DOES NOT WORK WITH RHAPSODY Philips NO LONGER DOES FIRMWARE UPDATES
22 December 2011
Summary: I would not buy any Philips product that relies on firmware. I purchased the NP1100 about 2 years ago. In July 2011 it stopped streaming the music service for which I purchased it, Rhapsody. Seems Rhapsody upgraded their streaming protocol and Philips has abandoned the entire Streamium line--so no more firmware updates and now this product won't work with my music service.
Summary: The Good: It works great and sounds excellent if you have your music on an external media server or if you're running Windows. It also supports Wireless (WEP, WPA TKIP, WPA2 TKIP/AES). I found it easier to set up the wirelss by plugging it into the network first and using the web interface (just browse to it's ip) The Bad: It doesn't have optical audio out. This is not my first or only music streaming device.
Summary: I was looking for a player to use with Mediatomb. I got very irritated with the Logitech squeezebox as it only supported it's own server which is, quite frankly, awful. Set up was a breeze on this by comparison. I just plugged in. Powered it on. Selected the Mediatomb server and played music. That simple. I store my music as FLAC files and transcode them to PCM for this player (and the PS3). It sounds fine.
Summary: I originally became interested in this device when I was researching ways to be able to listen to music in my living room from music stored on an external hard drive attached to my computer in my office . Before this purchase, in order to accomplish this, I would have to bring a laptop into the living room, turn it on, connect to a wireless network, load Windows Media Player, choose the songs I wanted to play, connect it to my stereo, and find somewhere to stash the...
Summary: I'm a geek, so if you're a fellow geek I suppose you'll find this review particularly very useful. I had never heard of this device until I was walking through a local store and saw them on a closeout sale. When I walked by it just looked like a neat clock, but when I saw it played internet radio I had to get one. I trust the Philips brand and before purchasing I looked it up on Amazon to see the reviews and Amazon's price.
Summary: If you're like me and never read the manual when setting up a new piece of AV equipment, you'll have no problems. I use this with wired Ethernet but also found it works well with wireless. If you plan to use the Internet streaming audio feature, run, don't walk to the Philips web site and set up an account to manage your Internet radio stations. The display is black & white at eye level, but at a 15-30 degree angle above the unit takes on a bluish tint.
Summary: I bought this as a Gold Box deal and am very pleased. My hi-fi setup included satellite radio but I did not want to pay the fee. This gives me excellent internet music stations @ no cost! My only beef is that it is not compatible with my Mac for music streaming. I do have other "PCs" that I use with it however.
Very nice unit for streaming Rhapsody account music
Scott O., Amazon
16 September 2009
Summary: I am not going to add much to the previous reviews. I bought the unit to primarily use with my Rhapsody account. This thing works great. Turn it on and set it up. It will search for your wireless network. Just scroll down to the one that is yours. At first it did not ask for my WPA security code (my network is password protected). But I went back into set up and typed it in using the keypad of the remote. (Its just like texting).
Summary: I love Philips! They always make cutting edge, slick products. My first experience with their products came on the guise of the "Nino" - a PDA that I used religiously to keep my agenda and download some recordings of American radio stations (while I lived Overseas) and play MP3 files in my car - 14 years ago! - loved it! then Philips pulled the plug on the product (and support!) - I did not like that at all!