Vistron MX-200I Reciva Internet Radio £42.48 incl delivery @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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eBuyer have dropped the price of the pink Vistron MX-200I to £37.69, with £4.79 for delivery (its free for orders over £50). This is the cheapest that I have seen it - it has been £39.99 plus £5.99 delivery since Christmas. Its the cheapest internet radio I've seen since then, excepting a few end of line clearances.

This radio is quite small, with a single 2-3 inch speaker. There is a headphone socket which gives better sound quality. I bought one a few months ago and I have really liked it. Much more than a DAB radio I had before, which never seemed to be playing anything I liked. My one is white, which is a little more tasteful than the PINK of this one.

I really like being able to listen to stuff that I want to, rather than having to put up with whatever is on the schedule there and then. Its not always a replacement for a normal radio - sometimes the BBC doesn't have internet broadcast rights for live sporting events, even when you could listen to them on a normal radio.

Radios which use the Reciva chipset let you access ~ 10000 radio stations from around the world, with about 1000 from the UK. You can enter a list of favourites on the reciva.com WWW site which are then downloaded onto a menu on your radio.

You can use 3 preset stations from buttons on the front panel, or 99 with the remote control. The one that is supplied is not very powerful, but you can use a universal remote instead.

It can also access files from a local network via a uPnP connection. For instance, if you have Windows Media Player v11, on a computer which is switched on and on a network, then this radio can stream files from there.

Supersaver 5 day delivery is £4.79 or free if your order value is over £50.
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#1
Some links:

Reciva: http://www.reciva.com
More information than you want to know about this radio: http://logikir100.tripod.com/Vistron.htm
Sharpfin upgraded firmware http://sharpfin.zevv.nl/index.php/Radios
#2
Rubbish colour is rubbish
#3
skyscraper101
Rubbish colour is rubbish


Rubbish post is rubbish:p
#4
I've bought the white one; very happy with it so far. Haven't upgraded the firmware, bit scared. :-)
#5
One of the best buys I ever made. Bought one for all my loved ones for XMas and they rave about them too. Now hardly use the TV anymore, I have fallen back in love with radio. Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconi 8-10 Mon - thurs for best in music uk, I listen to the entire week on a saturday while cooking.

Pretty much the entire worlds digital radio output, makes it feel like you are on holiday every day.
#6
Blacklodge
One of the best buys I ever made. Bought one for all my loved ones for XMas and they rave about them too. Now hardly use the TV anymore, I have fallen back in love with radio. Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconi 8-10 Mon - thurs


I'm the same. I really like being able to pause, rewind the good bits and fast forward through the boring stuff. You can do this with a computer, but that tends to be more fiddly. I can leave my radio places where I wouldn't want to leave a computer, and its not going to get logged out by my kids. BBC Radios 4 and 7 both broadcast some programs that I think are just fantastic. Its just they also broadcast a load of stuff that I hate. This way, I can pick and choose the best bits.

There don't seem to have been many new internet radios for a year or so. Reciva have had a beta test for an updated firmware, which has been going for more than 6 months, with no news on a release. Frontier Silicon have a new chipset out which combines an internet radio, DAB and FM tuners. They had an earlier version which had the same basic features, but it wouldn't let you pause or rewind BBC Listen Again broadcasts and I don't think it displayed much meta data - like the titles of songs that were being played. These have been fixed in the new chipset (Venice 6.2). I haven't seen any new radios that use these, but they should be out soon.
#7
I've got one, love it. And it's pink so no one else borrows it. ;-) Good sound for such a little radio.
Good price.
#8
M&S have essentially the same radiio for £92.50. http://www.marksandspencer.com/gp/product/B001KQ3NE8
The differences are that it is black, has a socket for a wired network connection and has a 2 year guarantee
#9
As I said earlier, I'm still using my radio with its original firmware. Can someone please advise what features and enhancements are possible by installing the Sharpfin firmware? The only criticisms I have for the vanilla firmware are;

a) apparently it's not possible to REW/FF during on-demand, podcast and uPnP mp3s.
b) I would prefer to have an "elapsed time" counter on the screen during playback of the above, so I can FF to a resumption point if need be.

ahenry's post above suggests that he can already do point a), but I can't on mine.

Will the Sharpfin give me these two enhancements? I've had a poke around http://sharpfin.zevv.nl/index.php/Changing_Your_Radio but can't seem to find a list of benefits for this firmware.
#10
terriclarkfan
As I said earlier, I'm still using my radio with its original firmware. Can someone please advise what features and enhancements are possible by installing the Sharpfin firmware? The only criticisms I have for the vanilla firmware are;

a) apparently it's not possible to REW/FF during on-demand, podcast and uPnP mp3s.
b) I would prefer to have an "elapsed time" counter on the screen during playback of the above, so I can FF to a resumption point if need be.

ahenry's post above suggests that he can already do point a), but I can't on mine.

Will the Sharpfin give me these two enhancements? I've had a poke around http://sharpfin.zevv.nl/index.php/Changing_Your_Radio but can't seem to find a list of benefits for this firmware.


I have only listened to live radio stations or On Demand progams from BBC stations in Real Audio format. It may be different with streams in a different format or from a uPnP.

If I click the << or >> buttons on the front panel, it displays the current time in the file and moves back or forwards by 30 seconds. If I then turn the dial, it adjusts the playing position in bigger steps, so its quick to move forward by and hour.

If you look in the Configuration menu, then there is a "Version" option which displays the version of the firmware that you have (mine is v257-a-421-a-064), and an entry to check for updated firmware. I did this for an Intempo GX-01 that I had for a few days and it took a minute or so. If you do download an update, make absolutely sure that it doesn't lose power or a network connection part way through or bad things could happen.

With Sharpfin, you can certainly configure the information that you have on the display. I haven't done this, but I have seen people talk about it on the forum at https://www.reciva.com/index.php?option=com_joomlaboard&Itemid=108&func=showcat&catid=3

You can also do things like get different alarms for each day of the week. http://sharpfin.zevv.nl/index.php/Config.txt_File lists a lot more things. Personally, I haven't bothered doing this, but I might if they do a formal release of the firmware that is in beta testing at the moment.
#11
What are the alarm clock features like? It seems pretty basic from the user manual I flicked thru online....
Does it have snooze, or is it more switch on at a particular time?
#12
Also saw this advertised at £25.99, free delivery, but the site seems somehow dodgy.... Anybody have experience with electronicmegastore?
#13
Hi
I just found stumbled on that website too, went right through to checkout but there's no option to pay by Paypal, even though its all over the site!
You can only pay by cheque / P.Order, or by BACS/direct transfer. Hmmmm. Strange that...
So I've not bothered!

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