Tricky set up and not as compatible with other devices as we hoped. This speaker took longer to set up that anticipated, due to the software it uses being quite unhelpful, as the instructions were not in good detail. These are simply a single sheet, and the process outlined on them does not lead through to being connected as simply as it states you will be. Through a process of manually entering ip addresses and selecting settings, we have been able to get it to connect in the end. Once set up you can use spotify premium, or other similar apps such as napster, through the specific panasonic app which connects to the speaker. You can also access files which are on the same network, so those shared from your pc, which you have made available. Overall it is a complex system, without the functionality you would hope for. If you bought a bluetooth speaker, you would easily be able to play the contents of your phone or tablet without all of the set up requirements here. This is good, if a bit of a convoluted system, for those who subscribe to spotify and will be using this service to stream from, but if you are just looking for a simple way to play music on one of your devices, then there are easier and better ways, which would also be cheaper. The box does state you can get spotify premium free for 6 months, with this product, but obviously this is a short term offer and so you end up playing out more again in the long run.
Sound quality equal to sonos but a dodgy app. Like others that have reviewed this speaker, if i was reviewing this just on sound quality i’d be rating it as five stars, it really is that good with full and rich tones and an impressive range. I also have sonos speakers and i felt it was as good as them. However, set up is incredibly fiddly using the panasonic app, and i’m glad i’m not the only one to have had problems with it as i was beginning to get more than a little paranoid. For me getting the app was easy enough and it installed without too much bother, however, getting the speaker to recognise my devices using the app was a problem, although it eventually resolved using a tip from another reviewer. I too had the `old’ ipod problem: i. 3rd generation not recognised. To test connectivity i, reluctantly given the dire musical content contained on it, tried my wife’s ipod touch and found no issues whatsoever; didn’t skip a damn beat – forgive the pun, played everything. My iphone6 ran with no problem as did my old iphone5 (both on ios8).
Out of the box it’s sexy as hell, and looks amazing on the shelving unit in my living room. It looks like (and quite rightly so) a high-quality product. Setup was pretty straightforward, a single sheet of clear instuctions and, thankfully, i didn’t experience any of the issues that other people have mentioned. We’ve just moved and took out a new contract with sky and so our router is brand new, which probably helped. Once an update had been downloaded (why do these things never just work straight out of the box?) we were ready to rock and rollthe app is not the sleekest of apps, but it’s functional. I use spotify premium and so was able to link it up and get it to play with no issues at all. I realise i’m one of the very lucky ones with this, and for this i am truly grateful.I used my android phone but it works no problem with my ipad too.
I had no trouble connecting and it works every time and more to the point sounds great. Updated the app and stereo pair and tone. I cannot understand the other reviews, i had no trouble connecting and it works every time and more to the point sounds great. Updated the app and stereo pair and tone controls work fine. Just had to comment as i really cannot understand how this is hard to use?????????????.
Recommended for sound but very limited applications and lacks support. This was fairly easy to set up with an android tablet. Just follow the instruction leaflet and download the panasonic app and do a firmware update,unplug the speaker,leave for three minutes,plug it back in and that was pretty much it. The whole thing took about 5 minutes. Connecting to our spotify premium account was even easier. After that i grouped it with the panasonic all3 speaker which is in a different room. When the two speakers are grouped together there doesn’t appear to be any lag between one and the other. When playing spotify (and presumably napster which is also supported) you can use the speaker with your pc or laptop,however as you can only download the allplay app onto your phone or android tablet you can’t listen to internet radio or anything on windows media player. Unfortunately it all goes slightly pear-shaped after that. For a start you have to go into spotify settings and choose from the list of available devices before you can actually listen to music.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Superb sound BUT tricky setup, annoying limitations (and only Spotify Premium works reliably)
- Sound quality equal to SONOS but a dodgy app
- Would be five stars if not for the awful software.
Good quality sound but limited choice of playback sources. Out the box – the contents were nice and simple, the unit itself, a power cable, some tiny mounting brackets and a few bits of paper. The quick start guide was nice and simple. The process was a bit of a pain – it wouldn’t recognise my router details but after a few restarts i was away. I’m a spotify premium subscriber so connecting with spotify was super easy. I was very impressed with the sound quality- really rich and fills the room. I’ve been using a portable bose wireless speaker that i love but this surpasses the quality. Have tried out a few genres – from ryan adams to andy c and all sounds sweet. The unit isn’t the most beautiful thing and it is quite big, but it isn’t ugly – doesn’t stand out too much. Having tried spotify i tried to play from other audio sources i use.
Would be five stars if not for the awful software. . There are a few things about these speakers i find off-putting. The first is that the app is an unfortunate mess, simultaneously requiring you to use external tools (such as the spotify app) and also have the panasonic app running in the background. This, despite the fact that other speakers in the same general specification seem to manage quite well without an intrusive, unintuitive layer of what may as well be mal-ware. It wouldn’t be so bad if the app was intuitive, but it’s not. That’s the reason why this is only four rather than five stars – when bad software is option, that’s one thing. When bad software is mandatory, it’s a deep flaw in the product. However, everything else works like a dream – set-up is very easy, and it’s equally easy to send the music you’re playing from spotify (i don’t know about other sevices) to the device. I was also happy to see that it streamed music directly from my media centre too without the need for any additional software on the system (a huge plus over other streaming apps i’ve used). Also unlike many such devices it doesn’t claim to be anything other than a meaty wireless speaker – no pretences that it’s a self-contained media centre (i’m looking at you, bose).