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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 November 2010
Internet radio is the future of radio, and this machine is a great way to enjoy it. The other reviews tell you most of the techie stuff. I'll just say it is really easy to use and has a really good sound. I am a musician and very fussy about sound quality -this is just the bees knees. I use it on the "Jazz" EQ preset -as a jazz bassist I am a bit biased and the sound from this small unit is really suprising and a delight. I have the website (on which you register your favourites) open on my PC in the office, and play a favourite station in both the office and on the radio in the kitchen -the ground floor is filled with music! My daughter immediately figured out how to plug her iPod into it and it worked well for her.

The powerful bass and lack of distortion at high volumes means this will be great for music while entertaining -no more faffing around to put CDs on.

Apart from the superb sound quality, it's nice to use as it's designed as a traditional radio, with knobs and buttons. I like this -I can't be bothered to fiddle around with touchscreens. It's lovely to have the high-tech workings under the cover too. I still can't quite get my head round being able to access 10,000 radio stations and save favourites on a webpage which the radio accesses. As a newcomer to Internet radio I am delighted by the discovery of genres I had never really known.

This is a great radio and a bargain for its price. It might not have all the bells and whistles possible, but if you aren't bothered about rewinding regular transmission (though you can rewind podcasts) and want to enjoy all kinds of radio with a great sound, then get his machine.

Further comments:

Have now registered with (30 days free subscription to the service on the radio though always free on a PC) and it really is amazing. It spookily chooses the music I like after I have told it (on my PC) a few of my favourite artists. If I key in to the radio the name of a favourite artist, it plays nothing but that artist and related music in that artist's genre. In the last few days I have discovered bands I have never heard of whose music I am quite in love with. It has kept me very happy during the long hours of cooking over the Christmas period in the last few days! I can't speak highly enough of this radio -so glad I bought it. I am hooked on the service and will happily pay a subscription after the free month is up. I hope the artists get their replay royalties as I will be buying music very infrequently any other way.


I'm still very very happy with this radio and all it offers. My major disappointment with it is the ease with which my daughter can clutter up the "recent channels" listing with her own music choices -not at the moment much like mine! Really a very good radio though and lasting well in looks and functionality.

Happy Christmas everyone!



I have recently upgraded my router from a several-years old one to a modern, top of the range Belkin Play Belkin N750 Dual Band Wireless Router and this has really improved my experience with the internet radio. This router is designed for media streaming -and I hadn't appreciated how much difference this could make. The radio tunes in to internet stations so much faster now, and doesn't hang like it sometimes did. There are no breaks in transmission now. I had tamely accepted these as features of the internet -but it's more about the quality of the router signal. I've also finally networked the radio to my PC so can now stream my music collection to the radio -all 4956 songs of them! Making a playlist on my PC and then running it when I am entertaining will be lots of fun -no getting up to change discs!

Still very happy indeed with my lovely Internet Radio, which just seems to grow and grow as I slowly become more IT-literate.



Over four years on and working as well and looking as good as it did when I first got it. Very happy with this purchase. Love the rich sound -still delights me. Works even better now I am on fibre broadband (at last!).

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on 9 December 2009
I like this radio a lot. I bought it mainly to get BBC "Listen Again" on a radio that can also be carried between bedroom and kitchen etc. Fits the bill perfectly. I've had it for a couple of weeks now and think it's great. It has a good warm sound with good bass and, thankfully, bass and treble equalizer control (with some presets and personal option). It's the best sounding "portable" I've owned. It is a satisfyingly weighty object with good quality controls. Menu navigation, station selection and browsing/searching (for internet stations, podcasts, "listen again"s and the like) is fairly straightforward. The screen is fine as these things go.

Unlike some internet radios it has an ethernet socket in addition to wifi, which I thought I might need and is worth thinking about. As it happens wifi connects readily from everywhere in my house, even the bedroom from which my laptop's usb wifi adaptor struggles. (I'm still glad of the wired option as a standby but haven't needed it yet.)

The DAB reception is rock solid - I have a JVC mini hifi which struggles terribly with DAB in a corner of the house where the Stream83i just works. I only need to have the aerial pointing up, but not extended, to get a top reception. FM reception is not so good, but I've always struggled with FM in my house so cannot say whether the Stream83i is better or worse than other current similar models.

I have Townky media server (DLNA/UPnP) running on a NAS (Western Digital MyBook World Edition white light version) and it picked this up straight away. I was browsing and listening to my personal ripped music collection and archived podcasts with ease.

I find browsing internet stations quite easy and BBC Listen Again content all seems to be there. The controls are reasonably straightforward (again, as far as these things go on small screen/no mouse/no keyboard devices). In fact I found searching for things by name quick and easy.

I registered with the wifi radio frontier website (as per the instruction book). This is the site used as the internet radio/podcast database for the radio. Registering your radio on the site (which is free and very easy) lets you create a personalised menu of favourite radio stations and podcasts. It also allows you to add URLs for any internet radio not already on their database. You do all this from your PC, and the next time you use your radio, your personal menu shows up on the radio. Very good. (Do not confuse this side of things with the "last fm" functionality, which is entirely separate.)

I plugged my MP3 player into the Aux In and it worked very well as a pair of quality loudspeakers for it (for the money/size etc.).

I also plugged the MP3 into the USB socket and it started charging it, which was nice. The radio read my USB content and it worked fine playing USB content.

I haven't tried the "" stuff so cannot comment on that. I'll give it a spin one day, but it wasn't what I bought it for.

The only thing that I feel should be mentioned is that this unit lacks the ability to pause and rewind radio. The "Play/Pause/FF/Rewind" labels on the preset buttons are only for playback of Media Player/USB content. They do not control the playback of podcast/listen again or normal radio. I only mention this because I own another Roberts DAB radio that has something called "Pause Plus" - pause and rewind about 20 minutes of whatever station you are listening to - which is brilliant. The Stream83i does not have this feature and is the only thing I would add to make it a perfect device for me. I had a good play with this box in John Lewis before buying (from John Lewis - sorry Amazon!) and knew it did not have Pause Plus. I can live without it.
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on 24 June 2010
The Roberts is the third internet radio I have purchased over the last 5 years, and the only one to have met all my expectations - and more.I was looking for a radio that would give me easy access to all internet stations - especially BBC Radio 3 and 4, which require Real Player on the radio for best results - via my home wireless network, with high enough quality sound reproduction to make it a pleasure to listen to classical music. This product delivered the stream of my dreams - quick and easy set-up, intuitive tuning and pre-sets, simple remote, extraordinary sound quality for such a small box, and the added bonuses of DAB for my local music stations and easy access to all music files on my home PC via my wireless network. On top of that, it actually looks great, in a comfortingly retro way. Top marks for Roberts!
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VINE VOICEon 25 March 2010
I converted from a Pure Evoke Flow to a Roberts Stream 83i. Ok, so this radio isn't going to win any style or beauty awards but it's inners are strong and it performs exceptionally well. I've had it running for about 2 months now and during that time it hasn't skipped a beat - this can't be said of many internet radios. Not one hiccup or reboot, I hope this continues!

The main part, the internet radio is driven by Frontier Silicon, and although their database is not as large as Reciva's it offers a wealth of good stations from every country and genre imaginable, with the option to suggest one, or if you have a valid URL, create your own station. The favourites option is handy, as it allows you to store the station you listen to often for easy access on the radio, instead of trawling threw lists running into their thousands. It is likely you will want to use this as the 83i only has 5 dedicated preset buttons.

Aside internet radio, you have a very capable DAB/FM radio, (which works for me with the aerial down - pulling in all the stations I should receive with no hassle) and the Media Player function which streams MP3/AAC tracks from my MyBook World Edition NAS with no trouble.

On the back we have a headphone socket, Line out and Audio In, an RJ45 ethernet socket and the power supply jack. A USB socket is on the back as well as front but the rear one is intended only for use by Roberts, or I imagine to update the firmware where an internet connection is not possible on the radio. The USB on the front is intended to be connected with a MP3 player (excluding an iPod) or memory stick and thus it will play the tracks from this.
I have had no trouble with the Stream 83i, and Amazon has it here for a very good price so I recommend getting it from here. Unlike the Evoke Flow, I can find no disadvantages besides the looks and can highly recommend the Roberts Stream 83i. Thank you.
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on 18 November 2010
I normally don't write reviews but I think this radio deserved one.

Although the unit is lighter than you might think the sound quality is good from the three speakers. It not only receives digital radio stations but also the FM ones. It can access thousands of internet radio stations and has the facility, via a web site, to add ones that are not held on the database. A good feature is that the radio immediately tries to reconnect if you lose connection. My other internet radio, a Phillips Streamium, cannot do this. You have to go back to the beginning of the menu and start again, which becomes rapidly tedious.

Another good feature is the provision for a wired network link if your wireless link is not that reliable. It can also access a mp3 collection held on a computer hard disk in a trouble-free way. To do this you can use Windows media server or other third-party software, such as Tversity. Whatever you use, it is far quicker and more reliable than Phillips' clunky and slow software.

It can also play audio tracks recorded on a USB memory stick and portable mp3 players. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a way to get the tracks in order from a USB stick.

In addition, it has alarm and sleep functions.

I have now had this unit for over a month and can recommend it wholeheartedly. It does exactly what it says 'on the tin' and it's not often you can say that.
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on 30 January 2010
This radio is a delight.Internet connection is easy even for a tech ignoramus like me.The sound quality is really excellent with no trace of distortion even at high volume.I listen mainly to jazz and classical music and the range of stations worldwide is really extraordinary.No DAB signals in this area and I have not bothered with FM since internet is so good.
This radio is easily the best I have ever owned and I would recommend it to anyone.
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on 10 January 2011
This radio is smart in a glossy piano black, and is surprisingly small for all the features packed into it. It is a 'mains only' unit, using an adaptor to change mains voltage to 12 volts DC. This means that you could use it in a caravan or boat as well as your home. On test, the radio consumed about 300ma at 12 volts, so the 1.5 amp adaptor provided is more than adequate.
Set-up proved easy by following the instruction book. You need to configure the internet access before use, so a broadband connection is required to receive internet radio stations. This can be a wired connection to your router, or a wireless connection if you have a router with this facility. Once set up, the radio can tune to stations from all over the world using your broadband connection. There is no need to switch on your computer.
I used a wireless connection, and got good results within about 20 feet of the router. Beyond this, reception became rather intermittant, with the radio reloading the web-site at frequent intervals. My laptop computer however, had no difficulty in staying connected anywhere in my house, so I have to assume that the Roberts has a rather poor wireless card built into it that needs to be improved. Using the wired option provided faultless connection.
I next selected DAB on the set, and managed to tune in several multiplexes. Given I live in a poor reception area, this was an above average result, and I can recommend the Roberts if you are looking for a good DAB radio. However, if you don't want internet radio as well, the previous model is much better value for the price.
FM mode is also included, but proved useless. It just wasn't possible to tune in anything with a clean signal. Putting the radio into mono mode helped slightly, but the main problem seems to be an interference field generated by the internet circuitary within the set, which is picked up through the ariel. The previous model may well be better on FM as it doesn't have what is basically a computer built in. If FM is important to you, don't buy this radio.
Finally, sound quality. This is a small radio with a big voice for its size. Even bass frequencies are heard, due to the large, rear facing speaker and ported cabinet design. The two small speakers at the front provide a little stereo effect and are quite directional. If you move off axis to the radio, it sounds muddy and undetailed. At the front, the results are pleasing and sound as if you are listening to a much larger sound system. You can alter the equalisation by accessing a sub-menu, but the bass and treble controls are crude. An adjustment to optimise for music, results in too much bass on the spoken voice. This effects clarity of speech and you end up with a compromise setting. If it were possible to boost frequencies below 150hz, without changing any frequency above this, the sound would be better.
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"Turn the dial in you hand, till you find the shortwave band" sang Kraftwerk on their homage to all things radio(active), Radio-Activity. That was a record that harked back to a golden age of radio: kids under the bedclothes trawling the megahertz. DAB is OK, but it took that magic away. Well guess what? Now the magic's back, and then some. All you need is a wi-fi connection.

The Roberts Stream 83i is basically 3 products in one:

1. THE INTERNET RADIO - Tune in (and I do kind of mean tune in, Roberts cleverly use a traditional dial as the main way of finding and selecting stations) to pretty much any radio station on the planet. If a station broadcasts its output on its website (and they nearly all do), then it will be here - from Chorley FM to Cuba, as well as internet-only stations (e.g. those provided by high-end hi-fi manufacturer Linn). The possibilities are literally endless. And it goes without saying that the reception is crystal clear every time. There is also a DAB tuner (well, I suppose it might come in handy if your internet's ever down) and (snort!) an FM tuner.

2. THE MUSIC PLAYER - If your computer's switched on then, by the wonder of wi-fi (and very little fuss at all), this will play any MP3 music file on your hard drive. Just watch out if your computer's one of those that likes to hibernate after only a short period of inactivity, or you might need to keep prodding it. The sound quality (3-way speaker system) is superb for the price, as good as any docking station I've heard for the same money (and this does so much more). Oh, and you can plug a flash drive or your MP3 player into it as well.

3. LAST.FM: This is the feature I knew the least about (nothing, in fact) when I was given the radio as a present, and yet it's probably the one I currently use the most. Basically, you just pick your favourite artists from a very comprehensive website (LastFM) and it plays their songs randomly for you. A bit like using the shuffle function on a well-stocked MP3 player, but with even more of the surprise element. Ideal for when you want to play music but don't quite know what to play.

There are a few other bits on here as well, an alarm clock for one - but this is way too good to be used for that!

I can't say enough good things about this radio. It's hard to believe, and as some of my friends and relatives have also commented, that it retails at the price it does. The instruction manual is comprehensive and written in plain English, the build quality is good and overall, if this was the only music playing device I owned I'd be more than happy.

Shortcomings? Hard to grumble at the price BUT - what's with the silver carrying handle? A fold out-out black one would have been better, if a handle is really needed at all? This doesn't need to be a portable device (easily movable yes, portable no). Also, the antenna's a bit flimsy - but then I doubt you'll be needing that! The remote, though satisfyingly solid, has funny and slightly difficult to press buttons. But this is really, really minor stuff. I love this so much I even find its faults endearing (maybe not that handle though!)

OK kids, it doesn't actually do anything your laptop (with a decent-ish set of speakers connected) can't but somehow this is so much more fun!

To paraphrase Ralf and Florian: let the airwaves swing and distant voices sing.
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on 23 November 2009 is effectively an online radio station with a difference - the listener is in the driving seat!
The Roberts stream 83i links, via the internet, directly to the web site.
Begin by going online and setting up an account at and you suddenly have instant access to a vast library of tracks.
From here, you simply type in your favourite artists/bands/composers and this information is used to create a profile which forms the basis for a personalised music database. But things don't finish there - Last also goes on to recommend material from it's enormous music database that you may appreciate also.
You have then the opportunity to enter into the Neighbourhood where your musical preferences can be shared with other users and vice versa, expanding further the material available.
Pretty much all of the website functionality is available through the Stream 83i.
There's the ability to tailor the music output to suit your taste (in my case - prog rock) by means of the Love/Ban buttons on the receiver.
Whenever a selection is made, the information regarding what you listened to together with likes/dislikes is fed directly to the site, further enhancing your musical profile and continually increasing the body of material on offer.

I have to say that I've become quite addicted, having received exposure to a number of artists and bands of whose work I was previously unaware.

Sound quality is excellent for the size of unit, giving a fulsome but well controlled bass response. Distortion is also very low - even at high volume.

DAB reception is superb and Internet stations tune and buffer far more quickly than on the Pure Evoke Flow which I also own.
The media player is also excellent, although, unlike the Flow does not allow me to shuffle my entire music collection - displaying a message saying that there are to many tracks for the shuffle function to work.

Without reservation then, this is a five star product and those who've not yet experienced the functionality of Last FM will discover via the Stream 83i that a whole new musical world will rapidly open up before them.
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on 23 November 2010
Based on 1 year's experience of the Roberts Stream 83i; 5 yrs of other internet radios; 40 yrs hi-fi.

- Best audio quality of any current (2010) mid-priced internet radio.
- Likes being placed close to a wall or sound baffle.
- Has a software-based 'equalizer', i.e tone control, to set your sound preference, an essential requirement if you are getting on a bit (over 40), as one's hearing changes with age. Typically, the older you get the less high frequencies you can hear; the equalizer can compensate for this loss very well. ['Software-based' means there is no physical knob to turn].
- Produces a satisfying degree of well-controlled bass sound from such a small enclosure, especially satisfying if you like jazz. [And if you like jazz, an internet radio is essential, there are so many marvellous jazz stations available].
- High frequency clarity is excellent
- Note: The high audio quality derives importantly from its employing the FRONTIER SILICON chip. Until recently most internet radios employed the RECIVA chip. The sound quality produced by the Reciva chip is very poor, drastically cutting off high frequencies. If sound quality is important to you - don't buy a radio using the Reciva chip.

- Quick enough in connecting to your wireless network (though not as quick as the remarkably speedy Clarus Magic Box)
- Good network 'reception'. You should not have problems unless there is a competing network from a neighbour on the same channel; in this case, change your network channel.

- As others have observed, the lack of control over 'podcast' material is very annoying. You cannot pause a podcast that is playing, you can only stop it. If you stop and then re-start later it does not remember where you were in the material, it simply starts again from the beginning. How ridiculous is that in this day and age? Where was Roberts's Chief Design Engineer when this was decided? On the golf course?
- To have only 5 presets for a universe of 11000+ stations is perverse

- The technology is way behind the scope of the medium.
- A conceptual breakthrough is required to make the internet radio an easy and sensible way to navigate the vast number of available stations
- Current design thinking seems not to understand how ordinary users might wish to explore this rich new medium
- If they did, there would be, to give one example, a facility to set up your tastes in different 'schema', then at any point you could either pull in a 'random' station within a particular schema, or 'skip' through stations in that schema until you got something satisfying for you at that particular time
- A simple example of a schema you might have pre-defined for yourself on the radio's website: Stations satisfying: (a) language: English (b) their time of day: evening (c) continent: any (d) genre: easy listening
- The possibilities are endless
- We need Google to take it up!

- ABC Radio National (based in Melbourne, Australia) is the best speech-based radio station broadcasting in English in the world
- Their internet stream can be reliably received in the UK throughout the day
- It is a real radio station broadcasting in the real world to real people
- Its presenters are highly intelligent, yet sensible and likeable, and good communicators. Thankfully, they yet lack the narcissism and deranged speech patterns that have become the hallmark of the legions of phonies at the BBC
- It is for all concerned and intelligent listeners with broad interests
- The fact that the bulk of its output is additionally available as podcasts makes it a rich resource
- It is the next best thing to moving to what increasingly seems to me must be a very cultured city.
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