Mine is running software V188.8.131.5295-23. I wonder if users can upgrade.
It's a reasonably compact radio, easy to get going and operate without reading the instructions (although there are some interesting features that you wouldn't guess).
Amazingly, given that digital radio doesn't launch here in Sydney for another few weeks, the radio found 11 stations: 2CH - Easy 1170, 2GB, 2SM (no audio), 2UE (playing classical music), DAB Plus 1 (the same classical music), ABC dig DAB PLUS, Nova 969, RADAR- Get On It, SBS Digital One, SBS Digital Two, and Vega 95.3.
It's funny that many of the stations have included their FM frequency in their brand, this of course is one of the reasons that digital radio or internet radio is a good idea.
The sound from the radio's speaker is pretty bad, worse than most radios of this size I have around the house. The good news is that headphone audio seems capable of excellent fidelity. The stations vary a great deal but at best it sounds terrific in decent headphones and I'd be inclined to use this radio as an input to an amplified speaker pair.
The radio supports rechargeable batteries and will automatically charge them if you flip a switch in the battery compartment.
One interesting feature is that the radio supports some sort of audio level compression internally that you can adjust through advanced settings.
On FM the sound sounds obviously worse, although I'm a little suspicious that this may be deliberate to help push the technology.
One annoying thing is that the antenna doesn't pop out so you can have it vertical while lying the radio on it's back.
Obviously overpriced but we early adopters expect that. A pity it doesn't include AM.
I just wonder if we couldn't have a similar receiver that picks up 3G, WiMax or Wifi broadband internet and plays internet radio everywhere.
Listened to the radio on the bus to work today and had pretty good reception along the way - certainly on par with FM. At home reception is marginal, they could do with some more power.
The Advanced info button rolls the display through:
- Station crawl of info, sometimes ads
- Genre - I assume, some are pretty funny
- "Sydney MUX2 9b" whatever that is.
- Time and date
- "9B 204.640MHz" - channel and frequency
- "192kbps / MP2" or "128kbps / AAC"
- Signal strength (presumably) shown as a bar graph
The set is a bit slow to turn on, at first I thought the button was intermittent.
Battery life is said to be 25 hours on 4 alkaline AA batteries which is very poor for a normal radio. I guess the recharging makes up for that to some extent.