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Everett True
Can anyone recommend a portable (for inside-the-house values of portability) device that combines digital radio with playing audio off a NAS via wifi?

(And is there a generic term for such devices?)

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waistcoatmark
27th Oct, 2012 11:29 (UTC)
We use http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-Squeezebox-Radio-Black/dp/B002N2YZYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351337289&sr=8-1 with few problems. You need an app running on the NAS in order to stream the music, but there's support for said app on most NAS's (and linux boxes, and windows etc.)
undyingking
27th Oct, 2012 11:44 (UTC)
What's the interface like on that for choosing a particular track to play?
waistcoatmark
27th Oct, 2012 12:18 (UTC)
Sort by track name, album or artist. Supports playlists as well, but I'd advise creating those on a PC. I think it has an android app for remote control (Jacki uses it more than me).

I think Logitech have a software player you can run on your PC which basically acts like a squeezebox, so you can check compatability with your NAs, and see what the UI is like first
waistcoatmark
27th Oct, 2012 13:25 (UTC)
undyingking
27th Oct, 2012 14:30 (UTC)
Yes, I saw that and wondered, but there still seem to be plenty on sale (and none at all of what Wikipedia suggest is the replacement device).

The other thing I wondered about is it being mono, but for T's purposes (it's for her really) that probably doesn't make much odds.

waistcoatmark
27th Oct, 2012 19:05 (UTC)
Given the stereo effect only really comes in to play when the speaker are more than 60 degrees apart (with your head as the apex), a "portable" device is going to be rather wide or sitting very near your head in order to make stereo speakers worthwhile
undyingking
27th Oct, 2012 14:30 (UTC)
have a software player

That's a good idea! -- more people should do that.
waistcoatmark
27th Oct, 2012 19:03 (UTC)
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