High Fidelity

Do you love your sound system? Silly question. Of course you do, which is why ROCKI is made for you. Connect it to that system and stream high-fidelity music over Wi-Fi from any smartphone. Unlike other standard wireless technologies, a Wi-Fi signal carries more data for clear, crisp sound so your setup can do its job. Founders Dennis List and Nick Yap owned expensive speakers like many fellow audiophiles. To buy new Wi-Fi enabled speakers would have been wasteful and costly. So Dennis and Nick invented ROCKI to bring Wi-Fi to existing sound systems. Use ROCKI at home, with outdoor speakers, or even in your car. Its four-hour rechargeable battery is made for travel. Set up is simple with the ROCKI app, available for both iOS and Android. Play music from any phone, whether you want to hear a friend’s personal tunes or your favorite playlist on a music streaming service. So upgrade your speakers to the 21st century, and as always, ROCKI on, Grommet.

ROCKI

Wi-Fi Speaker Adapter

High Fidelity

Do you love your sound system? Silly question. Of course you do, which is why ROCKI is made for you. Connect it to that system and stream high-fidelity music over Wi-Fi from any smartphone. Unlike other standard wireless technologies, a Wi-Fi signal carries more data for clear, crisp sound so your setup can do its job. Founders Dennis List and Nick Yap owned expensive speakers like many fellow audiophiles. To buy new Wi-Fi enabled speakers would have been wasteful and costly. So Dennis and Nick invented ROCKI to bring Wi-Fi to existing sound systems. Use ROCKI at home, with outdoor speakers, or even in your car. Its four-hour rechargeable battery is made for travel. Set up is simple with the ROCKI app, available for both iOS and Android. Play music from any phone, whether you want to hear a friend’s personal tunes or your favorite playlist on a music streaming service. So upgrade your speakers to the 21st century, and as always, ROCKI on, Grommet.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Simon
    Simon

    Hi, this is Simon from the ROCKI team! We're proud to show off our Wi-Fi speaker adapter so that you can free your music. ROCKI on!

  • Jason
    Jason
    11/19/2014 12:29 PM

    Simon,

    Can a single phone stream to more thant 1 Rocki simultaneously? I've been frustrated with blutooth not being able to connect to more than 1 device and I'd love to find a solution!

    Jason

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:40 PM

    Hi @Jason! We are currently developing the multi-room sync for ROCKI which will enable you to stream music from your device to multiple speakers simultaneously. Once the feature is ready we'll push it though to ROCKI via an over the air update.

  • DENNIS
    DENNIS
    11/19/2014 12:43 PM

    @Simon - I will be the right behind Jason buying this when you develop it.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:56 PM

    Glad to hear that @DENNIS. We will start a public beta of the multi room sync soon!

  • Shanna
    Shanna
    11/19/2014 1:23 PM

    @Simon - add another to your list -- have been wanting to stream online audio to multiple speakers around the house/yard for eons now.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:37 PM

    It seems like we'll need to make our developers work double time to get Multi room sync out there ASAP @Shanna! ;)

  • Nikolay
    Nikolay
    11/20/2014 12:04 AM

    @Simon Can't wait for this feature your device is so awesome !

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/20/2014 2:46 PM

    Thanks @Nikolay! :D

  • rob
    rob
    11/19/2014 12:48 PM

    how does this interface with a component stereo system to power 600 watt floor speakers?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:55 PM

    Hi @Rob! ROCKI connects to your stereo or amplifier through the line in (AUX) port or RCA ports and sends the music through that way. So anything you stream to ROCKI will then be passed through to your speakers.

  • Thomas
    Thomas
    11/19/2014 1:02 PM

    @Simon Have you considered an Optical Audio cable hookup for better quality?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:43 PM

    Now that is a great idea @Thomas! We are actually developing a ROCKI with an Optical Port and an HDMI Port which is designed specifically for use with higher-end amplifiers. Keep an eye out here the coming months!

  • Houston
    Houston
    11/19/2014 12:57 PM

    Do you need an app to stream music, or can you stream using Apple AirPlay?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:59 PM

    Good question @Houston! You can use Airplay on iOS, the ROCKI app (Android and iOS) or any 3rd party app which is UPNP/DLNA compatible. A great app for PC is Airfoil and on Android, besides the official ROCKI app, Bubble UPNP works fantastic!

  • Brian
    Brian
    11/19/2014 4:20 PM

    @Simon Minor question: Using Airplay, I'm getting a little tired of devices with non-sensical names that can't be changed. Can you change the Airplay identifier name of a ROCKI? Say from the default name (I'm assuming it's ROCKI) to something like "Bedroom Speakers"?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 5:00 PM

    Yes! Totally! @Brian

    During the first time setup of your ROCKI you will be able to give yours a name. In the Airplay menu you will then see: ROCKI_*NAME*

    ROCKI ON!

  • Thomas
    Thomas
    11/19/2014 1:01 PM

    I am very much interested in your product and want to make sure I understand how things work. I plug your device into my Receiver and it receives WIFI signals from my IPad/Ipod WIFI device and then the Receiver obtains the signal because of your device, amplifies it and sends it the my speakers through the speaker cables? Are you considering any device that will attach to the Receiver and send out WIFI signals to another WIFI receiver that would then attach to my cherished speakers to make them wireless? Thank you.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 1:43 PM

    Hi @Thomas! When you take your ROCKI out of the box, first thing you'll want to do is connect it to your wifi network. Our app guides you through the 3 easy steps to do so and once ROCKI is connected to your wifi network you'll be able to stream your music to it from our ROCKI app, through Airplay or by using Spotify Connect (Beta).

    Of course, you'll want to plug in your ROCKI to your speakers. Any speakers with a line in (AUX) or RCA port is compatible with ROCKI.

    If you have any other questions ,don't hesitate to ask!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Ted
    Ted
    11/19/2014 2:47 PM

    @Simon

    You say that I can plug the ROCKI into my speakers, does this mean that I can plug it directly into unpowered speakers or do I have to go through an amp? How many watts can a ROCKI drive?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:25 PM

    Hey @Ted!

    ROCKI connects to your amp. It won't drive your unpowered speakers directly.

    So if you amp has a line in or RCA, you can hook up ROCKI.

    ROCKI ON!

  • dan
    dan
    11/19/2014 1:10 PM

    Simon,

    Is there an adapter to hook an IOS device such as a Bose outdoor speaker that I have to attach my iPhone to?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 1:45 PM

    Hi @Dan!

    If your Bose outdoor speaker has a line in (AUX), you'll be able to connect your ROCKI that way!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 1:12 PM

    You talk about the WiFi on phones but what about a home WiFi? It would be great to setup outside stereo system and stream Pandora to it for parties using my home WiFi with a PC running Pandora. I could use a phone but my phone is connected to a Bluetooth devise that rings the old land line phones and would rather not disable that.

    Just an idea but you might think of using this with a home WiFi as an intercom system. Not sure if that would work with this but seems likely you could use this as a base to create one.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 1:53 PM

    Hi @Clifford!

    That's exactly what ROCKI does. ROCKI connects to your home wifi and lets you stream music from your devices over your wifi.

    When you take ROCKI out of the box for the first time, simply follow the set-up steps shown in the app and you'll have your ROCKI connected in no time.

    Once that's done, you can start streaming music from your Phone (Android or iOS) using the ROCKI app, from your PC using Airfoil or from your Mac using Airplay.

    Even when you're streaming music from your phone to ROCKI, your music won't be interrupted by a phone call!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 2:28 PM

    @Simon I have an old 5.1 set of computer speakers. I don't think will not work as surround sound, given the RCA connection but I'm sure I can get around that by not using the back set of speakers. I'm not sold on the ease of use with a PC. I hope to be surprised on that. I use Pandora for all my music these days and really hope to see it work but I know nothing about the AirPlay program. I guess if worse came to worse I would have it work through the phone or a tablet when we have parties. Still debating on getting one but it has made it into my shopping cart.

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 2:31 PM

    @Clifford I just saw that it is not airplay but Airfoil and they want 25 bucks for using it beyond 10 minutes. Something else to let PC users know.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:51 PM

    @Clifford We currently don't have an official ROCKI PC app and that is why we recommend using Airfoil.

    I myself am using ROCKI and Airfoil daily to stream Spotify from my PC to ROCKI and am a very happy user.

    iOS and Mac users can use Airplay to stream to ROCKI which is proprietary software developed by Apple.

  • David
    David
    11/19/2014 1:21 PM

    what about window 8 on a tablet?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:02 PM

    Hi @David!

    If your Windows 8 tablet lets you install windows software, using Airfoil (3rd party software) is a great solution!

    There are some Windows 8 apps out there as well. See this link: http://www.ekoob.com/4-apps-for-airplay-on-windows-phone-8-12121/

    ROCKI ON!

  • Douglas
    Douglas
    11/19/2014 1:24 PM

    What is the best input to use , my receiver is a bit older so it does not have an aux, it does have: Tape, CD, CDR, Phono, VCR, DVD, and TV

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:23 PM

    Hi @Douglas!

    Check on the back (or the front) of your receiver. If you see a port labeled as 'Line in', 'Aux in' or 'RCA' (RCA is a Red and a White port) you can connect ROCKI!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    11/19/2014 4:16 PM

    @Douglas

    Sometimes the phono port includes phantom power or some kind of pre-amplification, so you should not use that port. Otherwise, I would suggest using the CD port, as they are usually balanced at levels for devices similar to this one. But as Simon said, they must take an RCA connection as input.

  • Kishore
    Kishore
    11/19/2014 1:27 PM

    Simon,

    I understand how it would work at home with a WiFi network. How would it work in a car, which usually does not have a WiFi network.

    Thanks

    Kishore

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:25 PM

    Great question @Kishore!

    Apart from connecting to your home wifi, ROCKI can also emit its own wifi network. This way, you can connect your phone to the ROCKI network and still stream the music stored on your phone to ROCKI.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    11/19/2014 4:22 PM

    @Simon

    How do you control whether it is connecting to your home wifi or broadcasting its own? My phone defaults to auto-connecting to wifi networks, but I wouldn't want to connect to the ROCKI over my home wifi once I get home. Do I have to disconnect through the phone settings, or will the ROCKI opt to connect to my home network when it is in range?

    Can I easily make the ROCKI broadcast when I get into my car, when my home wifi is still in range?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:57 PM

    Hey @Daniel!

    Once you've connected ROCKI to your home wifi once, it will automatically scan for it during start-up. If it finds the network in range, it will connect to your home wifi. If ROCKI doesn't find your home wifi, it will automatically start broadcasting its own wifi network.

    If your wifi network is still in range but you want to connect to ROCKI directly, you can manually make ROCKI switch setting from the web control panel.

  • Mike
    Mike
    11/19/2014 1:37 PM

    can i hook that up 2 my computer speakers? i hook my computer 2 my tv, but can't get the sound from the tv, only the comp. speakers. thanx

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:27 PM

    Definitely @Mike!

    You can plug your PC speakers into ROCKI and then stream music to it. From your PC you can use 3rd party software like Airfoil to stream from your PC to your Speakers.

    ROCKI ON!

  • lauren
    lauren
    11/19/2014 1:39 PM

    Wondering about the power source. Says "rechargeable" battery... do I have to replace batteries after every 4 hours of use? That sounds less than optimal for a home sound system solution...

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:28 PM

    Hi @Lauren!

    ROCKI has a built in battery which lasts for about 4 hours on 1 charge. To recharge ROCKI's battery, just plug in the included charging cable and you're good to go!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    11/19/2014 2:04 PM

    My old fashioned sound systems thank you! Can you stream Pandora from android or a computer?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:31 PM

    Hi @Melissa!

    From Android, you're not able just yet to stream music from Pandora. (From iOS you can)

    It is possible to stream Pandora from your PC to ROCKI though. Have a look at Airfoil, a great 3rd party PC app which lets you stream the sounds played on your PC to ROCKI.

  • David
    David
    11/19/2014 2:12 PM

    A small number of expensive systems provide music from a source to distant speakers via WiFi. All speakers have RCA or other inputs either on the back of powered speakers or through preamps or WiFi station devices, etc. My question is: How is Rocki differentiated from these systems? Is Rocki handling a stereo signal to two or more speakers or are two Rockis needed for stereo, etc.?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:55 PM

    If you have passive speakers, you'll need to connect ROCKI to your amplifier @David.

  • Jerry
    Jerry
    11/19/2014 2:18 PM

    I have a receiver hooked to multiple wired speakers(indoor and outdoor). Could I use ROCKI to stream from my smart TV to the speakers through my receiver?

    Jerry

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:59 PM

    Unfortunately that's not possible @Jerry.

    The problem is that you won't be able to capture the sound from your TV and stream it on to ROCKI.

  • Jaime
    Jaime
    11/19/2014 2:41 PM

    Hi Simon, been waiting on something like this for ages. Great design! If there are 2 iphones or ipads on the same wireless network how does it differentiate between the 2 or more devices sending signals to ROCKI?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:18 PM

    Hi @Jaime!

    Thank you! We've put quite a lot of effort into designing ROCKI.

    Basically, ROCKI will play the music from the device which connected to it first.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 2:47 PM

    Can you connect to 5.1 computer speakers? If not will the subwoofer work?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:21 PM

    @Clifford As long as your 5.1 speaker set has a line in or can plug into a 3.5mm audio port, ROCKI can connect to it!

  • christopher
    christopher
    11/19/2014 3:12 PM

    great product! any reason for the design/shape of the devise, other than it looks so cool?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:23 PM

    Thank you @christopher!

    That's quite a long story! Got time for a cup of coffee? ;)

    In short, the initial design looked more like a tall standing diamond but that didn't fit so well in your pocket so we flattened it down to the shape we have today.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Curt
    Curt
    11/19/2014 3:25 PM

    Hi Simon...

    What a GREAT idea. I have just a question if I may; First, can the Rocki be plugged in and charging while in use?

    Thanks

    Curt

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:27 PM

    Absolutely @Curt! ROCKI can be charging while playing music so you can leave it plugged in.

    When you're on the move or outdoors, the battery will take over and last for approximately 4 hours of music.

  • Dave
    Dave
    11/19/2014 3:55 PM

    I'm not sure this was answered previously, but I'm someone with a traditional music system (amplifier/receiver, cd player, etc), and several pairs of speakers. Can I hook up the ROCKI to my receiver (through Aux input) so that I can play music and podcasts from my smartphone to the home speakers?

    Thanks

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:07 PM

    Hey @Dave!

    You can definitely hook up ROCKI to your receiver!

    About the podcasts, what phone are you using and would you be storing them offline or listening to them online?

    ROCKI ON!

  • Carrie
    Carrie
    11/19/2014 4:22 PM

    I am a die hard music lover and I want it loud! I've even been called a freak (it's a compliment). I've recently gotten into buying thousands of dollars of Sonos equipment, and I am so disappointed with the volume/sound. It's just not "enough"! I believe you have just made me a very happy girl who will be able to purchase this awesome product and totally be able to ROCKI out! Thank you so much Simon!

    Carrie

    P.S.

    I hope you can make me happy!

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:52 PM

    I'mm sure you'll enjoy your ROCKI @Carrie.

    If you have any questions after this board closes, don't hesitate to send me an email to [email protected]!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Ning
    Ning
    11/19/2014 4:31 PM

    Hi,

    I know at home, my husband plugs his iphone to the receiver to enjoy the music. So with your product, he can just plug in ROCKI, then control /play the music through his phone. I want to make sure I get how ROCKI works.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:53 PM

    Hi @Ning!

    Yep! ROCKI Plugs into your speakers and connects to your wifi network. Once that's done, your husband will be able to stream music to the speakers using Airplay directly from his iPhone!

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    11/19/2014 5:32 PM

    @Simon Any chance this will work at all using a Linux notebook as the media source (even running under emulation - wine)?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 6:37 PM

    Not quite familiar with Linux @Joseph. ROCKI supports UPNP/DLNA so if you have software on Linux which can stream audio using those standards, there is a big chance it will work. Can't confirm it for you though.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    11/19/2014 8:38 PM

    My receiver is indoors and I would love to take my phone outside with me to control the music. Does the signal transfer well through walls to outdoors?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 9:03 PM

    Hi @Sarah!

    ROCKI connects to your Wifi network. So as long as your ROCKI and you are within the range of your wifi network, everything will be fine!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Shari
    Shari
    11/19/2014 9:56 PM

    When was your last update? Have you had one since your June 2014 review on CNET?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/20/2014 2:48 PM

    Hi @Shari! Our apps have received quite a few updates. For example, we're currently at app version 1.0.11 on Android and the software on the device received a couple of updates as well!

    Updates come in automatically so you won't even have to do anything extra!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Ron
    Ron
    11/19/2014 10:53 PM

    1.) So with the ROCKI app on my iPhone and the ROCKI unit hooked up to a speaker I can only stream music that's on my iPhone? 2.) Is there any way to access my 35,000+ iTunes library and play via ROCKI? 3.) How is this different than connecting to a Bluetooth speaker? Sorry I'm a novice and just bought a ROCKI and trying to grasp the best way to use it.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/20/2014 2:55 PM

    Hi @Ron!

    Exactly, with ROCKI connected to your speakers and your wifi network, you'll be able to stream your music to them!

    You won't even need the ROCKI app as you can use Airplay (only iOS users have this feature) which is built in right into your iPhone and Mac PC! Just select ROCKI from the list and you'll be able to stream your music to your speakers!

    The difference with Bluetooth is that ROCKI has a much larger range so you can just keep your phone in your pocket and the music will keep playing no matter where you are in the house. On top of that, the music quality will be much better as it doesn't get compressed like on Bluetooth.

    If you need any help, don't hesitate to reach out to me on [email protected]!

    ROCKI ON!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

ROCKI

Wi-Fi Speaker Adapter

High Fidelity

Do you love your sound system? Silly question. Of course you do, which is why ROCKI is made for you. Connect it to that system and stream high-fidelity music over Wi-Fi from any smartphone. Unlike other standard wireless technologies, a Wi-Fi signal carries more data for clear, crisp sound so your setup can do its job.

Founders
Dennis List and Nick Yap owned expensive speakers like many fellow audiophiles. To buy new Wi-Fi enabled speakers would have been wasteful and costly. So Dennis and Nick invented ROCKI to bring Wi-Fi to existing sound systems.

Use ROCKI at home, with outdoor speakers, or even in your car. Its four-hour rechargeable battery is made for travel. Set up is simple with the ROCKI app, available for both iOS and Android. Play music from any phone, whether you want to hear a friend’s personal tunes or your favorite playlist on a music streaming service.

So upgrade your speakers to the 21st century, and as always, ROCKI on, Grommet.
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Rocki - Wi-Fi Speaker Adapter

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Simon
    Simon

    Hi, this is Simon from the ROCKI team! We're proud to show off our Wi-Fi speaker adapter so that you can free your music. ROCKI on!

  • Jason
    Jason
    11/19/2014 12:29 PM

    Simon,

    Can a single phone stream to more thant 1 Rocki simultaneously? I've been frustrated with blutooth not being able to connect to more than 1 device and I'd love to find a solution!

    Jason

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:40 PM

    Hi @Jason! We are currently developing the multi-room sync for ROCKI which will enable you to stream music from your device to multiple speakers simultaneously. Once the feature is ready we'll push it though to ROCKI via an over the air update.

  • DENNIS
    DENNIS
    11/19/2014 12:43 PM

    @Simon - I will be the right behind Jason buying this when you develop it.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:56 PM

    Glad to hear that @DENNIS. We will start a public beta of the multi room sync soon!

  • Shanna
    Shanna
    11/19/2014 1:23 PM

    @Simon - add another to your list -- have been wanting to stream online audio to multiple speakers around the house/yard for eons now.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:37 PM

    It seems like we'll need to make our developers work double time to get Multi room sync out there ASAP @Shanna! ;)

  • Nikolay
    Nikolay
    11/20/2014 12:04 AM

    @Simon Can't wait for this feature your device is so awesome !

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/20/2014 2:46 PM

    Thanks @Nikolay! :D

  • rob
    rob
    11/19/2014 12:48 PM

    how does this interface with a component stereo system to power 600 watt floor speakers?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:55 PM

    Hi @Rob! ROCKI connects to your stereo or amplifier through the line in (AUX) port or RCA ports and sends the music through that way. So anything you stream to ROCKI will then be passed through to your speakers.

  • Thomas
    Thomas
    11/19/2014 1:02 PM

    @Simon Have you considered an Optical Audio cable hookup for better quality?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:43 PM

    Now that is a great idea @Thomas! We are actually developing a ROCKI with an Optical Port and an HDMI Port which is designed specifically for use with higher-end amplifiers. Keep an eye out here the coming months!

  • Houston
    Houston
    11/19/2014 12:57 PM

    Do you need an app to stream music, or can you stream using Apple AirPlay?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 12:59 PM

    Good question @Houston! You can use Airplay on iOS, the ROCKI app (Android and iOS) or any 3rd party app which is UPNP/DLNA compatible. A great app for PC is Airfoil and on Android, besides the official ROCKI app, Bubble UPNP works fantastic!

  • Brian
    Brian
    11/19/2014 4:20 PM

    @Simon Minor question: Using Airplay, I'm getting a little tired of devices with non-sensical names that can't be changed. Can you change the Airplay identifier name of a ROCKI? Say from the default name (I'm assuming it's ROCKI) to something like "Bedroom Speakers"?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 5:00 PM

    Yes! Totally! @Brian

    During the first time setup of your ROCKI you will be able to give yours a name. In the Airplay menu you will then see: ROCKI_*NAME*

    ROCKI ON!

  • Thomas
    Thomas
    11/19/2014 1:01 PM

    I am very much interested in your product and want to make sure I understand how things work. I plug your device into my Receiver and it receives WIFI signals from my IPad/Ipod WIFI device and then the Receiver obtains the signal because of your device, amplifies it and sends it the my speakers through the speaker cables? Are you considering any device that will attach to the Receiver and send out WIFI signals to another WIFI receiver that would then attach to my cherished speakers to make them wireless? Thank you.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 1:43 PM

    Hi @Thomas! When you take your ROCKI out of the box, first thing you'll want to do is connect it to your wifi network. Our app guides you through the 3 easy steps to do so and once ROCKI is connected to your wifi network you'll be able to stream your music to it from our ROCKI app, through Airplay or by using Spotify Connect (Beta).

    Of course, you'll want to plug in your ROCKI to your speakers. Any speakers with a line in (AUX) or RCA port is compatible with ROCKI.

    If you have any other questions ,don't hesitate to ask!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Ted
    Ted
    11/19/2014 2:47 PM

    @Simon

    You say that I can plug the ROCKI into my speakers, does this mean that I can plug it directly into unpowered speakers or do I have to go through an amp? How many watts can a ROCKI drive?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:25 PM

    Hey @Ted!

    ROCKI connects to your amp. It won't drive your unpowered speakers directly.

    So if you amp has a line in or RCA, you can hook up ROCKI.

    ROCKI ON!

  • dan
    dan
    11/19/2014 1:10 PM

    Simon,

    Is there an adapter to hook an IOS device such as a Bose outdoor speaker that I have to attach my iPhone to?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 1:45 PM

    Hi @Dan!

    If your Bose outdoor speaker has a line in (AUX), you'll be able to connect your ROCKI that way!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 1:12 PM

    You talk about the WiFi on phones but what about a home WiFi? It would be great to setup outside stereo system and stream Pandora to it for parties using my home WiFi with a PC running Pandora. I could use a phone but my phone is connected to a Bluetooth devise that rings the old land line phones and would rather not disable that.

    Just an idea but you might think of using this with a home WiFi as an intercom system. Not sure if that would work with this but seems likely you could use this as a base to create one.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 1:53 PM

    Hi @Clifford!

    That's exactly what ROCKI does. ROCKI connects to your home wifi and lets you stream music from your devices over your wifi.

    When you take ROCKI out of the box for the first time, simply follow the set-up steps shown in the app and you'll have your ROCKI connected in no time.

    Once that's done, you can start streaming music from your Phone (Android or iOS) using the ROCKI app, from your PC using Airfoil or from your Mac using Airplay.

    Even when you're streaming music from your phone to ROCKI, your music won't be interrupted by a phone call!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 2:28 PM

    @Simon I have an old 5.1 set of computer speakers. I don't think will not work as surround sound, given the RCA connection but I'm sure I can get around that by not using the back set of speakers. I'm not sold on the ease of use with a PC. I hope to be surprised on that. I use Pandora for all my music these days and really hope to see it work but I know nothing about the AirPlay program. I guess if worse came to worse I would have it work through the phone or a tablet when we have parties. Still debating on getting one but it has made it into my shopping cart.

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 2:31 PM

    @Clifford I just saw that it is not airplay but Airfoil and they want 25 bucks for using it beyond 10 minutes. Something else to let PC users know.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:51 PM

    @Clifford We currently don't have an official ROCKI PC app and that is why we recommend using Airfoil.

    I myself am using ROCKI and Airfoil daily to stream Spotify from my PC to ROCKI and am a very happy user.

    iOS and Mac users can use Airplay to stream to ROCKI which is proprietary software developed by Apple.

  • David
    David
    11/19/2014 1:21 PM

    what about window 8 on a tablet?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:02 PM

    Hi @David!

    If your Windows 8 tablet lets you install windows software, using Airfoil (3rd party software) is a great solution!

    There are some Windows 8 apps out there as well. See this link: http://www.ekoob.com/4-apps-for-airplay-on-windows-phone-8-12121/

    ROCKI ON!

  • Douglas
    Douglas
    11/19/2014 1:24 PM

    What is the best input to use , my receiver is a bit older so it does not have an aux, it does have: Tape, CD, CDR, Phono, VCR, DVD, and TV

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:23 PM

    Hi @Douglas!

    Check on the back (or the front) of your receiver. If you see a port labeled as 'Line in', 'Aux in' or 'RCA' (RCA is a Red and a White port) you can connect ROCKI!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    11/19/2014 4:16 PM

    @Douglas

    Sometimes the phono port includes phantom power or some kind of pre-amplification, so you should not use that port. Otherwise, I would suggest using the CD port, as they are usually balanced at levels for devices similar to this one. But as Simon said, they must take an RCA connection as input.

  • Kishore
    Kishore
    11/19/2014 1:27 PM

    Simon,

    I understand how it would work at home with a WiFi network. How would it work in a car, which usually does not have a WiFi network.

    Thanks

    Kishore

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:25 PM

    Great question @Kishore!

    Apart from connecting to your home wifi, ROCKI can also emit its own wifi network. This way, you can connect your phone to the ROCKI network and still stream the music stored on your phone to ROCKI.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    11/19/2014 4:22 PM

    @Simon

    How do you control whether it is connecting to your home wifi or broadcasting its own? My phone defaults to auto-connecting to wifi networks, but I wouldn't want to connect to the ROCKI over my home wifi once I get home. Do I have to disconnect through the phone settings, or will the ROCKI opt to connect to my home network when it is in range?

    Can I easily make the ROCKI broadcast when I get into my car, when my home wifi is still in range?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:57 PM

    Hey @Daniel!

    Once you've connected ROCKI to your home wifi once, it will automatically scan for it during start-up. If it finds the network in range, it will connect to your home wifi. If ROCKI doesn't find your home wifi, it will automatically start broadcasting its own wifi network.

    If your wifi network is still in range but you want to connect to ROCKI directly, you can manually make ROCKI switch setting from the web control panel.

  • Mike
    Mike
    11/19/2014 1:37 PM

    can i hook that up 2 my computer speakers? i hook my computer 2 my tv, but can't get the sound from the tv, only the comp. speakers. thanx

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:27 PM

    Definitely @Mike!

    You can plug your PC speakers into ROCKI and then stream music to it. From your PC you can use 3rd party software like Airfoil to stream from your PC to your Speakers.

    ROCKI ON!

  • lauren
    lauren
    11/19/2014 1:39 PM

    Wondering about the power source. Says "rechargeable" battery... do I have to replace batteries after every 4 hours of use? That sounds less than optimal for a home sound system solution...

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:28 PM

    Hi @Lauren!

    ROCKI has a built in battery which lasts for about 4 hours on 1 charge. To recharge ROCKI's battery, just plug in the included charging cable and you're good to go!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    11/19/2014 2:04 PM

    My old fashioned sound systems thank you! Can you stream Pandora from android or a computer?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:31 PM

    Hi @Melissa!

    From Android, you're not able just yet to stream music from Pandora. (From iOS you can)

    It is possible to stream Pandora from your PC to ROCKI though. Have a look at Airfoil, a great 3rd party PC app which lets you stream the sounds played on your PC to ROCKI.

  • David
    David
    11/19/2014 2:12 PM

    A small number of expensive systems provide music from a source to distant speakers via WiFi. All speakers have RCA or other inputs either on the back of powered speakers or through preamps or WiFi station devices, etc. My question is: How is Rocki differentiated from these systems? Is Rocki handling a stereo signal to two or more speakers or are two Rockis needed for stereo, etc.?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:55 PM

    If you have passive speakers, you'll need to connect ROCKI to your amplifier @David.

  • Jerry
    Jerry
    11/19/2014 2:18 PM

    I have a receiver hooked to multiple wired speakers(indoor and outdoor). Could I use ROCKI to stream from my smart TV to the speakers through my receiver?

    Jerry

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 2:59 PM

    Unfortunately that's not possible @Jerry.

    The problem is that you won't be able to capture the sound from your TV and stream it on to ROCKI.

  • Jaime
    Jaime
    11/19/2014 2:41 PM

    Hi Simon, been waiting on something like this for ages. Great design! If there are 2 iphones or ipads on the same wireless network how does it differentiate between the 2 or more devices sending signals to ROCKI?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:18 PM

    Hi @Jaime!

    Thank you! We've put quite a lot of effort into designing ROCKI.

    Basically, ROCKI will play the music from the device which connected to it first.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Clifford
    Clifford
    11/19/2014 2:47 PM

    Can you connect to 5.1 computer speakers? If not will the subwoofer work?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:21 PM

    @Clifford As long as your 5.1 speaker set has a line in or can plug into a 3.5mm audio port, ROCKI can connect to it!

  • christopher
    christopher
    11/19/2014 3:12 PM

    great product! any reason for the design/shape of the devise, other than it looks so cool?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:23 PM

    Thank you @christopher!

    That's quite a long story! Got time for a cup of coffee? ;)

    In short, the initial design looked more like a tall standing diamond but that didn't fit so well in your pocket so we flattened it down to the shape we have today.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Curt
    Curt
    11/19/2014 3:25 PM

    Hi Simon...

    What a GREAT idea. I have just a question if I may; First, can the Rocki be plugged in and charging while in use?

    Thanks

    Curt

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 3:27 PM

    Absolutely @Curt! ROCKI can be charging while playing music so you can leave it plugged in.

    When you're on the move or outdoors, the battery will take over and last for approximately 4 hours of music.

  • Dave
    Dave
    11/19/2014 3:55 PM

    I'm not sure this was answered previously, but I'm someone with a traditional music system (amplifier/receiver, cd player, etc), and several pairs of speakers. Can I hook up the ROCKI to my receiver (through Aux input) so that I can play music and podcasts from my smartphone to the home speakers?

    Thanks

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:07 PM

    Hey @Dave!

    You can definitely hook up ROCKI to your receiver!

    About the podcasts, what phone are you using and would you be storing them offline or listening to them online?

    ROCKI ON!

  • Carrie
    Carrie
    11/19/2014 4:22 PM

    I am a die hard music lover and I want it loud! I've even been called a freak (it's a compliment). I've recently gotten into buying thousands of dollars of Sonos equipment, and I am so disappointed with the volume/sound. It's just not "enough"! I believe you have just made me a very happy girl who will be able to purchase this awesome product and totally be able to ROCKI out! Thank you so much Simon!

    Carrie

    P.S.

    I hope you can make me happy!

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:52 PM

    I'mm sure you'll enjoy your ROCKI @Carrie.

    If you have any questions after this board closes, don't hesitate to send me an email to [email protected]!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Ning
    Ning
    11/19/2014 4:31 PM

    Hi,

    I know at home, my husband plugs his iphone to the receiver to enjoy the music. So with your product, he can just plug in ROCKI, then control /play the music through his phone. I want to make sure I get how ROCKI works.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 4:53 PM

    Hi @Ning!

    Yep! ROCKI Plugs into your speakers and connects to your wifi network. Once that's done, your husband will be able to stream music to the speakers using Airplay directly from his iPhone!

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    11/19/2014 5:32 PM

    @Simon Any chance this will work at all using a Linux notebook as the media source (even running under emulation - wine)?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 6:37 PM

    Not quite familiar with Linux @Joseph. ROCKI supports UPNP/DLNA so if you have software on Linux which can stream audio using those standards, there is a big chance it will work. Can't confirm it for you though.

    ROCKI ON!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    11/19/2014 8:38 PM

    My receiver is indoors and I would love to take my phone outside with me to control the music. Does the signal transfer well through walls to outdoors?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/19/2014 9:03 PM

    Hi @Sarah!

    ROCKI connects to your Wifi network. So as long as your ROCKI and you are within the range of your wifi network, everything will be fine!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Shari
    Shari
    11/19/2014 9:56 PM

    When was your last update? Have you had one since your June 2014 review on CNET?

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/20/2014 2:48 PM

    Hi @Shari! Our apps have received quite a few updates. For example, we're currently at app version 1.0.11 on Android and the software on the device received a couple of updates as well!

    Updates come in automatically so you won't even have to do anything extra!

    ROCKI ON!

  • Ron
    Ron
    11/19/2014 10:53 PM

    1.) So with the ROCKI app on my iPhone and the ROCKI unit hooked up to a speaker I can only stream music that's on my iPhone? 2.) Is there any way to access my 35,000+ iTunes library and play via ROCKI? 3.) How is this different than connecting to a Bluetooth speaker? Sorry I'm a novice and just bought a ROCKI and trying to grasp the best way to use it.

  • Simon
    Simon – Special Guest
    11/20/2014 2:55 PM

    Hi @Ron!

    Exactly, with ROCKI connected to your speakers and your wifi network, you'll be able to stream your music to them!

    You won't even need the ROCKI app as you can use Airplay (only iOS users have this feature) which is built in right into your iPhone and Mac PC! Just select ROCKI from the list and you'll be able to stream your music to your speakers!

    The difference with Bluetooth is that ROCKI has a much larger range so you can just keep your phone in your pocket and the music will keep playing no matter where you are in the house. On top of that, the music quality will be much better as it doesn't get compressed like on Bluetooth.

    If you need any help, don't hesitate to reach out to me on [email protected]!

    ROCKI ON!

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