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The BBC will stop streaming using the older Shoutcast platform which some Internet radios no longer support and will switch over to both HLS and DASH starting around mid-2023. Your Como Audio model supports DASH technology so we are expecting our customers will still be able to listen to most or all BBC Internet radio stations after the changeover. Please be sure your Como Audio model’s software is up to date: System settings > Software update > Check now.
Important message for customers using Eero mesh networks:
Eero’s recent software update has caused our models to continually reboot. Prior to the software update our models operated fine. We have had no similar reports regarding other mesh systems or networks. If you connect your Como Audio system to the Guest Network it will operate properly again as a temporary work around. Eero informs us they are unable to provide more information or a better solution until they hear from Como Audio customers directly, so we encourage you to contact Eero toll free at 1-(877) 659-2347 (7 days a week, 7am – 5pm PT), or via email to Eero Customer Support at: email@example.com.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.
Our UK software partner, Frontier, enabled a new Internet station aggregator in May of 2019 due to serious reliability issues with the previous aggregator. Our new aggregator is the same company that added the premium music streaming services to our Musica model (Deezer, Napster, and Amazon Music). The aggregator change was not made as a cost-saving measure, but to allow us to continue to reliably support the important Internet radio functionality of your Como Audio model(s). If you are hearing a British spoken message on your Como Audio system(s) it is running old software. Please perform a software update: System settings > Software update > Check now. You will then be able to tune and save Internet stations to the presets. For more information and instructions on how to save Internet stations to My Favorites, please refer to this blog post: https://comoaudio.com/blogs/tech-rap/my-favorites-is-back/ Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions/concerns or if you require personal assistance.
We highly recommend you reboot your router and modem (if you have a modem) before trying anything else, as most of the time this cures the issue. There should be a reboot/reset button on the router itself, or you can just unplug the router for a minute and plug it back in. Even if other devices are operating fine, the router could still cause issues. If the router reboot doesn’t make any improvement, the next thing to try is a Factory reset in the System settings menu on your Como Audio system. This will require repeating the set up process and re-saving presets , which is why we strongly suggest you try rebooting your router first.
No. However, you will need Wi-Fi service to take advantage of most of the features our products offer. If you wish to take advantage of Musica’s premium streaming services like Deezer, Napster, or Amazon Music you will need a subscription, but this is not required to use the other features.
No, only 1 account can be saved.
Our products will work with any 802.11 2.4/5G b/g/n router. A broadband service which is capable of 1Mb download speeds is best.
Connect an audio cable from the audio output of an Apple AirPort Express to a Como Audio system’s auxiliary input and use AirPlay as you normally would. Be sure your Como Audio system(s) and iOS device are connected to the Express’ network. This setup will also allow your music to be multi-roomed by grouping all of your Como Audio systems and controlling them via the free Como Control app. If your current Express is not easily accessed to connect a cable, a second AirPort Express can be set up in “bridged” mode, then connect a cable from its audio out to your Como Audio system’s aux input.
Spotify is the only music streaming app integrated in all of our music systems. For the ultimate streaming experience, our Musica features additional integration for Amazon Music, Deezer, and Napster premium music services. However, you can stream other apps from your device to ANY of our products using Bluetooth, DLNA, a Chromecast for Audio dongle (not included), or a 3.5mm stereo audio cable to one of the auxiliary inputs. You can also connect an Alexa device (not included) via Bluetooth or audio cable and access other services by voice!
Yes. Both auxiliary inputs.
Yes, provided your turntable has an integrated preamplifier or you have an outboard preamplifier.
Yes. Go into the Menu > System settings > Backlight. Select ‘On level’ to dim the display when the unit is On. Select ‘Dim level’ to dim the display when the unit is in Standby. You must also select a Timeout value for the Dim level to work. Alternately, when the unit is in standby, double click any remote control key twice (except Power and Alarm) to turn the display completely off.
Our portable model is Amico which includes a rechargeable LI-ion battery for up to 8 hours of playback (based on average use) on a full charge.
Yes. The display and clock require more power than anything else except the amplifier, so to preserve battery power, the Amico is inactive if switched off without the adapter connected. If you need to see the clock or use the alarm or sleep timer, please keep the adapter connected. There is no harm to the battery if the adapter is connected when the battery is fully charged.
Yes. Go into the Menu > System settings > Time/Date > Standby format > Analog/Digital.
Yes. Be sure you have the option to change your TV’s audio output to PCM out. The sound will be in stereo, not surround sound, but should provide an improvement over the sound from the speakers built into your TV.
No. However, some FM HD stations also broadcast on Internet radio and can be access through our Internet radio tuner. If you own an outboard HD or Sirius/XM tuner/radio, assuming it has an audio output, you connect its output to one of the auxiliary inputs.
The existing antenna is threaded over an F connector and can be replaced, but it is recessed within the panel in order to reduce how much it sticks out in the back. This may make it a bit more difficult to attach a different antenna.
Multiple options are available to find stations including searching by music genre, searching by a specific country, or inputting a specific station name.
When playing music through the USB input from a USB flash drive or a network-stored library of music files, supported codecs include FLAC, WAV, AAC+, MP3, and WMA.
Yes, provided it does not exceed the 5V/1A power rating.
Yes. With the unit On, press the alarm clock icon key on the remote control, select an alarm, set each parameter as desired and under “Mode” select “buzzer”. Be sure to save your changes by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the alarm menu and selecting Save. Note the alarm cannot be set to wake to the USB input or to a computer.
Yes, and the sleep times are adjustable.
Yes. Go into the Menu > System settings > Equalizer > My EQ profile set up > and adjust as desired. Be sure to answer ‘Yes’ to save your changes when you exit out of the EQ menu.
The current options include walnut and hickory, and piano gloss white or black. The cabinets are made of nearly ½” thick MDF with a real wood veneer or multi-layer piano high gloss finish.
They were designed in the USA and are assembled in China.
We are continually speaking with potential dealers, but at present the products will only be available for purchase on line.
Every Como Audio product carries a two year warranty.
Configure your flash drive’s Format to “MS-DOS(FAT)” and the Scheme to “Master Boot Record”. This will allow Solo or Duetto to recognize the flash drive whenever it is connected to the USB input.
Search under “Como Control” and scroll down until you see the “CA” logo.
Spotify failed to completely connect. Disconnect the Spotify app from Solo or Duetto and then reconnect it.
No. The USB input supports a USB thumb drive and also charges most smart devices requiring no more than 5 volts/1 amp. To play music from an MP3 player, use Bluetooth or connect an audio cable to one of the auxiliary inputs.
Duetto is stereo and therefore offers a wider soundstage. It also plays slightly louder and the bass frequency extends slightly lower than Solo, though both models sound excellent. The Duetto’s 3.2” color display is slightly larger than Solo’s 2.8” display, meaning text is a little easier to read, and the clock and album artwork is presented slightly larger. Other than these things, the feature set is identical. If you have a particular space in mind to place it, bear in mind Duetto is larger than Solo in all dimensions.
The wired Ambiente and Amica speakers were designed to turn Solo and Amico respectively from hi-fi mono speakers into stereo systems. As Duetto and Musica are each already stereo, those separate speakers won’t work with those models. If you own a Duetto or Musica and you want to cover more of your home with sound you should add another model other than Ambiente or Amica and group them together in the Como Control app so they all play the same source. For instance, you might have the Musica in your living room and a Solo in the kitchen.
After you set the alarm time and source in the alarm menu, you must scroll down to the very bottom of the alarm menu page and select “Save” for the changes to take effect.
Unlike the On level, the Dim level is linked to the Timeout. For the Dim level to work, you must set a Timeout of at least 10 seconds.
No. It doesn’t illuminate. It is the sensor for the included remote control.
Yes. Unplug the power cord. Press and hold in the Power and Menu knobs simultaneously while at the same time plugging the power cord back in. After you see the Como Audio logo on the display, release the two knobs. The unit will be reset.
Yes, via the rear panel DC input, but you will need a DC to DC converter (not included) to increase the voltage from 12VDC to 20VDC which our models require. If you want to use Solo or Duetto’s supplied power cord, the other option is a 12VDC to 120VAC converter (not included).
Disable the VPN and re-enable it after connecting the App to your Duetto or Solo.
Our software defines DST as advancing the time one hour (typically done around Spring) to extend evening daylight. Therefore, turning DST On adds one hour, while turning it Off (typically just prior to the winter season) deducts one hour. To adjust DST, go into the Menu > System settings > Time/Date > Daylight savings > On/Off.
Make sure your Solo/Duetto is actually connected to your WiFi network and be sure your smart device that has the Spotify app is connected to the same WiFi network as your Solo/Duetto. This is important if you have more than one router/network. If you are accessing the same Spotify account on your phone and your computer, you should only use one device when connecting to Solo/Duetto. If someone else in the household is using Spotify Connect, that user’s device may be connected. The Solo/Duetto can only connect to one device at a time. If you continue to have an issue, go into the Solo/Duetto’s Menu > System settings > System reboot. A quick System reboot should solve the issue.
Yes, with the addition of a third party Bluetooth transmitter connected to the headphone output on one of our models. Please consult the manufacturer of your headphones or speaker for their recommendation regarding a compatible Bluetooth transmitter. The Bluetooth in our models are receivers only and receive music from a smart device or computer having Bluetooth. You can also connect a pair of headphones using a 3.5mm stereo audio cable.
This is due to the network’s firewall. You should contact your building’s IT person and have them add the MAC address from the Como Audio system to allow proper connection to the network. To get the MAC address: System settings > Network > View settings.
Sonos uses their own proprietary network which is incompatible with our models. Our models will work with each other and many other devices using the Frontier Silicon solution.