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Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001

Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001
alaScore 84

154 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 reviews of Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The design and usability also get good reviews, but there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Roku Soundbridge M1000/M1001 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Roku SoundBridge M1000/M1001 Network Music SystemRoku SoundBridge M1000/M1001 Network Music System

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Bill Howard (pcmag.com)

Roku SoundBridge M1000 and M2000

 

The software schizophrenia and the inability to address network hard drives directly keep the Roku from being the best music player yet for PC users.

Stylish looks. No TV required. Compatible with Apple iTunes and can also play WMA, WAV, AAC, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis files from your PC. Handheld remote. Plays Internet radio (indirectly). Flexible configuration options.

Software download required. Separate software needed for WMA and iTunes support. iTunes support only includes ripped or imported songs, not purchased tracks. No photo or video support. Can't talk directly to network hard disk.

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Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Mark Fleischmann (soundandvision.com)

Roku SoundBridge M1000

 

Setup was literally plug-and-play because I used a wired connection, hooking up my PC's router to the SoundBridge with an Ethernet cable. SoundBridge is also wi-fi 80211b compatible. The latest M1000 has built-in wi-fi and the original came with a...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Jason Snell (macworld.com)

Roku SoundBridge M1000 and M2000

 

With a uniquely clean design and built-in iTunes support, a readable display, a simple infrared remote control, and a reasonable price, Roku's SoundBridge M1000 can fit well in your home stereo system.

Support for compressed and uncompressed audio ; digital and analog ports ; easy to set up ; text is very readable

Expensive ; software has some rough edges ; no support for encrypted iTunes Music Store files

The SoundBridge doesn't offer music storage. Instead, it streams music data over your home network from Macs or PCs running iTunes. Just select the Share My Music option in iTunes' Sharing preference pane

Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Matthew Overington (goodgearguide.com.au)

Roku SoundBridge M1000

 

Roku's SoundBridge M1000 is a snazzy piece of industrial design, built for piping digital audio from a PC (or Internet connection), to a home stereo. ...

Stylish industrial design, outstanding functionality

Display can be hard to read from a distance

Universal plug and play support, wireless and wired networking, and both analogue and digital outputs combine to make the Roku SoundBridge M1000 a top-notch network music player.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Roku SoundBridge M1000 review

 

The Soundbridge M1000 doesn't break with Roku tradition; it looks the part, sounds the part and is pleasingly promiscuous in the software department

The Soundbridge is the most versatile, intuitive and downright sexy music streamer around. Get one in your spare room with haste

Oct, 2006

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

The Soundbridge M1000 doesn't break with Roku tradition; it looks the part, sounds the part and is pleasingly promiscuous in the software department

The Soundbridge is the most versatile, intuitive and downright sexy music streamer around. Get one in your spare room with haste

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Nathaniel Wilkins (cnet.com.au)

Roku SoundBridge M1000

 

Roku SoundBridge is a network music player that lets you play your Mac or PC digital music files anywhere in the house - connecting your stereo or powered speakers to your computer's digital music library.

Supports iTunes and Slim Devices' SlimServer software ; Includes 802.11b wireless card ; Large, bright text display ; Rhapsody support via a third-party plug-in ; Simple interface ; Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs ; Works with Windows and Mac

Can't stream secure AAC files purchased from iTunes store ; Side-mounted cable covers aren't durable ; Small remote control ; Pricier than competing models that also stream video and images ; Lacks a headphone jack

In the final analysis, the Roku SoundBridge M1000 is a better-than-average audio-only digital media receiver.It's better-looking and slightly more affordable than the Slim Devices' Squeezebox but not quite as durable or as stable as that model

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Dave Oliver (avreview.co.uk)

Roku SoundBridge M1000 digital soundserver

 

Digital soundservers aren?t necessarily the most photogenic devices on the planet. Their nature as a bridging device seems to dictate that they should be tucked out of sight and merely heard, not seen. Roku?s SoundBridge is the exception however...

Good looks, easy to set up and use, reliable connection ;

Requires third party music playing software, not the cheapest soundserver

It may not be the cheapest wireless music server on the market, but it is certainly one of the better looking - not something you'd be ashamed to be seen with. Ease of use and general quality of performance were also first-rate, making this a quick and...

Jul, 2005

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Excellent Bridge

 

Would recommend. Good value for the money.

Have been using my SoundBridge on a daily basis for about 1.5 years now with very few issues. Roku's support is very good & replaced a malfunctioning remote for free. Roku mostly plays internet radio and .mp3/.flac from a local Twonky/Buffalo...

One bad firmware upgrade that was resolved by Roku within a few days. Wish there was a larger or three-line LED display

Mar, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Excellent music bridge

 

The M1001 is proving to be a great music bridge between my Mac's and PC's (with iTunes) and my home entertainment system. And it does streaming internet radio too. It was easy to set up via wired or wireless connection

None

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

PRODUCT FEATURES: Built-in support for popular music player software - no additional software required; Compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks as well as wired Ethernet; Digital optical, digital coax, and analog outputs connect directly to your stereo; Plays all your stored playlists, including iTunes Smart Playlists; Search for Song Title, Artist, Album, Composer and Keyword; Browse by Song Title, Artist, Album, Composer and Genre; Quickly browse huge music collections with patent-pending feature, Fast Browse; Create an "ad hoc" playlist to suit your mood; Shuffle and Repeat play; Up to 4 dynamic music visualizers to choose from; Small enough to place anywhere - on a shelf, bedside table, etc.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio System

Functions (KA):Network audio player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KA):Audio components
Type:Network audio player

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Connectors

Coaxial Digital Output: Yes
Optical Digital Output: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.4in
Height:2.4in
Weight:24oz
Width:10in

DVD

Type: None

Header

Manufacturer:Roku
Model:M1000/M1001
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Roku SoundBridge

MD System

Type: None

Remote Control

Type:Remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Turntable

Type: None