In addition to thousands of listening choices, another advantage of Internet Radio is noise-free reception unlike terrestrial radio broadcasts, especially AM radio. Unless your Internet connection fails, sound quality is excellent, sounding somewhere between FM radio and CD quality sound.
Media Player Audio Streaming from a PC
UpdateAfter posting my review of the Tangent Quattro, I learned that when used with the right application, a Mac computer can act as a UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) media server. After downloading a 30-day trial version of TwonkyMedia, a media server application, and some assistance from Tangent I was able to stream my entire music library from my Mac to the Quattro. It took a bit of head scratching and some patience, but in just minutes I was listening to my favorite tunes. In fact, as soon as I activated the sharing function, the Quattro recognized the Mac as a UPnP server. I was able to select and play my stored music organized by artist, genre, title, etc.
TwonkyMedia is one of several media server applications and an Internet search will reveal other applications. Some are free and others have a one-time charge or require a monthly subscription.
Features & Setup
After locating my network ID and password the Quattro was online and I was offered a choice of 16,345 Internet radio stations! From Kandahar to Keokuk I could select music, talk, news, sports, opinion, even police scanners from various cities, air traffic control, railroad dispatchers and lots more. Stations are organized by location (country or city) and genre, so you can select a station from Armenia or a station from Cleveland and choose news, talk, music, etc. from anywhere in the world. One could spend many hours perusing the fascinating variety of programs. Every time thereafter additional stations were added to the list – the count is now up to 16,464 and growing.
The Media Player streaming feature was a bit more difficult to setup, mostly because PC networking is more difficult to setup than a Mac. Nonetheless, after a little finagling I was able to stream the contents of my PC to the Quattro with good sound quality.
There is a stereo headphone jack for private listening, a stereo LINE OUT jack to connect the Quattro to a home audio system and an stereo AUX IN jack for an MP3 player. That's it – setup is simple (if you have your router ID and password).