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.
We’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.
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.
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…
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Long time BubbleUPnP and UPnPlay user. These days I swear by Monkey UPnP.
@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.
Based on the MAC address, Netcom should be the manufacturer, but that model looks a little different (no Wi-Fi antenna).
That’s true, different antenna and enclosure. But the airmusic is available for $25 shipped.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (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 .
SoundMate is also the only brand providing firmware upgrade service for this product in China, the forum support will come soon .
Demo shwing multi-room (multiple SoudMates) support with Spotify – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0pd3xUZeuU
Where can I download updated firmware for the device? I don’t seem to find any links on the manufacturer’s web site!
Me 2 – still searching – …. (18.06.09)
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?
Is it the same firmware as used in my review (See first screenshot)?
@deets, or anyone with experience on the Airplay device for $25? Thinking to buy one such.
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.
I am using BubbleUPnP to stream wirelessly. Flac files are playing in slow motion? Can someone please help.
Try to be serious, your company does not provide support, in your site is inactive for several days to download.
If a buyer needs firmware that should do??
Before purchasing the products of this company, make sure you have assistance.
I don’t trust a company that has a site unusable in the download.
A seller importer.
Manages to to stream from android phone , ipod touch and tablet using various dnla apps no problem, but i cannot figure out how to styream music from laptop to soundmate, ive tried evertthing , what am I failing to do, any help would be great
I sent a message to UyeSee a week ago advising them that none of the links on their site to firmware or manuals are working. No response or fix yet 🙁
Keywords: Chinese New Year.
Many in China are on holiday on February 14-28. So you may get your answer in March.
My OS in my pc is Windows 7, I can’t listen to online radio stations, am using Windows media player, I can hear the radio stations on my pc, I can’t listen to them with SoundMate M1.
I can hear everything that resides in my pc (mp3, flac etc.).
When I try to listen to radio stations gives me this error: “unable to retrieve media information from media server”.
What do you advise me to do? What software should I use to listen to online radio stations?
Thank you for your attention.
With this software “MediaMonkey” can I listen to radio in straming and manage my music tracks, and much more.
I have a soundmate M2 working great with optical output.But sometimes it stops working and I can’t see the soundmate in my network.I have to disconnect it and connect again to get it working again.
I have wifi n at home.Maybe I have to downgrade to wifi G ?
if someone has an idea or a firmware update to download ??
I use android and bubbleupnp or GingkoDLNA .
With windows 7 or 8 I use Foobar2000 with upnp renderer plugin.It’s working very well.
Hello JEFF, try looking at this link
have a nice day
Great !! Thanks a lot
SoundMate M1 Firmware update:
2014-12-02 version 1.0.05-A39(A.01) have been released.
Fix the bug on AP scanning
What is the main difference between models SoundMate M2 and WM201?
What would you, guys, recommend to buy today?
I need to synchronise music in different rooms which are to far to use bluetooth. So can I stream sounnd from my ipod to several M2 via Wi-Fi? Did anybody tried?
I have not tried myself, but the company provided a demo @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0pd3xUZeuU
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
The IP address in instructions, 192.168.222.254 does not load on any of my browsers or devices. I cannot access control panel on my M1 device to get access to Internet.
The ip on unit says 10.1.1.1 and that doesn’t load either
It’s been a while since I have used it. But if connecting to the ESSID (soundmate_XXXX) is successful, then it’s very weird that the IP on the box does not work.
But if it does not work, then like all routers, it should have a procedure to reset to factory settings listed in the user’s manual.
Yeah, it should.. No support on man website and instructions are basic at best
Once you are connected to soundmate_XXXX, what is the IP address of your phone?
10.1.1.170 on my iPad when connected to device
The gateway is probably shown as being 10.1.1.1 or 10.1.1.254, and that gateway address should be the one you you need to access from your iPad. If it does not work, the device firmware might be corrupted?
You could try to re-install it the latest firmware @ http://www.filefactory.com/file/tpem6af2dzp/Uyesee_Soundmate%20firmware%20collection.rar (Source: http://chinagadgetsreviews.blogspot.com/2015/05/download-uyesee-soundmate-firmware.html), but if you can’t access the web interface, I’m not quite sure how you are supposed to do that…
I tried those and they just time out.. I guess I should prob return :/
Thanks for your help 🙂
I have a Soundmate M1 – which are not showing any wifi anymore. I’ve tried to reset the device ( not sure this is right) by holding the reset bottom up til 30sec – But no effect at all – No light in Wifi – and are not showing anywhere -How do you connect to the device now ?
The method to reset to factory settings should be indicated in the user manual. But if you don’t get LED light at all, maybe your device is broken. Normally, you should see an access point with your phone or computer’s WiFi.