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Wirrunna
2015-06-13, 17:33
http://www.zettaly.com/avy/

Load Orange Squeeze, Squeeze Ctrl or Squeeze Commander as a controller, SB Player or SqueezePlayer as a player and away you go for around $220.

This device was first noticed and discussed over here http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?102903-Interesting-potential-replacement-for-Squeezebox-radio . As it appears to be shipping in the US it should get a bit more notice.

twizey
2015-06-14, 10:16
It's on Amazon.com too, for $30 less. Although that's also US only. I got mine from the preorder.. you may have to email them asking about early access if you live outside the US.

RonM
2015-06-14, 10:33
What I'd like to see is a review of this, comparing it to the Boom with respect to sound quality and other factors like portability. Not clear if it can be run via a battery. Certainly seems promising!

R.

ftlight
2015-06-14, 11:23
Not clear if it can be run via a battery.

"2.2 lbs., up to 7 hours of music playback on a single charge."

JonWill
2015-06-14, 23:27
I'd be interested in any feedback on this - especially how well it syncs with other players...

twizey
2015-06-15, 16:24
I love it! At 10 watts, the sound isn't as powerful as what I had hoped for, but loud enough for 95% of my consumption around the house. 60% volume is the level my wife can stand (we have different music tastes). Bass is surprisingly good. Not so much with the high frequency. I'm not an audiophile.. so take my comment with a grain of salt.

What I like about it most isn't the sound. It's the overall design. I can't believe I'd appreciate a tablet this much (as far as OS goes). Other than TV, this box is now my go to place for anything entertainment related.

w3wilkes
2015-06-16, 18:50
I've only read the specs and it does look interesting and I've already got Squeezeplayer. One note is the "10 watts" is really 5 per channel, but this would be perfect @ the hot tub!

jimzak
2015-06-17, 05:26
I got one but I can't load any of the SB player apps onto it. I get an error.

It also says that the TuneIn app is not compatible.

So far, I'm pretty disappointed and may return it unless I can get it to load the player apps.

It does look good and the tablet seems okay.

I just emailed Avy support and will update this thread for this critical issue.

jimzak
2015-06-17, 15:45
I got one but I can't load any of the SB player apps onto it. I get an error.

It also says that the TuneIn app is not compatible.

So far, I'm pretty disappointed and may return it unless I can get it to load the player apps.

It does look good and the tablet seems okay.

I just emailed Avy support and will update this thread for this critical issue.

I got a reply from Avy support. They attempted to duplicate the error and could not.

I tried again today to download the player apps and it went fine.

Playback was as easy as any other SB player.

Sound quality is fair. Loud enough for a single room. Bass response is pretty low though.

This unit can certainly serve as a player for casual listening and it has a cheap but adequate Android tablet to boot.

To be fair, it can probably play a lot more than SB such as the BandCamp app, etc. I hope I can get TuneIn to work.

YMMV.

jimzak
2015-06-17, 17:27
Here's a photo with Avy running the Logitech app for selection and Now Playing while playing through SqueezePlayer.


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sbp
2015-06-18, 07:49
Hi jimzak

nice picture.

I was wondering if it is possible to Control the squeeze player via the touch screen?

steen

jimzak
2015-06-19, 16:42
Hi jimzak

nice picture.

I was wondering if it is possible to Control the squeeze player via the touch screen?

steen
Absolutely. The Avy touchscreen works very well. Better than the Touch touchscreen.

GeeJay
2015-06-19, 20:06
Have you tried to sync it with other players? If so, how does it perform?

Thanks for the report, by the way. It's good to finally see some new products that can take advantage of LMS.

w3wilkes
2015-06-19, 20:59
And one other question. Noticed you had a Boom sitting in the background. How does it compare sound wise to the Boon? Thanks!

malaugh
2015-06-20, 13:20
Just placed an order on Amazon. I will review it when its arrives. I will be using it to replace my Archos Home connect http://store.archos.com/archos-home-connect-p-5027.htm?id=5027 I have been using as my bedroom clock for the past few years. I use tune in, podcast player, and squeezeplayer on it now, and I am hoping for the same setup on the Avy. The downside of the Archos are the small screen, limited app compatibility, and difficult to use touchscreen, so I am looking forward to the upgrade. The units arrives Thursday.

jimzak
2015-06-20, 14:45
And one other question. Noticed you had a Boom sitting in the background. How does it compare sound wise to the Boon? Thanks!

The Boom sounds better, particularly the low end. As was previously mentioned the bass response isn't too great. After all the Boom cost 2-3 times as much.

I haven't tried syncing yet.

The TuneIn app on the Play store says that it's incompatible with the Avy when I last checked. I hope I can get it to load somehow.

w3wilkes
2015-06-20, 17:09
@Jimzak, Thanks much for the response!

Peter314
2015-06-21, 15:33
As was previously mentioned the bass response isn't too great.

Drat. When you said "Bass response is pretty low" I thought it was praise... :)

malaugh
2015-06-22, 11:28
The Boom sounds better, particularly the low end. As was previously mentioned the bass response isn't too great. After all the Boom cost 2-3 times as much.

I haven't tried syncing yet.

The TuneIn app on the Play store says that it's incompatible with the Avy when I last checked. I hope I can get it to load somehow.

Do you know if the Avy supports GPS? That is the only thing I can think of that would make it incompatible

jimzak
2015-06-23, 16:18
Do you know if the Avy supports GPS? That is the only thing I can think of that would make it incompatible
it does not appear to support GPS. I'll contact support.

Sent from my Nexus 10 using Tapatalk

jimzak
2015-06-24, 16:32
Have you tried to sync it with other players? If so, how does it perform?

Thanks for the report, by the way. It's good to finally see some new products that can take advantage of LMS.
I synced the avy with the boom sitting next to it. The result was poor, producing a discernible echo. I did not try any sync adjustments.

Sent from my Nexus 10 using Tapatalk

malaugh
2015-06-26, 08:46
Mine just arrived. I want to play with it for a while before I write a full review. Initial impressions are good. I was able to load squeezeplay and control it with squeezer on my phone with no problem. Tunein is not compatible but rad.io works well

GeeJay
2015-06-27, 10:29
I synced the avy with the boom sitting next to it. The result was poor, producing a discernible echo. I did not try any sync adjustments.



Bummer. Thanks for the test report, nonetheless.

JJZolx
2015-06-27, 12:27
The Boom sounds better, particularly the low end. As was previously mentioned the bass response isn't too great. After all the Boom cost 2-3 times as much.

$300 vs $200. Check your math.

jimzak
2015-06-29, 17:20
$300 vs $200. Check your math.
I paid 159 for the Avy.[emoji4]

twizey
2015-07-20, 21:59
Mine just arrived. I want to play with it for a while before I write a full review. Initial impressions are good. I was able to load squeezeplay and control it with squeezer on my phone with no problem. Tunein is not compatible but rad.io works well

I had the same issue with TuneIn.. Customer Support said that a bug fix firmware update is coming out in 1-2 weeks.

To folks in Europe, Zettaly mentioned EU preorder in a promo email last week: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WR3W2TA/?m=A15P2C2KCHAZW0

malaugh
2015-07-21, 12:23
I had the same issue with TuneIn.. Customer Support said that a bug fix firmware update is coming out in 1-2 weeks.

That's great news. Did they say anything about PowerAmp? I could not get that installed either. Its a shame that a "smart speaker" device supports so few audio apps. Poweramp and Tunin are my two most used audio apps. Also, while rad.io free version is compatible rad.io prime, the paid version is not.

Hopefully the update will have more apps available.

twizey
2015-07-22, 10:37
That's great news. Did they say anything about PowerAmp? I could not get that installed either. Its a shame that a "smart speaker" device supports so few audio apps. Poweramp and Tunin are my two most used audio apps. Also, while rad.io free version is compatible rad.io prime, the paid version is not.

Hopefully the update will have more apps available.

Mine received the update yesterday. I don't use PowerAmp and Rad.io, but both seem to work fine. I don't see rad.io paid version in Google Play.

malaugh
2015-07-22, 20:29
Updated the Avy when I got home today, now tunein and poweramp are compatible. Good job Zettaly, keep up the good work.

d6jg
2015-07-24, 07:43
I am interested in this as a bedroom alarm clock. Has anyone tried it in such mode?

malaugh
2015-07-24, 12:34
That's what I use mine for. I installed a copy of Alarm Clock plus. I use this because it has a dimmer, so you can leave it on during the night and still read the time without blinding you. You can also set up the soft keys at the bottom to instant go to your radio app, and get the radio to play to wake you up.

I also have rad.io installed for the radio stations, Podcaster for podcasts, Shuttle for mp3s, Mortplayer for audiobooks, Spotify and Squeezeplayer. Now the upgrade made them compatible, I may swap out Shuttle for Poweramp, and rad.io for Tunein.

The combination makes a perfect bedside radio with all the audio choices you will ever need. I do not use it to play video, but it does a good job at that also.

The things I like are the remote, which allows you to adjust the volume without stretching over to the nightstand. Its also pretty easy to change apps with the cursor keys.

The only downside is its pretty big, so it takes up a lot of real estate on the nightstand, and the sound quality is just OK.