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Labarum
2012-10-06, 04:12
Living I Cyprus I use a SB3 in the lounge and a Boom in the conservatory, which I only use for BBC news. It annoys an English lady down the road that I can get BBC Radio 4 and she can't.

"Ah, but I have an Internet Radio", I said.

As far as I can see these internet radios are still expensive compared to the average kitchen radio. The discontinued SB radio, and the new EU Radio are about the cheapest, and there is the new box from Pure

http://www.wirefresh.com/pure-one-worlds-cheapest-internet-connected-radio-arrives/

But we are still taking around 100. Am I missing anything on the European market?

I've told here to listen on her laptop - and she sniffed!

There some rather nice Creative Bluetooth speakers for about 30 that might improve the sound.

Any more ideas for and easy and cheap solution to the lady's problem?

bpa
2012-10-06, 04:44
2nd hand iPod touch (2nd gen or later) & docking station

Labarum
2012-10-06, 04:53
2nd hand iPod touch (2nd gen or later) & docking station

Thanks. I'd thought of that, and I should have said she has no iPhone or Android phone and has no need for one.

She just want a switch on and listen radio, and maybe she will want BBC Radio 2 sometimes instead of BBC Radio 4.

You can get British Forces Broadcasting Service on FM here in Nicosia - but that's Radio 1, or worse.

epoch1970
2012-10-06, 06:12
Does this help ? Archos 35 home connect (http://www.archos.com/products/home/archos_35_hc/index.html?country=gb&lang=en)
(never used or even seen one)

Labarum
2012-10-06, 06:20
Does this help ? Archos 35 home connect (http://www.archos.com/products/home/archos_35_hc/index.html?country=gb&lang=en)
(never used or even seen one)


Thanks. 50 in UK. It might even be available here in Nicosia - other Archos products are. I think I half noticed is when scanning a web page, but didn't investigate as it looked rather small. The fancy screen is an absolute must with these products!

boun01
2012-10-06, 07:07
2nd hand iPod touch (2nd gen or later) & docking station

I would not suggest to buy an Ipod Touch only to listen Internet Radio. I experienced many signal losses on my Ipod.
I never had this problem with my squeezebox on the same stations (BBC Radio3 and France Info) and same WIFI router.

pippin
2012-10-06, 07:21
Depends a lot on the router. There are a number of routers who have issues with a lot of Apple and other modern devices, seems to have to do with the interpretation of the .n-Standard. Your favorite Android device probably won't be any better, the Squeezeboxes still only support .g WiFi and don't have the issues.

I would not buy a 2nd Gen iPod touch anymore, it will be almost impossible to get Apps for that one anymore, soon, because Apple's development kit in it's current version doesn't allow to compile Apps for that platform anymore so all new App updates will no longer work on it so it should be at least Gen. 3

epoch1970
2012-10-06, 07:58
Does iPlayer fit her needs ? I came across this page: http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/where_to_get_iplayer/portable_media/
Perhaps you can find a cheap enough player in this list ?

Labarum
2012-10-06, 08:05
Does iPlayer fit her needs ? I came across this page: http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/where_to_get_iplayer/portable_media/
Perhaps you can find a cheap enough player in this list ?

iPlayer is a software, and is one of the many ways to access BBC Radio - your list does include some odd hardware!

We both use iPlayer via a UK VPN to access BBC TV - BBC Radio has no territorial restrictions, so can be played by any means.

castalla
2012-10-06, 10:35
iPlayer is a software, and is one of the many ways to access BBC Radio - your list does include some odd hardware!

We both use iPlayer via a UK VPN to access BBC TV - BBC Radio has no territorial restrictions, so can be played by any means.


Be careful with devices which offer Tunein (for BBC stations) - many do not have the appropriate codecs and wil only play mp3 streams (so you get only World Service and BBC Arabic!).

nekomatic
2012-10-08, 05:15
Here's a couple of sub-100 internet radios:

http://superfi.co.uk/p-3384-q2-internet-radio.aspx quirky - maybe too quirky
http://superfi.co.uk/p-3843-revo-mondo-wifi-internet-radio-streaming-media-adaptor.aspx - needs amp and speakers

No personal experience with either of these.

malaugh
2012-10-08, 07:54
Does this help ? Archos 35 home connect (http://www.archos.com/products/home/archos_35_hc/index.html?country=gb&lang=en)
(never used or even seen one)

I have one of these. I use it as a bedroom alarm clock. I listen to BBC world service or Radio Paradise when I wake up. It plays all the BBC stations via Tunein radio. I think Tunein transcodes the streams to mp3, BBC stations have a delay before they start playing. The radio app is a little annoying, you have to start Tunein radio, then select presets, then scroll to the station you want to hear, and scrolling does not work that well since it has a resistive touch screen. It is reliable though.

I have a squeezebox touch, not a squeezebox radio, but I wish the Archos had presets.

I guess if I was to pick an internet radio, I would pas on the Squeezebox, since the future of Mysqueezbox is in doubt. I would pick the Archos, although it is a little too difficult to use. I may also look at the Sangean Internet radio, lloks like a nice unit, but I do not know if it can play BBC.

Adam_F
2012-10-08, 09:33
Also have an Archos 35 Home Connect.

The quickest way I have found of using TuneIn is to hit the search icon and type in the name of the station you want - saves all that scolling about.

For the BBC, TuneIn plays either the WMA or AAC streams natively (you can select which if you want).

Sound quality from the Archos is not up to the standard of the SB radio, but still very good for such a small device in my view.

castalla
2012-10-08, 12:14
Well, given the forthcoming changes in the BBC's satellite signals, there are going to be a lot of disappointed BBC radio listeners across Europe in the near future when the radio stations disappear from their sat-boxes. A great opportunity for internet radio sellers!

annoyingmouse
2012-12-06, 08:09
Not entirely related to the original post but to people with the Archos 35 Home Connect, I was reading on another site that, although it says it isn't compatible in Google Play, it is possible to run SqueezePlayer on the system by transferring the apk file to it. I don't have one but I was interested in getting one for somebody else so was wondering if anyone could confirm if this is true?

d6jg
2012-12-06, 13:36
I have got a Revo Mondo and confirm that it's quite good sound wise although the remote is poor and there is no alternate method of controlling it. It uses the Reciva web service (similar to mySB.com) and will pick up BBC Live and on demand stuff (at least it will in UK).