Logitech Squeezebox Duet

Logitech goes after Sonos.

John Falcone already beat me to the punch with a detailed preview of Logitech's Squeezebox Duet , but I'll second his verdict: this looks like a more affordable competitor to the Sonos multiroom digital audio system, which I got a chance to experience in a real home environment last summer . In a nutshell: you connect the base station to any stereo with RCA inputs, and it draws music from your PC over a home wireless network, and lets you control it all with a handheld remote with a color screen. It supports every imaginable digital audio format, and is significantly less expensive than Sonos, starting at $400. More information's available on Logitech's site.

Logitech Squeezebox Direct
The Squeezebox Duet's remote and base station Matt Rosoff

Optionally, you can use Logitech's free SqueezeNetwork, which automatically aggregates all of your Internet music services--subscription-based services like Rhapsody or Internet radio stations like Last.fm--and lets you listen to these stations even when your PC's off. It's one of the most interesting digital audio products introduced at CES, and I recommend stopping by the booth for a demo if you're here.

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    Matt Rosoff is an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, where he covers Microsoft's consumer products and corporate news. He's written about the technology industry since 1995, and reviewed the first Rio MP3 player for CNET.com in 1998. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network. Disclosure. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattrosoff.

     

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