|Slim Devices Squeezebox|
|Summary||Non Windows-centric networked music adapter. Supports 802.11b and Ethernet connections. Ethernet-only version $199|
|Update||9/24/04 - Corrected Squeezebox construction details|
|Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Music|
|Summary||Windows-centric networked music adapter. Supports 802.11b network connection and MP3, WMA formats only|
I get to play with a lot of nifty stuff, but these two products definitely pegged the gadget-o-meter towards the way cool side. Item number one is Slim Devices' Squeezebox and number two is Creative's Sound Blaster Wireless Music . Both devices stream your library of digital music files from where they live on your computer through the air to a small receiver that you connect to your stereo. This frees you up from having to sit in front of your computer's tiny little speakers and lets you listen to your music library on your monstrously-sized speakers connected to your stereo.
But these two gadgets have such different philosophies, that I had to review both side by side to really appreciate the strengths of each and understand the differences.