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UyeSee SoundMate M2 Wi-Fi Audio Streamer Review

UyeSee SoundMate M2 Wi-Fi music streaming receiver allows you to wirelessly play audio files from your smartphone or computer to speakers connected to a 3.5mm jack or an audio receiver connected to the optical S/PDIF output of the device. The company sent me a sample for review. I’ll first list the key features of the system, show pictures of the device, and test it with an Android smartphone using my TV speakers.

SoundMate M2 Features & Specifications

Listed hardware specifications and features:

  • Processor – Unnamed router chipset and Audio DAC
  • Memory & Storage – N/A
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi up to 150Mbps with antenna. Open (default), WPA, WPA2, WPA2 Mixed Security.
  • Audio Output – 3.5mm audio jack, optical S/PDIF
  • Streaming Standards – AirPlay, DLNA, and QPlay
  • Audio Formats – aac, mp3, wav, flac, and ape
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port for mass storage and/or 3G dongle, 1x micro USB for power
  • Misc – Wi-Fi and power LEDs, reset pin hole
  • Supported hardware – iOS, Android, Windows and Mac
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 85 x 85 x 24.7 mm
  • Weight – 250 grams
  • Enclosure – Aluminum

SoundMate M2 Pictures and Unboxing Video

I’ve received the device together with their G1H TV Box via Fedex, and it came in the retail package shown below.
Soundmate_M2_PackageWe’ll find the device, a Wi-Fi antenna, a micro USB to USB cable for power, an RCA audio cable, and a user’s manual in English and Chinese.

SoundMate M2 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

SoundMate M2 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

At the front of the device, there’s a Wi-Fi logo, a red power LED, and green Wi-Fi LED. All other connector are at the back: Wi-Fi antenna connector, micro USB for power, reset pinhole, optical S/PDIF, audio jack, and a USB host port.

SoundMate M2 (Click to Enlarge)

SoundMate M2 (Click to Enlarge)

I’ve also tried to open the device, and there are 4 screws under rubber pads on the bottom of the enclosure, but these are firmly tightened and slightly damaged, and I did not manage to remove them.

Unboxing video just below…

SoundMate M2 Review with Android

You can control this wireless audio streamer with iOS devices using Airplay or DLNA, Android deices with DLNA with apps such as BubbleUPnP, AllCast, UPnPlay, etc…, and computers using iTunes, Windows Media Player and other programs with DLNA functions. I’ve only tested it with an Android smartphone. Normally you’ll want to connect the device to speakers or an audio system, but I have neither, so I’ve just connected the audio cable to my TV for testing, and connected the power to start it.

You’ll need the IP address for your device which can be found on the bottom of the enclosure. The MAC address is not needed for configuration, but it starts with 845DD7

SoundMate_IP_AddressIn you Android phone, go to the Wi-Fi settings to locate soundmate_XXXX ESSID and connect to it. It’s using an open network by default, so there’s no password. Then go to your favorite web browser in your phone, and go to http://192.168.222.254, or whatever address there may be at the back of the device.

SoundMate_M2_WiFi_Web_Interface

The web interface provides access to 6 submenus:

  • File manager for USB storage which successfully found FAT32 and NTFS partition in my hard drive
  • Basic settings where you can change the “device name” (ESSID), and configure network security
  • Music service to change the streamer name (DLNA, Airplay..)
  • Internet Connection to configure the connection to your Wi-Fi router or 3G USB dongle.
  • Advanced settings to configure SAMBA and DMS (What’s that?) access. I have not tried either.
  • Upgrade Firmware to upgrade via USB.
File Manager, Internet connection and Advanced Settings (Click to Enlarge)

File Manager, Internet connection and Advanced Settings (Click to Enlarge)

The important part is to configure the Internet Connection to get access to your router while connected to SoundMate.

When you browse the file manager, and try to open a music file it will simply download it and ask you which app you want to open. There’s no way to tell the device to automatically play the audio files via the web interface, so that’s not too useful… I’m not really sure how to play files from the USB drive, maybe using SAMBA can help…

The Quick Start Guide lists several DLNA apps: Air buddy, All CVast, BubbleUPnP, ShareOn, UPnPlay, iMediaShare, N7 Player, and Air Music, but they also mention any app with DLNA function should work. At first I decided to install BubbleUPnP as it’s one of the most popular DLNA app. It worked at first, but after I tried to play an unsupported file, it stop working, refusing to play any audio files. So I decided to reboot the device, but it was not the culprit, as BubbleUPnP refused to play any files, even after exiting and restarting it. So instead I installed UPnPlay, and I could play most audio files from my phone, expect the first MP4 (.m4a) audio files I have as it’s not supported by SoundMate M2.

SoundMate Renderer in BubbleUPnP and UPnPlay Apps

SoundMate Renderer in BubbleUPnP and UPnPlay Apps

Previously, I tried to play music from my phone using EZCast dongles such as Tronsmart T1000 and WiDiCast EC-E2, and when outside, I started to have problems with a range of 6 meters or so, but SoundMate M2 is much better, as the audio plays fine as far as about 10 meters, and beyond that audio cuts are starting to show up. You can also control the volume from the phone, as with the other solutions.

UyeSee SoundMate M2 is available on Aliexpress for $55 including shipping via DHL. You may also want to check the product page on UyeSee website.

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  1. August 26th, 2014 at 03:26 | #1

    Long time BubbleUPnP and UPnPlay user. These days I swear by Monkey UPnP.

  2. August 26th, 2014 at 03:29 | #2

    @rektide I also have a DIY version of this at home: Rygel is a really nice upnp suite for Linux, it has a great “play bin” that works as a MediaRenderer. Headless Marvell Kirkwood box that’s been running for years. Ultimately I still use MPD 3/4 the time, but UPnP is nice to have. It’s super simple to setup, I highly recommend it as a short side project.

  3. deets
  4. August 26th, 2014 at 20:08 | #4

    @deets
    Based on the MAC address, Netcom should be the manufacturer, but that model looks a little different (no Wi-Fi antenna).

  5. deets
    August 27th, 2014 at 01:47 | #5

    That’s true, different antenna and enclosure. But the airmusic is available for $25 shipped.

  6. Ryan
    August 27th, 2014 at 11:21 | #6

    @cnxsoft
    Netcom is one factory who selling this ,UYESEE is the best manufacturer for wifi audio streamer products with a full range from highend ,mid-end to low end . Soundmate support streaming music from android /ios /mac/windows devices to speaker ,and support streaming from spority /pandora or other online music provider on IOS. One key function is soundmate supporting multi room or multi speaker streaming controlled by one device .

  7. Ryan
    August 27th, 2014 at 11:22 | #7

    SoundMate is also the only brand providing firmware upgrade service for this product in China, the forum support will come soon .

  8. September 4th, 2014 at 16:08 | #8

    Demo shwing multi-room (multiple SoudMates) support with Spotify – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0pd3xUZeuU

  9. Pete
    September 9th, 2014 at 09:59 | #9

    @Ryan
    Where can I download updated firmware for the device? I don’t seem to find any links on the manufacturer’s web site!

  10. Wop
    October 28th, 2014 at 17:47 | #10

    Soundmate arrived today… but the menu of the device doesn’t show the “File management” and the “Advanced Settings” choices, despite being present in the User Manual. What’s the use for the USB port if there’s no way to see at least a USB pendrive?

  11. October 28th, 2014 at 18:23 | #11

    @Wop
    Is it the same firmware as used in my review (See first screenshot)?

  12. FossXplorer
    October 28th, 2014 at 19:20 | #12

    @deets, or anyone with experience on the Airplay device for $25? Thinking to buy one such.

  13. Pedro
    October 29th, 2014 at 03:18 | #13

    @FossXplorer
    I have the Soundmate M1 version and it works reliably. It is also nice to have it run on batteries with USB powered speakers plugged into the devices’ USB socket.
    I wouldn’t recommend it for a multi-room speaker setup because the playback drifts (losses sync) compared to other airplay destinations such as the airport express. I don’t know if this also applies to DLNA based playback.

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