ROCKI PLAY - WiFi Plug-in for Streaming Music to Speakers (Spotify Connect-Enabled)
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- ROCKI turns your stereo hifi, car, boombox, clock radio or home theater into a wireless music system – no need to replace perfectly good speakers! Stream all your music instantly from your phone or tablet over WiFi to your speakers.
- Use the WiFi network to play music stored on your phone, tablet, or computer by connecting your ROCKI to any audio system with 3.5mm or standard RCA cables.
- ROCKI is Spotify Connect-Enabled so Spotify Premium users can stream over 20 Million tracks straight to a ROCKI-connected speaker.
- The free ROCKI apps allow users to seamlessly stream music from their phone, tablet or computer. For Android users, Sound Cloud, Deezer, and Last.fm are integrated into the ROCKI app with more streaming services to come. The ROCKI apps are compatible with a multitude of sound formats: MP3, FLAC, OGG, MP4 and others.
- Excellent wireless sound -- ROCKI links to your personal device via WiFi connection enabling ROCKI to transmit high quality audio, including lossless formats like FLAC, at a greater distance.
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How do you stream the music you love, to the speakers you already have? ROCKI Play connects to your speaker’s line in and your WiFi network so that you can stream music without having to place your phone in a dock or wire it to your sound system. Connect ROCKI Play to any pair of powered speakers or HiFi system with a line-in using RCA or 3.5 mm jacks. For Android and Apple (iOS) users: Use the ROCKI App or other apps to fetch music from your phone, tablet, or computer and stream it to any ROCKI-connected speaker. The Android ROCKI App has several integrated streaming services such as Sound Cloud, Last.fm, Deezer and the list is expanding.Spotify Premium users can stream your music directly from the Spotify App using Spotify Connect to any Rocki-connected speaker. Streaming does not get more seamless. The Product Includes: 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Cable, 3.5mm to RCA Audio Cable, USB Charging Cable, USB Charger Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (up to 8 hours of playback, supports external USB mobile batteries).
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So why do I love my Rocki? It works with Airplay (or the Android app) and makes any speaker or device with an aux input into an Airplay end-point. Bluetooth adapters at 40 dollars do the same thing but only to one device at a time. With iTunes Airplay can sync music to multiple devices at the same time. This makes Airplay the cheaper alternative to Sonos.
For my iTunes setup I just use a USB hard drive and an old Netbook. Anytime i want to listen to music I can use my iOS device to stream to one Airplay device or boot up the Netbook and then remotely control it with an iOS device using the Remote App. I can leave the Netbook on all day if I wish but normally I only turn it on when I need access to a larger library or playlist.
Here's what you do before buying a Rocki. This will help you avoid frustration.
1 - Go to the Rocki home page and read all the forum posts about the problems people are having and the possible solutions or work-arounds.
2 - Understand what the Rocki offers right now, not what was promised to see if it can still fit your desired use case. For Airplay at 50 dollars it is less than an Airport Express at 100 dollars. The Rocki Play also automatically updates firmware when it is on over your wifi so new updates might fix your problem or break your Rocki, which would prompt an update to this review.
3 - Make sure your wifi network is optimal to carry the steams. Many people complain about audio drop outs but never go into how well their wifi network is working. PC (and server) transmissions use a resilient protocol called TCP/IP. It contains mechanisms to retransmit packets lost in transmissions. Who knows if wifi streaming uses a robust protocol with error control/correction and retransmission? I would advise you check if your wifi signals are in conflict with your neighbors by using a tool like "wifi analyzer." Remember, on the 2.4 GHz net only use channels 1, 6, or 11 to avoid overlap interference. Also consider a wifi router/AP upgrade to N300 or better speeds. My N150 AP could not sustain an audio stream but my N300 has no problems.
At 50 dollars I was willing to try it out and I hit gold. The Rocki fits my needs. Any new fixes or developments to the firmware or Andoid app is just icing on the cake. Does it have problems? Yes. But the pros outweigh the cons for me. As with all products, YMMV.
I hope this review helps you.
The device will lose its settings from time to time. It needs resetting and setup from the Rocki app. This can be frustrating. So one more star off. I've also noticed the sound quality over airplay is not so good when compared to the connection coming from the 3.5mm jack off my phone. This will require some careful listening in the near future to confirm.
Update:I spent the morning on this and was finally able to update the firmware and get the Rocki to connect to my wifi. Excitedly, I went to the living room to plug-in the Rocki to my home system. When I plugged it in, nothing. In a spot in my house where my phone, iPod Touch, and multiple tablets can all connect to my wifi, the Rocki loses signal.
Buggy software is one thing, but when combined with 2nd rate hardware, Rocki is a COMPLETE failure. Headed back to Amazon. I have a feeling that they have a huge pile of these returned units. They probably ship them back to Rocki by the dump truck full.
Two issues still remain:
1. Does not work with dual band routers (had to disable 5GHz band)
2. Works fine with Apple AirPlay but not so much with Android or Windows 8+. You can stream music from a UPnP App but the operating systems (Android and Windows; I don't think this is Rocki's fault, necessarily) don't let you stream whatever you're listening to. This means, for example, you can't stream a radio station you're listening to on TuneIn to the Rocki. The Rocki shows up as a device for Windows Play but isn't compatible. It's possible I'm out of date on this- I see Android recently added something that sounds a bit like AirPlay.
AirPlay works for a few minutes (sometimes only seconds), then stops - with the only solution being restarting Rocki - it's completely and utterly unusable. I peeked into the firmware, and the support is based copying a very old version of Shairport, so that's no real surprise; pretty much zero work has been done there.
It's been months since this came out, and there have been zero real updates or fixes (there was one update that pretty much did nothing useful) - with communication from Rocki being extremely poor.
2. Cannot play music from PC unless you pay $30 for airfoil
3. Cannot play music from google music despite claims you can with another 3rd party app BubblePNP which requires in app purchase. It will load up some recent songs you have listened to or uploaded, but no searching - nothing.
Good idea. Terrible, terrible software support. Doesn't it make more sense to write an app that permits you to play music you have purchased rather than focusing on streaming services? Very odd sense of priorities.
Sorry, ROCKI. I'm returning you. Here's a suggestion ROCKI: Don't release your product until your software works. Customers are not beta-testers.
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Contacted customer support TWO WEEKS AGO, still haven't heard back.
however, i have to say its' easy to set up.