Yes, it's here at last.. A device that brings FM and Internet Radio Players into one combined unit, now you can listen in to your favourite internet station without dragging your laptop or hifi with you.
Although not brand new technology to most of the world, with the devices being in major use in places like the US, Japan and Asia, there has been few if any circulating around the UK.
These products offer the ability to listen into Inner Bass Radio without a PC...
Now all that's about to change with retailers now jumping on the idea that most if not all the households in the UK have a portable fm radio set, with that in mind now you can add another 20,000 internet radio stations into the mix and with this an opening up a huge source of music for the masses, the retailers realising this are expected to be keep prices high for the forseeable future.
Be aware that prices are not an area to judge in with the lower priced units, some of the devices retailing around the £50 mark are not much better than those cheap FM pocket radios that all the cheap shops stocked at one time.
Here we feature two of the most favoured models from around the globe starting with Logitech's Squeeze Box Boom and Lenco's' IR-2100 B Internet/ WiFi / Lan / FM Radio set's..
LOGITECH SQUEEZEBOX BOOM WIRELESS NETWORK MUSIC PLAYER
The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is an all-in-one network music player with terrific functionality, superb acoustic performance and a compact design.
Top View Of The Squeeze Box Boom
The Squeezebox Boom features both wireless and wired Ethernet networking allowing it to connect to your home network and broadband Internet connection. It can then connect to over 10,000 Internet radio stations via the SqueezeNetwork and stream a variety of music formats from your networked PC using the supplied SqueezeCentre software.
You can also connect iPods and portable MP3/CD/MiniDisc players via the Boom's stereo line input.
Side View Of Squeeze Box Boom
The Boom delivers superb acoustics thanks to its digital amplifier and stereo 2-way speakers with bi-amplified design.
It also features StereoXL technology which creates an immersing soundstage by widening the stereo image.
With its great sound, easy remote control operation and superb functionality, this is a top-notch network player
You can also use the Boom with other Squeezebox devices such as the Duet Controller or Squeezebox Wireless Client.
Each device can play different music or they can be synchronised to play the same music in every room - great for parties!
With its great sound, easy remote control operation and superb functionality, this is a top-notch network player.
Get more Boom for your room, with the Logitech Squeezebox Boom Network Music Player.
LENCO IR-2100 B INTERNET/ WIFI / LAN/ FM RADIO
The Lenco IR-2100 B internet / wifi / lan / fm radio unit would sit nice in most living rooms and kitchens without looking to out of place.
We chose this model for it's value, design, sound and style and retailing around the £100 mark is a bargain. most retailers in the UK are charging well over £120 for the unit, but a little search for Lenco WiFi on ebay brings up a retailer selling for around the £85 area with delivery.
The Lenco IR-2100 B is a great value unit for the price.
- Internet radio with LAN and wireless connection
- FM stereo reception
- Supports MP3, Real audio, Windows Media Audio, AAC and OGG format playback
- LAN and WIFI connection to shared folders
- Green color display
- Clock and alarm function
- 10 presets for radio & 10 for internet radio
- Electronic volume control
- Audio output 2 x 2 W
- Telescopic antenna
- 3,5mm headphone jack
- Including remote control
For more information on these devices we have supplied a list of products that are supportive of internet radio.