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5.0 out of 5 stars Roberts Stream 83i - Fine Sound - Great Value - Last FM is an excellent feature!!!, 23 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Roberts Stream 83i Stereo DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio with 3 Way Speaker System (Electronics)
Last.fm is effectively an online radio station with a difference - the listener is in the driving seat!
The Roberts stream 83i links, via the internet, directly to the Last.fm web site.
Begin by going online and setting up an account at Last.fm.com and you suddenly have instant access to a vast library of tracks.
From here, you simply type in your favourite artists/bands/composers and this information is used to create a profile which forms the basis for a personalised music database. But things don't finish there - Last also goes on to recommend material from it's enormous music database that you may appreciate also.
You have then the opportunity to enter into the Last.fm Neighbourhood where your musical preferences can be shared with other users and vice versa, expanding further the material available.
Pretty much all of the Last.fm website functionality is available through the Stream 83i.
There's the ability to tailor the music output to suit your taste (in my case - prog rock) by means of the Love/Ban buttons on the receiver.
Whenever a selection is made, the information regarding what you listened to together with likes/dislikes is fed directly to the Last.fm site, further enhancing your musical profile and continually increasing the body of material on offer.

I have to say that I've become quite addicted, having received exposure to a number of artists and bands of whose work I was previously unaware.

Sound quality is excellent for the size of unit, giving a fulsome but well controlled bass response. Distortion is also very low - even at high volume.

DAB reception is superb and Internet stations tune and buffer far more quickly than on the Pure Evoke Flow which I also own.
The media player is also excellent, although, unlike the Flow does not allow me to shuffle my entire music collection - displaying a message saying that there are to many tracks for the shuffle function to work.

Without reservation then, this is a five star product and those who've not yet experienced the functionality of Last FM will discover via the Stream 83i that a whole new musical world will rapidly open up before them.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2010 09:28:39 GMT
Martin says:
you might add that Last.fm cost £3/month

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2010 14:49:13 GMT
 says:
Good point! That's £36 a year for what should be free.

Also, why are you so critical of the bass response? Fulsome?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2010 19:11:36 BDT
Mike,

Apparently fulsome can be used in either a positive or negative way - generous in amount, or overly offensive. It's one of those ambiguous words that changes over time.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2010 13:36:39 BDT
T. Costick says:
I do wonder why Last.fm costs. I have their app on my Android phone and it's free to use. So, I can connect my phone to speakers or HiFi and listen to Last.fm for no cost, and I have a nice UI to control the app. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2010 21:26:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2010 21:26:29 BDT
Why do you have to pay for Last.fm on a radio? - probably because the device cannot connect you to other "click-through" services, such as Amazon, and so there is no alternative revenue stream to pay for copyright fees. But I have to agree that it's unclear and I think that Last.fm should level the playing field a bit. If it helps, you don't have to pay in pounds. Last time I looked you could pay 3 US dollars for the same duration.
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