Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/26/slim_devices_squeezebox_3/

Slim Devices restyles wireless MP3 player

Third-generation Squeezebox

By Tony Smith

Posted in Peripherals, 26th October 2005 10:48 GMT

Slim Devices will next week ship the third generation of its wireless digital music system, Squeezebox.

The new version focuses more on looks than functionality. Never one to miss a turn, Slim Devices is offering the redesigned unit in white and black versions, tapping into Apple's latest iPod colour scheme. The unit sports a bright, crisp 320 x 32 vacuum fluorescent display.

Slim Devices' Squeezebox 3

Like the previous release, which was only introduced last March, Squeezebox 3 supports 802.11g wireless networking and incorporates a 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC for superior sound reproduction. However, the new unit's twin antennae are now hidden inside the box.

Slim Devices will also offer a wired-only version - both incarnations incorporate a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port. They also feature a headphone socket, RCA analog audio ports, and co-ax and optical digital audio ports.

Squeezebox 3 will ship with support for SqueezeNetwork, which allows it to connect to Internet radio stations and RSS feeds directly. The latest version of the SlimServer software, which runs on a host computer, adds WMA radio support, wake-on-LAN, unicode font support, and an extended directory of Internet radio stations. SlimServer 6.2 runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems.

The player can reproduce MP3, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF and WAV files natively. Through SlimServer it also supports AAC, WMA and Ogg - the software can be set to transcode these formats to MP3, FLAC or WAV before beaming them to the player. Alas there's no support for DRM-protected AAC and WMA files. Other formats are supported through third-party decoders.

The wireless Squeezebox 3 costs $299, while the wired-only version is $249. Slim Devices is selling the Squeezebox 2 for $249 (wireless) and $179 (wired-only), while stocks last. The new machine ships 1 November. ®