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- Item model number: 27025
- ASIN: B0014FMDXW
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Jan. 2008
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,172 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Morphy Richards Internet Radio
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It's certainly easy to set up but not so easy to keep it working. It unilaterally decides to drop its connection to your wi-fi source and then despite the "retrying" message fails to do so. Sometimes a power-down-wait-30-seconds-power-up reconnects. Sometimes it doesn't, in which case let it recover for 24 hours. If only a good swear would fix it, mine would have been servicable weeks ago.
The display is buried so deep into the case that all of it may only be read from directly in front. It has just sufficent volume for use as a bedside radio and why the transformer needs to be separate when there's obviously so much empty space in the flimsy case is beyond me.
Morphy Richards may make good toasters or steam irons but internet radio is not their forte. I hope they are really embarrassed by this machine. They should be.
On top of that, even the buttons don't feel like buttons- basic stuff, I would have thought- and having six preset stations (spread over a grand total of three buttons, of course) is just nonsense. The sound (when it works) is like listening to Atlantic Radio on Longwave- welcome back to a muffled 1988, everyone.
Do NOT buy it- you are genuinely better off not having an internet radio at all, than having this triumph of frustration and annoyance.
Now, the bad bits.
According to the radio, there are over 1200 UK stations alone. It offers just SIX presets! If you want any other channels you have to scroll through the list of 1200 to select them manually.
Power - not only are there no batteries, but it does not use a standard power lead (cord) with an in-built transformer - instead it uses a large combined plug/transformer with a 9v jackplug into back of radio. There is no excuse - the case is quite large enough to hold the transformer and this makes it ungainly.
Given the power limitations, it is fair to say it is not portable - just as well, as there is no carry handle either. Given wireless does travel, it would not be unreasonable to want to move this between rooms (and remember as mains only, certain rooms are out).
Finally, the radio does drop out - however, without further investigation I would not blame the radio as opposed to my AP or more likely ISP.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this radio on special offer in a shop and bought it on impulse. That was a mistake. I should have resisted and done some research first. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2009 by J. Fielding
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My radio did not work and repeatedly turns itself off, restarts, locks up and turns itself off. This must be a design fault as another reviewer had the same problem. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2008 by Brian Goldie
Morphy Richards Internet Radio (Ipod/MP3 Compatible).
Arrived yesterday and had been well packed. Completely useless. Switches itself on and off at random. Read more