• Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
  • Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
  • Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
  • Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
  • Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display
Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display

Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio / FM-RBDS / USB / Network Music Player Digital Receiver with Color Display

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  • Internet Radio, FM-RBDS/ USB/ Network Music Player Digital Radio (USB MP3 playback and WMA compatible) with over 20, 000 Internet channels and podcast available.
  • Control the radio with the free undok remote control app, compatible with iOS and Android devices. The app allows selection of internet radio stations and control of media for UPnP/DLNA music streaming from a local computer, server or NAS device, as well as control of FM radio and other functions. Undok is also compatible with Spotify connect so you can play your music directly from your Spotify app
  • Easy to read LCD display with backlight and 10 station presets (5 Internet, 5 FM)
  • Stereo/ mono switch, rotary treble and bass controls, loudness on/ off
  • Built-in battery charger with charging LED indicator, aux-in and stereo headphone output
  • Includes switching AC adapter 100-240V, 50/60Hz
  • Support Dual Frequency 5G / 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Router

Customer Reviews

An Excellent Internet Radio This is an excellent internet radio. I like its reception, audio is good for my purposes (a bedside nighttime radio) and menus are easy to work.But there is one issue which affects my use of the radio. According to the manual, page 78, there is a Brightness manual where you can choose the length of time before the backlight turns off. My WFR-28 has no such menu item! And the backlight never turns off if the radio is plugged in, only if on battery power. The two images show the manual menu on the left and the radio menu on the right. And there is no Timeout item in any menu I can find. So perhaps the manual doesn't reflect the latest WFR-28C firmware. The images below show the manual version of the System Settings menu (left) and that of my radio (right)For nighttime use, plugged in, this is a significant issue. I wonder if any other users can confirm this behavior. Perhaps this is a defect in my particular copy -- which otherwise is perfect. 4Stay away from Sangean WFR-28 This radio hasn't worked properly since day one. I thought it was my handling but I've tested it carefully and I conclude it's the radio. It locks up in the middle of a wifi broadcast and I lose the sound. I can only get the sound back by rebooting. If I push any key while the unit is connecting or carrying out a change, it locks up. Recently the radio reboots without being touched. The problems are getting worse. Now I have to convince Amazon that they sold me a lemon. This is disappointing because others seem to like their radios. But I've done research on the web and several owners report problems similar to mine. Sangean has poor quality control or poor construction.Update Sept 2017...The vendor (Mobile Monster) has not replied to my request (via Amazon) to solve the problem. Today I contacted Amazon and they are trying to get the vendor to send me a replacement unit. It's a 'Monster' of a problem!!Update Sept 26, 2017. Amazon informed me that since I didn't report any faults with the WFR-28 within 30 days of receiving it, the vendor (Mobile Monster) will not back the radio and I must deal with Sangean directly to get it repaired or replaced. That's after Amazon said they would take care of the problem via their vendor.Update Jan. 1 2018. It took over 2 months to receive my replacement WFR-28 and I had to pay $30 to cover the shipping for both directions. Sangean said their testing showed that the original radio had 2 bad resistors and a bad computer chip. After several days of using the replacement radio I noticed that sometimes the volume is zero and if I try to adjust it, it gets stuck at zero or at some mid-level of volume. Rebooting is the only way to get it working but the problem keeps repeating. So I called Sangean to report the problem (recall, Sangean promised to send me a new radio to replace the original). Sangean admitted they didn't send me a new radio but rather a refurb. After buying the original in May 2017 I still don't have a working radio. This time they've offered to send me a 'real' new radio and they will pay the shipping. So I'll reiterate, if you are lucky enough to get a WFR-28 that works then you might be happy but I would never recommend buying from Sangean. They are sloppy with their business practices. I'm looking for another WiFi radio...no more Sangean. 1Mostly OK but nothing to write home about Worked reasonably well for 3.5 years. Now sometimes will not load stations. Pros: 1) simple to operate and easy to set up; 2) saves last station; 3) compact (I love size and shape; fits anywhere; 4) easy to clean up; 4) portability and rechargeable batteries a plus; 5) nice and loud (my first two radios were incredibly weak on this score); 6) the price is reasonable.Cons: 1) last six months, periodically erratic; 2) takes forever to load stations; 3) battery compartment tight so first rechargeable a wouldn't fit; 4) now it plays for a bit and then quits and then plays again and then quits again.The problem is all the other choices look either less appealing or about the same when they cost s fortune. I figure I've paid roughly $30 a year for the radio although now it's rapidly becoming useless. Im likely to replace it with another Sangean of the same type simply because I can't find anything compact, reliable, and simple as well as fairly priced that is an improvement. 3Great for Three Months It worked like a charm for about three months and it was great! Then like others have reported it it would not maintain a steady connection to the wireless network, despite having a VERY strong and reliable network signal (we use a Google WiFi wireless mesh network which can be monitored by an iPhone app). The result you will be listening to your favorite channel and then silence for 20-60 seconds while the radio searches for the WiFi and then back to the program for 2-3 minutes ad nauseam. An iPad connected to the same network, sitting next to the radio did not have the same signal loss when tuned to an internet radio.One brief solution-- I changed reception of the radio to the guest network that had been set up on the Google Wifi, and for another month I got interruption free reception and then the problem returned.I now just use it as an FM receiver-- perhaps I should have stayed with my old reliable Sony ICF2010?Here's the thing, when it works it is great-- I could quibble about a few design flaws (such as overly bright display even on the dimmest setting and the slippy/glossy finish) but the unit, as others also attest on these reviews, is simply flawed. 1Excellent radio Unlike other Internet radios, the Sangean does not use the Pandora or Iheart services. This radio uses the excellent Frontier Silicon radio portal service. You can access over 17,000 worldwide radio stations and thousands of podcasts once you connect to your home wifi network. The radio menu provides built in options right out of the box to view all the stations by country, genre, local stations, podcasts, most popular station, recently added new stations.If you want to add and organize your own favorite radio stations you must register the radio with the Frontier Silicon service. You will need an access code to register. The radio has a menu option to generate this access code. Once you have your access code, go to website [...] and enter the access code, your email and a password.After you are registered with the Frontier Silicon website you can browse via your computer all worldwide radio stations and podcasts. The website allows you create groups of your favorite stations and podcasts. Your favorites and groups will show up on the Sangean radio menu display under "My Favorites". You can login to Frontier Silicon anytime to make changes or add additional stations.The sound quality of the Sangean provided Silicon Frontier radio portal is as good as the Pandora pay service upgraded streams. Why pay $3.99 plus tax per month for the upgraded Pandora service.If you have used the free Pandora service you know what a pain that is with the time outs and poor quality audio streams.Sangean also provides an Iphone remote app which allows you to control the radio via your Iphone. The mono speaker on this radio sounds excellent with its 12 watts output. The headphone, aux in, and headphone jacks are all stereo. The radio also offers regular FM and uses either AC, 4 regular alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Another feature is the music player mode of this radio. You can access and play your music files stored on your computer or network hard drive.If you are fan of the other internet radio services like Pandora or IHeart this is not the radio for you. However, the Frontier Silicon service used by Sangean is a top rated service. Just check out the reviews of this service on the internet.The Sangean seems very well made and looks like a more traditional high end radio than many of the other internet radios. It is also very easy to setup. Connecting to my wireless router worked on the first try. I have not had any buffering issues with radio stations. The stations connect fast and are very clear. One thing which is a pain is installing the batteries. The battery compartment is tight and you have to press hard to get the batteries in. This is not a big issue if you use good rechargeable batteries which will not have to be replaced for a very long time. 5I write this review after owning the radio for a ... I write this review after owning the radio for a little over 2 years. The biggest problem I'm having with this radio is that it struggles to stay connected to the internet. I will be listening to a news show and the signal will just drop then struggle to connect and then succeed only to disconnect again. It's extremely frustrating and maddening. I have other brand internet radios (Squeeze Box, Yamaha, iPhone, iPad) and they don't lose connections at the very same time the Sangean has its issues and in the same location. This issue I describe started about 6 months ago and I attributed it to a modem-router issue. But those were replaced and the issue persists. The warranty is 1 year for this unit. 2Works well, be patient setting up, and enjoy! Sangean WFR-28 Rechargeable Portable WiFi Internet RadioOur radio station began streaming after much research into best methods and least proprietary so we could reach the most people. We purchased a Logitech Squeezebox internet radio for giveaway at our local community expo to celebrate the new service, and had a great response to that contest. Meanwhile, I needed something a bit more portable for our remotes when we're in iffy signal areas for FM without using a smartphone, and hoped to find a radio with good sound and nice features. I found it in this Sangean WFR-28FM reception: quite good for reasonable distance from high powered stations, even under the blanket of our 5kw of AM and 250 watts of FM (translator) at our studios. I have not tried the FM tuner outside our blanket of RF, but can only imagine it gets even better.Sound: Excellent for a small radio! Perfect for bedside, kitchen, wherever you may have previously enjoyed stations on a PC but don't want to be tied to the laptop or PC for listening! It has settings for equalization so you can tailor the sound, including separate bass, treble and even the old loudness contour on/off. Very nice. No complaints on sound. It's not a hugely powerful amplifier, but more than enough for background in a normal sized room, especially with the EQ set for more than flat .Versatility: If the volume is not enough, there's a line out 1/8 stereo jack, and what's really neat is this comes separate from the headphones out! You can feed an external amp and enjoy full stereo from internet stations independent of the volume and headphones. Also adding to the versatility is the stereo line in which renders in nice mono on the radio's speaker and this is selectable from the mode button, so no constant plugging and unplugging is needed! This is a nice change from many radios offered these days where the audio source is switched by the physical plugging-in of a device, and this also means longer life from the aux in jack.Display: Easily readable, while adjustable for contrast, I've left this at factory preset.Presets: Like most radios, dedicated to the function at the time. For instance, all the FM's are at once, all the internet ones are at once, cannot intermix function presets. (this would be a nice update in software, someday.) You can, however through the online registration add new stations easily, and can store them in your own nameable banks, like international or local or Michigan and still put them in as presets from each of those categories!FM antenna: Nice bold diameter at bottom, well made.Time update: Automatic through FM (limited areas, assumed..since this would be an RDS service) but did well on our normal network automatically and quickly when turned on!Not yet tested:USB audio player with protected top-mounted plug in (rubber seals out day to day dirt)....Rechargeable batteries. It has this option for NiMH and built in charger. Charges through AC adapter automatically.Setup: takes a bit of patience, but once you get the feel of when to use the tuning knob on the side and when to use forward/backward buttons, adding your secure network info takes only a few minutes, but needs to be done for each network, even if the passwords are the same. (not really any different than a standard PC in this regard.)The unit held its memory of stations even with no power and no batteries, so once its set, no worries of transporting without batteries or reasonable periods without power. (longest time without power here is one day, by the way and all memory was held.)Hoping for long life out of this unit, and will be getting the batteries to have for times when no AC is available.Overall: Excellent first and very versatile FM radio with 'net capabilities. GREAT to have for travel if your local station is on the web, or if you work in a place with limited reception of FM signals. 5Sangean has a hit here. Introduction:This is my forth internet radio. We started with a Grace table radio, it s nice and stable, easy to use, and versatile. Next I got a Mutant M-Wavio, fits in a shirt pocket, but drops streams and the network regularly. I recently bought an Onkyo internet receiver, big and competent with lots of input options. So with the Sangean I had expectations. I am an old radio fan. I carried a portable radio stuck to one ear everywhere back in the day, but terrestrial (local broadcast) radio doesn t offer the same entertainment value it used to, so I have turned to the internet.Getting acquainted.The Sangean is a big portable. It makes a good table radio; and though it has a ridge in the back that acts as a grip to pick it up, it would benefit from some sort of handle on the top. You know it isn t small if it takes four D size batteries. I intended to use AA size rechargeables with D size adapters to power this radio, but that didn t work out; the battery compartment is too tight, and I could not stuff my batteries with adaptors into this space. I can now see why people who purchase this radio (according to Amazon) also order the rather costly D size rechargeable batteries. The AC adapter for this is an odd 7.5 Volt 1.6 Amp device that will be hard to find a replacement for if the original is lost or broken. The paper manual included is really pretty easy to read (unlike some other Chinese manuals), but is not as useful as it should be. This radio is shiny black, solidly built, all points of contact feel snug and secure, all the buttons snap sharply and smoothly, there are four nice grippy feet on the bottom, nothing cheap here.The unit takes some time (about 30 seconds) to start up (I have mine set to disconnect from my WiFi when in Standby until I sort out my battery situation. Leaving it connected to your WiFi should shorten the startup time.). Connecting to my WiFi went well, run the Wizard, select your network, choose the characters for your WiFi password, and boom, you re in. The steps in the manual do not exactly match the steps required on the radio, if you ve done one like this before you will be fine, if not you may find it confusing. The tuning/selecting encoder suffers from the same problem most of these do; it doesn t always keep up with the user, depending on what the unit s processor is doing, it may be several seconds before the encoder recognizes that you are attempting to make a selection, and then it may jump ahead several steps. The operation is a bit of a learning curve, but if you have operated a WiFi radio before, this is pretty straightforward and intuitive.The display is bright, colorful, beautiful, and informative. The display stays lit when the radio is on the ac power supply, and fades down after a few seconds of any input when on battery. The sound is really good for a radio this size. This radio has sound contour presets to help you find a sound you like and includes a custom setting so you can set your own sound profile. This has a separate line output (in addition to a headphone output) that easily powers externally amplified speakers, and it sounds good doing it. When listening to internet radio the INFO button will step the display through several sets of data.There are five preset buttons. There should be ten, or more. You do have the list of favorites from the Frontier Silicon Radio Portal, but five presets is ridiculously small today.This radio depends on the Frontier Silicon Radio Portal. My Mutant, and my Onkyo both use the VTuner portal. In my eyes these two portals are so similar that I suspect them to be operated by the same people, but with a different user interface. If you are not familiar with this service, take a look at this link for a free glimpse of what is available.http://vtuner.com/setupapp/guide/asp/BrowseStations/startpage.aspThis is a pretty comprehensive offering, but if you know of other stations that are not listed on the service s site, you can add streams to the Added Stations list for retrieving later.Local FM reception is good, better than some of my other portable radios. There are images on the display for signal strength, stereo, preset number, and others that I don t understand, and none of this is explained in the manual. There are five presets for FM, again, this should be ten. There is a scan function, just press and hold the Tuning/Select button for a second; this works pretty well to find the next station available.Plug a USB memory sick into the top, and you have a nice music player. Controls work well, sound is great, and, again, the display is very informative.I plugged the output of my MP3 player into the AUX input, this input requires a lot of power to drive it, I had my MP3 player up to just about full volume for good sound.I did not test Spotify; I don t have an account.Daly use.This radio is immensely easy, and pleasant to use. The batteries charge while the power supply is connected to the radio (if you have set the internal switch to Rechargeable ). In the weeks I ve had this radio, it has only lost a stream, twice, and I suspect the stream source as the problem. I ve got dozens (or hundreds) of streams saved in My Favorites , and if it plays, it plays without interruption. I primarily listen to streams, or local FM, and although the built in speaker has good sound, I usually send the LINE OUT to amplified speakers if I m listening to music. There is a sub section in the Internet Radio menu titled HDi (apparently these are High Definition internet radio stations) where I found many high quality Classical and Jazz stations. This is also not explained in the manual. I generally do not like digital volume controls, I prefer an analog rotary volume control; but the up and down volume rocker on this radio is large, well-shaped, respond quickly, and provide lots of small increments.The end.I use this radio every day, and I have not been sorry I bought it. The manual will get you started, and after you learn your way around, experimenting is well worth it. This is one of the nicest built, and most useful radios that I own.Pros.1. Strong Wi-Fi reception.2. Strong FM reception.3. Good feel, and accessibility to all controls.4. Good sound on built in speaker, strong line out (in stereo) to external amplified speakers.5. Great display.6. Long battery life.7. Really sturdy.Cons.1. Needs a handle.2. Batteries can be a tight fit.3. A bit heavy.4. The Tuning encoder can lag, or jump ahead.5. Only five FM station and five internet station presets.6. Odd Voltage AC adapter.The pros far outweigh the cons. Sangean has a hit here. 5Warning!!! Web portal decimated. DO NOT BUY until remedied, if ever. I have loved using this radio for the past 3.5 years, but that has come to an end this month, May, 2019. You can read the PR departments explanation at support.wifiradiofrontier.com, but what really matters is:"Adding and managing favorites by web interface is not available anymore. With the previous service provider being unable to ensure service, the previous customer portal has been deprecated.Depending on your device, we recommend using the Device Presets or Last Listened functionality to recall your favourite stations instead."Tens of thousands of streams and this radio will give you 5 presets and a list of last listened to stations. Worst of all neither of those methods will work for podcasts, which happened to be how I most used this radio. Owners of all Frontier Silicon based radios are in the same boat, so hopefully full functionality will return some day, but there has been no indication from Frontier Silicon that that will happen.I have seen links to Roberts and Yamaha websites acknowledging this situation, but nothing yet from Sangean. Consider yourself warned and tread carefully if your looking for an internet radio. 1Welcome to the 21st Century I left 1980 and joined the 21st century. Two days into using the Sangean WFR-28 and I am liking the features and opportunities offered by this radio. I have not tried everything yet, such as shared music with other devices ( phone, desktop computer, networked devices) in my house.The packing was simple and thorough. I read the user's manual ahead of time so I knew what the setup would be and what I needed to know. I was able to easily set up the network, set the time and date, set alarms ( one radio and one buzzer) without any surprises. Oh, inserting D sized batteries is a bit of a challenge as these fit tightly.Sound quality coming from the built in speaker is acceptable. I did play with the equalizer and increase the treble. I have not tried line out or headphone jacks yet. Picking up FM stations in my local area went smoothly. Reception is great; no fading or static. Picking up internet stations went smoothly. I did note that some stations owned or affiliated with iHeart were unavailable or at least I have not found a connection.More updates as I learn the radio coming.Update: July 28, 2017: If you have a smart phone, you have a remote control. I downloaded UNDOK and iSangean for my android. Both work well to control the basic functions like volume, source selection, FM or internet station selection. If you are within your house's network connection, you can control the Sangean radio.Update: 2 August 2017: One con - I would like a physical and dedicated sleep button verses having to go through the menu system each time to set the sleep timer. As I am going to sleep, I would like an easy way to set the timer to 30 minutes. 5
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Description
  • Internet Radio, FM-RBDS/ USB/ Network Music Player Digital Radio (USB MP3 playback and WMA compatible) with over 20, 000 Internet channels and podcast available.
  • Control the radio with the free undok remote control app, compatible with iOS and Android devices. The app allows selection of internet radio stations and control of media for UPnP/DLNA music streaming from a local computer, server or NAS device, as well as control of FM radio and other functions. Undok is also compatible with Spotify connect so you can play your music directly from your Spotify app
  • Easy to read LCD display with backlight and 10 station presets (5 Internet, 5 FM)
  • Stereo/ mono switch, rotary treble and bass controls, loudness on/ off
  • Built-in battery charger with charging LED indicator, aux-in and stereo headphone output
  • Includes switching AC adapter 100-240V, 50/60Hz
  • Support Dual Frequency 5G / 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Router
Reviews

Customer Reviews

An Excellent Internet Radio This is an excellent internet radio. I like its reception, audio is good for my purposes (a bedside nighttime radio) and menus are easy to work.But there is one issue which affects my use of the radio. According to the manual, page 78, there is a Brightness manual where you can choose the length of time before the backlight turns off. My WFR-28 has no such menu item! And the backlight never turns off if the radio is plugged in, only if on battery power. The two images show the manual menu on the left and the radio menu on the right. And there is no Timeout item in any menu I can find. So perhaps the manual doesn't reflect the latest WFR-28C firmware. The images below show the manual version of the System Settings menu (left) and that of my radio (right)For nighttime use, plugged in, this is a significant issue. I wonder if any other users can confirm this behavior. Perhaps this is a defect in my particular copy -- which otherwise is perfect. 4Stay away from Sangean WFR-28 This radio hasn't worked properly since day one. I thought it was my handling but I've tested it carefully and I conclude it's the radio. It locks up in the middle of a wifi broadcast and I lose the sound. I can only get the sound back by rebooting. If I push any key while the unit is connecting or carrying out a change, it locks up. Recently the radio reboots without being touched. The problems are getting worse. Now I have to convince Amazon that they sold me a lemon. This is disappointing because others seem to like their radios. But I've done research on the web and several owners report problems similar to mine. Sangean has poor quality control or poor construction.Update Sept 2017...The vendor (Mobile Monster) has not replied to my request (via Amazon) to solve the problem. Today I contacted Amazon and they are trying to get the vendor to send me a replacement unit. It's a 'Monster' of a problem!!Update Sept 26, 2017. Amazon informed me that since I didn't report any faults with the WFR-28 within 30 days of receiving it, the vendor (Mobile Monster) will not back the radio and I must deal with Sangean directly to get it repaired or replaced. That's after Amazon said they would take care of the problem via their vendor.Update Jan. 1 2018. It took over 2 months to receive my replacement WFR-28 and I had to pay $30 to cover the shipping for both directions. Sangean said their testing showed that the original radio had 2 bad resistors and a bad computer chip. After several days of using the replacement radio I noticed that sometimes the volume is zero and if I try to adjust it, it gets stuck at zero or at some mid-level of volume. Rebooting is the only way to get it working but the problem keeps repeating. So I called Sangean to report the problem (recall, Sangean promised to send me a new radio to replace the original). Sangean admitted they didn't send me a new radio but rather a refurb. After buying the original in May 2017 I still don't have a working radio. This time they've offered to send me a 'real' new radio and they will pay the shipping. So I'll reiterate, if you are lucky enough to get a WFR-28 that works then you might be happy but I would never recommend buying from Sangean. They are sloppy with their business practices. I'm looking for another WiFi radio...no more Sangean. 1Mostly OK but nothing to write home about Worked reasonably well for 3.5 years. Now sometimes will not load stations. Pros: 1) simple to operate and easy to set up; 2) saves last station; 3) compact (I love size and shape; fits anywhere; 4) easy to clean up; 4) portability and rechargeable batteries a plus; 5) nice and loud (my first two radios were incredibly weak on this score); 6) the price is reasonable.Cons: 1) last six months, periodically erratic; 2) takes forever to load stations; 3) battery compartment tight so first rechargeable a wouldn't fit; 4) now it plays for a bit and then quits and then plays again and then quits again.The problem is all the other choices look either less appealing or about the same when they cost s fortune. I figure I've paid roughly $30 a year for the radio although now it's rapidly becoming useless. Im likely to replace it with another Sangean of the same type simply because I can't find anything compact, reliable, and simple as well as fairly priced that is an improvement. 3Great for Three Months It worked like a charm for about three months and it was great! Then like others have reported it it would not maintain a steady connection to the wireless network, despite having a VERY strong and reliable network signal (we use a Google WiFi wireless mesh network which can be monitored by an iPhone app). The result you will be listening to your favorite channel and then silence for 20-60 seconds while the radio searches for the WiFi and then back to the program for 2-3 minutes ad nauseam. An iPad connected to the same network, sitting next to the radio did not have the same signal loss when tuned to an internet radio.One brief solution-- I changed reception of the radio to the guest network that had been set up on the Google Wifi, and for another month I got interruption free reception and then the problem returned.I now just use it as an FM receiver-- perhaps I should have stayed with my old reliable Sony ICF2010?Here's the thing, when it works it is great-- I could quibble about a few design flaws (such as overly bright display even on the dimmest setting and the slippy/glossy finish) but the unit, as others also attest on these reviews, is simply flawed. 1Excellent radio Unlike other Internet radios, the Sangean does not use the Pandora or Iheart services. This radio uses the excellent Frontier Silicon radio portal service. You can access over 17,000 worldwide radio stations and thousands of podcasts once you connect to your home wifi network. The radio menu provides built in options right out of the box to view all the stations by country, genre, local stations, podcasts, most popular station, recently added new stations.If you want to add and organize your own favorite radio stations you must register the radio with the Frontier Silicon service. You will need an access code to register. The radio has a menu option to generate this access code. Once you have your access code, go to website [...] and enter the access code, your email and a password.After you are registered with the Frontier Silicon website you can browse via your computer all worldwide radio stations and podcasts. The website allows you create groups of your favorite stations and podcasts. Your favorites and groups will show up on the Sangean radio menu display under "My Favorites". You can login to Frontier Silicon anytime to make changes or add additional stations.The sound quality of the Sangean provided Silicon Frontier radio portal is as good as the Pandora pay service upgraded streams. Why pay $3.99 plus tax per month for the upgraded Pandora service.If you have used the free Pandora service you know what a pain that is with the time outs and poor quality audio streams.Sangean also provides an Iphone remote app which allows you to control the radio via your Iphone. The mono speaker on this radio sounds excellent with its 12 watts output. The headphone, aux in, and headphone jacks are all stereo. The radio also offers regular FM and uses either AC, 4 regular alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Another feature is the music player mode of this radio. You can access and play your music files stored on your computer or network hard drive.If you are fan of the other internet radio services like Pandora or IHeart this is not the radio for you. However, the Frontier Silicon service used by Sangean is a top rated service. Just check out the reviews of this service on the internet.The Sangean seems very well made and looks like a more traditional high end radio than many of the other internet radios. It is also very easy to setup. Connecting to my wireless router worked on the first try. I have not had any buffering issues with radio stations. The stations connect fast and are very clear. One thing which is a pain is installing the batteries. The battery compartment is tight and you have to press hard to get the batteries in. This is not a big issue if you use good rechargeable batteries which will not have to be replaced for a very long time. 5I write this review after owning the radio for a ... I write this review after owning the radio for a little over 2 years. The biggest problem I'm having with this radio is that it struggles to stay connected to the internet. I will be listening to a news show and the signal will just drop then struggle to connect and then succeed only to disconnect again. It's extremely frustrating and maddening. I have other brand internet radios (Squeeze Box, Yamaha, iPhone, iPad) and they don't lose connections at the very same time the Sangean has its issues and in the same location. This issue I describe started about 6 months ago and I attributed it to a modem-router issue. But those were replaced and the issue persists. The warranty is 1 year for this unit. 2Works well, be patient setting up, and enjoy! Sangean WFR-28 Rechargeable Portable WiFi Internet RadioOur radio station began streaming after much research into best methods and least proprietary so we could reach the most people. We purchased a Logitech Squeezebox internet radio for giveaway at our local community expo to celebrate the new service, and had a great response to that contest. Meanwhile, I needed something a bit more portable for our remotes when we're in iffy signal areas for FM without using a smartphone, and hoped to find a radio with good sound and nice features. I found it in this Sangean WFR-28FM reception: quite good for reasonable distance from high powered stations, even under the blanket of our 5kw of AM and 250 watts of FM (translator) at our studios. I have not tried the FM tuner outside our blanket of RF, but can only imagine it gets even better.Sound: Excellent for a small radio! Perfect for bedside, kitchen, wherever you may have previously enjoyed stations on a PC but don't want to be tied to the laptop or PC for listening! It has settings for equalization so you can tailor the sound, including separate bass, treble and even the old loudness contour on/off. Very nice. No complaints on sound. It's not a hugely powerful amplifier, but more than enough for background in a normal sized room, especially with the EQ set for more than flat .Versatility: If the volume is not enough, there's a line out 1/8 stereo jack, and what's really neat is this comes separate from the headphones out! You can feed an external amp and enjoy full stereo from internet stations independent of the volume and headphones. Also adding to the versatility is the stereo line in which renders in nice mono on the radio's speaker and this is selectable from the mode button, so no constant plugging and unplugging is needed! This is a nice change from many radios offered these days where the audio source is switched by the physical plugging-in of a device, and this also means longer life from the aux in jack.Display: Easily readable, while adjustable for contrast, I've left this at factory preset.Presets: Like most radios, dedicated to the function at the time. For instance, all the FM's are at once, all the internet ones are at once, cannot intermix function presets. (this would be a nice update in software, someday.) You can, however through the online registration add new stations easily, and can store them in your own nameable banks, like international or local or Michigan and still put them in as presets from each of those categories!FM antenna: Nice bold diameter at bottom, well made.Time update: Automatic through FM (limited areas, assumed..since this would be an RDS service) but did well on our normal network automatically and quickly when turned on!Not yet tested:USB audio player with protected top-mounted plug in (rubber seals out day to day dirt)....Rechargeable batteries. It has this option for NiMH and built in charger. Charges through AC adapter automatically.Setup: takes a bit of patience, but once you get the feel of when to use the tuning knob on the side and when to use forward/backward buttons, adding your secure network info takes only a few minutes, but needs to be done for each network, even if the passwords are the same. (not really any different than a standard PC in this regard.)The unit held its memory of stations even with no power and no batteries, so once its set, no worries of transporting without batteries or reasonable periods without power. (longest time without power here is one day, by the way and all memory was held.)Hoping for long life out of this unit, and will be getting the batteries to have for times when no AC is available.Overall: Excellent first and very versatile FM radio with 'net capabilities. GREAT to have for travel if your local station is on the web, or if you work in a place with limited reception of FM signals. 5Sangean has a hit here. Introduction:This is my forth internet radio. We started with a Grace table radio, it s nice and stable, easy to use, and versatile. Next I got a Mutant M-Wavio, fits in a shirt pocket, but drops streams and the network regularly. I recently bought an Onkyo internet receiver, big and competent with lots of input options. So with the Sangean I had expectations. I am an old radio fan. I carried a portable radio stuck to one ear everywhere back in the day, but terrestrial (local broadcast) radio doesn t offer the same entertainment value it used to, so I have turned to the internet.Getting acquainted.The Sangean is a big portable. It makes a good table radio; and though it has a ridge in the back that acts as a grip to pick it up, it would benefit from some sort of handle on the top. You know it isn t small if it takes four D size batteries. I intended to use AA size rechargeables with D size adapters to power this radio, but that didn t work out; the battery compartment is too tight, and I could not stuff my batteries with adaptors into this space. I can now see why people who purchase this radio (according to Amazon) also order the rather costly D size rechargeable batteries. The AC adapter for this is an odd 7.5 Volt 1.6 Amp device that will be hard to find a replacement for if the original is lost or broken. The paper manual included is really pretty easy to read (unlike some other Chinese manuals), but is not as useful as it should be. This radio is shiny black, solidly built, all points of contact feel snug and secure, all the buttons snap sharply and smoothly, there are four nice grippy feet on the bottom, nothing cheap here.The unit takes some time (about 30 seconds) to start up (I have mine set to disconnect from my WiFi when in Standby until I sort out my battery situation. Leaving it connected to your WiFi should shorten the startup time.). Connecting to my WiFi went well, run the Wizard, select your network, choose the characters for your WiFi password, and boom, you re in. The steps in the manual do not exactly match the steps required on the radio, if you ve done one like this before you will be fine, if not you may find it confusing. The tuning/selecting encoder suffers from the same problem most of these do; it doesn t always keep up with the user, depending on what the unit s processor is doing, it may be several seconds before the encoder recognizes that you are attempting to make a selection, and then it may jump ahead several steps. The operation is a bit of a learning curve, but if you have operated a WiFi radio before, this is pretty straightforward and intuitive.The display is bright, colorful, beautiful, and informative. The display stays lit when the radio is on the ac power supply, and fades down after a few seconds of any input when on battery. The sound is really good for a radio this size. This radio has sound contour presets to help you find a sound you like and includes a custom setting so you can set your own sound profile. This has a separate line output (in addition to a headphone output) that easily powers externally amplified speakers, and it sounds good doing it. When listening to internet radio the INFO button will step the display through several sets of data.There are five preset buttons. There should be ten, or more. You do have the list of favorites from the Frontier Silicon Radio Portal, but five presets is ridiculously small today.This radio depends on the Frontier Silicon Radio Portal. My Mutant, and my Onkyo both use the VTuner portal. In my eyes these two portals are so similar that I suspect them to be operated by the same people, but with a different user interface. If you are not familiar with this service, take a look at this link for a free glimpse of what is available.http://vtuner.com/setupapp/guide/asp/BrowseStations/startpage.aspThis is a pretty comprehensive offering, but if you know of other stations that are not listed on the service s site, you can add streams to the Added Stations list for retrieving later.Local FM reception is good, better than some of my other portable radios. There are images on the display for signal strength, stereo, preset number, and others that I don t understand, and none of this is explained in the manual. There are five presets for FM, again, this should be ten. There is a scan function, just press and hold the Tuning/Select button for a second; this works pretty well to find the next station available.Plug a USB memory sick into the top, and you have a nice music player. Controls work well, sound is great, and, again, the display is very informative.I plugged the output of my MP3 player into the AUX input, this input requires a lot of power to drive it, I had my MP3 player up to just about full volume for good sound.I did not test Spotify; I don t have an account.Daly use.This radio is immensely easy, and pleasant to use. The batteries charge while the power supply is connected to the radio (if you have set the internal switch to Rechargeable ). In the weeks I ve had this radio, it has only lost a stream, twice, and I suspect the stream source as the problem. I ve got dozens (or hundreds) of streams saved in My Favorites , and if it plays, it plays without interruption. I primarily listen to streams, or local FM, and although the built in speaker has good sound, I usually send the LINE OUT to amplified speakers if I m listening to music. There is a sub section in the Internet Radio menu titled HDi (apparently these are High Definition internet radio stations) where I found many high quality Classical and Jazz stations. This is also not explained in the manual. I generally do not like digital volume controls, I prefer an analog rotary volume control; but the up and down volume rocker on this radio is large, well-shaped, respond quickly, and provide lots of small increments.The end.I use this radio every day, and I have not been sorry I bought it. The manual will get you started, and after you learn your way around, experimenting is well worth it. This is one of the nicest built, and most useful radios that I own.Pros.1. Strong Wi-Fi reception.2. Strong FM reception.3. Good feel, and accessibility to all controls.4. Good sound on built in speaker, strong line out (in stereo) to external amplified speakers.5. Great display.6. Long battery life.7. Really sturdy.Cons.1. Needs a handle.2. Batteries can be a tight fit.3. A bit heavy.4. The Tuning encoder can lag, or jump ahead.5. Only five FM station and five internet station presets.6. Odd Voltage AC adapter.The pros far outweigh the cons. Sangean has a hit here. 5Warning!!! Web portal decimated. DO NOT BUY until remedied, if ever. I have loved using this radio for the past 3.5 years, but that has come to an end this month, May, 2019. You can read the PR departments explanation at support.wifiradiofrontier.com, but what really matters is:"Adding and managing favorites by web interface is not available anymore. With the previous service provider being unable to ensure service, the previous customer portal has been deprecated.Depending on your device, we recommend using the Device Presets or Last Listened functionality to recall your favourite stations instead."Tens of thousands of streams and this radio will give you 5 presets and a list of last listened to stations. Worst of all neither of those methods will work for podcasts, which happened to be how I most used this radio. Owners of all Frontier Silicon based radios are in the same boat, so hopefully full functionality will return some day, but there has been no indication from Frontier Silicon that that will happen.I have seen links to Roberts and Yamaha websites acknowledging this situation, but nothing yet from Sangean. Consider yourself warned and tread carefully if your looking for an internet radio. 1Welcome to the 21st Century I left 1980 and joined the 21st century. Two days into using the Sangean WFR-28 and I am liking the features and opportunities offered by this radio. I have not tried everything yet, such as shared music with other devices ( phone, desktop computer, networked devices) in my house.The packing was simple and thorough. I read the user's manual ahead of time so I knew what the setup would be and what I needed to know. I was able to easily set up the network, set the time and date, set alarms ( one radio and one buzzer) without any surprises. Oh, inserting D sized batteries is a bit of a challenge as these fit tightly.Sound quality coming from the built in speaker is acceptable. I did play with the equalizer and increase the treble. I have not tried line out or headphone jacks yet. Picking up FM stations in my local area went smoothly. Reception is great; no fading or static. Picking up internet stations went smoothly. I did note that some stations owned or affiliated with iHeart were unavailable or at least I have not found a connection.More updates as I learn the radio coming.Update: July 28, 2017: If you have a smart phone, you have a remote control. I downloaded UNDOK and iSangean for my android. Both work well to control the basic functions like volume, source selection, FM or internet station selection. If you are within your house's network connection, you can control the Sangean radio.Update: 2 August 2017: One con - I would like a physical and dedicated sleep button verses having to go through the menu system each time to set the sleep timer. As I am going to sleep, I would like an easy way to set the timer to 30 minutes. 5
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