Nice addition to Squeezebox network - not quite perfect
14 January 2014
Summary: I also own a Squeezebox Touch and a Squeezebox Duet. I serve up roughly 8500 tracks from a Linux server running Logitech Media Server (Vortexbox). I bought the Smart Radio to replace a very expensive network music player (from a major reputable AV company) that had great sound but atrocious software, firmware and UI controls. Let me start with the setup. Packaging was great.
Summary: WARNING: The Logitech UE Smart Radio may now be a discontinued product! I purchased this radio on December 16, 2013 as a Christmas gift after researching it thoroughly on the Logitech UE website. I received the radio a few days later, but suddenly the website now states the following: "Oops! This is not the page you're looking for. But unfortunately, that Logitech UE product or page is not available in your location. (You may even have a bad link).
Is it perfect? No. (What is?) Do I love it? So far, absolutely.
Prof Gizmo, Amazon
6 December 2013
Summary: I bought this to replace an iHome (that died) that we use in our bathroom for listening to radio and, occasionally, to our ipods. One other big plus of the iHome was that it has (well, had) a large backlit LCD that defaults to displaying the time, all the time, even when it was off so that you can see it anytime. I've only had the Logitech UE Smart Radio for about a week now, and the more I play with it, the more impressed I am with all that it can do.
Summary: I have a Squeezebox, over 2 years old. Wanted to connect to Spotify. Spent 3 weeks emailing back and forth with Logitech, my model #, serial#, etc etc on each complaint. Took them 3 weeks to tell me spotify incompatible with that unit. Bought the UE, and set it up 2 days ago. Amazingly easy - much easier than the squeezebox, because you see the letters of the alphabet when you have to enter passwords, etc.
Summary: Really a minor marvel for $100. However, it does not charge unless the device is turned on, it does not have to be playing. In my world, I call this Un-Smart. Why can't they just put this kind of info on their site? At first they wanted me to return the radio. I decided to keep this fun toy.
Quite satisfied, but could be better with a few minor additions
mgc "Gabe", Amazon
22 August 2013
Summary: The Goods: Highly portable, with back indentation for easy one hand lifting MP3 connectable and wifi capable means you can listen to your music or tap into a stream just about anywhere Giant database of stations and genres Clean, easy to navigate interface Pretty good battery life Sleek, ergonomic design and solid construction Built in alarm Comes with 3.5mm cable for your MP3 player Ethernet capability for those who don't use wifi Downloadable app turns your smartphone...
Summary: This is a great, almost perfect product. First of all, I KNOW one can do all this with a laptop, speakers, and network, BUT there's something great about the radio form factor and interface that just beats a computer always on in order to listen to Internet radio. It looks great, sounds great, has great ergonomics, excellent battery life, etc. I've used all the features; I listen to services like Pandora (free version), as well as the many tunein channels.
Summary: Have two of these in the household now which should tell you that it gets a great rating from me. Good if not great sound (I wish for just a bit mo volume) but with excellent sonic range. Easy to set up and use for even a tech. avoider and for what it does and the features offered (build quality, iTunes Player for all media on your home network plus Pandora etc. etc.) I have not. Found better.
Summary: I bought this radio for two reasons -- one, to get my NPR fix without the all-too-frequent fundraiser interruptions, and two, to listen to my favorite stations clearly in the boonies, where I live. On both counts, I am very pleased. The radio is all plastic, but well built. Setup was easy. It was just plug in, set up the wireless network, and go. I was listening in under five minutes. The remote control app worked well on my Droid Razr.
Summary: This is more than just an Internet radio. Out of the box, it will play internet radio with thousands of stations available, no setup required beyond connection to your home network, usually Wi-Fi though a port for wired Ethernet is available too. Find a station you like, press a preset and it is saved. Sound quality is mono, but surprisingly rich and deep, thanks to separate woofer and tweeter and the usual high quality of the Squeezebox system. Squeezebox system?