Summary: This is a great sounding player. Though I thought I did a good amount of research, I have been consistently disappointed by the ease of use of this player. As usual, unless you have an Apple product, you will be challenged to get this device to work properly. Further, it seems unless you have music physically stored on your device, you'll be further challenged to get music to play wirelessly.
Summary: Don't let the negative reviews fool you. This is the very best valued wireless speaker on the market for Apple Airplay. Great value because it's really worth two or three times what it sells for on the market. If you can set up a router or a new computer, you can easily set up this speaker.
Rugged design, oustanding via AirPlay...once you can get it configured
Paul Stuart ""...also I'll brush my teeth..., Amazon
28 April 2014
Summary: As a fairly experienced networking guy, there are few wireless challenges that truly confound me. Unfortunately, the XW-SMA3-K A3 is one of those devices. Those critical of the setup function are unfortunately spot-on; the XW-SMA3-K A3 is not for the feint of technological heart. Required button presses, illogical flow of commands, and confusing lighting feedback sequences combine for an incredibly frustrating setup.
Summary: This is not a DLNA speaker. Pioneer is misrepresenting their claim that it is a DLNA compliant speaker, but it is not. One can play music from internet, directly from a smartphone, but not from a DLNA server. I contacted the customer service, the person was extremely rude in understanding the concern. All he was able to offer is how to connect the speaker to the home network. His suggestion was to configure the DLNA server to push the music to the speaker.
Summary: I bought this XW-SMA3 about 2 weeks ago here at Amazon. So excited I ordered for overnight. Got it the next day and when I checked out the manual, could not believe this flow-chart. Watched UTube on the unit and this guy has it working in 2 minutes. Don't you believe it. I followed manual and re-watched Utubes for a week. I was on my network alright, however could not hear a thing. I gave up Saturday and set up time for my local Geek Squad to help the next Weds.
Summary: I have both the A3 and A1, got them for unbelievable prices ($39.99 and $79.99) via Best Buy's deal of the day around Christmas time. My 5 star rating takes the price paid into consideration. For $80, the A3 is an unbelievable value. Sound quality is good. Neither unit sounds as good as my Bose Sounddock, but that was considerably more expensive. Even if I paid $200 for the A3, it would be well worth it. The highs are decent and mids are well defined.