Sangean WFR-20 WiFi Internet Radio & Media Player
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- Wired or wireless connection
- Infrared remote control
- Large, easy to read 3 line display
- High quality full-range stereo speakers
- Play your music collection from your computer
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second identical radio. I keep one in Florida and one in Pennsylvania. I listen to a Sangean radio almost every day.Published 12 months ago by Robert Bowersox
I love this product! It is a quality product, very easy to set up and it has terrific sound. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for great quality and great... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Linda Wang
I used it primarily to receive "external service" and news from foreign sources. This seems to be the replacement technology to shortwave radio, except that very few... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Franz Liszt
Great sound quality. Seriously. Much better than any portable radio. Doesn't work with the most up-to-date WiFi password standards, so am using it with an older router, and am... Read morePublished 18 months ago by David H.
I researched this quite a bit. I wanted to get the alternative programming on various NPR radio stations, and discovered that HD radio is pretty much a dead technology for the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leslie N. Sutton
Loved it when it first arrived and for the first 6 months. Then nothing but trouble. I have replaced the router hoping that would fix the problem, but it has trouble connecting... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jim Meyer
Got it right on the day I had to take it as a gift. Very good deal, I bought for myself and I love it. I would recdoment to all my friends to buy it and enjoy it.Published on June 15, 2014 by Najmi
Advertising and sticker on radio when delivered said it connected to Pandora. That was the reason I purchased the radio. It does not as far as I have determined. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by william ballard
The packaging was extremely nice, great solid box, styrofoam and a soft tissue paper wrapper around the radio. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by SilverCore Labs