"Great Radio"on by tribe4
Pros Design; multiple internet radio options
Cons Nothing of note.
Summary This radio is well built and easy to set up. I have not encountered the firmware problems mentioned by others. The radio took about 10 minutes to set up, including a firmware upgrade. The sound is great.
Pros Sleek Looking, Sounds Ok, Well Organized Menu, Easy to Use.
Cons The Unit Freezes Up Frequently, Requiring a Restart Once A Week.
Summary Reviews are always misleading, this product had great reviews so I purchased based on those; however, I am unsatisfied with the unit. Hopefully Logitech will release an update for its software issues.
Pros Great Display. Small size. Nice looking design.
Cons Use headphones at night to keep from bugging spouse, and you will oversleep in the morning as the alarm rings through the headphone jack. Contextual use of preset buttons make them worthless.
Summary Nice idea, nice look, but lacking refinement in many creature comfort areas. Combine RokuSoundbridge functionallity and price with Logtech support for a perfect product. Other offerings, such as RokuSoundbridge still send alarm through speaker eventhough headphones are plugged in. Preset buttons change depending on internet connectivity. Lose it during the night and the buttons do something different from what you expect in the morning. As currently designed, alarm feature is unrealiable at best, and worthless for all intents and purposes. Most squeezebox boom apps currently unavilable for Squeezebox radio, and many of those that are available, are buggy. Lookforward to updates that make this product as good as it's big brother, the squeezebox boom.
Pros Small configuration, nice design, surprisingly good sound
Cons No remote -- yet
Relies on DC power -- for now
Summary Found this for $150 at BestBuy, where you can return the product within 30 days if dissatisfied-- more than enough time to evaluate, IMHO.UPDATE: In the 2 years I've had this unit, the GF referenced above is now my wife AND I got her a Squeezebox in red -- she loves it. I also got us both the $50 remote/battery-pack accessories for portability and easy channel change around the house.
The first thing that surprised me was the unit's size -- it's really quite small, small enough to fit on top of a toilet water tank, which is where I initially wanted to install the thing to replace a rappy iPod dock while my GF or me is in the shower. The next thing is the design and build quality -- really good. Then the sound -- very good considering the size.
Set-up is relatively painless and I was listening to internet radio within 3 minutes of opening the box. The interface is clean and simple, easy to use and understand.
This unit gives you access to a gazillion internet stations and many services, eg Rhapsody, Pandora and last.fm -- all really good. You can even access your Sirius account if you have one. But be aware that you ONLY access Sirius internet radio (which means a few channels will be missing, such as ch. 124 for Premiership football -- that matters to me!), but this is a Sirius issue, not a Squeezebox issue. What I love is the ability to set BBC radio stations easily, especially 6Radio and FiveLive -- there's a whole host of local English and Irish stations too available as an app. You can even input the URL for any station you choose. It's that simple.
Also, you can have the Squeezebox server scan your music library -- iTunes included -- so you can play your music, podcasts, etc., directly from the unit rather than through crappy laptop speakers.
Because it's small and lightweight, you can easily take the unit room room to room as well.
Now, on to the 2 "cons" I reference above -- no remote and reliance on DC power only. Right now, these are both a bit of a hassle, although the remote issue is partially addressed by a remote function from your laptop/PC when you're logged onto the Squeezebox server. it works ok, but an actual remote would be SOOOO much better, as would rechargeable batteries for ease of transportation and placement anywhere near your network. I say "right now" these things are an issue because both will be addressed effective April 12, when an accessory pack will become available for $50. This will include both a dedicated remote and a rechargeable batter-pack. Problems solved, hopefully!
Bottom line: if you're looking for a relatively small, reasonably priced DAR (or a way to replace a crappy iPod dock that also gives you so much more) that also delivers very good sound for its size, this is it. It really is hard to find fault with.
Updated on Feb 8, 2012
I only get occasional re-buffering problems on my radio that others have mentioned. I've had no problems listening to any radio stream I've wanted to. My wife's radio, however, does lose internet frequently, though. Also, hers frequently has to download and re-install the same software update for some reason. I haven't bothered trying to reach Logitech over this.
About 6 months ago, 1 preset button stopped working. Yesterday, the speaker stopped working. I'm returning it to Best Buy to see if they will replace the unit under extended warranty.
This may sound like a laundry-list of complaints, but, overall, I still really like the unit despite the issues.
"Fantastic so far"on by struman1
Pros Worked as advertisied. Wanted one gadget that would play Sirius and my iTunes music collection. The 100's of free internet stations was a welcomed surprise. Setup was smooth and everything worked flawlessly. Sound is better than expected.
Cons Setup is tedious because you use a scroll wheel and it takes time. But once it is done everything works. Would like to see the remote controller and battery pack included with base model.
Summary Works as advertisied. Pick up my network connection, my Sirius subscription and PC music files (itunes) without a hitch. 1000's of songs available on free internet stations. Sound quality is good for such a small unit. Setup is slow but everything works when you are done. Wifi range is good. Only need 1 unit to listen to 1000's of songs.