x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Techophile: Plug into your music, or the entire internet

Alex Ritman finds the humble radio has been transformed by the power of Wi-Fi.

Tip and Tilt speakers
Tip and Tilt speakers

Tip & Tilt Internet Radio

What it does This is a Wi-Fi radio with a capital "W" for wacky. Forget knobs and buttons. To change the station on the Tip & Tilt, you simply turn it over. Load up to four internet stations (apparently that's all we need) by connecting it to your computer via a USB, then switch between them by turning it over from side to side. Easy!

How does it look? Bright, colourful and a little childish. Probably not something James Bond would wake up to.

Who it's for It's rather basic, so unlikely to appeal to those who like to flick between umpteen different stations. But it is good for people who have Koumpounophobia (yes, that's a fear of buttons).

Dh510

Logitech Squeezebox Touch

What it does Internet radio and a whole lot more. Much like Sauron's ring of power (from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy), the Squeezebox's touchscreen will enable you to control it all, from Wi-Fi radio, to music lurking in your computers around the house, even to online subscription services. On the down side, you'll need to connect it to speakers.

How does it look? Dark and futuristic. A bit like a complicated detonation device with a big countdown on it that might be placed on a wall in Mission: Impossible.

Who it's for Those who have music scattered on hard drives far and wide and can't be bothered to amass them all together.

Dh1,250

 

Revo Heritage Deluxe Table Radio

What it does If radio is your thing, then this fella does it, boasting Wi-Fi, plus high-sensitivity digital audio broadcasting (DAB), DAB+ and FM. Then, should your favourite Peruvian free jazz network go to an ad break, you've got an iPod/iPhone dock or wireless streaming via your computer. And this is all controllable via an intuitive control panel or even a handy remote control, so you needn't get off the sofa.

How does it look? A mix of retro class and new-age sophistication. On the one hand, it's an upright radio with striking wood veneer/aluminium styling, à la 1960s. On the other, it does a whole lot of clever stuff, à la 2011.

Who it's for Classy radio lovers who might adore the Roberts-esque sets of old, but still require 21st-century functionality, such as the ability to switch between Albanian news reports, Moroccan trance and Kazakh comedy at the push of a button.

Dh1,300