"Very Cool -- a "must have" radio. Worked flawlessly."4.5 starson by Skier995
Pros: This very cool device gives instant convenient access to the incredible world of internet audio: radio stations, podcasts, Pandora -- AND works with the ipod too! Easy interface. Easy set-up.
Cons: Not the rich deep sound of the Bose radio... sounds like a very high quality clock-radio. Acceptable. "Good". Not great.
Summary: If you're even thinking of buying an internet radio... don't wait another minute! This is the coolest device ever! Once you plug this in ... you'll wonder how you lived so long without one. Want time-shift your NPR listening? No problem... tune into east coast or west coast radio station of your choice! Do you like a specific band? No problem... create a Pandora.com station and listen to everything! Want to hear world-wide radio... that's easy too! Do you want to listen to your favorite podcast 'on-demand'? No problem... find the podcast on the web, plug into your account and voila.. it's there!
Set-up was easy and straight forward. It took about 10-15 minutes. Hooking to my wireless network was flawless. Also, you have to create an account and register your radio serial number and 'registration code" on the "Reciva.com" web site. Be sure you read the radio manual on this one... it's easy enough, but you need to know exactly how to find the codes. I didn't read the manual and messed around for an extra 10 minutes with the wrong serial number! My bad. You don't need to register to enjoy the radio... but I think it adds a ton of flexibility.
BW.. the "My Stuff" menu choice doesn't appear until you actually have something in it... by "adding stations" or "adding podcasts" on the Reciva.com site.
Some very minor downsides:
1) the sound was a bit flat -- not full and deep like I would prefer from a desktop radio. It is, after all, a smallish clock-radio housing... so it's understandable. It does have RCA outputs, that I hooked up to the AUX input on the Bose Radio in my kitchen -- and then it sounds great through the Bose.
2) very minor issue: the main selection knob is small, smooth, and little tough to grip and spin. This is a very minor issue though... and maybe a potential product improvement... (knurl the knob with ridges next time?)
The remote is adequate... but not anything to write home about. It's kind-of a generic remote. Not much tactile feedback when you press the buttons... you need to watch the screen to see if you actually pressed or not.
Access to 3 presets on the unit is convenient. Access to the first 9 presets are convenient with one-touch on the remote. Access to the 2 digit presets are a bit of pain.
Summary: Even with the minor downsides... if you're considering an internet radio... don't wait... buy one! If you want one with an ipod dock too... then this is the one!