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Magic Box Clarus DAB/FM and WiFi Internet radio

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: MAGIC BOX CLARU
  • ASIN: B001CC2DS2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,564 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

  • 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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I have found the Magicbox Clarus Plus a very good value and well built radio.
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.
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I'll open by saying that I don't have much experience with interenet radio recievers, this being my first. That said, I am a computing and electronics enthusiast and I know a quality piece of kit when I see one.

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!

UPDATE:

I've recently moved my MP3 collection to a dedicated PC which is on all the time.
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This is a very good radio and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an internet radio.It is a good price,looks nice and is easy to use.
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I bought this radio particularly because of its alarm clock facilities. As a radio it is very good. The most important feature is that it does NOT have the fault many DAB radios had in the past of timing / control signals for the display breaking into the audio making buzzy / scratchy noises.
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.

Conclusion.
This is a great radio and functions effectively as an alarm clock. I'm really pleased with it.
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