Sangean DDR-63 - a review after one month of ownership.
1 January 2014
Summary: I very much like this radio's ability to receive input over WIFI for internet radio and pandora, and external sources such as MP3 players and CD's, as well as over the airwaves for FM, so on that basis it is excellent and was the principal reason I purchased it. What is less than excellent is the sound quality, which is pretty good but a bit muddy despite fiddling with equalizer settings.
Summary: We've owned our DDR-63 for just over a year now and are very pleased with it. And we waited this long before providing a review just to be sure we really could give it 5 stars. Rather than repeat the many positive comments about the variety of features, sound quality and general high-quality appearance of this unit, I'd like to point out the one feature that caused us to choose this desktop player over others:...
Summary: Love the radio. Lose one star for problems with frontier/Pandora - my main listening source. Was out (no communication with Pandora for 5 days). Customer service was aware and working with Frontier to resolve - back functional today.
Summary: It was a bit of an ordeal to set up and every time you unplug it, you have to reset the time. The display interface is very clumsy and unresponsive, but the remote works OK - you better not lose the remote! I was willing to accept the frustrations of the touch interface, but I've only used this product a couple times, and today I tried to turn on Pandora and kept getting the message that there was a problem, try again later.
Summary: The product has great features but it lacks the most important one -- it doesd not work. After initially performing well for a few days, it would constantly lock up. Only by resetting and starting over could I use it, but I should not have to reset everything with each couple of uses. There was NO way I could find any user support, either from the supplied literature or on-line. Perhaps there was a simple fix, but if so, I could not find it.
Excerpt: This unit is way more functional than Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Touch (and sounds better too). I had purchased the Cambridge and 1st unit didn't work. Second worked but couldn't stream from computer. Finally gave up and went to Sangean - partially because of the multi access to wifi sources as well as SD card and flash drive (and CD). The remote is also much more functional.
Summary: I purchased this radio because it promised 20 presets, which I liked more than the six on my current, and working beautifully, Logitech Squeezebox radio. I found though, when setting up the radio, that it can not receive any of the Live 365 stations, which I pay for. A major defect, in my opinion. I ended up returning it to Amazon.
Functions are good, should have an app for interface
Non-Tech Man, Amazon
15 February 2013
Summary: The functions--most crucially, FM, iPod/iPhone, CD, WiFi Pandora, internet radio--perform well. The sound is amazingly good. The user controls are useable but not enjoyable. Since previous reviews haven't mentioned the interface much, maybe I should elaborate. First, the display is of white letters on a field of blue. That is good, to my taste. The Amazon illustrations showed almost all black and white and not very clear. I was relieved at the reality.
Summary: Unrivaled feature-set and sounds wonderful. User configurable bass/treble if you don't like any of the pre-defined settings. Internet radio opens up a vast number of listening options, right now 17000 channels. I only set up a handful of Christmas stations and they sound fantastic. Maybe I lucked out on the channels but the sound is indistinguishable from a CD, secure digital, thumb drive, or my iPod.