Underrated Airplay/DLNA/Wi-fi Speaker for the Price
S. Lee, Amazon
5 July 2014
Summary: Pros: Very good sound that has been tuned by Andrew Jones Airplay/Wi-fi so good sound and range Remote control Spotify Connect, Pandora, and Vtuner capability built in Less expensive and better sounding than Bose, Beats, etc. Cons: Lackluster styling Wi-fi lag (typical of wi-fi speakers) Bulky power adapter I'm a fan of Pioneer speakers ever since they hired Andrew Jones as their chief engineer.
Rugged design, oustanding via AirPlay...once you can get it configured
Paul Stuart ""...also I'll brush my teeth and remember to turn off the stars at night and put the hyena out." ERN", 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: It took a while to figure out that it was only compatible with 2.4Ghz wireless but, once I figured that out it was easy to connect to my wifi. Since I bought it for my kitchen and decided to place it above my microwave, it disconnects every time I turn on the microwave. As far as the sound goes, it really is not bad but, seems to be missing on the high and lows. It really sounds like its all mid range.
Summary: I use for the kitchen in order to play music while my wife is cooking. Works well, but setup was a pain. Also I changed wifi passwords recently and it had problems recognizing the network. Wanted to break the unit during this time. Finally got it working by connecting it via CAT5 and going directly into the network settings, then switching back to wifi.
Summary: I've bought three of Pioneer's speakers (two of these and one of the ones with the subwoofer chamber). All have great sound and work as advertised. Be careful during setup. The instructions worked for me, but it was difficult to figure out exactly what they meant at some points. If technology setup is not your strong suit, you may want to get help (or hire a kid to do it :-) ).
Summary: I picked up two of these at a local store, as a cheap alternative to a Sonos system. I would recommend updating the firmware *before* setting up the wireless. I had setup the wireless, then updated the firmware, only to find out that it wiped the wireless settings. I initially thought the remote was broken on mine, but I found that it only needed a new battery. I guess it was sitting on the shelf for a long time.
Summary: I like this speaker. I think it works fairly well. It is not too hard to setup. I am more frustrated with the technologies in general. It should not be that challenging to setup a system where I can use the internet or a NAS to play music in 2 rooms at the same time.
Summary: I checked out some of the Bluetooth speakers, but I liked that this one had AirPlay. Pretty good sound and the AirPlay works well. Ended up getting some Audioengine 2+ speakers for the living room. But for the patio and my daughters room, this is great.