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Sangean WFR-20 WiFi Internet Radio & Media Player

by Sangean
4.1 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
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  • High quality full-range stereo speakers
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Listen to over 10,000 Internet Radio Stations and stored media, wireless or wired, fulll range stereo spkrs.,

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The Sangean WFR-20 Wi-Fi Internet Radio offers direct access to over 6,000 internet radio stations and 21,242 on-demand streams in 250 locations from 60 genres. This allows you to drill down your search quickly and conveniently from your radio. You can also use your favorite web browser and a computer to search for specific stations and upload those stations to your radios. The "MY Stations" folder allows quick and easy access to your most desired stations. Don't find your favorite internet station on the list? Just submit the station to the website and it will be researched and added to the list, available for all of the current 14,000+ subscribers. Don't have a computer? Not a problem with the WFR-20. It still provides you access to the same internet radio stations and is designed to work as a completely independent stand alone unit anywhere in your home, office or dorm. All you need is a broadband internet connection and a wired or wireless router. Used in conjunction with your wired/wireless networked computer and Windows Media Player you have full access to your digital media library using the UPnP Server, or simply your Microsoft Shared File Folder function in MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, Real Media, and AIFF formats.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches ; 10.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000X1XP3U
  • Item model number: WFR-20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,844 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 11, 2007

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I have just recently purchased a Sangean WFR-20. Here are my initial thoughts. (I will update this posting with additional information, if necessary).

Sound Quality: Good dynamic response for such a small unit, at both low and high volume levels. The unit has a reflex port on the rear which boosts the bass. There is also a noticeably good stereo separation on high bit-rate streams (e.g Radio Paradise).

Build Quality: Heavy duty case**, very solid and sturdy construction. My only minor criticism is that the 'tuning' knob is slightly wobbly, and taints an otherwise robust design.

Software Quality: The radio uses the Reciva software. This is reliable, but seems a tad buggy. For example, when attempting to load "My Stations" while simultaneously listening to a Podcast, it displays a menu load error; Of course, this is not a fault of the WFR-20 itself, and I am certain that firmware quirks like this will eventually be resolved by future `online' firmware upgrades. The Reciva website is easy to use, and I had no problem registering and setting up my radio's station, stream and podcast lists. The Reciva forums are also a good source of information, for example if you have questions regarding setup, connection to Premium streams etc ...

Usability: I found the navigation of the menu system to be straight-forward, using either the `tuning' knob or the remote control. The instructions are almost redundant because the menu system is quite intuitive. The three line display is sufficient to browse station/tracks lists and the horizontal scrolling feature effectively allows long track names to be displayed.
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This internet radio does well what it is advertised to do. It took me five minutes to set it up to work with my Linksys wireless router. I was able to save a large number of favorite stations as "My Stuff" after registering the radio at the Reciva Radio Portal. The single button/dial system is not difficult to use and, at night-time, in the dark, offers advantages over multi-button sytems.

Pros: Ease of use and set up; the Reciva linked system which enables easy access to thousands of radio stations and streams without having to use a computer; Real audio enabled, which the Roku R1000 is not, allowing listening to many streams, especially great BBC on demand streams, that cannot be picked up the Roku R1000.

Cons:
1. Low power speakers - will be sufficient for many listeners,but audiophiles will want to connect higher powered speakers, i.e. Logitech or Creative, via the auxilliary line out.

2. Does not accept DRM protected files. This deficiency is clearly stated in literature about the radio, and was, thus, not unexpected. Thus, Napster, and other media service files cannot be played on the radio. I do not think there is any device that plays both DRM protected files and Real audio streams, thus, when purchasing internet radio devices, it is necessary to choose between a device such as the Roku R1000, that plays premium service files, but has limited radio stream access, and a device such as the WFR-20 that does not play premium service files, but has extensive radio stream access. This is probably the most difficult decision that any purchase of these devices has to make. Since I enjoy listening to on-demand BBC streams, I opted for the for the WFR-20.
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This is a revised review after a month's use; I'm less pleased than I was. Although I still think it's a good product for many uses, I regret that I didn't return it while I still had a chance to do so.

One issue is that the radio has a very hard time connecting with BBC world service. This is one of the stations I most wanted to listen to (because it is no longer broadcast to North America), but I haven't been able to connect to it for over two weeks. The sangean/reciva combination will sit there "retrying" for an hour with no success. But I have no difficulty connecting with my computer. So the problem is with Sangean or with reciva. There is a sluggishness, an uncompetitiveness about the machine; it seems that it puts in a request about once every 5 seconds, and when refused it goes through a long slow checklist before it tries again. In any case the performance is poor. If you expect to want to listen to popular stations, this is probably not the right product.

Another issue, widely noted, is that the sangean/reciva system is rather buggy. "Internal error 1104" is a pretty common sight when you try to change the station, and the radio freezes up for 20 or 30 seconds. This freezing-up is a frequent occurrence (not always accompanied by an internal error). It can be annoying if all you wanted to do is lower the volume. If the knob is occupied waiting for the radio to reset itself or update itself, you just have to wait.

I'm thinking now that the better option might be the clunky old-fashioned one of running the internet radio through the computer. Sometimes I think that internet radio is never going to work, or that what will be permitted will be profoundly unfree, but other times I think that its triumph is inevitable. Who knows? It's a cool technology and a cool gadget. But I miss the subversiveness of short wave, and the straightforward jamming of unwelcome thoughts.
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