Revo K2 Multi Format Tower Radio with Wireless Audio Streaming and Docking for iPod, iPhone and iPad
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- High sensitivity DAB and DAB + digital radio
- Advanced internet radio with Wi-Fi and wired LAN connectivity
- Wireless audio streaming from PC or MAC
- Connectivity for iPod, iPhone and iPad via retractable motorized dock
- Multi-driver acoustic design creates near 360 degree soundfield
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K2 is a towering column of aluminium and moulded rubber, capable of delivering reception of a wide variety of radio formats including DAB, DAB+, FM and Internet radio. K2 also offers full audio and video playback from a variety of Apple devices, access to online music service Last.fm and the ability to wirelessly stream music files from any connected PC or Mac.
K2's proprietary audio hardware effortlessly produces 40 watts of room-filling high resolution digital audio, courtesy of a quartet of neodymium Balanced Mode Radiator speaker drivers and dual Class-D amplifiers. The result is near 360 degree dispersion, providing a massively expanded listening sweet-spot, detailed high-end clarity, rich tones and deep bass.
K2's hardware specification includes a large, graphical, secret-until-lit OLED display, motorised dock, and an array of connection options including stereo RCA and digital optical out, Apple video out, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
K2 has been meticulously developed using only the highest quality materials. Its case work has been constructed using glass fibre filled ABS for rigidity, then clad head to foot in anodised aluminium. Visible plastics have a soft touch coating, and K2's base and control pad are manufactured from rubber, for maximum tactility.
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Top customer reviews
Very solid and classy construction, simple to set up, intuitive menus and remote, excellent free Remote app from the App store and above all fantastic sound quality at all levels given the small footprint of the device. Tested with Ryan Adams, The Wombats, The Lemonheads and Rachel Sermanni.
Works well with both my iPad and iPod Touch 4G, and provides a nice, clear 12 or 24 hour clock display with a choice of 2 alarms times.
DAB reception is very good, even without aerial extended. Internet radio and music streaming checked briefly and work well.
No hesitation in giving the K2 five stars.
The radio is very similar to the Heritage in functionality - its a DAB/FM/Internet radio with Last FM thrown in too - a free 3-month subscription is provided to this service. The radio was quick and easy to set-up right out of the box and I was quickly connected to my wi-fi. Scanning for DAB stations was easy too - it found all of the main DAB stations available in my region without needing the antenna extended. Internet radio is activated via the Frontier Silicon website - 1000's of stations are available, but the website itself (needed to set-up favourites) is clunky and awkward to navigate. Listen again functionality is also available through the radio menu - there is a section of BBC stations which all have podcasts associated with them and they can be easily navigated to via the radio controls. However I found that some of the Listen Again broadcasts cut out after a few minutes and it was not possible to resume the playback where they had cut-off. Something to look at I think, although its not critical for the K2 - you can dock your Ipod or Ipad and play BBC listen again easily with no issues.
Navigating round the radio menus can be done 3 ways - either from the buttons on the radio - Most of the buttons are on the top of the radio which is made of a hard rubber - the rubber gets dusty quickly and the action of the buttons is not great - they feel awkward and sluggish. The remote control provided is much better - and so is the Iphone/Ipod application that is free to download from the Apple Store. The application is called Remote Control and it connects to the K2 via wi-fi, allowing full control of the radio from within range of a wi-fi router. Excellent stuff.
Docking an ipod or ipad is easy- there is a button on the side of the radio that activates a motorised docking point. One irritation is that if the radio isn't placed on a smooth table, the docking point doesn't come out easily. It takes Ipod/Ipad - I couldn't get my Iphone 4 to work though - and only provides a trickle charge for the ipad.
Two configurable alarms are provided - these are easy to set-up and are reliable, not depending on an external server to operate. The blue/green LED display is eye catching and has three levels of brightness associated with it - very elegant.
But the main reason to buy this radio is the sound quality - warm,deep bass and detailed mid/top ranges mean that you will enjoy playing back your favourite music through this radio - it has to be heard to be believed. It really is hard to imagine how good this radio sounds - it packs a punch for it's size with 40W of output.
The K2 is astounding - it would score a top 5 stars except for the niggles - the rubberised top control panel, the built in Listen Again functionality which means less than 50% of the selected podcasts play back without cutting off somewhere, the Frontier Silicon website - it really does need an update, the user manual which has EQ details ( presets and loudness are detailed) that don't exist on the radio, meaning that you have to configure the EQ yourself.
I'm sure Revo will fix some of the niggles in a SW update - but actually these are all minor cons - the appearance of this radio along with the sound quality puts it in a different league from anything else on the market in this price bracket - proving that British can be best!
Very easy to set up with sensible and logical menu navigation, I had all the internet channels loaded within 10 mins. I can even stream music from my computer to the unit.
Best of all is the sound quality, crystal clear at low and high volume, loud enough to fill a room. I previously had a Roberts Zoombox which was abysmal, low volume voices were inaudible, like a wasp in a tin can.
The shape of the K2 is also great as it takes up very little table space being tall rather than wide. It is very well made and with speakers on three sides and a sound hole at back gives a 360º ambient sound.
My only gripes which are totally outweighed by the products good features are that it only has 10 preset station favourites which considering how many thousands of internet stations there are, is a bit of a let down. Also I find the LCD info panel on front not bright enough. In a sunlit room it is barely visible, I have to lean unit back to read screen, but neither of these gripes are a real problem.
So all in all I can highly recommend this product if you are looking for a stand alone unit. Of course it can't compete with a mini-system with speaker separates and a bass unit, but for a single unit this has to be the best internet radio out there.
The only con would be the rubberized top as it is prone to dust collection.
Ipod sound great throught it and the app turns it into a good remote although I have had no problems with the one that was supplied with it. It will only trickle charge the Ipod but I'm fine with that.
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