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Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
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- Sangean Internet Radio/FM-RBDS/USB/Network Music Player Digital Receiver
- Internet Radio (over 16,000 stations) and FM-RDS Waveband
- Search by Country, Genre and my Favorites
- USB MP3 playback, MP3 and WMA Compatible, Made for Ipod, Iphone, Ipad
- 10 station Presets (5 iRadio, 5 FM)
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- Batteries : 4 D batteries required.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 37.59 x 18.54 x 9.14 cm; 907.18 Grams
- Date First Available : 13 November 2017
- Manufacturer : Sangean
- ASIN : B0085H18W4
- Item Model Number : WFR-28
- Best Sellers Rank: 106,814 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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WFR-28 WiFi Internet / FM-RDS / Network Player / USB Portable Radio
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1) This thing absolutely eats batteries! I got about 12-14 hrs of play from the 4 D-size cells that it needs. I tried a few times with best quality alkaline cells etc and it was always the same.
2) There is a bug in the radio software that is fairly minor but still somewhat irritating. Here it is; when on Wi-Fi the radio can take a while starting to first startup and then negotiate the connection. During that time, the radio can time out, blank the display and sit there silently doing nothing - and it will stay that way. If you touch the tuner or volume controls, the radio suddenly seems to come out of sleep and start playing the perfectly tuned channel. Minor but annoying in the morning when you are on the run and want to just turn on the radio and leap in the shower.
I would have given it 4 stars but after I changed over to rechargeable batteries I am getting about 14hrs off power and the radio recharges the batteries fully after being plugged in with no dramas at all.
So yeah, go ahead and buy one.. there are a couple of good youtube reviews out there if you are still concerned.
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Company challenging to contact for service. They have two days to resolve my issue before I return the radio to Amazon.
"Adding and managing favorites by web interface is not available anymore. With the previous service provider being unable to ensure service, the previous customer portal has been deprecated.
Depending on your device, we recommend using the Device Presets or Last Listened functionality to recall your favourite stations instead."
Tens of thousands of streams and this radio will give you 5 presets and a list of last listened to stations. Worst of all neither of those methods will work for podcasts, which happened to be how I most used this radio. Owners of all Frontier Silicon based radios are in the same boat, so hopefully full functionality will return some day, but there has been no indication from Frontier Silicon that that will happen.
I have seen links to Roberts and Yamaha websites acknowledging this situation, but nothing yet from Sangean. Consider yourself warned and tread carefully if your looking for an internet radio.
UPDATE: I've changed the rating from one to three stars. Frontier Silicon has brought back favorites. I'd like to write more, but my last update never got posted and I don't want to waste too much time on this. Amazon seems to be failing more than they used to in various areas.
With Internet radios from two other companies, pressing one of the Favorite station buttons turns on the device. Not with this radio, here you have to first turn it on, then press on a Favorite station button.
First, an internet radio with a choice of 20,000+ stations and there are only FIVE presets? To store anything more than that you have to create favorites lists online and dig into the menus to find your chosen stations. Why not 20 presents on a radio of this type at this price point? For 99% of people that would be enough and there would be no need to mess around.
Second, a problem which I'm not sure is a software bug or a physical issue. When I changed between FM and internet radio modes, there was no audio until I hit the mute button twice. I'm talking about after allowing time for the stream to be established (and verifying that it there on the display), and also when I changed back to FM, when there should be no delay at all. But silence was all I got until I figured out that muting and unmuting did the trick. The volume up and down buttons alongside were also inconsistent, with a big jump in audio between 10 and 11, so maybe I just had a bad set, but I'm not convinced.
Other than that, it looks good though it's bigger than it appears in the photo. It's also pretty thin which might be a plus point but also means it'll be knocked over more easily than rivals' boxier designs.The audio quality is very good and you can adjust the tones if you dig into the menu: a big plus. And set-up was fine: you need to work out which mode to put it in to match your wireless router's security but once you do that and enter your router's password, it connects easily.
If it had worked properly I'd have lived with the lack of presets but all things considered I'm going to try something else.