RCA Infinite Radio RIR200/205 Internet Radio

Discussion in 'Slacker Radio' started by lronglien, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    I've tried to find this radio at all kinds of places online because it has Slacker as a part of it. Amazon and Buy.com have both cancelled my orders. All places I check online tell me they don't have it. Is there anyone who knows where this radio can be purchased? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. bluefenderstrat

    bluefenderstrat New Member

    I can't help you with your search for the RCA radio, but you might try the Squeezebox Boom as an alternative--it suports Slacker, Rhapsody, Pandora, Sirius, Radioio, etc. along with allowing you to stream your own music collection (via your PC) or whatever free streams you care to listen to. It does not allow you to record streams, and is a bit pricier than the RCA radio apparently was, but it is readily available.

    The Boom is the "clock radio" version of the Squeezebox--you can also buy the Squeezebox without built-in speakers for use with your existing stereo system. I highly recommend either one.

    Amazon.com: Logitech 930-000054 Squeezebox Boom All-In-One Network Music Player with Integrated Speakers (Black): Electronics
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2009
  3. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    Boom

    The Boom is a great radio and I picked one up around Thanksgiving. It exceeds all other "internet radios" that I've owned.

    I was notified by Amazon that the RCA RIR 205 is / will be available soon. The cost is $180 so its a bit spendy.
     
  4. wabc770

    wabc770 New Member

    Amazon did have the 200 available a week or so ago, but they were gone within
    a day or two, so they'd be the first spot I'd check. I looked everywhere for
    the last month and was lucky to grab a 200 from Amazon last week.

    Before I got it, I wrote RCA and asked about availability -- they told me 30-60
    days on the 205, but couldn't estimate a date on the 200. Voila, it was on Amazon
    about a week after that.

    jr.com is another spot that notified me they were 'coming soon'.

    It's my first internet radio, and I drooled at the Squeezebox Boom, but
    thought it best to get my feet wet with something less expensive.

    I absolutely love this little radio -- it's a great way to listen to Slacker
    and so much else. When the budget permits I can't
    wait to check out the SB or its successor!
     
  5. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    What if anything makes this better than the Grace Wifi Radio?
     
  6. wabc770

    wabc770 New Member

    I've never used the Grace - it may be great - but a couple reasons why
    I chose the RCA RIR200:

    - All these radios seem to be technology in their infancy - I didn't know
    if I'd love it, if it'd stink, or something in-between. This was the
    cheapest way ($100) to try it out. The Grace was $70ish more.
    (BTW, so far, I LOVE IT!!)

    - It included AM/FM. This allowed me to hear my locals that didn't stream,
    sporting events that were 'blacked out' from streaming, etc, all in one small
    package on the nightstand.

    - Since I was happy with my XM XPress - which was made by Audiovox -
    I figured I'd give this also-made-by-Avox product a chance.
    Also, while RCA isn't considered in the elite by audiophiles,
    I've owned a few of their products and they've made me happy enuf.

    - Weatherbug was a bit of a factor. While some folks love to hate them,
    I've used their software and found their wx alerts to hit my desktop
    faster then the NWS alerts hit my local media. Having the temp and forecast
    included is a nice touch.

    - SLACKER. Does the Grace work with Slacker? I dunno, but it stood out
    loud and clear that the 200 does, and Slacker has done more to make
    listening to music fun again to me than any source in a long time.

    The 200 has rough edges, pros & cons, like all these products do.
    I didn't know if I'd like these little internet radios or not. But my 200
    has been a very positive introduction. For 100 bucks, the ability
    to hear Slacker and thousands of other music, talk, shortwave and
    international radio stations, even scanners and ATC, in crystal-clear
    audio quality is ahelluvalotafun for a radio junkie!!
     
  7. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    Rir 200

    Well, its interesting that the RIR 200 was available last week. I had placed an order on Amazon for one in late December. Then I received an email saying my order was going to be cancelled because of non availability. And now I find out that they did get them in.
     
  8. wabc770

    wabc770 New Member

    FWIW, I have no interest in Amazon for clarity's sake. They were out when I checked them
    in late Dec, and were out till they showed up again on Jan 17, when I ordered. I tried them
    and a half-dozen other sites many-a-day.

    For a few days, they were in-stock/out-of-stock, depending on when you checked.

    Frustrating for sure. Just keep checking, I hope you get lucky!
     
  9. snakester

    snakester Member

    Anywhere you can actually buy this thing? I'm in the market for a new alarm clock and this thing looks perfect.
     
  10. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I have no idea, but if all it does it Sirius, I am not interested in it. I am not sure I am interested in any of these really, but they look cool.

    Like Snake this would certainly make for a cool alarm clock. You'd get to drift off to sleep and wake up listening to Slacker or whatever else you want to tune in apparently. Pretty sweet!

    Does this RIR 200/205 actually work with Sirius too?
     
  11. snakester

    snakester Member

    I think he's talking about this Grace radio.
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Intellitouch-ITC-IR1000B-Grace-Wifi-Radio/dp/B000YGNZN4/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232933937&sr=8-1[/ame]
    I don't see Slacker listed for support though, it seems they picked Pandora instead. Which definitely won't do it for me now that I'm a slacker plus subscriber.
     
  12. snakester

    snakester Member

    Does anyone have any experience with Slacker on a Squeezebox? It seems like this RCA infinte radio is impossible to find, and I have to say I much like the ability of the Squeezebox platform. I'm thinking of picking up the Squeezebox Boom to replace my old alarm clock but I want to make sure it has at least core Slacker functionality (heart/ban, station lists).
     
  13. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    Boom

    I have the Boom and I bought it specifically because it does work with Slacker. As far as I can tell, however, there is no "heart" and "ban" buttons. It does allow you to skip songs though.

    If you sub to Sirius online radio you can get there on the Boom as well. Ditto for Pandora. XM is not supported at this time.

    If you can afford it, its a great radio.
     
  14. bluefenderstrat

    bluefenderstrat New Member

    You can in fact "Heart" and "Ban" songs or artists on Slacker through the Squeezebox Boom. When you have the song showing on the "now playing" display, just hit the right arrow on the directional keypad and scroll through the options. You can also read the album reviews and artist bios provided by AllMusic (although scrolling through a long bio one line at a time is a bit tedious). The Boom is a terrific unit if you're looking for a "clock radio" type unit with big enough sound for a single room.
     
  15. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    Ban/Heart

    Thanks for that info. I'm still learning about what this radio is about...
     
  16. snakester

    snakester Member

    Definitely going to pick it up when I get my money back from Uncle Sam. I've been looking at the software that comes with it, and the sheer amount of crap you can do with it is amazing.
     
  17. gntman

    gntman New Member

    The RIR200 simply rocks with both Slacker and a large selection of internet radio at your fingertips. You can also add your own music with a USB flash drive plugged into the back of the radio.

    Finally, custom stations work great but you can't play other people's custom stations listed as favorites. The solution is to save as your own custom station and it works fine.

    Proud Slacker: G2, Blackberry Pearl, PC and RIR200
    :peace:
     
  18. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    Rir 200

    And, of course, the next question is: Where do you get one?
     
  19. snakester

    snakester Member

    Exactly. If I can't find one I'm gonna go with te Squeezebox.
     
  20. gntman

    gntman New Member

    Keep checking Amazon. My original order was cancelled but I checked back weekly until they were available. However, they sold out very quickly.
     

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