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Logitech Squeezebox Touch with EDO and hiFace1 based USB DACs/converters

I spotted this blog over the weekend http://www.aysabtu.dk/blog/.

It explains, in detail, how to connect to a Squeezebox Touch to install a suitable Linux driver to enable a M2Tech hiFace or EDO to work connected to the SBT’s USB socket.

The performance when connected this way  using my hiFace 1 is significantly better than I was getting using the S/PDIF output from my SBT.

There were two elements that confused me: one was forgetting that case is sometimes important in http links and the other in logging in as root.

Here is the original instruction in italics and below it my suggestion of what to do

▪         Open a root SSH session (default password: 1234)  and execute the following 5 commands all followed by “return” (newline). The last one will reboot your SBT. Please be aware of any non-intended line-breaks inserted by your browser formatting the text.

▪          ssh -l root “IP Address of Player” <Return>

▪         root password (default is 1234) <Return>

Next I’d like to try the hiFace 2 as a comparison.  It should be even easier as it doesn’t require a special driver under Linux (or Mac).

Let me know how you get on.

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Atlas launch New Equator high speed HDMI cable with Ethernet

1st May 2012 – Kilmarnock, Scotland – Technology-driven British audio video cable manufacturer, Atlas Cables, is pleased to announce the launch of a new range of HDMI cables, setting a new standard of picture and sound quality.

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Atlas Equator HDMI

Naim Launches NDS: a New High-End Network Player

Sound and Vision Show Bristol, 24thFebruary 2012.  Naim today demonstrated its new high-end NDS network player for the first time publically and confirmed an estimated delivery date of May 2012.

The brief to Naim’s R&D was simple: design a network player that is demonstrably superior to the award-winning NDX.
As a result, the NDS is a network player capable of the finest musical performance yet.  A player that delivers more music with CD rips that most players do with hi-res sources.
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Naim Label releases first Super Hi Definition download

Naim Label releases Meet Me In London – the label’s most successful recording – as a 24bit/192kHz download.

An early downloader can win a Naim ND5 XS network player

Some 14 years after the original recording was released as a Naim Label CD, Meet Me In London by world-renowned guitarist Antonio Forcione and sublime singer Sabina Sciubba is being reborn, but this time as a super hi definition download.

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Squeezebox Touch – a week later

What an interesting beast this is. The lispy addition to voices that I was complaining about in my original post has gone. The sound quality is really rather good using the digital out. I prefer the optical output to the coax into the Naim DAC. The optical has a more refined presentation and just sounds right, the coax is a little courser.

If sound quality was the only criteria the SB Touch would be stunning value for money but unfortunately usability and fit for purpose must be included in the equation.

The display is rather pleasant if a little slow; but only works well within a narrow vertical viewing angle. That angle is often wrong unless one is standing, and who stands to listen to music? It needs an adjustable rear stand.

So far 24/96 is far too unreliable. It might play it, might stutter. Not good enough. The Squeezebox forums are full of the problem and possible solutions but none has worked 100% for me.

Connecting up an external 500GB portable drive with a power supply has so far been an unrewarding experience. I’m struggling to get it to scan the drive fully and so far I’ve only managed to play about a tenth of one track.

So if the decision was based on the sound quality of CD rips from the digital output it would be a clear winner. Overall it needs more work or I need to understand more about how to get the best from it.

More in another week or so.

Initial thoughts on the Squeezebox Touch

After one of the worst examples of corporate communications ineptitude I’ve ever come across, my Logitech Squeezebox Touch arrived yesterday.

I ordered my Touch on the 26th October 2009 to take advantage of the 20% off for early orders offer. Delivery was expected imminently. Only one email since then – on 4th March – to warn of a delay until April-May. Another 20% offer “as a small gift” but no apology. A simple ‘sorry for the delay we are working on getting it right before launch’ would have gone a mighty long way.

I know there is a Squeezebox forum and maybe Logitech thought that was a reason not to keep me up to date – but it’s not. A few emails would have made me feel much happier with Logitech. If I hadn’t known friends with beta units, who were pleased with the performance, I would have cancelled my order months ago.

Anyway it’s arrived and very nice it is too. It’s been running overnight using the standard supplied PS and I’ve recently changed over to the Maplin linear PS as much for my piece of mind as any sonic reason. There is a small difference but not enough to rush to the shops.

What does it sound like? OK, I suppose, is all I can report so far. I’ve only tried the optical and coaxial digital outputs running into a Naim DAC with 555 PS. It has an edge to the sound that sneaks its way on to every song. It’s a slight hard lispiness to vocals that accentuates the lips and teeth sounds. Coax digital sounds substantially different from Optical – surprisingly different in fact.

It’s way too early to form any sensible conclusions. It’s certainly excellent value; just don’t know how excellent yet. More in a week or so when it has run in.