Magic Box Clarus DAB/FM and WiFi Internet radio
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- Listen to all your favourite stations on DAB in crystal clear sound
- Catch up with the local stations on FM, and then choose from the thousands of internet radio stations too
- Portable Design
- Favourite station memories - 16
- Built in stereo speakers
- Pause live radio
- Alarm clock feature
- MP3 playback - supports streaming of WMA, Real Audio and MP3 music files and can handle WEP, TKIP, WPA and WPA2 wi-fi security.
- Blue backlit dot matrix LCD display
- Auto tune facility
- Snooze feature
- Sleep timer
- Rotary volume control
- Auxiliary Line out
- Mains operated with supplied 9v adaptor
- DAB auto time update
- Headphone socket
- Enhanced treble/bass feature
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Top Customer Reviews
The most important thing, is that unlike some Interner radios, it works as it should.
Like all DAB/FM/Wi-Fi combinations, the reception on DAB is very good indeed. The FM reception is the best I have come across with a DAB/FM combination, having said that, FM can be greatly improved by doubling the length of the telescopic antenna with a piece of wire or whatever, as like all combinations, the antenna length is cut for DAB.
With regard to Wi-Fi Internet radio, the Clarus Plus loads and plays streams almost instantly, and so far I have experienced no buffering. It is Real Audio enabled, so will happily listen to BBC listen again content.
The only two slight minus points with the Clarus Plus, is that you cannot Pause, Fast Forward or Rewind listen again content or podcasts, and in keeping with all Frontier Silicon based radios, it does not display metadata.
The Clarus will happily stream your music files from any UPnP server software, including the server built into my BT HomeHub 2.
The speakers are absolutely ideal for older ears, in that they are not overly bassy, but should the audio not suit it can be sent to amplified speakers.
Considering the Clarus Plus performs better than the Revo BLIK Radiostation we once had, which runs the same chipset and capabilities and is well over twice the price, the Clarus can only be described a very good value for money purchase.
My wife pulled it from the box, plugged it into the mains and a few seconds later asked "What's your WEP key"? My wife knows really very little about computer networking, but she had the set up and receiving internet radio broadcasts from France in under a minute.
I had read that it could be used as an MP3 jukebox, playing music stored on PCs. I had read that This could be awkward and required Microsoft Media Player. It turns out there's an even easier second mechanism: you can simply use a shared folder. You select a folder on your PC, mark it as "shared" then you browse to it using the simple 1-button browser on the Magicbox.
Some reviews say that there are WiFi radios which sport functions which don't appear to work. I have found nothing on this unit which doesn't work and I've been through all the advanced operations!
I have to say I've not used the DAB or FM radio portions of the set, yet, but if that's your thing, I see no reason why they shouldn't be of the same high quality as the rest of the set.
I strongly urge buyers to register on the wifiradio.frontier.com website as per the Clarus user manual: from there you can program your personal favouries, etc.
This is a brilliant addition to any home. The only thing it lacks is a remote control, but that would probably push the price up another £15 and we oly have a small kitchen, so it's not that important!
I've recently moved my MP3 collection to a dedicated PC which is on all the time.Read more ›
I have used all 4 modes, DAB, FM, Internet Radio and Media player (from my computer).
Reception is fine in all 4 modes. On the radio side FM is definitely superior audio quality to DAB and low data rate internet stations. However, because (I suspect) the manufacturers expected more DAB use than FM the signal to noise ratio is not as good. But the FM is really vibrant, singing out compared with DAB.
Internet stations have a wide variety of data rates and those with higher data rates than that used for DAB are definitely superior (BBC radio 3's low DAB rate for instance is not good enough for classical music and many Internet Rock / Pop stations are superior).
There are two alarm settings which allow you to select their own radio station, so I can wake up with news on weekdays and entertainment at weekends (although it's not smart enough to distinguish weekdays from weekends, you just select the relevant alarm).
Another improvement would be if you could set volume levels for the alarms. If I use the snooze function to fall asleep to sleepbot environ then BBC radio 4 will be too quiet to wake me in the morning.
The final improvement would be being able to see the clock all the time and illuminating the display so you can see the time when you wake up in the night, without having to turn the radio on.
This is a great radio and functions effectively as an alarm clock. I'm really pleased with it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works well all over the house. Easy to set up and operate even for a "non-Tachie!"Published 10 months ago by malcmb
I picked this up as a clearance item in Currys for less than £40 - and I can honestly say that this is the best value for money product I have ever bought. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2011 by alarch
This radio gives excellent quality for the price. Sounds great as a bed side unit.
It connects to our computer to play music etc via WiFi. Read more
While I agree with all the good points mentioned by reviewers of the Clarus Plus Magibox, I got mine solely to get hold of BBC Radio 4 - I live in Cape Town, South Africa. Read morePublished on 22 July 2010 by Mrs. A. J. Bartie
Well,what else can I say to add to all the other favourable reviews? Only this...I am new to Internet Radio and I feared there would be a few hiccups/problems finding my wireless... Read morePublished on 8 July 2010 by R. Johnson
This product is amazing. Easy to use, lots of choice of stations, you can make your own favourite lists / categories of stations (easy to do this on PC / LAPTOP. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2009 by R
I have had this radio for about a month and am very impressed. I have mainly used it for the Internet Radio and Music Streaming features but the DAB and FM also seem to work... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2009 by BW Herts
This radio is great. There are many reviews describing the features, the high quality DAB reception and the ease of connecting to your Wi-Fi. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2009 by Liam
Great radio. After trying to recieve a good dab radio signal down stairs without an external arial(amplified have helped, but atmospheric conditions really effect the quality) . Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2009 by Katherine Millard