Übergizmo: What’s so special about the PURE Sirocco 550 hi-fi system? How about having it being connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi so that you can enjoy your favorite online radio stations? Oh yeah, just in case you prefer the shock jocks of old, there is always the good old FM standby, and a CD player thrown into the mix for those nostalgic moments when CDs were the “in” thing, and MP3s are still some way off in the future. Most importantly, the inclusion of an iPod/iPhone dock makes it ideal to keep up with the times, since nearly everyone and their dog has one of those. (more…)
Audio Junkies: Marantz’s new NA7004 network music player is the latest product in a growing new category of “front-end” components that are able to play back digital formats from a variety of sources while containing no actual storage. The NA7004 is DLNA certified for connection to a home network, and also offers coaxial, optical, and USB digital inputs. A front panel USB input allows for easy connection of a thumb drive or iPod, and Bluetooth streaming is also supported via an optional dock.
The NA7004 can also access thousands of internet radio stations, and supports a full complement of lossy (MP3, MPEG-4, AAC, WMA) and lossless (FLAC, 96/24FLAC, WAV, WMA-L) formats. The price is $799.
Engadget: While the iPod sound system boat has already sailed (numerous times), there’s always a minor boom in copycats when the holiday season draws near.
Thankfully, ASUS’ latest contribution to the over-saturated market is one with a differentiating factor, as the AIR3 tunes into internet radio stations as well.
According to the posted user’s guide in the FCC, the unit can play nice with dock-connecting iPods, stream WiFi radio stations and play back music from any other DAP via the 3.5-millimeter auxiliary jack. You’ll also find a 128 x 64 resolution FSTN graphics display, S-Video / composite video outputs and an Ethernet jack.
PC Advisor: Pure Digital has launched the Evoke Flow, a DAB and internet radio with Wi-Fi technology that allows users to enjoy internet radio without being tied to a PC.
Utilising the styling of Pure’s Evoke 1-S, the sleek black device features touch-sensitive controls, a black chrome trim and an OLED display. It will broadcast DAB and FM radio stations through its 3in speaker. Alternatively, the integrated Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to stream audio stored on their PC or enjoy internet radio stations, listen again content and podcasts through its online media portal The Lounge.
A search function located on the Pure Evoke ensures internet stations can be accessed quickly and efficiently without having to scroll through hundreds of station names. Search topics include country, language and genre while the My Favourites facility ensures stations can be stored in the device’s memory.
TrustedReviews: It’s a brave move to make the step from software to hardware, but web radio specialist Radiopaq looks to have managed it with ease.
With the ‘Rp5′ the company has produced a high end DAB, FM and Internet Radio device which certainly looks the business both visually and technologically.
At its heart is a touch sensitive LCD which smartly mirrors the Radiopaq.com interface and a clever sync system means whatever preferences users make either online or with the device will show up on the corresponding system.
Like Radiopaq.com, the Rp5 is also capable of playing any radio station that broadcasts online from around the world while a predictive text search simplifies finding stations especially when combined with option to filter via country, genre or language combined with an unlimited number of favourite presets.
The system searchs the Internet looking for streams. A short sample of their music or content is collected.
Their homepage is used to generate a small free ad (automatically). The ad is placed on their ‘dial’ and the audio sample is instantly accessible to anyone who cares to listen.
They also search the homepage of the stream so you can search for particular types of music directly.