"Awesome Internet Radio"4.0 starson by Lonestar10
Pros: Streams radio stations from around the world; Streams music from your PC
Cons: Price; Poor setup and operation instructions; Poor AM HD Radio reception; Unit runs hot, even when off
Summary: This table top radio does it all: AM/FM/XM, HD Radio, PC Streaming, CD player, iPod and USB docking and best of all: Internet radio.
The Denon S-52 is slightly larger -- and much heavier -- than a Bose Wave Radio.
I bought the S-52 to easily listen to radio stations from across the country and around the world streaming programs on the Internet. I could do this on a computer, of course, but the convenience of a table top radio, with all those stations available at the push of a button, is hard to beat.
The S-52 requires a connection to your home network (wired or wireless). The unit will search for an available network..and after you enter any required encryption keys..you can immediately begin searching for streaming radio stations. No PC is required for this feature.
Perhaps it's because it's such a new product, but the manual for the S-52 fails miserably in describing how to stream music from your PC or how to troubleshoot any connection problems. PC streaming did not work for me the first time...until I turned on Network Sharing on my Windows Vista computer. Now all the music stored on my PC is displayed and played wirelessly on the table top unit anywhere within range of my wireless network.
The instructions vaguely mention two different websites where programs downloaded to your PC can help program and push media to the S-52.
For me, getting these two services to work was not easy. It's still a work in progress, with absolutely no help from the manual or the websites.
Another downside to the S-52 is HD Radio function. I can receive FM HD Radio just fine, but switching between stations or switching between HD and regular FM is not an easy task. Again, the lousy manual offers no help.
From my location in downtown Dallas, I could not receive any AM HD Radio stations, even with the included antenna (regular AM was OK).
There's a little door on the top of the S-52 that hides an iPod dock. You can control an iPod with the S-52 remote or directly from the iPod.
The unit's built-in CD player can play hours of MP3's.
The S-52 has a USB connector on the front. You can plug in a thumb drive loaded with MP3's and the unit will play them complete with ID tags.
The S-52 is one hot radio, in more ways than one. It runs hot even when it's turned off. This is one radio you do not want to put in an enclosed cabinet.
But it's a radio you'll love having around to enjoy streaming music from your PC...or from anywhere in the world.