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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Goodmans CD1505Wi (and similar) - comments, news and an excellent blog!

I have finally been scouring through my blog comments - unfortunately, I still receive a huge number of spam comments (must get round to installing the Captcha interface!) - and would like to apologise to those who've left comments that have, until now, remained unpublished. Sorry!

One comment that grabbed my interest was from Voyager who wrote:

I have some hardware information that might be interesting for Goodmans/DNT/Centrios users. It is on http://penbex.wordpress.com

This blog goes into far more depth about the hardware and software of the excellent radio, and I'm very much looking forward to reading it in detail.

Thank you also to Jos, who wrote:

a helpful review

for your information, I only used the device on wire, and it has worked OK since, with Twonkey streaming thousands of MP3's out of a QNAP 409 Pro LAN storage device (4x HD). The display only goes up to 999, but the radio "sees" all of the MP3's, playing them at random

one thing that annoyed me was the horrible noice the device makes (in a 150m2 room, disturbingly audible everywhere), so I replaced the fan with a external 60x25/mm model on the BACK of the housing (silenX iXtrema PRO)

bought a second device for 100 euro's, but both sound and display broke down after 30 minutes of playing; still waiting for a replace[ment.]

That's a really useful suggestion with the fan - I'll see if I can find one!

Finally, I've been in occasional contact with Paul, one of the really helpful developers at Penbex; he is currently working on an Non-disclosure Agreement with BBC interactive so that all the interactive and on-demand services can be available on the radio. This could mean really good news for owners of this wi-fi radio, since the Listen Again / iPlayer service is simply amazing.

Once again, this is an example of real on-line community, sharing knowledge, resources and appreciation of a (currently) niche technology, and I'm really proud to be part of it.

Posted by james at April 11, 2009 2:05 PM

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