Magicbox Clarus Plus Internet/DAB/FM Radio £39.97 @ Currys instore - HotUKDeals
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Picked this up in Bangor (Gwynedd) Currys. Clearance deal - may be available in-store at other Currys outlets. See very favourable reviews on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Box-Clarus-Internet-radio/dp/B001CC2DS2
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#1
Sounds very interesting, bit more versatile than my old Logik IR100.

Anyone know the DSG product code so I can check availability? I can find no mention of it on their web site.
#2
Got this 9 months ago from M&S, bit cheaper. Brilliant little box, plays all my stored music and all radio bands.
#3
I have this radio and I really can say its brilliant - I consider myself a bit of in internet radio expert as we currently have 4 and have owned 6!! I had a Pure Evoke Flow and found it completely pants (drop outs, fiddly operation, very expensive and frequent software crashes requiring reset). This unit picks up the radio signal and 'starts up' quickest of all my radios; the sound is very respectable for such a budget unit. Simples to use and nice looking - if you can get one BUY BUY BUY.
#4
I got this when M&S had it on offer.
It is really good.


FM great, DAB Great, Wifi Excellent, MP3 sharing also.

A few tips:

This unit has a way of entering the time and data do not bother as when you power it off at the mains it forgets!! To set it quick just tune to a DAB station for a second and it audo sets.

This unit can play mp3 that are on a computer with a shared folder.

If you have problem with Wifi reception try moving the unit around (the wifi antenna is internal) the reception on mine is not as good as some of my newer laptops. I used mine fine for a year but had to chose a few parts of the kitchen I could get a Wifi signal. Since then I got a new access point and can now use the unit anywhere in the kitchen.

I use it about 6 or 7 days each week. Sound is good for the size. I use the 3.5mm headphone to connect it to an amp for some listening say 4 times a month. Excellent sound.

http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com/setupapp/fs/asp/AuthLogin/SignIn.asp
Make a list of the ID of the unit (there is a menu option to display it)
Then goto to the web site for the radio and add the internet stations you want.
If found the list to be extensive with only one I wanted not listed but using the web interface you can add a URL and custom stations.
Once you have added your stations you can group them (I used talk, cooking, tech, Tamil, etc)
Then when you power on the radio and select Internet the menu show your groups and internet stations

http://www.frontier-silicon.com/ are the chipset makers
#5
aturner
Got this 9 months ago from M&S, bit cheaper. Brilliant little box, plays all my stored music and all radio bands.


Same situation for me. Got it in the M&S sales at the beginning of the year and haven't regretted it for a second. Excellent clarity and it streams my mp3 collection from my NAS. Plus the display is angled upwards, so doesn't disturb you at night. Bargain, so heat from me!
#6
Anyone used this to stream MP3s from a Windows shared folder rather than using UPnP? My Reciva based radios will do it, but fall over when presented with 1,000 plus audio files. Wondered if these Frontier Silicon jobbies behaved better in this respect.

Edited By: spamcan61 on Dec 09, 2010 21:43
#7
spamcan61
Anyone used this to stream MP3s from a Windows shared folder rather than using UPnP? My Reciva based radios will do it, but fall over when presented with 1,000 plus audio files. Wondered if these Frontier Silicon jobbies behaved better in this respect.


I've used a stock share CIFS / SAMBA (not Upnp) I only listen to a few MP3s voice tracks etc.But not 1000s. You need to be careful with Windows 7 as Microsoft changed a lots of the CIFs code and broke backward compatibility with XP never mind a radio!! I doubt the radio has the memory to hold a directory listing that long. If you want the playlist and fancy stuff you need a device with more memory, CPU etc like the Sonos. This is a great entry level device. Best in class for the sub £60 range.

A bit off topic but given this is a radio :) this unit plays the RAM files that the BBC uses to stream content. So toy can select say BBC Radio 4, Podcasts, In Business and the select the most recent 5 or 6 programs which will play on demand.

Firstly these are not really pod casts or net casts but real audio streams.

I used double helix for content and subscriptions, (and double helix and myplayer on Android) for BCC radio shows as MP3 I use http://www.nerdoftheherd.com/tools/ radiodld/
#8
Forgot to say I was so please with this I got a couple more for family and friends. The killer app were the internet radio stations there are 14,000+ of them from around the world!!

I found the web site interface less daunting as I could select and group the ones I wanted.

At first used the built in channel selector on the device to browse by genre just for fun. But after a fewe days I just set up the channels on the Web.

You can bind one or more radios to a login the settings are pulled down when the unit powers up. I find it takes 15 to 30 seconds before I hear the station but I've encryption WPA2 AES on with a 35+ character key.
#9
frownbreaker
spamcan61
Anyone used this to stream MP3s from a Windows shared folder rather than using UPnP? My Reciva based radios will do it, but fall over when presented with 1,000 plus audio files. Wondered if these Frontier Silicon jobbies behaved better in this respect.


I've used a stock share CIFS / SAMBA (not Upnp) I only listen to a few MP3s voice tracks etc.But not 1000s. You need to be careful with Windows 7 as Microsoft changed a lots of the CIFs code and broke backward compatibility with XP never mind a radio!! I doubt the radio has the memory to hold a directory listing that long. If you want the playlist and fancy stuff you need a device with more memory, CPU etc like the Sonos. This is a great entry level device. Best in class for the sub £60 range.


Thanks for your thoughts on that, I'm living in XP land for as long as I can as I'd heard things were rather different in Win7. :-/
When the Reciva radio connects to a Windows share it creates a text file in the Windows folder which amounts to a database of the music file info, as you say it would would create problems trying to store big chunks of info on the radio - that's part of what UPnPs for anyway after all..

I did actually ask about my UPnP issues on AVforums - to zero response! (see below) The UPnP friendly router I had broke so I'm back to the Netgear now, which won't let the radio see the UPnP server(s).

http://www.avforums.com/forums/networking-nas/1210345-newbie-alert-problems-streaming-new-nas.html#post11678178

Anyway I'll be off to Currys today on a radio hunt.
#10
None left at the Currys opposite Manchester Fort (I got that one!) but there were at least two left at the new PCW/Currys at Elk Mill, Oldham. Nice piece of kit from initial play! Thanks OP.
#11
Another very happy owner of this radio here. I use Mediatomb as my UPnP server and found that for some reason it wouldn't play files that were transcoded into mp3 by Mediatomb on the fly (more accurately, it would play the first track in an album and then stop). But if your files are already stored as mp3s then it works just great.
#12
I got 1 of these and its pretty good, only thig is i cant remember how to search for other stations and ive lost the instructions for it

edit found a copy of instructions

Edited By: DCFC79 on Dec 19, 2010 18:21: changed the post content
#13
DCFC79
I got 1 of these and its pretty good, only thig is i cant remember how to search for other stations and ive lost the instructions for it

edit found a copy of instructions


http://shop.opustelecom.co.uk/inc/docs/productdocs/prod_1001540_1928.pdf

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