Since Logitech announced to stop further development of the Squeezebox series (the server is promised to continue, and you can update the firmware to their new UE system), the devices have become much cheaper lately. So I decided to buy myself a Squeezebox Radio (limited red edition incl. accupack) for 111€.
Yesterday it arrived and I have immediately started playing with it.
The device seems really powerful, but the software is lacking quite a lot. E.g. setting up an alarm clock (I will mainly use it besides my bed) took me two hours(!) until I found out that setting the correct timezone on the device is not sufficient. You also have to correct the timezone of the Squeezebox account using your browser. Of course this is nowhere mentioned in the lousy manual(s). The menu is a bit unstructured and redundant too, but you can at least partially reconfigure that too. You can even reassign two (press and hold) different functions to all 16 buttons.
You can also control the radio via internet or smartphone. Adding and changing channels, alarms, plug-ins etc., there a lots of possibilities.
Once you have set up everything correctly it works great. Especially I like the automatic display dimming (I like it DARK), which can be modified in various ways. And the sound is really good for such a small device.
One annoying thing is, that you can set a different volume for the alarm. The channel you used last will be used to wake you up too. Sounds perfect, but it is isn't, because my favorite channels have a very different volume. So I have to decide for a much higher alarm volume than necessary, just in case I decided to listen to a very quiet channel when going to sleep. IMO it would be better you could define a delta from the current volume setting for the alarm.
Anyone else having experiences or tips for this device?