What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021: First Winners Announced 4th October!
There's a Facebook group called "Audio Pro users". In there, you can find APControl, a small utility for Windows that lets you save and playback any web radio stream, not just TuneIn's. This is most useful for people who have a Windows box on at all times, especially now that TuneIn has restricted the number of available streams in the UK to UK-based radio stations only.[...]
It really seems to be a great speaker for the money... but there is one (fairly niche) thing that I didn't think of before buying. I thought I'd post here as it might be of some use to some people out there
In the UK, the BBC opted to remove all of their radio stations from Tune In. If like me, you generally listen to the BBC suite of stations, the preset buttons on the top of the unit aren't going to work for saving your favourite station. You can only save stations from the supported online services. BBC Sounds and Radio Player aren't supported (at the time of writing at least).
I'm finding the same. Every Few days I have to set it up again from scratch. Also you can't assign a Spotify playlist to the preset buttons.I'm sorry, but it's mindboggling to me how this speaker could receive such a good review from WHAT HIFI. Did you actually review it as a wifi speaker? or just as a speaker?
The software is soo poor, it's literally broken. My unit loses the connection to the wifi after being idle for a while, ("a while" ranging from a few hours to a day or so).
Then, I need to go through the full manual pairing process again. which is painful. I have to change wifi network on my phone (as the app doesn't support 5ghz), go to the speaker, press a button, and pair it in the app. Support from the audio pro team is non-existing, just different permutations of "try turning it off and back on again", with a "try and uninstall the app and install it again" sprinkled in there for effect. The store I bought it from, are happy to "replace the unit", but this is quite obviously a software problem, not a hardware problem. I requested a refund, but they insist on just replacing it.
Long story short, buyer beware, as a speaker its great. As a wifi speaker, it's completely unfit for purpose, and basically, its just collecting dust in my office and I'll have to pop a Sonos in there (which "just works" in my living room and bedroom) to actually get a wifi speaker in the office.