Internet Radio - what player do you use and rate?

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I am getting fucked off with the frankly shite choice of radio stations around Aberdeen. Its time to get an Internet Radio but which one? Its all new to me so would like to hear what others find good. I am looking for a standalone device with built in speakers, I like the look of the Revo Axis XS, remote & touchscreen interface:

http://www.whathifi.com/review/revo-axis-xs

But I cannot imagine who its sound is up to snuff even for having on in the background in the kitchen, there is only so much a 52m speaker ca do!

Then there is this device from Phillips Streamium WAS 7500 which might have better sound:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Philips-Streamium-WAS7500-Wireless-Music-Station-Free-Internet-Radio-WACS7500-/110911427809?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Compact_Shelf_Stereos&hash=item19d2d614e1

what do Wammers recommend that are similar in cost and function to these two?

Cheers

Simon

 

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How about a Sonos Play 3?

http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/play3

Stretching the definition of stand-alone, as you would need an iPhone or Android phone as a controller. But much more flexible than a dedicated Internet radio.

(I should say I haven't actually heard a Play 3 but they seem generally well-liked for sound quality.)

 

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Philips-Streamium-WAS7500-Wireless-Music-Station-Free-Internet-Radio-WACS7500-/110911427809?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Compact_Shelf_Stereos&hash=item19d2d614e1

That looks v expensive for what it is Simon.......an SBT would be a much better proposition as the Phillips is v limited in terms of Audio File formats it will handle for use as a Streamer....it doesn't do Flac, which is the Defacto format for HQ sound. It's rather sketchy on the overall specs too & I'll bet 24bit hi-rez capability isn't supported.

Essentially its a modern equivalent of the sorta all in one tat music-centre bought from currys or predominantly white-goods specialists & I wouldn't expect it to be built to last or sound particularly good.

You could have an SBT & use it with a set of quality compact actives for the same sorta money. SBT's seem built to last & are pretty durable & effectively being pretty much a sealed unit should easily stand up to use in a kitchen which is where a lot of these all in one players will be used.

C.A.'s Sonata NP30 Streamer is currently on offer at Richer Sounds for only £250 & I have its bigger brother the Stream Magic6 which is excellent for internet radio. The NP30 is fairly compact in terms of form factor & if you use it with the i-os/Android App & use active speakers you could use either flavour of device to control the Streaming of Radio/mooozic files from a computer/Nas or attached hard drive & have control of Volume/Balance etc without needing to be in line of sight. :cool: You could have the piece of mind of a really good 5year warranty for only £25 & Richers will refund this if unused when it runs out. :^

http://www.richersounds.com/product/wireless-streaming/cambridge-audio/sonata-np30/camb-np30-blk

Logitechs Squeezebox Radio replacement should also be decent & is more affordable than the Phillips but is more of a portable trannie type of thing....but I'd bet on it being more up to the rigors of using in a kitchen environment that t' Phillips.

 

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http://ue.logitech.com/en-gb/smart-radios

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[h=1]Logitech UE Smart Radio[/h]

 

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Thanks for the idea' flla's, that Squeezebox Radio looks pretty interesting, does all I need and from a company with a proven track record in this area. will do some reading. Whatever we settle on must be standalone and sound good, I want to be able to move it around the house without it being tied down by external speaker etc.

Keep the ideas coming :)

 

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I'm pretty sure the hardware is the same as the old squeezebox radio. I have one and it sounds really good.
Yes it is. You can covert a Squeezebox Radio to a UE Radio via firmware, but there's not a lot of benefit, and you can't go back the other way of you don't like the results.

 

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Yes it is. You can covert a Squeezebox Radio to a UE Radio via firmware, but there's not a lot of benefit, and you can't go back the other way of you don't like the results.
Mr Mark, It is possible to reverse the firmware on the Squeezebox Radio apparently,

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?96256-Upgrade-SB-Radio-to-UE-Radio&p=725564&viewfull=1#post725564

see post 80.

Another vote for these by the way, especially running Triode's BBC app.

To the OP, if you decide to go this route try and get the older version, it is much more versatile.

atb

Ronnie.

 

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Where did you hear that Chris?....I can't find any news stories...breaking or otherwise to suggest that Logitech are in any sort of trouble. Or is that not what you meant?

C.

 

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i have a denon dnp720 ae it can be plugged in or wireless better plugged in i have had no problems with it

 

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I quite like the look of that radio and might invest in one.

Is there something similar which you can also plug into your hifi system ie stand alone and into an amp?

 

vacdac

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This would do the trick for you rather nicely into your main system Plato as I mentioned in post no.3

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C.A.'s Sonata NP30 Streamer is currently on offer at Richer Sounds for only £250 & I have its bigger brother the Stream Magic6 which is excellent for internet radio. The NP30 is fairly compact in terms of form factor & if you use it with the i-os/Android App & use active speakers you could use either flavour of device to control the Streaming of Radio/mooozic files from a computer/Nas or attached hard drive & have control of Volume/Balance etc without needing to be in line of sight. :cool: You could have the piece of mind of a really good 5year warranty for only £25 & Richers will refund this if unused when it runs out. :^
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http://www.richersounds.com/product/wireless-streaming/cambridge-audio/sonata-np30/camb-np30-blk

It Really is a stormingly good deal & I was considering getting one for my bedroom system as I've been hugely impressed by the SM6, but I now have an alternative solution with the Synology DS213 Nas *I'm getting. :cool:

That would of c. be an alternative solution but perhaps less ideal for a main system due to drive/fan noise & you would also need a suitably capable USB dac. I understand the Synology Nas's are pretty quiet....but moving my current ReadyNas Duo into the bedroom has proved a really good move as even though its not noisy except when its writing new music files or when its booting up it can be a little intrusive for low level late night listening. Much to my surprise I haven't found it at all intrusive when trying to sleep, as I mostly leave it up 24/7.

The C.A. SM6 is very good but you've not mentioned budget & as its a full width component the NP30 could be an easier fit.

Of course an SBT would also seem to do all you require & its form factor makes it v easy to accommodate I have one up in the classifieds at the mo'* (*Shameless Plug:D. You're no longer likely to find one new at such good prices as early last year, as supplies seem to be drying up & prices rising but even at £280 or so for a new one they still represent vgfm & as they are effectively a sealed unit with no moving parts long term reliability is pretty damn good. I've never had any H/W problems with mine & general user feedback suggests they're v robust & reliable.

AFAICR neither version of Logitechs internet radio has line-outs or any means to output to an external Dac, which seems a real shame. The SBT is rather decent thru' its proper stereo RCA sockets & even better IMV through a decent external DAC.

I quite like the look of that radio and might invest in one.Is there something similar which you can also plug into your hifi system ie stand alone and into an amp?
 

Plato

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This would do the trick for you rather nicely into your main system Plato as I mentioned in post no.3>>
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http://www.richersounds.com/product/wireless-streaming/cambridge-audio/sonata-np30/camb-np30-blk

It Really is a stormingly good deal & I was considering getting one for my bedroom system as I've been hugely impressed by the SM6, but I now have an alternative solution with the Synology DS213 Nas *I'm getting. :cool:

That would of c. be an alternative solution but perhaps less ideal for a main system due to drive/fan noise & you would also need a suitably capable USB dac. I understand the Synology Nas's are pretty quiet....but moving my current ReadyNas Duo into the bedroom has proved a really good move as even though its not noisy except when its writing new music files or when its booting up it can be a little intrusive for low level late night listening. Much to my surprise I haven't found it at all intrusive when trying to sleep, as I mostly leave it up 24/7.

The C.A. SM6 is very good but you've not mentioned budget & as its a full width component the NP30 could be an easier fit.

Of course an SBT would also seem to do all you require & its form factor makes it v easy to accommodate I have one up in the classifieds at the mo'* (*Shameless Plug:D. You're no longer likely to find one new at such good prices as early last year, as supplies seem to be drying up & prices rising but even at £280 or so for a new one they still represent vgfm & as they are effectively a sealed unit with no moving parts long term reliability is pretty damn good. I've never had any H/W problems with mine & general user feedback suggests they're v robust & reliable.

AFAICR neither version of Logitechs internet radio has line-outs or any means to output to an external Dac, which seems a real shame. The SBT is rather decent thru' its proper stereo RCA sockets & even better IMV through a decent external DAC.
Thanks for the detail. More food for thought.

I rather fancied the form factor of the Logitech one and also the facility of stand alone as well as plumbing it into the main system. But as you point out, it is not that versatile.

Your SBT is attractive also but I guess that will need a DAC ie another box - or am I wrong?

 

macvisual

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I've been using a Squeezebox Boom for over a year now with great audio/quality results, a brilliant thing. Try streaming 'Linn' radio, fantastic quality at 320kbps all day long, tuned into Linn digital streaming radio there's a choice of 3 digital stations;

Linn Radio - Linn Jazz - Linn Classical

Fab-you-lous

 

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