Have you experienced the joy of internet radio yet? It means you can access radio stations from around the world – so you can listen to that drivetime show you enjoyed so much while on holiday in the US, or indulge in a constant stream of hits from the eighties (if that’s your thing!)
Roberts, makers of some very desirable retro-styled radios (and experts in the manufacture of radios – the company started 80 years ago), have just introduced their very first internet-only radio, the Stream 105. This means that you can’t tune in using an aerial to get FM stations or even DAB radio. And you’ll need a wireless network at home as there is no option for connecting via Ethernet.
Compact, easy to use, and with the same simple styling we have come to love from Roberts, it is designed to be lightweight and portable – indeed you can use it on any public Wi-Fi hotspot if you so wish.
As seems to be de rigeur with many devices these days, the Stream 105 can be controlled using your iPhone or Ipod Touch, thanks to an app called ConnectR. This allows you to control volume and mode via your phone’s screen, as well as being able to set presets and alter tone control.
This is good news, as there is no touch-screen – or even screen – on the device, and otherwise everything needs to be done using the dial control.
The app also allows you to play music from your PC through the speakers of your internet radio – connect to your network and you’ll be able to access your albums, playlists and individual tracks at the click of a button.
The radio can also act as a speaker for your iPod or MP3 player, thanks to the presence of an auxiliary in-socket. There is also an alarm facility (choose from being woken by a buzzer or by your favourite radio station).
The Roberts Stream 105 comes in at a tidy £100 – find out more at www.robertstsradio.co.uk