Hama “DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio : Great internet radio.

Its okay but not quite fit for my purpose. If it was supplied free as it has been to some of the reviewers here i would of give it five stars. I just thought it was a wee bit overpriced for what it does and the fact it lacked bluetooth meant i ended up sending it back for a refund. The interface is ok as is the colour screen but i am sure they have been licensed from philips old range of wac7500 streamium players. That’s not a bad thing as i own one and they are ok but a bit long in the tooth now, i am convinced that is where most of the cost on this unit goes. Don’t get me wrong the build quality is great, sound is great and the dab and the network functions work really well, i just felt it was lacking somewhat when compared to other units from other manufacturers. If this unit was close to or sub £100. 00 i think it would easily get 5 stars every time, but i am not sure a brand like hama can leverage almost £150. Close but no cigar, there are better alternatives but a lot of people will be satisfied with it.

Brilliant radio , sounds like a much bigger hi fi. Getting internet radio is a bit fiddly but well worth the effort.

I bought this for the kitchen and was really impressed with it. A very compact unit but for this reason stereo separation suffers especially if pushed up close to the wall as the speakers are mounted on the side. It goes surprisingly loud for it’s size and more bass than you would expect with a clear sound with tone controls and a dsp. The display is very clear and set up was simple, connecting to the router was also easy. Playback from a usb stick was good with the track titles displayed but no artwork as it has a mono screen. It comes with remote control but not really necessary as the buttons work well and are very positive in use. It could be used as an alarm clock / radio for the bedroom as it has alarm and snooze functions. The photo shows how small it is compared to drink cansthe only dislike about the unit was the external power supply which has two pins euro style that goes into a three pin uk style adapter (supplied) this made it very bulky and as my socket was behind the fridge freezer made it stick out. The only option is to buy another power supply with the same voltage or a different adapter to keep it close to the wall this maybe a deal breaker for some.

Good internet and dab reception. Sleep alarms alter display brightnes and more.

  • Had to cross the ocean to get onewait, two
  • Works OK, though underpowered
  • internet radio is the best (so many stations)

Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

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  • Premium quality multi functional radio with with Super Sound: 2 x 20 Watt broadband loudspeaker (40W RMS), fashionable design with metal stand
  • Worldwide reception of 20,000+ radio stations and 10,000 podcasts, CD drive, Bluetooth streaming, Wife, app control, Spotify Connect, multi room streaming, digital and analogue stations, USB playback
  • Compatible with UNDOK multi room: plays the music on several loudspeakers in the same network, ideal to supply the whole house wirelessly with the favorite music
  • 2.8″ color display, interchangeable antenna, headphone output, AUX-in, line-out, optical output, 30 favourite memory locations for Internet/DAB/FM, 7 favourite buttons directly on the radio
  • Scope of delivery: 1 digital radio, 1 UK power cord, 1 telescopic antenna, 1 remote control, 2 AAA batteries, 1 Spotify flyer, 1 quick start guide

Very easy to set up if you have a wps button on your router.

Bought this for my kitchen just for the dab radio, but its a lot more than just a radio,internet radio is the best (so many stations), usb slot is handy if you have a memorystick full of music, if not plug in your mp3 player in the back aux in socket. Haven’t used any of theother settings yet, best “radio” i ever bought 5*****.

Easy set up and works every bit as well as hoped.

Solidly-built, very responsive controls, very good quality sound. A tad expensive when compared to the ocean wr-230, but still cheapest mid-range model. Pausing playback when playing own media not preserved when switch off/on, nor can do a ff/rw, making this function pretty useless except for very short tracks (same on ocean radio, btw).

It’s great, buy it(i wrote out a large review and why i thought this radio was great, but when i went to add a photo.

Super little radio, easy to set up with a great sound. This replaced a complex and underperforming roberts radio – we can’t get dab or fm – so rely on internet radio. The hama has high functionality and works out of the box.

Quick and easy to set up, but needed to download pdf manual on line first as quick-start guide very limited. However, easy to find and keep internet radio stations – found my personal favourites very quickly, and excellent sound for such a small unit.

This really is a fantastic system. I wanted an internet streaming radio with dab&fm capability and this really fits the bill. An aged benefit is the usb input and ethernet port so there are heaps of options i can use on this device. The menu system is simple to use and the stereo sound quality from its diminutive speakers is fantastic. Is easily loud enough to use as the main radio in my lounge. I’ve downloaded a stack of albums onto a 32gb usb and tune into that when i get bored with radio broadcasts. If you’re familiar with internet radio the menu system will be very familiar. Allowing selection of stations by genre and location or by selection from a list. The station i wanted want in the list so i typed it in and used the search. Hey presto, up popped my station.

Better than i anticipated a solidly built product and decent audio.

Never had an internet radio before heard one at a friends being an avid rock fan i loved the idea of being able to hear rock whenever i wanted and not the drivel the bbc churns out after a lot of research i chose the hama and i love it i connected via an ethernet cable i had lying around turned it on setup wizard did the rest crisp punchy sound excellent bass very well defined guitar and drums brilliant reproduction very good volume usb port head phone socket line in line out very well specified piece of kit best thing i bought for years would recommend to you.

Excellent piece of kit – very good sound – looks stylish and does not take up too much space on the kitchen work surface.

Having owned various wifi radios over the years this one is the best. I own a roberts 83i which i use in the bedroom ,the hama beats it hands down on podcasts because you can f/f or rewind the podcast. The sound quality is very good full stereo. Overall a very good purchase.

Addendum, august 2017: instantly i have observed i are not able to obtain bbc stations 3, four, five. Evidently the bbc has set a new typical for broadcasting, and the radio, like most other individuals i assume, does not assistance it. I can obtain bbc earth company and all non-bbc stations, so my original review however stands. Just be informed, this occurred to me yesterday, the fault of the bbc not the radio. So unless of course they do an upgrade, when this fails i will have to have one with fm on it as well.

Residing in qc, canada, i acquired two of these from amazon uk. Motive is simple: as of right now, kinda weird that an internet radio is nevertheless a market item in north the usa. Handful of where by the selections, so i went with what appeared to be the very best bang for the buck: grace encore. And what a disapointment it was: the unit felt like it was coming from the cheapest chinese plant achievable and assembled with dated mid 80’s engineering. Fortuitously, as usual, return was a breeze many thanks to amazon. So i have lurked what was out there in europe and, to my shock, these kinds of factor as an internet radio was extra democratized in excess of there. The major purpose of the device i was intrigued in, was the alarm operate (wished to wake to non nearby radio stations as they’re all rubbish stations in my location). So, again, i went in advance with what i then considered the ideal bang for the buck right after some analysis: hama ir110. And what a relief: a tiny box with potent specs, quite properly developed and particularly what one particular could expect from an internet radio in 2016. Furthermore it is assembly my specifications when it comes to an alarm gadget (only thing i regret is the lack of a nap operate though).

Outstanding merchandise good provider.

Have had one particular these hama ir a hundred and ten internet radios for quite a few months now. And feel it is wonderful piece of package. The tone is wonderful for the sizing of theunit, environment up is easy ,and the distant regulate w orks perfectly. This is my 1st internet radio and i believe considerably much better than dab wonderful clearreception and tone try crystal radio station from toronto top rated class music.

Fantastic merchandise – wonderful seem does what it suggests on tin – dab far more highly effective than other similar items.

Substitute for a pure evoke circulation with a dead exhibit, and made use of as a kitchen radio. Fairly simple to established up, particularly the dab car-tune and the internet radio, and the features is almost everything which is advertised. Fm established-up wasn’t rather so intuitive – no auto-tune for fm, it appears to be, and it couldn’t locate that quite a few stations. Not an difficulty, fm is barely applied anyway. It has an internet radio menu portion for the bbc stations, which is great – the dab tuner could not locate bbc5+, but it plays flawlessly on the ir. Other internet radio stations are complicated to come across, just like they have been on internet radios for the very last 10 yrs, utilizing the similar continent/region/style research, and lots of of my favourite stations are missing. Ideally the app will support with that (will check out later on). I haven’t attempted spotify or streaming nevertheless, both. Only 10 presets each individual for dab, fm and ir, nevertheless. Makes the app essential – it far better operate flawlessly, or the rating will go down to two stars.

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Hama"DIR3500MCBT" Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 64 reviews
Price
£339.99

One Comment on “Hama “DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio : Great internet radio.”

  1. A radio that sounds good and very easey to connect to wifi controledby remote or from the app.
    1. A radio that sounds good and very easey to connect to wifi controledby remote or from the app.
  2. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    I ordered one of these and it worked well so i ordered 3 more. However 2 of the 3 refuse to connect to my network unless – every time – you unplug them and reconnect, a process that takes well over a minute. I hope this is a software problem that will be resolved in a future upgrade but as it is i would avoid these items. Following a software update my 4 radios work fine, so i have upgraded from 2 to 4 stars.
  3. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    I ordered one of these and it worked well so i ordered 3 more. However 2 of the 3 refuse to connect to my network unless – every time – you unplug them and reconnect, a process that takes well over a minute. I hope this is a software problem that will be resolved in a future upgrade but as it is i would avoid these items. Following a software update my 4 radios work fine, so i have upgraded from 2 to 4 stars.
  4. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Living in qc, canada, i bought two of these from amazon uk. Reason is simple: as of today, kinda strange that an internet radio is still a niche product in north america. Few where the choices, so i went with what seemed to be the best bang for the buck: grace encore. And what a disapointment it was: the unit felt like it was coming from the cheapest chinese plant possible and assembled with dated mid 80’s technology. Fortunately, as usual, return was a breeze thanks to amazon. So i’ve lurked what was available in europe and, to my surprise, such thing as an internet radio was more democratized over there. The main purpose of the device i was interested in, was the alarm function (wanted to wake to non local radio stations as they’re all garbage stations in my area). So, again, i went ahead with what i then considered the best bang for the buck after some research: hama ir110. And what a relief: a little box with strong specs, very well built and exactly what one could expect from an internet radio in 2016. Plus it is meeting my requirements when it comes to an alarm device (only thing i regret is the lack of a nap function though).
    1. Living in qc, canada, i bought two of these from amazon uk. Reason is simple: as of today, kinda strange that an internet radio is still a niche product in north america. Few where the choices, so i went with what seemed to be the best bang for the buck: grace encore. And what a disapointment it was: the unit felt like it was coming from the cheapest chinese plant possible and assembled with dated mid 80’s technology. Fortunately, as usual, return was a breeze thanks to amazon. So i’ve lurked what was available in europe and, to my surprise, such thing as an internet radio was more democratized over there. The main purpose of the device i was interested in, was the alarm function (wanted to wake to non local radio stations as they’re all garbage stations in my area). So, again, i went ahead with what i then considered the best bang for the buck after some research: hama ir110. And what a relief: a little box with strong specs, very well built and exactly what one could expect from an internet radio in 2016. Plus it is meeting my requirements when it comes to an alarm device (only thing i regret is the lack of a nap function though).
  5. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Started off well,good reception then packed up. Was a warehouse item,so that tells the tale.
  6. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Started off well,good reception then packed up. Was a warehouse item,so that tells the tale.
  7. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    But – when product arrived and we plugged it in, it didn’t work. We read and re-read the instructions but couldn’t find any reason for it not to work. We were ready to return the product when , on very close inspection, we realised that the plug didn’t have a fuse. The item was a birthday present and it caused upset and stress when it didn’t work.
    1. But – when product arrived and we plugged it in, it didn’t work. We read and re-read the instructions but couldn’t find any reason for it not to work. We were ready to return the product when , on very close inspection, we realised that the plug didn’t have a fuse. The item was a birthday present and it caused upset and stress when it didn’t work.
  8. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Interface is a little clunky and shame it cant directly play spotify (needs to be have it pushed to it).
    1. Interface is a little clunky and shame it cant directly play spotify (needs to be have it pushed to it).
  9. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    I bought this primarily for the spotify connect feature that lets me stream music from my mobile devices to this over my wi-fi network, and for that purpose it works really well. Set-up was straightforward, and included the option for the device to automatically download updates from the manufacturer which is useful. The device connected to my wireless network without difficulty (entering the wpa key is a ittle fiddly but that’s to be expected). Streaming from an ipad running the spotify client has been fine so far, with the audio clear and disruption-free.
  10. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    I bought this primarily for the spotify connect feature that lets me stream music from my mobile devices to this over my wi-fi network, and for that purpose it works really well. Set-up was straightforward, and included the option for the device to automatically download updates from the manufacturer which is useful. The device connected to my wireless network without difficulty (entering the wpa key is a ittle fiddly but that’s to be expected). Streaming from an ipad running the spotify client has been fine so far, with the audio clear and disruption-free.
  11. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Really good quality and so easy to set up. It is good to be able to listen to uk radio again as we live abroad.
  12. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Really good quality and so easy to set up. It is good to be able to listen to uk radio again as we live abroad.
    1. Have had one these hama ir 110 internet radios for several months now. And think it is fine piece of kit. The tone is amazing for the size of theunit, setting up is straightforward ,and the remote control w orks well. This is my first internet radio and i think far better than dab lovely clearreception and tone try crystal radio station from toronto top class music.
  13. This review is from : Hama”DIR3500MCBT” Digital Radio, Internet radio/DAB+/FM/app/Multiroom/CD/BT, UK

    Have had one these hama ir 110 internet radios for several months now. And think it is fine piece of kit. The tone is amazing for the size of theunit, setting up is straightforward ,and the remote control w orks well. This is my first internet radio and i think far better than dab lovely clearreception and tone try crystal radio station from toronto top class music.

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