Firstly this item is not only useful for everyone with a big, or small, MP3 collection on your PC that you want to listen to on your main Hi-Fi in another room but it is also a very good looking little unit which looks very stylish on display.
The unit plugs into the mains and via phono leads into your main hi-fi input. The unit then uses your wireless network to connect to your PC and therefore your MP3 collection.
Due to the display being quite small it can be a bit of a fiddle to control the unit at times (via a neat remote control) but the display clearly displays the artist and track titles as it plays through your albums.
The unit itself is about the size of medium packet of round biscuits and has a very simple stand to keep it level. It is a smart silver and black with a clear blue lit display.
The unit gives very good sound quality and buffers the signal well so you get good continuous playback.
I cant live without this unit now and it makes my MP3's accesible within my house. A great buy.
I have had my Sound Bridge for about 2-3 years now & I still love it as much now as the day I got it. It's a wonderful piece of technology which allows you to stream your music collection from your PC to another sound source such as HiFi. All you need to make sure is that the device has a free AUX connection as this is what is needed to connect it.
On your PC, you need some kind of media server running, I use Firefly which works well but there are plenty of other options available, unfortunately it doesn't work with Itunes last time I checked. You just need to share the music you would like within this. Then you just point your Sound Bridge to this media server & you're ready to go. You will need a wireless connection to be able to use this.
As well as playing your music library from your PC, the device will also play numerous internet radio stations. I have mine linked to my seperates system in the lounge downstairs, which allows me to enjoy all my music stored on my PC upstairs in my study. Currently available for under £100, this is great value!
If you want a device that can receive streamed music wirelessly with a small footprint then it ticks the boxes. I got this little box thinking it was the same as the ROKU soundbridge. It is not the same, there are some big differences but if you are not prepared to pay for a ROKU, then this is a cheaper alternative.
I have all my music on a computer (apple mac), it is in my living room but sometimes I want to listen to music in the conservatory. There is no prospect of running speaker wires there so I need a wireless solution. My first venture into wireless music was a Netgear MP101 device which worked 80% of the time but stalled during playback and was a unreliable. I read about the ROKU devices which seemed seemed really good but then I came across the pinnacle Sound Bridge, I bought it and took it home for a whirl.
Must admit I thought it was compatible with iTunes when I bought it, It can play your itunes library okay but only with a 3rd party piece of software called firefly. I loaded the software and configured it to share out my library. After many hours of playing it has never stalled, stuttered or failed, it has just worked out of the box.
Configuring the software was pretty easy and I think that most people will find setting it up quite easy. It is just a matter of filling in the forms that are presented on your setup screen.
The sound quality is pretty good for the price, It is not as good as my main system but then it was never intended as a replacement. There is about 30ft between my wireless router and the Sound Bridge but there are never any connectivity problems. The screen is a bit small but you can see all the song information and you can browse your music library. It does take a bit of time to get used to using the remote to browse your library but you do get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Radio......You don't need to have a computer turned on to listen to music! This device can have your favourite internet radio stations preset on it. I like this feature and it allows you to discover new music from all around the world.
Overall I like this music device and maybe I will upgrade to a full blown ROKU gadget sometime in the future, the main reason for this is being because it will just work out of the box with iTunes. As a budget wireless streaming receiver the Sound Bridge is still value for money and it does its job well.
Radio is a complete Wi-Fi system that streams Internet radio and plays digital music files stored on your Mac or PC.