Those of you who have followed WGS for a while will know that we’re big fans of the Squeezebox range of digital media receivers.

I have two of the original Squeezebox units attached to my home network (in the kitchen and the main bedroom), and you’ll remember that we also featured a review of the Squeezebox Duet earlier in the year.

Here at IFA in Berlin, Logitech have announced the Squeezebox Boom, a newcomer to the range with new file formats available for playback, and most importantly, the added convenience of integrated 30W speakers.

As everything is in one box, there’s no need to buy and attach separate speakers with the requisite cable mess – you can simply plug it in, find your home network wirelessly or via Ethernet and go.

boom2 thumb1 IFA 2008: Logitech Squeezebox Boom

boom1 thumb1 IFA 2008: Logitech Squeezebox Boom

It’s a great looking device that works seamlessly with Windows Home Server – if you enjoy your music and want an easy way to distribute and play it around the home, the Squeezebox Boom looks like a winner.

Features are as follows:

  • ¾-inch (1.9 cm) high-definition, soft-dome tweeters and 3-inch (7.6 cm) high-power, long-throw woofers
  • Bi-amplified design with high performance signal processor, class D amplifiers and digital crossovers
  • Stereo XL™ technology widens the sound stage beyond the physical boundaries of the speaker
  • 6-button presets allow one touch access to favorite radio stations and playlists
  • 7-day alarm clock
  • Infrared remote control
  • Bright, high-contrast VFD display with ambient light sensor and automatic dimming
  • Built-in 802.11g wireless with dual internal antennas
  • 10/100Base-T Ethernet port
  • Line-in via 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Headphone/Subwoofer out via 3.5 mm connector
  • Plays MP3, AAC, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, Apple lossless, WMA lossless, WAV, and AIFF music files
  • Connects to your home network to access music stored on your computer via SqueezeCenter, and Internet radio and music services via SqueezeNetwork™

    The Squeezebox Boom is available from next week at around £199.

    More Info: Logitech