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Roku SoundBridge M1001 - Network audio player

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Brand NameRoku
  
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ASINB000OE5U16
Best Sellers Rank #354,804 in Electronics (See top 100)
Date First AvailableSeptember 13, 2010
  
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This device is so neat and easy to use.
Danielle Folsom
There is no repair - just throw it away and get another - per Roku customer service.
J. Parsons
The unit is amazingly well built, nice solid construction and good looking as well!!
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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful By esanta VINE VOICE on November 30, 2004
Quite a few devices are now competing in the market segment originally created by the TurtleBeach Audiotron: Netgear MP 101, Linksys WMLS11B, Homepod, Sound Blaster Wireless Audio, SLiMP3 and its successor the Squeezebox...

There are also many other displayless devices which either rely on a TV set for their user interface (Happauge MVP, Roku HD1000...) or use a computer to relay the audio to them (Apple Airport Express).

What makes the SoundBridge stand out from the crowd?

- Looks

Its gorgeous bright green fluorescent display. Similar to the one used by the Squeezebox, it puts to shame the inexpensive LCD screens used by Netgear, Linksys and Homepod and makes using the SoundBridge with the remote easy and convenient.

Its look and finish is also quite unique and beautiful; it won't look out of place next to high end audio components.

- Ease of setup

The LAN configuration is extremely easy; the SoundBridge comes with both wired LAN and 802.11b. Note that so far the only supported security protocol over WiFi is 40 or 128 bit WEP. If you require a more recent security protocol check the Roku web site to see if and when they plan on supporting it, or use the wired LAN interface. WiFi functionality is brought through a standard Compact Flash interface, and Roku sells a slightly cheaper version of the box without the card bundled.

What I really liked with the SoundBridge is that unlike most of its competitors it does not require you to install any server software on your computer, and force you to manage your music collection on it. Rather, it supports the most common protocols (iTunes music sharing, UPnP, SlimServer 5.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amy S. VINE VOICE on November 26, 2004
I preordered a Roku Soundbridge, so I've had one since they were released. The company has made wonderful strides in regularly updating the product's firmware to ensure that issues encountered by product users are addressed in a timely fashion. My network operates via a Linksys Wireless-G router with iTunes serving music from a dedicated machine. The Soundbridge recognized my system immediately and I was up and running.

Not only do I love having access to all of my music without the need to flip through a couple thousand CDs, but I'm also fond of the iTunes' feature that allows you to serve up Internet radio stations. Simply setup a playlist and copy the radio station information into it as if it were a song file. I have several radio station playlists and can now listen to stations from other cities, as well as Radioio.

The sound quality is suprisingly high. Better than expected. The build quality of the unit far surpasses most brands these days. All around this has been an outstanding addition to my home.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By hrbud on October 17, 2005
Positives:

- easy to setup/use

- can be configured for wired or wireless.

- decent sound quality

- the device can update the firmware all by itself, and the clock keeps itself synched over the internet.

- very attractive display (adjustable brightness).

- supports unicode (viewable japanese and partial chinese fonts if you use 1-line mode, but NO korean)

- It can connect to multiple servers (ie multiple PCs running iTunes/WMC).

Negatives:

- NO fast-foward/rewind! Don't listen to audiobooks with this device.

- Navigation occurs by alphabet (like a phone book) using the remote control. VERY slow if your music library is large. The list doesn't loop -- i.e. if you want to get to Z, you press the "right" button 26 times to get from A to Z!

- Does not support SAN. You need a server (i.e. a PC running iTunes or Windows Media Connect) continously running for this device to work.

- Remote is primitive and the buttons are flimsy.

- Model M1001 resamples all output to 48khz (including the digital out).

- It can't browse by filenames. If your music files are tagged in a language it doesn't support, you will see square blocks, making it impossible to identify.

- The wireless is 802.11b. If you have a G network, this device will slow it down.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Wright on March 30, 2005
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I bought this m1000 and returned it over a couple weeks.

I liked the bright display, and the form factor. But thats about where the wow ended

1) Wireless card is only wireless B so if you have a G network, be prepared to have your entire network slow down.

2) No off button. It merely goes to sleep, so if you want to reset it, you have to pull the end cap off to get to the plug.

3) No server side software. Yes, it can use several different packages but something should be included. (Musicmatch seemed to be the best as it allowed you to close the app and the server would always load on your host PC once you set it up)

4) In ability to see shared drives over the network. This means you need to full fledged PC on to play your music and not NAT (unless you hack a NSLU2)

5) no mini-jack output for your average computer type speakers (or headphones) RCA and digital outs are great, but for a device of this type, thats pretty basic.

I think the #1 reason I ended up getting rid of it was the cost. For close to the same money (or cheaper) you can get a 20g mp3 player that doesnt require your computer to be on, doesnt require you to buy a wifi router, doesnt slow down your network, Can be take to work, your car, or on a walk. I still can hook it up to my stereo. The only thing I really lose is a remote, and I gain a heck of alot of flexibility.

If this device was $100 cheaper, Id have no problem reccomending it, but as what amounts to dumb terminal for audio, its just not worth it. Its one of the best DAR's out there though, so if you really want one despite my reason's its not a bad one to get.
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