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SoundBridge Radio

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Listen to 1000's of FREE Internet radio stations from around the world - one-touch access to talk, jazz, rock, pop or your old home town favorite! You do not need a computer to listen to internet radio; you just need broadband and a Wi-Fi home network.
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Do I need a computer and/or a wireless network to use the SoundBridge Radio?

No, you can listen to AM or FM radio and music files from an SD Card without the use of a network connection. You can listen to Internet radio if you have a network connection, even if no computer is running. The SoundBridge Radio's music streaming features (play from iTunes, Windows Media Connect, Rhapsody, MusicMatch, etc.) require that you have a computer running this software.

Can I receive my local radio station through SoundBridge?

Probably- check to see if they are being broadcast on the Internet by finding your station's web page. If they broadcast on the Internet, check Radio Roku to see if the station is already listed with our internet radio service. You can also determine compatibility of the streaming url by using Roku Radio Snooper.

How can I be sure that I can listen to my favorite Internet radio station on SoundBridge?

All the stations listed on Radio Roku have been verified to play on the SoundBridge with software version 3.0. So, the simplest way to check on a particular station is to visit Radio Roku and use the Search feature to look for the station. If your station isn't listed, it may still be possible to play it, but there's really no way to be sure besides trying it out. Internet Radio is still a very new media and the industry has not standardized around formats. That said, Roku Radio Snooper will in most cases accurately tell you if a radio stream is compatible with SoundBridge.

How do I find/play Internet radio stations with the SoundBridge Radio?

Method 1: The easiest way to use Internet radio on your SoundBridge is to use the new SoundBridge 3.0 software, which is a free upgrade. With SoundBridge 3.0, your SoundBridge has direct access to a directory of thousands of Internet radio stations, provided by the new Radio Roku web site. Using your remote control, you can browse stations by genre, language, location and popularity, or search by name or keyword. Or, visit the web site and use drag-and-drop technologies to manage your Presets and favorite stations.

Method 2: The 18 preset buttons on the SoundBridge Radio are each set to a popular Internet Radio station out-of-the-box.

Method 3: The SoundBridge Radio comes pre-programmed with a list of almost 100 great stations that you can find using the Scan button. You can then program a preset to one of these stations by holding down the preset button for a few seconds while listening to the station.

Method 4: You may add your own from the thousands available on the Internet using the built-in web interface, or memorize stations from certain music servers (like iTunes).

Method 5: You may use Roku Radio Snooper as a simple method to quickly find a streaming url and set a new Internet radio station as one of your presets.

What is Roku Radio Snooper?

The Radio Snooper is a fantastic application that finds station urls, determines compatibility with SoundBridge Radio and gives you the option to immediately play a compatible Internet radio station or store it as one of your eighteen presets.

  • Download Roku Radio Snooper from Roku Radio Snooper
  • Run the Radio Snooper and then listen to any Internet radio stream using your PC as you would normally. Snooper will test the stream, determine compatibility in an instant, and then present you with the option to play the compatible URL or set the Internet radio station as a preset.
  • Click the Play URL on Soundbridge button to listen, or click the Store URL as Preset on SoundBridge button to make the station an Internet radio preset.
If my network connection goes out, will the alarm still go off?

Yes. If the SoundBridge radio is not able to play the selected digital music source at alarm time, it will play a buzzing/beeping tone instead.

Does the SoundBridge Radio support Wi-Fi security like WEP and WPA?
WEP Support (all models)

SoundBridge supports 40/64 and 128-bit WEP security.

WPA Support (all in-production models)
SoundBridge software version 2.7 or later adds support for WPA to:
  • Roku SoundBridge M1001
  • Roku SoundBridge Radio
  • Pinnacle SoundBridge M1001
  • Pinnacle SoundBridge Radio
  • Pinnacle SoundBridge HomeMusic models (only available in Europe and the UK)

SoundBridge 2.7 or later supports WPA1 Personal (also known as WPA-PSK and TKIP) and WPA2 Personal (also known as WPA2-PSK, CCMP and AES). It does not support WPA Enterprise.

NOTE: The older SoundBridge models (M500, M1000, and M2000) do not support WPA, and will not in the future. It was not feasible to add WPA support to them.

What is the size of the display?

The super-bright VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) is 280x32 pixels. Three font sizes make it very easy to read song titles, artist names and playlist information. In the largest font mode it displays one line of text; in the smallest, four lines are displayed.

Does the display automatically dim when the lights are out?

Yes, it has a light sensor to automatically dim it when the lights are out.

Can the display be set to off and then turn on when the alarm sounds?

Yes. If the SoundBridge Radio is in Standby, it will "wake up" the display when the alarm sounds.

Is this like the M1000 display?

The physical size of the display is the same as the M1000 series. However, the Soundbridge Radio has a 280x32 pixel display versus a 280x16 pixel display (twice the vertical resolution).

Can I connect the SoundBridge Radio via Ethernet?

No. The SoundBridge Radio does not have an Ethernet port; it uses Wi-Fi exclusively.

Does it support a 'sleep' feature? If so, can it be set for a specific amount of time?

Yes, there is a sleep feature with several options for specific settings.

Are protected AAC files supported?

SoundBridge Radio can play AAC files created by importing your own CDs; however, iTunes Music Store files ("Protected AAC files") are not supported unless you first save them to a CD and then re-rip them.

Are protected WMA files supported?

Protected WMA files purchased from a PlaysForSure music service (http://www.playsforsure.com) are playable when using the Windows Media Connect server.

Are protected Rhapsody music files and radio stations supported?

Yes.

Are files from Yahoo! Music Unlimited supported?

Yes, both subscription and purchased files from Yahoo's Music Unlimited Service are supported.

Are protected WMA files on an SD card supported?

Currently, they are not. DRM (Digital Rights Managed) files cannot be played via SD/MMC card.

What Internet radio station stream formats are supported?

SoundBridge Radio supports MP3 and WMA (.ASX) Internet radio stations.

Will the SoundBridge Radio work with my router?

SoundBridge Radio will work with 802.11b and 802.11g networks using almost any off-the-shelf Wi-Fi router. These include Wi-Fi routers from Apple, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, and others.

Can I connect the SoundBridge Radio to my stereo system?

The SoundBridge Radio is intended for stand-alone use. If you want to stream music or Internet radio to powered speakers or your stereo system, the SoundBridge M1000 is designed to do so. Note that the SoundBridge Radio's headphone jack can be used as a line level out if you want to connect it to your stereo system.

Can I control the SoundBridge Radio from my computer?

Yes, the SoundBridge Radio can be controlled via its Web interface just like all of the other SoundBridge products. All SoundBridge models also have a control protocol (RCP) that many developers have used to write software to control SoundBridge from Crestons, PDAs, and other devices.

Can I use SoundBridge with an external NAS hard drive?

Some NAS devices are able to run a music server on the NAS itself. SoundBridge Radio can connect to such a NAS. Otherwise, you must be running a server program on a computer on your network, which must be able to access the files on the NAS. Note that some music servers will not serve up files on a remote volume.

What are the specs of the speakers?

SoundBridge Radio includes high-quality, built-in powered speakers and ported subwoofer. They were custom designed for Roku by Godehard Guenther, famous audio designer and founder of A/D/S.

Front left and right speakers: Two Linear Magnetic Drive (LMD) Full-Range Speakers, +0/-6dB from 80Hz to 20kHz, each in its own tuned acoustic enclosure and each powered by a built-in 20Wrms 3G digital amplifier.

Subwoofer: One Linear Magnetic Drive (LMD) Subwoofer, +/-3dB from 40Hz to 160Hz, in a proprietary Delta-TunnelT tuned acoustic enclosure and powered by a built-in 30Wrms 3G digital amplifier.

How many SoundBridge Radio devices can I use on my network at the same time?

There is no limit for streaming Internet radio. However, servers such as iTunes, MusicMatch, and Rhapsody limit the number of clients that can be connected to each library. This limit varies depending upon the server used (usually it is between 5 and 10).

Does it come with an external antenna?

Yes, the SoundBridge Radio ships with an external AM antenna and an external FM antenna.

What are the physical dimensions and what is the weight of SoundBridge Radio?

SoundBridge Radio measures 11" wide x 6" high x 6.5" deep, and weighs 4 lbs. 15 oz.

Does SoundBridge Radio only come in black?

The SoundBridge Radio is only available in black.

Can the SoundBridge Radio be set to play music softly while I sleep and then increase the volume to wake me up?

Yes. The SoundBridge Radio supports gradual volume ramping for a more pleasant wake-up experience.

Does it include an alarm feature as well as a music feature?

Yes. SoundBridge Radio supports a full-function clock radio with multiple alarm settings. Wake up to digital music, Internet radio, AM/FM radio, playlists, podcasts or a choice of several alarm tones.

Do I need the remote to operate the SoundBridge Radio?

Most functions of the SoundBridge Radio can be operated by the top panel buttons. The button controls include: Radio and Playlist Presets, Source Selector (AM/FM/Playlist/SD Slot/Internet Radio/Music Servers), Power and Volume, Preset Bank, Snooze/Sleep, Alarm, and Scan Up/Down. You will need the remote to browse network servers.

Are there buttons for automatically selecting playlists or radio stations?

The SoundBridge Radio has Radio and Playlist preset buttons located on the top panel. These presets can play any source (AM/FM/Internet Radio/iTunes/PlaysForSure, etc)

How many presets can be stored?

A total of 18 presets can be stored in three banks of six.

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