Logitech Squeezebox Touch

The Good The Logitech Squeezebox Touch is a fully featured music-streaming device with wide file compatibility -- better than Sonos -- and support for most popular music-streaming services. The Touch seamlessly blends multiple home and online sources, making building playlists a snap. The free tablet and smartphone apps are powerful and easy to use. Sound quality is surprisingly good from the analog outs, and will scale well with outboard digital converters.

The Bad The device can sometimes freeze up or suffer lag, especially with a wireless connection. It's more complicated to use than the plug-and-play Sonos. The app is a little ugly compared with those made by Spotify and Sonos. The touch screen is less useful in conjuction with a tablet. Most users will need to leave a PC on all the time, or own a NAS.

The Bottom Line The Logitech Squeezebox is an excellent digital-music device that offers good sound quality and a great variety of source options, but it's not for casual users.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.4 Overall

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Logitech Squeezebox Touch

Editor's Note: As of 8/31/2012, Logitech has discontinued the Squeezebox Touch in favor of the new Ultimate Ears platform, but the company says it will continue to support the product and provide updates.

While hi-fi manufacturers such as Pioneer and Marantz have started getting on the digital-streaming bandwagon, companies like Sonos and Logitech (nee Slim Devices) were there from the beginning. While Sonos' products are the more usable and popular option, I personally prefer the Logitech Squeezebox due to its high versatility and audiophile-friendly appointments. Think of Squeezebox as Android to Sonos' iOS.

The Squeezebox Touch was released in December 2009 but the product has changed quite a bit since then, morphing from a grown-up MP3 player to a sophisticated music streamer. Logitech has subsequently released Android and iOS control apps, as well as support for most of the popular streaming services. While it's a little antiquated compared with the likes of Roku's products in that it still needs a PC or a Netgear NAS to run the system, it still holds up well among more modern systems.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $300
  • Brand Logitech
  • Type network audio player
  • Functions internet radio, network audio player
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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