I Can Use Roku for Radio But I Need More Music Options

OscarZ

Active Member
Apart from vinyl/CDs/YouTube I like radio sometimes, and FM Radio being so bad I'll have to buy and hook up a very long optical lead from Roku via telly to hifi, so there'll be plenty of music choices there for random listening in high enough quality.

But for more choice on demand I found Amazon a pain to use. You Tube is OK but maybe quality not always so good? Maybe their paid for service? I don't really want to pay for a subscription but does anyone have any suggestions for one that's got a lot of non-mainstream/old/indie/world/folk etc? Or any other good streaming services I might not be aware of? Anything out there that John Peel would have approved of is what I have in mind.

And I need to be able to play what's on my laptop. Do TVs normally play MP3s from a USB stick? That would help.

I was originally looking for a DAB tuner then realised a long cable would be cheaper and neater and work just as well (I imagine).

Oh yes, I have a couple of old Kodi boxes which won't update. Anything I can do with them?

Sorry if the above is a bit rambling.
 

larkone

Distinguished Member
Why not look for a device that delivers internet radio - over 20,000 stations available so you should find something to suit your tastes and in better quality than FM or DAB.
 

Cebolla

Well-known Member
Indeed. For example, all of UK's radio stations that are available on DAB are also available online and in better quality:

For 'non-mainstream/old/indie/world/folk etc' delivered in decent quality audio streams, I'd recommend:
JB Radio2
http://62.138.24.149:8000/aac-320

Radio Paradise
https://stream.radioparadise.com/flac

Plus, if you don't mind a bit of classical in the mix, Mother Earth Radio
http://server9.streamserver24.com:18800/motherearth


BTW, if the internet radio supporting streamer device has dedicated analogue and/or digital audio outputs (and better still doesn't have HDMI) you won't need a TV as the go between!
 
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OscarZ

Active Member
Why not look for a device that delivers internet radio - over 20,000 stations available so you should find something to suit your tastes and in better quality than FM or DAB.

Would that be better content-wise than what I can get on the Roku right now?

And what devices in particular should I check out? I'll go and have alook in a bit but I'd be happy to hear a recommendation or two.
 

OscarZ

Active Member
Indeed. For example, all of UK's radio stations that are available on DAB are also available online and in better quality:

For 'non-mainstream/old/indie/world/folk etc' delivered in decent quality audio streams, I'd recommend:
JB Radio2
http://62.138.24.149:8000/aac-320

Radio Paradise
https://stream.radioparadise.com/flac

Plus, if you don't mind a bit of classical in the mix, Mother Earth Radio
http://server9.streamserver24.com:18800/motherearth


BTW, if the internet radio supporting streamer device has dedicated analogue and/or digital audio outputs (and better still doesn't have HDMI) you won't need a TV as the go between!

Thanks, not needing the telly on would be ideal.

Appreciate the links.
 

muljao

Well-known Member
You could buy a very cheap second hand tablet and plug the headphone socket into a hifi input and use that, alternatively if you have a laptop you can do similar, but if your happy to but a dedicated streamer maybe look at the Yamaha wxad-10
 

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