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Re: Choice of new radio
« Reply #15 on: 09:23:45 | 09 May, 2021 »
I'm looking for another radio too, now that my Sanyo R227 is a door stop.
I'm in Canada.  Hoping some of you can help me out.  I looked at eBay and Amazon Canada.  Nothing of interest.
Thank you!

Not much available in Canada that is reasonably priced, from what I can tell.  There's this, but I can understand a lack of interest:

 https://www.amazon.ca/Ocean-Digital-Internet-Bluetooth-Receiver/dp/B07JGMGRWX/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=internet+radio&qid=1620576917&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFJMTFFV0wwTFFFUFkmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA0ODY3NjEyM0ZNV0ZRUjY1OFpDJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA2OTY2MTAyUjUwNVY2VDdYNVhWJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Re: Choice of new radio
« Reply #16 on: 11:52:35 | 09 May, 2021 »
The most inexpensive options I see are:
-a mobile phone running the TuneIn app (or other internet radio app) connected via wire (headphone jack) or Bluetooth to a speaker or stereo system
-Amazon Alexa (echo dot) that can be listened to via the small built-in speaker or connected to a speaker or stereo system via Bluetooth or wire

At the moment Amazon.ca is offering the 3rd generation Echo Dot for under $40 Canadian including free postage. The built-in speaker is acceptable for talk but not so much if you listen to lots of music. Tone quality via headphones is very good.
In case you are not familiar with Alexa you give "her" voice commands and she will do your bidding. E.g. "Alexa, play BBC Radio 3" and she will heed your every word forthwith. Some have qualms about Alexa's ability to listen in on conversations taking place in its surroundings but this can be solved easily by simply unplugging it when your done. Mine takes only 20-30 to power up when plugged in. I have this model and the audio quality is acceptable.

https://www.amazon.ca/Echo-Dot-3rd-gen-Charcoal/dp/B07PDHT5XP/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1NPM5NYW5F61C&dchild=1&keywords=echo+dot+3rd+generation&qid=1620585837&sprefix=echo+dot+3rd+g%2Caps%2C288&sr=8-1

There is a newer "premium" version that supposedly has much better sound quality currently on sale for $100 Canadian, but don't know if the improved tone quality is worth the extra mulah.

https://www.amazon.ca/echo-4th-gen/dp/B07XKF5RM3/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=echo+dot&qid=1620585890&sr=8-5

Connecting Alexa to the internet for the first time is a bit of a fiddle but easily doable if the instructions are strictly adhered to.

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Re: Choice of new radio
« Reply #17 on: 15:31:02 | 09 May, 2021 »
The most inexpensive options I see are:
-a mobile phone running the TuneIn app (or other internet radio app) connected via wire (headphone jack) or Bluetooth to a speaker or stereo system

For those in the UK: be warned that the TuneIn and MyTuner apps will not let you listen to non-UK stations due to licensing reasons.

For background and discussion see here.
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Re: Choice of new radio
« Reply #18 on: 16:51:08 | 09 May, 2021 »
This one is C$98.  With shipping it's C$105.  Would this work or does this use Reciva?

https://www.amazon.ca/Internet-Radio-Display-wooden-output/dp/B073Z4YTFN/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=HINSTON&qid=1620603998&sr=8-1

http://www.hinston.com/product-details.php?id=39&pageNum_Recordset=0&cat_id=6

It will probably take forever to ship from Hong Kong.

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Re: Choice of new radio
« Reply #19 on: 23:00:27 | 09 May, 2021 »
It runs the AirMusic aggregtor via app and/or PC. AirMusic also allows for streams to be added, so a better option than the watered-down version of Nuvola. A drawback for me is that it doesn't have physical preset buttons, i.e. you have to push the FAV button and select the favorite from the display.
Here is the user manual for the Hinston:
http://www.hinston.com/_files/download/pdf/RD1720MMi_EN_R4.pdf

According to the amazon.ca blurb delivery within approx. one month.

@zeewier: thanks for the update on TuneIn - I had no idea - hopefully not coming to the EU any time soon, though as with the interet itself I fear the heydays of internet radio are also coming to an end in respect of access. I can sort of understand the reasoning behind this decision in terms of copywrited music but many geoblocked US stations are news and talk stations. I haven't bothered with a VPN for years now but may have to again if access continues to deteriorate. Also possible that VPNs will somehow be rendered useless as corporate control tightens on what we are allowed to access.
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