WiFi Radio --recommendations?

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    I like streaming radio from far-flung corners, but it would be nice to have one of these tabletop units that uses your wireless signal to plunk down in any room. Anyone have one of these that you especially like or dislike?

    I'd want to be able to program anything I could find on the internets (IOW I won't accept what a manufacturer thinks is a comprehensive list of stations). I don't know how common that is but I've run across it in researching this.

    I'm not picky about the built-in sound, as I'd mostly run it through an amp and proper speakers anyway. Ideally, ability to stream from my own PC and an alarm feature would be perfect.

    Anyone using such a unit? Please share reviews.
     
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    Sorry Pogo, not my bailiwick, can't help ya. :dunno:
     
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    I guess that's something like it except it's limited to Sirius. Do you have any idea who manufactures it for them?

    Based on a lot of research and review-reading since I put this thread up, I'm looking seriously at either the Grace GDI-IR2600 or, a bit fancier, GDI-IR6000. The Logitech Squeezebox or updated UE Smart version are also in the mix.
     
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    I like pandora :dunno:
     
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    But again, like Sirius, Pandora is a service. What I'm looking for is the hardware -- one that will play not only Pandora, Sirius/XM, Lastfm, IheartRadio, all those services, but any of about 18,000 streaming radio stations around the world, plus any podcast I set up, plus a playlist from my own hard drive. Me like choice. Choice good.
     
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    Well Pandora is free I listen to it on my computer and tv.

    Are you aware of any such units existing? It looks like you have found a couple.

    I am sure you have investigated it somewhat given your interests you listed.
     
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    Yes, that's the whole point -- there are a slew of them, and like anything, some are designed better than others, some more or less reliable, some more or less adaptable. That's what I'm sifting through.
     
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    THERE we go, that's the feedback I'm looking for :D

    I did check out the CCrane and it got mediocre reviews over its losing the WiFi signal. Do you get much of that?

    I liked the 99 preset feature at first -- when first looking at these I was dumbfounded that many IRadios didn't have more than 5 or 6 presets, but then learned that (a) stream URLs change often, making the preset obsolete, and (b) they often (always?) use a web-based service to go through that keeps such URLs updated -- Grace uses the Reciva site, I think Logitech has their own.

    Do you find the presets you use to be stable?

    Does the CCrane use such a web service too? And does it have line outputs, or just a headphone jack? Can you stream music to it from your PC?
     
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