Monday, August 24, 2009

Revo IKON - more promise than your average iPod dock

- Revo IKON
Announced today, for shipment in late October, is the Revo IKON.
List price is 280GBP

This looks like a good attempt at an all-in-one device - iPod dock, radio (FM, DAB/DAB+), internet radio, home media - with what should be pretty good sound for its size, combined with attractive looks and modern features (touchscreen,, album art, station info).
Inside it is using Frontier Silicon’s new multi-standard Venice 8 module.
If the implementation is a good as the device promises then this should be a winner - provided there are enough people who are willing to pay over 250GBP for something to do everything.

It includes functionality - both listening and scrobbling, although it looks like the listening part is only free for 30-day trial, which is odd given that is free for UK (and Germany plus USA) listeners. Support also claimed for Sirius, Rhapsody and Pandora - but today all of these require the listner to be in USA.

When playing your local music it will also try to show album art on the 3.5-inch touch-screen.

Feature list:
* 3.5” colour TFT touch-screen display
* High sensitivity DAB and DAB+ digital radio
* Advanced internet radio with Wi-Fi and wired LAN connection
* Easy access to over 11,000 internet radio stations (vTuner-based)
* Wirelessly stream music from your PC or MAC
* FM radio reception with RDS
* iPod docking functionality with full control and charging (folds away)
* 30 watts (2 x 15 watts) from class D amplifier
* NXT Balanced Radiator speaker technology
* Digital alarm clock with sleep and snooze
* 20 favourite station presets
* Compatible with all iPod and iPhone models
* Includes compact remote control
* 3.5mm headphone connector
* Stereo RCA line-out connectors
* Optical digital out connector

Click here for press release from Revo (PDF)
Click here for Revo image gallery

Friday, August 21, 2009

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

- Baby Boom?
Squeezebox Radio aka BabyBoom

Engadget report lead me towards another FCC test report posted today - this time it reveals a small Squeezebox with integrated speakers - a cut down Squeezebox Boom.
Squeezebox Radio - under test
It is described as:
Squeezebox Radio model X-R0001 is a compact tabletop network music player and internet radio that lets you listen to virtually any internet radio station, music service or entire personal digital music collection.
Providing remarkable sound in a compact footprint, the X-R0001 extends the power and ease-of-use of the Squeezebox to any room. The Squeezebox Radio model X-R0001 features:
• Compact Design
• Bi-amplified design with ¾-inch high-definition, soft-dome tweeter
• 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofer
• 10W digital power amplifier
2.4” Color TFT LCD
• Front panel controls including scroll wheel
• 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
• One-touch WPS wireless setup
• Built-in 10/100 Ethernet
• Headphone Jack
• Works with all Squeezebox family products

Something to note - looks like this is a mono device (one dome and one tweeter).
Dimensions listed as 4” x 6” x 3.25”
Although not mentioned in the summary above - the test document does refer to a battery pack - so this looks like it is a truely portable device (perhaps they will charge extra for the battery module).
Price: around 180USD

Teaming up with Queen ...
A page leaked out (and was pulled) from Logitech site stating:

Listen to an exclusive premiere of Queen's forthcoming album, Absolute Greatest, streamed to your Squeezebox Touch or Squeezebox Radio for free until the album release in November. With Queen and Squeezebox you can: Preview Queen’s upcoming album, ..."

Here is one of the more unusual views - from underneath (showing where the product label is)

Squezebox Radio from underneath

Updated with another picture and price
Updated with latest inmage from Logitech (officially blogged about on their site)