Just curious about what proportion of users use the Last.FM functionality on the 83i. More generally, what do you all use your radio for, and what do you like/dislike?
For myself, it is a bedside alarm-clock radio. I have never bothered with Last.FM
I mostly use the radio to listen to BBC R4 or World Service, both live streams and especially podcasts.
Occasionally I also use it to listen to music off my NAS drive.
I use it over wi-fi only, never used the ethernet or USB sockets.
Things I like about the 83i:
Configurable alarms which I can set weekday/weekend different, and also specify alarm source and volume.
Easy to use menu structure, far better than the Pure Evoke on the other side of the bed!
Tactile physical buttons which I can operate without really having to wake up or open my eyes...
One-touch station presets
Decent sound quality
Reliable and stable
Things I like less (mostly minor gripes except first one or two):
No transport control on podcasts/listen again - this is my biggest annoyance
Poor brightness control (levels and logic) unsuitable for bedside use (I drape a black cloth over the display)
Can not set default on sleep timer, and no one-touch
Can not switch on directly from preset buttons
Slow to change internet stations
GMT/DST does not auto-update from network
Clock drifts significantly despite being set to auto-update - this is an issue since can not rely on BBC pips to set watch accurately unless listening to FM
LCD display has poor viewing angles - set it for viewing from the pillow and it looks kack from above.
Pig-ugly (with apologies to all porcines)