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Kitsound Surfer 1.2 Internet Radio - Black


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  • Compact Internet radio in glossy black finish
  • 3.5 mm aux-in to connect your iPod, iPhone or MP3 player (Audio in jack - connect your iPod/generic MP3)
  • Built-in alarm clock
  • FM radio feature and Wi-Fi connection
  • High quality speaker, driver and amp

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Item model number: SURFERK1
  • ASIN: B005O68H6O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Sept. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,805 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Introducing the KitSound Surfer

Changing the way you listen to radio, the KS Surfer Internet radio gives you access to more than 15,000 radio stations any time you like.

Easy to Use

Thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi antenna, the KS Surfer simply connects to your existing wireless router, meaning you can have almost any radio station in the world at your fingertips. Whether you want hip hop fresh out of Philly, Chicago house or blues from New Orleans, you can search by country, genre or station to find just what you're looking for.

High Quality Sound

With its wooden cabinet - which gives a warm timbre to your music - digital amplifier, high quality speaker driver and tone controls, listening to your favourite station will be an enjoyable audio experience.

Other Features

Giving you easy access to almost all of your music, the KS Surfer will locate other computers on your network and play the MP3/WMA files stored on them, play music from your iTunes library (provided you've downloaded Twonky) and the audio in jack allows you to connect most devices.

Not only all that, but as well as having a sleek, compact design, it also features a clock and alarm with LED display, an audio out jack to let you listen on headphones or connect to your hi-fi and can pick up stations from the whole FM spectrum, with a station preset feature available.

About KitSound

We are craftspeople. We are musicians. We are KitSound and we all commit ourselves to achieving one shared goal - bringing people closer to their music. By understanding music we stay true to its craft. Pure, rich, incredible sound. We settle for nothing less.

Specifications:

- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
- Output: 5 W @ 4 ohms
- Frequency response: 45 Hz - 19 kHz
- Tuner solution: Frontier V6.2
- Presets: 20

Box Contains

KS Surfer K1 Internet radio
3.5 mm aux cable
User manual

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Rickards on 20 Feb. 2012
When I first received the item I was most looking forward to using internet radio and all the stations that it opens up for you. In reality the Surfer has delivered more than I had originally bargained for.

Build
Taking it out of the box (which was solid in itself) it has a gloss black finish you would expect from a much more expensive unit. The buttons give a good tactile feedback and the knobs, which control the volume and menus, have reassuring notches as you move through the range. The screen screen is clear and responsive and is backlit with a soft blue light, the brightness of which can be controlled through the menus. At first I was concerned, being a blue light, that it would be too harsh but I am able to leave it on low without it lighting up the whole room at night (this radio is a bedroom one for me).

Features
This radio is feature packed and includes Internet Radio, FM Radio, Network Music Player and Aux in. The Internet Radio has been a dream to use and I have found all the classic stations with ease through the "popular stations" menu and preset them into the device's memory. On top of this I have been able to browse some of the more diverse stations too - something I was very keen on when looking into Internet Radios. It has a good browsing interface, controlled with the main knob by scrolling in a classic iPod fashion. Not only can the device receive the radio through it's internet interface, but it can also play podcasts. You can search for podcasts in the same way as internet radio stations - by Location, Genre and Station Name.

The FM Radio had a good clear reception in my area with no need for the extendable antenna which is always nice for aesthetics. An added surprise was the ability to play music on my home network.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DP Jackson on 21 Mar. 2012
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A very neat and well designed little gem!!! If you want internet radio this is the one to buy. It has a computer wizard type setup routine which got me connected in 5 minutes. You need to write down your Network's encrypted 16 digit security code before starting the setup wizard.

The manual is clear and in good English with a comprehensive trouble shooting section in case of problems.

I have yet to experiment with all of the possible modes and I will probably add to this initial review as I broaden my experience.

I like the overall design,the uncluttered control fascia and the easy to read LED panel. The tone is good with an equaliser enabling Bass, Treble -14dB to +14dB adjustments and Loudness on/off to get the sound you want and the maximum volume level is more than adequate. I love it.

UPDATE (1)
I'm still enjoying the radio but have come across one small problem. Primarily I bought it to listen to BBC Radio 4 FM and I now find that most of the time that channel is oversubscribed and cannot be loaded. Clearly this is an unfortunate problem I have to take up with the BBC. When it can the radio will connect and when it can't I can use the old Long Wave version of radio 4.

Update (2)(20 April 2012)
The problem with Radio 4 FM is not as common as it was initially - just now and then you might need to use the Long Wave channel instead.
One other small problem has emerged. Many of the settings applied during listening are "forgotten" if you unplug the radio to use it in another room. This involves the graphic equaliser, sleep settings and alarm settings. It's a pity that they can't be made "sticky" settings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Kent on 13 Nov. 2012
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This product is amazing - it sounds similar to a £200 hifi. It is easy to use and set up. As for interference - I noticed some electrical appliances (esp the Central Heating) cause slight intermittent interference - but this is the appliance interfering with the radio not vice versa!

And the price - crazy for such a sound and so much power. The 8 Ohm speaker gives better projection and a full sound; cheaper radios use 4 Ohm speakers to make poor speakers sound slightly better...this sounds like a small (portable)guitar amp. Note in the "old days" Roberts radios used 16 or 12 Ohm speakers to get a full sound from relatively little power (as did many 60's hifi's).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Jones on 8 Jun. 2012
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Forget the techy horsesh_t, this product is excellent because it does what it states it will do!

I purchased the Roberts 83i and was sorely disapointed but this bad boy is an excellent product.
I live in rural Wales where I cannot receive decent DAB or analogue radio, the Kitsound 1.2 has done exactly what it says on the label and hooked up to my broadband signal faultlessly providing a constant stream of radio for all occasions:Radio 2 morning breakfast with my young son, BBC Radio 4 for sunday afternoons or chill fm for friday evenings - marvellous!!
All the problems I have had with previous products have disappeared, the Kitsound 1.2 internet radio produces a reliable broadband link-up with a good quality sound from a little speaker unit.

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT FOR QUALITY BUILD AND DOING WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL DO.

A sadly rare thing it seems in this day and age.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Turner on 16 Mar. 2012
I found this radio quite easy to use from taking it out the box to having it up and running. I normally listen to a handful of internet stations while working in my office upstairs, it was nice to get some sounds else where in the house! Using the normal FM radio was pretty much as simple as it gets, connecting to the household internet broadband was not to bad either as the instructions included were pretty simple. It also features an auxiliary in port for you to connect your smartphone or mp3 player which is handy if people don't like your music!

The radio features several fairly easy to use buttons on the front and a simple display to scroll through. On that note the knob on the front makes it easy to jump through the display menu and push to select the station you want - I've setup a few stations as favourites though so I don't have to worry about churning through loads of stations.

The audio quality is surprisingly good from the speakers, not the best though but for the price it still makes total sense rather than getting some premium audio quality for triple the price. The average joe probably wouldn't notice the difference anyway.

Normally go for the well known brands but I would recommend this internet radio as the build quality seems decent as well as the sound for it's retail value
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