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Phorus PR1 Receiver review: Phorus PR1 Receiver is no Sonos killer

Imagine it’s 2008 and you’re Google. You wish to build a phone to contest with a iPhone, and a a flattering daunting task. Now peep brazen to 2013. It’s a same Apple contra Google-type scenario, though in a audio realm: we wish to take on a obligatory large dog in a streaming song space, Sonos, and offer a constrained alternative. What would we do differently to take on such a timeless brand?

That’s a charge confronting Phorus, a association shaped by CEO Danny Lau after his practice conceptualizing iPod docks for JBL. He wanted to build an open wireless customary for audio, and — after withdrawal JBL — a “Play-Fi” customary was born.

Phorus has dual “Play-Fi” products on a marketplace — a PS1 orator and a PR1 receiver reviewed here. We’re told additional Play-Fi products from other companies will be announced during CES 2014.

But there’s one problem with Play-Fi that we found in my testing: it uses a lot of wireless bandwidth — even some-more than streaming Netflix. If your network isn’t adult to it you’ll possibly get reduce peculiarity audio or stuttering, hiccuping sound. Even with a connected tie we found it disposed to dropouts.

The PR1 receiver is half a cost of a Sonos Connect, though it lacks that product’s sound quality, palliate of setup, and bombproof build. While we demeanour brazen to a products that are to come, we can’t now suggest possibly a PR1 or a PS1. Even if we bypass a dodgy Wi-Fi opening and opt for Bluetooth — that worked most some-more reliably — there are cheaper wireless adapters and improved speakers for a money.

The PR1 receiver is a large-ish oval device that facilities a textured surface. Indeed, a topside can be used to cradle a mobile phone, that can be charged from a PR1’s back USB port.

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There are 5 buttons on a front of a speaker: power, volume adult and down, and dual wireless buttons: one for Bluetooth and one for a exclusive Play-Fi system. Unlike a PS1 orator a receiver lacks speakers so it needs to be connected to an existent stereo system. It has a 3.5mm outlay for this purpose, though unfortunately lacks a digital out. (By contrast, a Sonos Connect has dual digital outs.)

In further to charging your phone, a back USB pier can also be used to bond a USB-to-Ethernet adapter if your tie is poor. But be wakeful that a Play-Fi complement is usually as clever as a weakest link; if we have a feeble behaving wireless tool it will drag a opening of a other components down.

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Although creatively billed as “Wireless Audio for Android” on a Phorus website, a association has most loftier aspirations for a complement than usually streaming song from Google phones. In September, a association combined iOS support, and entrance shortly is PC playback. With destiny improvements including hi-res audio — during benefaction it’s singular to 16/48 — and a wider array of upheld streaming services, primogenitor association DTS is unequivocally anticipating to take a Play-Fi(ght) directly to Sonos.

While a app is accessible for iOS and Android, they don’t nonetheless have a same functionality. The Android app offers a ability to tide from an NAS or other mechanism and listen to internet radio, a iOS app usually lets we tide song files from a phone itself or Pandora (the Android chronicle handles both of those features, too).

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