CES: Multi-room Squeezebox takes on Sonos

It’s long been that the phrase ‘multi-room music’ is followed without pause by the name ‘Sonos’. But that could be about

This is because this sequel to one of our favourite wireless bridges can connect to the SqueezeNetwork, a free web-based service with access to Internet radio and other services like Pandora. Of course, you can also stream computer’s library over Wi-Fi too.

Other features make it a particularly tasty proposition. The remote has a 2.4in colour screen and scroll-wheel to let you whizz through track info, album art and radio stations. You can buy multiple remotes and receivers to synchronise what you’re playing or have different music in each room. And file support is good, with MP3, AAC, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA Lossless and WAV all welcome.

Proud owners of the current Squeezebox or Transporter will also be able to buy the remote on its own for €300 (£225). Not that the whole bundle is prohibitively expensive – it’ll be available from the end of January for €400 (£300), with extra receivers costing €150 (£115). With Sonos’ cheapest bundle starting at £700, there’s no doubting which one your wallet will be voting for.


Logitech Squeezebox Duet

Price: £ €400 (or €300 for remote, €150 for extra receiver)

On sale: end of January

Contact: Logitech