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usc95
2016-06-09, 16:25
Looks like the founder of Tivoli has started a new company making radios that would likely appeal to Boom and Radio lovers:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/819585793/solo-and-duetto-one-touch-music-streaming-with-hif

If only Logitech had more foresight. I wonder if Philippe can get his castbridge plugin to work with these things.

castalla
2016-06-09, 16:29
Looks like the founder of Tivoli has started a new company making radios that would likely appeal to Boom and Radio lovers:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/819585793/solo-and-duetto-one-touch-music-streaming-with-hif

If only Logitech had more foresight. I wonder if Philippe can get his castbridge plugin to work with these things.

Awful aesthetic design!

drmatt
2016-06-09, 17:39
"Retro" design nonsense.

Dogberry2
2016-06-10, 11:29
Well, they're certainly ugly as sin. More importantly, I didn't see anything about streaming from a personal library located on a server/PC, nor anything about having multiple units playing in sync. If they don't do that, they're worthless to me.

drmatt
2016-06-10, 11:40
It did mention sync. But otherwise I'd rather trawl ebay for used sqb.. the only additional thing I'd like there is a Bluetooth audio- like capability to throw audio from my mobile device.

usc95
2016-06-10, 13:20
While they aren't the prettiest of devices, what makes them interesting to me are:

the inclusion of a screen - to see exactly what is playing
the inclusion of favorite buttons - to instantly be able to choose a favorite radio station
the inclusion of Google Cast - which makes streaming from a variety of additonal services easy (along with LMS if Phillipe's plugin will work with it)

Of all the products out there that offer networked music playback it is startling to me how few offer a simple screen or favorite button. I haven't decided if I will back the project yet as I am in the middle of upgrading my home theater and my wallet can only handle so much stress but I do hope they will be around for when my Boom finally bites the dust.

Julf
2016-06-11, 05:25
And it is not a product yet. Just a kickstarter project. I like the description of kickstarter as "you take the same risks as a VC, but have no control and no upside".

Mnyb
2016-06-20, 12:30
They do inlude a real FM radio and DAB . Have screen and works independently of any phone or tablet

But they are DLNA devices :( can possible be saved by philippes bridges plugins ....

robt2379
2016-07-02, 14:21
Having looked at the project, I recognise the screens and the Android remote app as being Frontier Silicon. Currently used by Roberts Radio, Ruark, Revo and many others.

Being the owner of two Roberts Stream 93is, I can say that its a very capable system and streams well from a NAS. I liken the 93i to my Boom, perhaps not quite the sound quality but portable and battery / mains powered. And I can control them via LMS using the UPNP / DLNA Bridge plugin.

I expect the Duetto to be a nice piece of kit, although there are very similar items on the market already (Ruark R2i).

Rob