Looking at our test notes from a day spent swapping back and forth between an LG 5.1 home cinema system and Cambridge Audio amp with B&W speakers, all we really discovered is that the Roku is the loudest of the bunch, but not by much; that the Logitech produced a sound with a slightly greater sense of warmth - presumably down to its fancy 24-bit DAC; and the Sonos had a firmer bass when playing loud rock. But that is, frankly, splitting hairs - the bottom line is all four perform more than acceptably.
The Sonos screen: clear and intuitive to use
Radio and Other Services
For internet radio fans, the Roku is a joy to use. It quickly found 11,712 stations and lets you sort through them by first letter of station title before you have to scroll through the list to find what you're looking for. It's easy to add stations to a Favourites list too. The Streamium quickly found a host of BBC Real Audio “listen again” streams but alas couldn't play them, though hopefully this will be fixed by a firmware update down the line. It shouldn't count as a negative as the other three devices couldn't even see those BBC streams let alone play them.
The Duet screen: small but colourful
The Squeezebox accesses the net through the SqueezeNetwork service, which allows it to dovetail with such online music services as Rhapsody, MP3tunes' Music Locker and Live Music Archive.
I am happy with my NP1100
As indicated in your review, set-up is simple for Roku and Philips. I have choosen the Philips because it was cheapest and didn't want to spend too much to test a new technology.
Result is I am very happy with my NP1100 which is quite nice and so easy to use. I am also amazed by the number of station available.
When I have plug-it in the first time, SW has been automatically updated and now BBC is working very well.
I really love this device which allow me to listen internet radio without PC and also all my MP3 on my Hi-Fi system.
Tks for your usefull comparizon.
Problems with Squeezecenter & Ubuntu
If your music sits on a Linux server, check that the Squeezecenter server software works on your machine before parting with your hard-earned cash on the Logitech offering.
There are known problems trying to get Squeezecenter 7.2 running on Ubuntu 8.04 and derivatives. The advice from Slimdevice's support team is limited to telling you to go and read the forums - thanks guys.
I for one have given up with this and am going to investigate the Sonos product.
Aren't these technically a violation of copyright?
After all it is making available to others. If they have a receiver and live close enough they could pick up your transmissions and GOD FORBID copy it onto a cassette tape, then encode it to FLAC (sarcasm).
Honestly though, surely there is a legal question about these devices. They duplicate the copyrighted works don't they. And transmit them to all and sundry.
Bloody Freetards, paying lots of money to make available copyrighted works. I think that you all should pay the artists, no the music labels on a per listen basis.