Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System : Great sound but the setup is very irritating!

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Easy to set up, less than ten minutes. . Mr flb is the gadget man in our house so this is down to him mainly. We’ve had bluetooth speakers in the house, the garden and the caravan. The only downer is that you can only play music that is already stored on your iphone etc. I was suprised at the size and weight of this speaker. Its about the half the size of our microwave. That being said it looks and feels well built and a quality piece of equipment. Mr flb had it out of it’s box and set up in no time. He was soon telling me how it could stream music from a phone, ipad or the mac itself. Our twelve year old twin girls love the fact that it will stream spotify and are now begging for a premium account.

Panasonic alls wireless speaker system. This speaker is amazing, i downloaded the free app and i now listen to the radio via my tablet. I even listen to my itunes via my mobile, the sound is very good with the combination of a upper and lower wide frequency range enabling you to hear great detail. I also found it easy to use, the white stylish modern speaker is the first wireless speaker i have had that can compare to a upper end stereo for sound quality. I also used the speaker with my lap top to watch netflix and wow what a difference crystal clear sound. From panasonic a name you can truly trust.

Possibly a great piece of hardware. I bought it from amazon warehouse. Someone had obviously bricked it & returned it. Then,unfortunately,i was next in line for it. If you do buy one of these from the amazon warehouse,and the network light flashes red & blue,constantly,the item needs a repair. Here are the specifications for the Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System:

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  • The Panasonic Music Streaming App makes it easy to send music wirelessly from your portable device to your speakers. This free app for Android and IOS devices simply asks you to choose your music source, choose your speaker and away you go.
  • The 5 speaker system within the ALL 8, uses a Subwoofer, 2 x bass drivers and 2 x tweeters. This means that the audio signal is divided into acoustic ranges extending from bass to treble so providing the richest, purest possible sound from a spaeker of its size.
  • The ALL 8 allows you to access music subscription services( including Spotify), your iTunes library or Internet radio stations via the system App, when connected to a wifi router. This means the user has access to millions of muscic tracks 24 hours a day.
  • The ALL 8 speaker systems lets listeners easily configure music play over multiple rooms from multiple digital music sources, all over an existing Wi-Fi network. This is controlled wirelessly via a smartphone or tablet so that different music can be enjoyed in any room of the houseor the same song can be simultaneously played over multiple speakers.

Makes your music much more accessable. . The good:sound quality for the size of box is very good. All seems well made and sturdy. Streams flac files from my nas drive seamlessly. Internet radio streams with no problems. Panasonic app works fine with both ios and android. Links and syncs with my all2. If you don’t like the panasonic app you can try others – being part of the qualcomm allplay system the apps by the other manufacturers also work with this (i was using the musaic app but the latest panasonic app update have sorted out the niggles i had so i use that now). Where it could be improved:when i have the players linked together there is a pause a few seconds into the track on the second player, it doesn’t go out of sync or anything, just seems to buffer for a bit and then is fine for the rest of the track, switching the players around so that a different one is the primary the pause moves to the other.I’m sure there will be a solution to this somewhere and will post when i find out how to fix it.

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.

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.

Great sound and easy setup. . This speaker is so easy to set up, as long as you have a modern smart phone. The sound is great, this is especially true at high volumes. I have tried many types of music from modern pop, rock to jazz and classical. Spotify premium is the perfect partner to these and in my opinion they look better than the lg, samsung and even the sonos options. I now have two all8’s and two all3’s setup around the house and recently bought a new vdsl modem/router to replace my talktalk/bt setup and it was just as easy to reconfigure all the speakers to work on my new 5ghz wireless network.

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).

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At this price it was amazing. Connecting it to my wifi and steaming via. I always read the reviews before buying, so i thought i would write one to give a little back. I picked up the all8 at below £100. At this price it was amazing. Connecting it to my wifi and steaming via spotify was super easy. The treble can be a bit harsh, but my main system is a bowers and wilkins that has cables that cost more than this speaker. Great for listening to spotify and good value.

This review is from : Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (White)

At this price it was amazing. Connecting it to my wifi and steaming via. I always read the reviews before buying, so i thought i would write one to give a little back. I picked up the all8 at below £100. At this price it was amazing. Connecting it to my wifi and steaming via spotify was super easy. The treble can be a bit harsh, but my main system is a bowers and wilkins that has cables that cost more than this speaker. Great for listening to spotify and good value.

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Connect all3/all8 direct to iphone. . You can actually run the all8 or the all3 direct from your iphone, but it’s a massive faff to set up, and you need two computers (or similar devices). First factory reset the all3/all8 (hold power until it blinks amber then press the wps button). While that’s resetting switch on your iphone’s personal hotspot and connect a computer to it (over wifi, not usb), so that the hotspot connection stays open. Switch the all3/all8 back on and wait until the alternating red/blue flashing light flashes just blue. That means it has found networks. Now, using computer number 2, search for wifi networks. One will be called all something, connect to it and it will give you the option to connect the all3/all8 to your hotspot. Once you’ve connected you can switch off both computers.

This review is from : Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (White)

Connect all3/all8 direct to iphone. . You can actually run the all8 or the all3 direct from your iphone, but it’s a massive faff to set up, and you need two computers (or similar devices). First factory reset the all3/all8 (hold power until it blinks amber then press the wps button). While that’s resetting switch on your iphone’s personal hotspot and connect a computer to it (over wifi, not usb), so that the hotspot connection stays open. Switch the all3/all8 back on and wait until the alternating red/blue flashing light flashes just blue. That means it has found networks. Now, using computer number 2, search for wifi networks. One will be called all something, connect to it and it will give you the option to connect the all3/all8 to your hotspot. Once you’ve connected you can switch off both computers.
Excellent sound qualityit is not until you listen to the music through this speaker that you appreciate how lacking the sound is from many of the smaller speakers available. This is a lovely product that will stream music from your phone using the home wifi network. The app for the phone works well. The music that comes out of the speaker is full and with a nice amount of bass. It is also possible to plug a radio output or similar direct into the aux input, again with a lovely improvement of sound. This is a nice good looking and easy to use product.
Excellent sound qualityit is not until you listen to the music through this speaker that you appreciate how lacking the sound is from many of the smaller speakers available. This is a lovely product that will stream music from your phone using the home wifi network. The app for the phone works well. The music that comes out of the speaker is full and with a nice amount of bass. It is also possible to plug a radio output or similar direct into the aux input, again with a lovely improvement of sound. This is a nice good looking and easy to use product.
The app renders it useless; you may as well buy a grey brick. It only offers spotify and youll need spotify premium to stream music. Yes, but not via the app and i find it disingenuous of panasonic to fail to specify that thy mean access to itunes via a pc. Compared to the market leader, its a very poor second and if it were not for the sound quality, i’d have rated it one star. Unless you have spotify premium, don’t bother. As for the promises about app updates, theyve never materialised in the 10 months since i bought this and i sincerely doubt they ever will.

This review is from : Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (White)

The app renders it useless; you may as well buy a grey brick. It only offers spotify and youll need spotify premium to stream music. Yes, but not via the app and i find it disingenuous of panasonic to fail to specify that thy mean access to itunes via a pc. Compared to the market leader, its a very poor second and if it were not for the sound quality, i’d have rated it one star. Unless you have spotify premium, don’t bother. As for the promises about app updates, theyve never materialised in the 10 months since i bought this and i sincerely doubt they ever will.

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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.

This review is from : Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (White)

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.
The panasonic all8 is a big beast of a wireless speaker. It’s a heavy, sturdy thing and packs a real punch. You can get it up to a pretty decent volume without a hint of distortion. I used the thing for a birthday party disco in a village hall and it sounded great. There was a surprising amount of volume and in particular bass when it was turned up to its full volume setting. The wireless aspect works ok. There is a panasonic app which you can download to play your music from – but annoyingly (if you are a bit of a geek about these things) it works independently of itunes, so doesn’t record the number of plays for the tracks. I use an imac, and you can’t get the speaker to work wirelessly without buying an additional apple tv accessory (which is the fault of apple, not panasonic). This is frustrating, but working through an audio cable it works just fine.
The panasonic all8 is a big beast of a wireless speaker. It’s a heavy, sturdy thing and packs a real punch. You can get it up to a pretty decent volume without a hint of distortion. I used the thing for a birthday party disco in a village hall and it sounded great. There was a surprising amount of volume and in particular bass when it was turned up to its full volume setting. The wireless aspect works ok. There is a panasonic app which you can download to play your music from – but annoyingly (if you are a bit of a geek about these things) it works independently of itunes, so doesn’t record the number of plays for the tracks. I use an imac, and you can’t get the speaker to work wirelessly without buying an additional apple tv accessory (which is the fault of apple, not panasonic). This is frustrating, but working through an audio cable it works just fine.
Excellent sound quality, easy to set up with android tablet, and a great thing for anyone using digital music resources. The panasonic app is a bit clunky and not especially versatile. Spotify needs a premium subscription to work with this, but other free radio resources such as aupeo and allradio are compatible.

This review is from : Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (White)

Excellent sound quality, easy to set up with android tablet, and a great thing for anyone using digital music resources. The panasonic app is a bit clunky and not especially versatile. Spotify needs a premium subscription to work with this, but other free radio resources such as aupeo and allradio are compatible.
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