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Philips SLA5520 Wireless Music receiver is now price reduced @ PCWorld to £49.97 (store collect)

Good price for SLA5520. £79.50 @ Dabs, £85.70 @ Novatech, £89.99 @ Play.com.

Features : Share Music from your PC from Anywhere in your Home | Integrate your Home Audio into Network | Connect to any Wireless Network | Listen to Internet Radio without your PC | Blue backlight LCD display for easy navigation | Supports WMA, WMA-DRM and MP3 music formats | Simple and Easy to Install | Upgrades Automatically |

Description : Keep your music collection centrally stored on your PC and enjoy it wirelessly on your audio system. A 2.4GHz wireless link between receiver and transmitter means you don't need to lay cables or drill holes. Also includes free internet radio stations. Connects to any existing speakers you may have using a standard 3.5mm jack.
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#1
You have got to have an existing wireless network to use the philips

This one, the LOGITECH 980414-0120 - WIRELESS MUSIC SYSTEM FOR PC

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/290042

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/images/290042_01_huge.jpg

comes with its own transmitter

cheaper too £39.97 collect at store
#2
Thanks barneydog :)

The Philips system uses an existing wireless network and also can be used as a PC-free Internet Radio. Not sure if this is an advantage :roll:
#3
It is a huge advantage over Logitech one :) For me of course.
#4
Kommunist
It is a huge advantage over Logitech one :) For me of course.


Thanks Kommunist :thumbsup:
#5
You're welcome :)
#6
Larger image :-


http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o175/hotukdeals/SLA5520mainlarge.jpg
#8
I already have one of these Philips SLA5520 and it works well. It works with UPnP media servers and works with Windows Media Player 11 too. If you don't fancy having a PC on all the time use it with a NAS device such as a Linksys NSLU2 or similar.

I must add that support from Philips regarding their range of "Streamium" products has been excellent (but slow). I originally bought the predecessor version of this the SLA50 for £25 as a clearance item, that item had some limitations regarding its ability to play certain internet radio stations and was much complained about on the relevant support forums. Much to Philips credit at the back end of last year they offered to replace all those units for a new SLA5520 if the original item was returned to them in Holland. Cost me £7 to return it and a week later I got a new SLA5520 so top marks to Philips for actually listening and responding to their customers.

For £50 this is good value compared to the alternatives.
#9
Thanks Phantom Power for the review and PNE for the detailed feedback :)
#10
Worth mentioning that this unit can be controlled from any PC on your LAN using a freeware application such as Cidero. Means that you can control it using a laptop or PDA, you are not restricted to just using the supplied infra red remote.

Sound quality is to my ears indistinguishable from CD when its playing a 320kbs MP3. My only complaint is that the display is a bit on the small side and cant be read once you're more than 6 feet away.
#11
very tempting - but i bet this needs software installing on the pc. :S
#12
You can install UPnP server on NAS if you have compatible device.
#13
Kommunist
You can install UPnP server on NAS if you have compatible device.


There are some NAS devices that come with UPnP servers already installed for those that like an easy life. Check out Twonky Media Server.:thumbsup:
#14
does it have a built in speaker ?
#15
superthomo
does it have a built in speaker ?


No, must be connected to an amplifier or powered speakers via a 3.5 mm jack plug. Comes supplied with a cable that has a 3.5mm jack plug on one end and twin phono sockets on the other end that are suitable for connecting to most HiFi systems.
#16
Hi,

Does this link up with the philips 'stremium' range? I have the WACS700 central station & 1 station - will it connect to that & play music from it's HDD?

Sorry if this is covered in the reviews ect already posted but we had a baby this morning so I really don't have time to check for myself like I normally do.

thanks,
worto.
#17
First of all, congratulations! :)

As to SL5520, someone at Streamium Cafe also wanted to connect SL5520 to WAC5 (isn't it how the central station called?).
#18
Gone for this, hopefully it should not be too hard to set up. Shame it was not available to pick up in store, I want to play with it how!
#19
PNE
I already have one of these Philips SLA5520 and it works well. It works with UPnP media servers and works with Windows Media Player 11 too. If you don't fancy having a PC on all the time use it with a NAS device such as a Linksys NSLU2 or similar.

I must add that support from Philips regarding their range of "Streamium" products has been excellent (but slow). I originally bought the predecessor version of this the SLA50 for £25 as a clearance item, that item had some limitations regarding its ability to play certain internet radio stations and was much complained about on the relevant support forums. Much to Philips credit at the back end of last year they offered to replace all those units for a new SLA5520 if the original item was returned to them in Holland. Cost me £7 to return it and a week later I got a new SLA5520 so top marks to Philips for actually listening and responding to their customers.

For £50 this is good value compared to the alternatives.


I'm glad you said that PNE. I have a NSLU2 and external HDD with my music on. At the moment I use my laptop to stream the files and plug a jack plug from laptop to the Hifi in the lounge. How easy would one of these be to set up with the Linksys Slug? Would it be as simple as plug and play? I would like to free the laptop from music duties!

Ta
#20
No OGG support and no speakers means I'll pass but good deal
#21
Nozzawolf
I'm glad you said that PNE. I have a NSLU2 and external HDD with my music on. At the moment I use my laptop to stream the files and plug a jack plug from laptop to the Hifi in the lounge. How easy would one of these be to set up with the Linksys Slug? Would it be as simple as plug and play? I would like to free the laptop from music duties!

Ta


To use the NSLU2 you need to replace the standard firmware, this is not difficult. This has the effect of turning the NSLU2 into a Linux server, you can still access the device just as you did before only now you will be able to telnet into the device and install applications such as UPnP servers. I've had mine running Twonky for about 2 years now without any problems other than having to migrate to larger drives. I currently have 20,000 tracks being streamed, the performance when paired with the SLA5520 is great.

Can I suggest that you visit:-

http://www.nslu2-linux.org/
and
http://www.twonkymedia.com/

Don't get hung up with the fact that the SLA5520 will not play OGG or FLAC or whatever. Some of the UPnP servers support transcoding so you may store your music in whatever format takes your fancy. Check out TVersity if that is what you require.
#22
Possibly a silly (or off-topic) question, but is you have your media files on a NAS drive (such as this one)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000MSVNM4/?tag2=hotukdeals-21

...then its only your router that needs WiFi, not the NAS device itself, right?
#23
Thanks for this edi and the extra info all :) Nice find!
#24
tamper
Possibly a silly (or off-topic) question, but is you have your media files on a NAS drive (such as this one)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000MSVNM4/?tag2=hotukdeals-21

...then its only your router that needs WiFi, not the NAS device itself, right?


That device, as far as I know, has not been 'hacked' to enable third party software such a UPnP server to run on it. The SLA5520 must be used with a UPnP server running either on a PC, Apple Mac or Linux device. It comes supplied with Philips Media Manager UpnP server software that runs on a PC or Apple Mac. However this then means that you have to have your PC turned on whenever you want to listen to music or watch a video or have a slideshow of all your family photos. Having a UPnP server running on a NAS device is much more convenient as they can be safely left on 24*7 as they are generally silent and consume very little power.

The SLA5520 does not have an ethernet port so can only be used as part of a wireless network, this could be either infrastructure or ad-hoc.

Check out the links I posted earlier they have all the info you need but please ask if you are unsure of anything.:thumbsup:
#25
PNE
That device, as far as I know, has not been 'hacked' to enable third party software such a UPnP server to run on it. The SLA5520 must be used with a UPnP server running either on a PC, Apple Mac or Linux device. It comes supplied with Philips Media Manager UpnP server software that runs on a PC or Apple Mac. However this then means that you have to have your PC turned on whenever you want to listen to music or watch a video or have a slideshow of all your family photos. Having a UPnP server running on a NAS device is much more convenient as they can be safely left on 24*7 as they are generally silent and consume very little power.

The SLA5520 does not have an ethernet port so can only be used as part of a wireless network, this could be either infrastructure or ad-hoc.

Check out the links I posted earlier they have all the info you need but please ask if you are unsure of anything.:thumbsup:



How do I get the internet radio to work standalone. The manual is crap! I can do all the streaming stuff but need to get this working without having the pc on.

Thanks
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To access the internet radio you must register the product on the philips web site [url]www.consumer.philips.com[/url]

Once registered you can then access on the same web site the Streamium Management tools. Using this you can set up what radio stations/services you wish to be able to access using the SLA5520.


This registration information is then needed when you first setup the SLA5520 so should really be done first before anything else. If not you have to access the settings menu of the SLA5520 and add the user(s) that you have registered. Each SLA5520 can have upto 3 registered users, each user being able to have their own list of available internet radio services.

Once it is setup, it really is just a case of turn on and listen without any PC being required.

Update: I've probably made this sound more complicated than it is. Honestly it is just a case of registering, selecting a few tick boxes and away you go.
#27
PNE
To access the internet radio you must register the product on the philips web site [url]www.consumer.philips.com[/url]

Once registered you can then access on the same web site the Streamium Management tools. Using this you can set up what radio stations/services you wish to be able to access using the SLA5520.


This registration information is then needed when you first setup the SLA5520 so should really be done first before anything else. If not you have to access the settings menu of the SLA5520 and add the user(s) that you have registered. Each SLA5520 can have upto 3 registered users, each user being able to have their own list of available internet radio services.

Once it is setup, it really is just a case of turn on and listen without any PC being required.

Update: I've probably made this sound more complicated than it is. Honestly it is just a case of registering, selecting a few tick boxes and away you go.


Brill Thanks! How do i set up BBC radio etc? I need to get UK stations because digital reception is bad in my area. Any help would be appreciated.
#28
I think that this is a silly question.. but does this work with your itunes music?
#29
Mrlossy
Brill Thanks! How do i set up BBC radio etc? I need to get UK stations because digital reception is bad in my area. Any help would be appreciated.


All the BBC digital stations will become availaible to you once you register the device on the Philips web site. :thumbsup:
#30
BrAinZ
I think that this is a silly question.. but does this work with your itunes music?


Depends firstly on what format you keep your itunes music in and secondly how do you currently access your itunes music?

FWIW I only store my music as MP3 as I know that all devices will play this format almost without exception. The music files themselves are kept on an external 250GB drive attached to a NSLU2 running Twonky Media Server so that they can be accessed at anytime without having to turn a PC on.

All of the music files stored on the NSLU2 are included in my Itunes library by means of a mapped drive. This mechanism also enables me to use the same playlists in both Twonky and Itunes.

What you can't do is directly control the SLA5520 using Itunes, need a UPnP control point such as Twonky to do that.
#31
Hi,

Just bought one of these today.

Got it connected to my Network and can play my music, but it will not connect to server for internet radio or software update. Any ideas?

Also not sure about the default DNS settings in setup? What should it be?
#32
Ok. Have fixed it now.

Working fine.:-D
#33
talkshop
Ok. Have fixed it now.

Working fine.:-D

Hope you enjoy using it.
#34
PNE
All the BBC digital stations will become availaible to you once you register the device on the Philips web site. :thumbsup:


No radio 1 listed? Also cannot seem to find any local stations XFM, capital etc?
#35
Mrlossy
No radio 1 listed? Also cannot seem to find any local stations XFM, capital etc?

Have you got all the other BBC radio stations listed?

You need to add the streaming URL of the station that you want to listen to by adding an entry in the My Media section of the Streamium Management part of the Philips web site.

For example I have added the following:-
http://www.cnradio.co.uk/streamfiles/thebay.asx

If you vist the web site of the radio station you want to listen to they should have the info you need. Additionally there are many web sites devoted to listing available internet radio stations such as:-
http://mikesradioworld.com/

Happy listening.
#36
PNE
Have you got all the other BBC radio stations listed?

You need to add the streaming URL of the station that you want to listen to by adding an entry in the My Media section of the Streamium Management part of the Philips web site.

For example I have added the following:-
http://www.cnradio.co.uk/streamfiles/thebay.asx

If you vist the web site of the radio station you want to listen to they should have the info you need. Additionally there are many web sites devoted to listing available internet radio stations such as:-
http://mikesradioworld.com/

Happy listening.


Great! I onlt the instructions that came with it were that clear! :thumbsup:
#37
Mrlossy
Great! I onlt the instructions that came with it were that clear! :thumbsup:


You're very welcome.:)
#38
To those wanting a NAS to play music from; I use a QNAP TS-101 (silent/fanless) and it is fantastic... also has built in bt downloader and serves music/video etc very quickly :)
#39
... and very pricey :(
#40
Great Post!

I've just reserved one to add in to my Xbox Media Centre and wireless WD 0.5TbGb NAS as my OH keeps complaining that she can't use the xbox when she's upstairs and the digital radio keeps loosing it's signal.

Rep Added.

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