Expensive;
  • Total reliance on WiFi makes for a bumpy experience;
  • Incompatible with some (most?) 802.11n routers;
  • Complex setup and overall operation make it for experienced users only.

Summary: The Logitech Squeezebox Duet is a potent combo that makes for a powerful home audio solution for music, podcasts, streaming radio, and more. Unfortunately, because it's such a complex product, it's not overly user friendly. In the many months I've been using it, I've felt like I've had to fix problems with it every other week. It's more like a computer and less like an appliance, with all the dubious reliability implications that statement implies. Still, it has great potential and when it works, it works really well. Read more...


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rocking with the TSAT-2000s from The Speaker Company

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Home Theater Speakers
Manufacturer: The Speaker Company
Where to Buy: The Speaker Company
Price: $449.97
System Requirements: Any 5 channel amplifier
Specifications: Drivers - 1x 1" Shielded HiCell dome tweeter and 2x 3.5" Shielded Aluminum cone midranges/woofer. Frequency Response - 120 Hz to 20 kHz. Sensitivity - 87 dB. Nominal Impedance - 8 ohms. Recommended Power - 15-125 watts continuous. Dimensions - 12.5" H x 5.31" W x 3.25" D. Weight - 4 lbs. 2 oz. each.

Pros:

  • Excellent aesthetics;
  • High build quality;
  • Low price.

Cons:

  • Sub-woofer required, but not included in package;
  • Won't impress the brand conscious.

Summary:
As a newcomer, but with a respectable heritage, the TSAT-2000s offer a great value. If you are looking for a quality set of classy, unobtrusive speakers to go with your flat panel TV, this is probably one of the best bargains going. Read more...


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