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Best internet radios 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated August 1, 2019
Best internet radios of 2018
Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products. I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best internet radios on the market. I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting internet radios that best serves your needs and as per your budget.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – LEMEGA M5+ CD/Wi-Fi/DLNA/Spotify connect /Internet RadioFM radio with Bluetooth and Clock2.1 Speaker system
Why did this internet radios win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
№2 – M3+ Wi-Fi/DLNA/Spotify connect /Internet Radio/ FM radio with Bluetooth and Clock 2.1 Speaker system
Why did this internet radios come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
№3 – Grace Digital Mondo+ Wireless Smart Speaker and Internet Radio with Wi-Fi + Bluetooth and 3.5” Color Display
Why did this internet radios take third place?
A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
internet radios Buyer’s Guide
Radios over £150 are top-of-the-range models with amazing state-of-the-art features. For this price you can expect WiFi connectivity, DAB+, crisp sound quality and quality engineering. You can also buy radios like the Pure Evoke C-Fand the Roberts Blutune100 (pictured below), that function as a DAB radio, wireless speakers, and CD player.
Why get an internet radio
Choice: On an FM radio you might get around stations. On DAB you might get 50 or so. With an internet radio, you will be able to receive around 20,000 stations from across the world, including all the popular local and national stations.
Reception: If you live in an area with poor DAB or FM reception, an internet radio is a good idea. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you won’t have any issues with reception.
How internet radios work
Most internet radios connect to the internet wirelessly. This means you will need a good amount of bandwidth and a decent wireless router to enjoy listening to the radio without it cutting out or it slowing down other things you use the internet for.
Internet radio usually broadcasts with a bitrate between 12and 320 kilobytes per second, meaning it will use between 57.and 140.6megabytes of data an hour. The average internet speed in the UK can cope with this easily, but it might be an issue if you have a busy network with lots of people using the internet at the same time.
You can also buy wired internet radios that connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable. One radio that offers this possibility is the Ocean Digital WR80, which can also be used wirelessly.
Instead of requiring you to enter a web address for each radio station, internet radios usually have a menu that you use to find stations. This means that it’s easy to discover new radio stations, but has the downside that some stations might not be accessible.
Most internet radios will also let you listen to podcasts and other on-demand audio, though not every podcast will be available. Many internet radios have a special feature for connecting to Spotify, though this usually requires you to sign up for a paid Spotify membership. Most internet radios also come with DAB and sometimes FM, though some are internet-only.
Internet Radio Brands
Some of the leading brands of internet radios are Pure, Roberts, Ocean Digital and Revo. Pure and Roberts are both British brands that produce high-quality radios at mid-range prices. These radios will be good options for most households.
If you’re looking for something cheaper, you should consider getting an Ocean Digital radio. Ocean Digital are a Hong Kong brand that produce inexpensive internet and DAB radios. They generally offer great value for money, but as a brand they don’t have the prestige or reputation of Pure or Roberts.
If money is no option, one of the best brands is Revo. Revo produce some of the best-sounding (and most expensive) internet radios, with impressive features. They also produce a more affordable radio, the Revo PiXiS RX.
A superb DAB radio for the modern age
The provision of two excellent speakers brings stereo to the tabletop DAB market, with good quality, reliable Bluetooth streaming lending the Evoke Da valuable all-in-one feel and it’s certainly one of the best DAB radios you can buy. Could it replace a hi-fi? Absolutely. The design is clean and fresh, the radio’s core functions are easy to use, and the sound quality is warm yet precise. Pure has once again come up with a fine DAB radio and offers decent value considering both its stereo speaker array and the price of the competition. The Evoke Dboasts a marvellously warm, detailed sound and an excellent build quality.
A DAB radio you can take with you come rain or shine
Few digital radios have built-in batteries and splash-proof, portable designs, so the PAL+ BT is a bit of a one-off. Its 1hour battery is simply superb, and makes it a great – though expensive – alternative to a Bluetooth speaker that you might take into the garden or park. Its headline slot and aux-in are handy, while the sound quality is thoroughly decent. But bluetooth isn’t exactly an expensive technology and the sound quality isn’t close enough to perfect for Tivoli to be charging the kind of money it’s asking for the PAL+ BT. Its unusually large remote control proves critical because its top-mounted control wheel isn’t quite proficient enough to control the PAL+ BT’s core functions. In the end, this is a compact, versatile DAB radio that can be taken around the home (and anywhere else) quite easily thanks to a 16-hour battery, and it’s nevertheless the PAL+BT’s inclusion of Bluetooth and a a bass-heavy sound that helps justify its high price. Perfect for occasional forays into the bathroom.
Has the internet killed the radio station? Not so fast! Internet radio is a burgeoning medium that allows users to listen to various stations from across the world, streaming live music and talk shows to an international audience. Of course, the app you use to listen to and record music and talk shows can make a big difference. From desktop stream recorders to web apps and services bringing you radio shows on demand, check out some of our favorite internet radio apps.
StationRipper is a freemium program that serves as an internet radio recorder for your desktop PC. The free version allows you to record up to two stations and 2songs per session, handling Shoutcast audio and video streams, iTunes Radio, Podcasts, Pandora and Last.fm. The paid versions remove recording restrictions and let you record of up to 600 simultaneous audio streams. The app also features a “StationSniffer” feature that can read incoming audio streams from your browser.
Another nice freeware listening and recording application is Screamer Radio, which comes with more than 4,000 preset stations sorted by genre, country, language or network, though the selection can be a bit hit and miss. You have the option of inputting your own URLs for a specific internet radio station so you can rip from it. The client interface is sleek and minimal, while still providing a decent amount of options for recording, encoding WMA and AAC to MP3, and the option of recording OGG streams as OGG or MP3.
Streamwriter is a freeware program that hits a lot of the right notes for us. It’s got a radio station stream browser with a host of preset stations, an option to input your own station URLs, a built in audio player, and the ability to schedule automatic recordings of a given channel. It even has some additional features such as the ability to define a blacklist of song titles you don’t want to record, and a wishlist of songs you always want to record. You can limit bandwidth consumption, define hotkeys for common tasks, and more. Streamwriter gets a lot of things right. Though it might not be the best looking package visually, its feature set of stream browser, media player and scheduled automatic recordings make it a good option for desktop radio recording and listening.
London’s always been incredible for radio. A large part of this is due to the city’s geography: the river valley that stretches from Crystal Palace in the south to Alexandra Palace in the north, made it easy for radio waves to bounce about in the basin beneath. This helping hand from the lay of the land is partially what led to the glut of pirate radio stations across the capital in the 90s. However, these were limited in their scope — they could only broadcast as far as the radio waves would travel and they were also constantly being shut down by the police.
As pirate radio stations grew, their cat-and-mouse routine with the police became unsustainable. Some of them — most notably Kiss and Rinse FM — went legal. As technology advanced another path availed itself: broadcasting over the internet. Just as London embraced pirate radio, so too did these new internet radio stations flourish. Here’s our guide to some of the best.
Internet radio’s biggest success story is undoubtedly Dalston’s NTS. Its founders were looking at creating an alternative to mainstream radio stations, where traditionally, you’d have to stay up till unsociable hours to get anything approaching the eclectic mix that NTS focuses on.
NTS launched in 2011, and now boasts over 300,000 regular listeners globally. Part of the station’s appeal is that the schedule makes space for everyone from superstar DJs, to everyday locals who want to air out their record collection once a month.
NTS has stretched beyond its London origins and now also broadcasts out of Manchester and Los Angeles. These days it also creates excellent online video content and even collaborates with Tate Modern for their Friday night lates.
Broadcasting out of Pop Brixton, Reprezent Radio is another station that focuses on youth; all their presenters are under 25.
Perhaps the station’s biggest claim to fame is helping to launch the career of grime superstar Stormzy. They gave him his first ever radio interview, which led to them giving his own phone-in advice show along with grime crew Section Boyz. Station manager Adrian Newman said: “Their advice was terrible, but the show was really, really funny, and the phone lines would go off the charts”.
Arguably it’s more of a traditional radio station than an internet one, as it broadcasts on FM and DAB as well as internet. However, the station’s ethos is much more in line with other community focused stations on this list, something the 11volunteers who work at the station are strongly committed to.
Soho Radio has a van that we imagine is the kind of thing that Scooby Doo and gang would design if they were to move out of the hoax ghost business and into the radio world. Just to clarify, that’s a compliment.
Is anyone surprised that Peckham has an online radio station? It’s really the place to be at the moment, and the music is a large part of what’s sucking people in. The Bussey Building hosts massive club nights and the area is home to one of London’s most exciting record labels Rhythm Section, so when Balamii added radio to the mix, it felt like the last piece of the puzzle.
This one’s a bit different than the others, experimenting with the concept of what a traditional station does. There is the usual online live stream, but there’s also an app that lets people approach radio in a different way. It allows people to buy songs they’ve just heard, trying to give back to the artist in the most direct way possible. Perhaps it’s not quite revolutionary, but it’s handy nonetheless.
The Mondo can interact with the new
Mondo is going to make the cut as a tabletop Wi-Fi Internet radio.
It’s certainly attractive and fairly easy to use. As a tabletop radio it has a lot to offer, I mean there are preset buttons located right down the middle of the radio itself. They can store Pandora and radio stations, but not network media locations, so you can’t, for example, set it to pull up your iTunes Artists list.
The sound quality of the Mondo was actually kind of compressed-sounding, with shrill highs and no real bass. It’s almost like it’s tuned for outside, but it doesn’t play loud enough for that to work either. The 3″ woofer didn’t seem to be able to give enough balance in the lower frequencies and the 1″ using the EQ. Overall, I’d have to say that the Mondo will work best in smaller rooms. Ultimately you may want to feed its stereo RCA outputs into a stereo system and turn it into a fancy head unit – which kind of defeats the whole purpose of a portable Internet radio.
The Forgotten Grammy Nominees
January begins a long season of award shows, but perhaps the most anticipated music awards show occurs in February: The Grammys. People are already buzzing about Grammy nominees and surprise performances (will this be the Brittney Spears comeback the world is waiting for?).
The Polka has been around for over 200 years; that’s longer than rock, hip-hop or jazz.
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We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Digital Trends, a popular online source for technology news, product reviews and buying guides highlights the Aluratek’s Internet Alarm Clock Radio (model AIRMM02F) in a recent gadget spotlight.
Internet Radio Stations for Free Streaming
It’s easier than ever to stream live music to your portable device, especially with your internet radio from Aluratek. Jam out to the following internet radio stations, free of charge, from where ever in the world.
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Wake Up to Aluratek Photo Contest
The Facebook photo contest begins on Monday, November and lasts until the end of the month. To enter for your chance to win, visit our Facebook fan page, click on the “Contests” tab and upload a photo of your current alarm clock. Don’t forget to include a caption that tells us why you would like to win the Internet Radio Alarm Clock with Built in WiFi (model AIRMM02F).
Three winners will be chosen at random to win Aluratek’s new Internet Radio Alarm Clock with Built in WiFi, which allows you to easily access more than 11,000 radio stations in over 150 countries around the world with no monthly fees. Search for music geographically by continent, country, state or by the more than 50 different available genres including a wealth of talk, local news and sports radio stations broadcast throughout the world.
Good luck to all!
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Aluratek is the best in all things affordable tech and when it comes to product releases we keep our budget-conscious consumers in mind.
That is why we are proud to release our newest Internet Radio Alarm Clock with Built-in WiFi, model AIRMM02F.
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Up and at ‘Em with Aluratek
Go to bed earlier. Sounds simple enough but it will aid in your fight against the post-alarm zzzzz’s. If you’re having trouble getting out of bed, you’re more than likely not getting enough sleep each night. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier than you would normally and getting up should be a little bit easier.
Plan the perfect breakfast. Give yourself something to look forward to in the morning – a treat, if you will. Plan a delicious, but easy to make breakfast, including the pre-programmed coffee to tempt you out of bed in the morning.
Keep your bedroom curtains or blinds open. Keeping your blinds open will allow the natural light to flood into your bedroom first thing in the morning and will help trigger your body to wake up. It’s the natural alarm clock, if you will.
So stop hiding under your cloak of covers and up and at ‘em! Just another helpful list from your friends at Aluratek.
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Because you have the ability to record the MP3, you have an added advantage over traditional radio. Traditional live radio may be broadcast once. Those who are listening at that time hear it, but those who are not listening do not and most shows are not re-broadcast.
The potential reach of Internet radio grows exponentially with each of these possibilities.
Make your computer a streaming server
You will need some technical knowledge and your own server with streaming capabilities to pull this off. You’ll also need to be familiar with how to use a microphone and other recording equipment as well as editing software such as Audacity.
Here are some tools that can help you more easily stream through your server.
Icecast: This free software is installed on your server and allows you to stream 24/You can upload pre-recorded tracks or stream live with a microphone.
Host your radio channels on third party streaming host
Live365: This site has thousands of radio stations on every topic you can imagine and both talk and music radio. If you’re looking for a built-in listener base then this might be a good place to start your show. They offer a free trial and personal and professional broadcasting packages, so your radio station can grow over time.
Stream Guys: This vendor offers some more advanced streaming possibilities with special software to stream to mobile devices. They also offer video streaming capabilities, if you’d like to grow in that area. It is a smaller company, but the website states that they understand the cost concerns of small businesses and individuals and offer a cost effective product.
Radio Streaming Services: Stream from your computer straight to the Internet 24/The system is based on a Cirrus Player and they are up on the latest in mobile streaming. You’ll gain access to statistics and market metrics that can help your business grow and help you see how to best utilize advertising in your online radio campaigns.
Online radio has been around for a while, but more and more advertisers are turning to radio stations as a means of getting the word out about their product or to gain new customers. For almost zero upfront cost, plus a little time, you can get started and test out your own online radio show.
C Crane Co CWF CC WiFi Internet Radio
The CC WiFi radio from C Crane is the perfect device for those not willing to spend too much and yet still want to get their hands on a high-quality Internet radio. It may not have too many advanced features but the CC WiFi is very portable and does a solid job connecting to more than 12,000 international radio stations. At this price level, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better choice on the market.
As most people prefer to listen to a clear transmission when it comes to Internet radios, it is geared toward getting the stations to sound perfect no matter how far away they are. With this little device, you gain access to Pandora, iHeart, and other music services as well as to your favorite talk shows. Discovering something new every day is possible as the Internet radio library is so large with music from all over the world.
You can find approximately 100 times more news and music due to the CC Wi-Fi’s grand selection of approximately 16,000 stations. Just when it comes to Jazz or Classical music, you’ve got about 500 stations to choose from. Wherever you have high-speed internet, this radio can access them. There are 9presets available to you to store your personal favorites.
In terms of audio quality, don’t expect a huge sound considering the small size of the device. For casual listening though, it is an excellent unit. If you decide you need something more refined, you can always effortlessly connect it to a more powerful stereo system. A remote control can be found in the package as C Crane decided to add a better level of control for this Wi-Fi radio. The search ability is quite decent and finding interesting Internet stations is easy.
A well-performing device, it delivers a highly enjoyable Internet radio experience. It’s compact and reliable and has some nice little functions like the clock with alarm settings and a sleep timer, which are good little extras to have. To listen to your favorite Internet radio stations, this is a recommended buy for anyone looking for a cost-effective WiFi radio.
Sangean WFR-2is a very portable WiFi radio with audio media streaming capabilities. Users can access over 16,000 Internet radio stations as well as stream music from Spotify. The sound quality is nothing that stands out, but for the size is quite decent. Providing a solid radio listening experience at a reasonable price, this device is a powerful competitor on the market for these gadgets.
By using this radio you can gain access to more than 16,000 radio stations including NPR, CNN, FOX News or BBC to name a few. A great amount of podcasts is also available at your fingertips. If for some reason, you decide you want to go back to your local stations, there’s also an FM radio receiver integrated.
Another aspect of this device is the quality sound it’s able to deliver. Despite the small size, it sounds promising and comes with a built-in Digital EQ for setting up the sound the way you like it. For extra customization, there are separate bass and treble controls. To obtain another level of control you can try the iSangean remote control app for iPhones or Android smartphones.
Getting clear FM reception more clearly is an important aspect so Sangean equipped this radio with a telescopic antenna. In case you want to listen to your favorite Spotify playlists, you can with this device. Connectivity-wise, it offers an auxiliary input to add your devices such as MPplayers or iPods. There’s also a Line Out jack for private auditions through headphones or for connecting another system. Enhancing even further your musical experience, this radio brings the joy of sharing your tunes using DLNA and UPnP streaming.
Sangean managed to create a very balanced WiFi radio feature-wise, versatility seems to be one of its strongest points. Thanks to the compact size, it’s a very suitable radio to take with you when traveling. The setup could be a bit difficult but once you start to get the hang of it, it works nicely. All in all, the WFR-2is an excellent Internet radio for its price and therefore strongly recommended.
Unfortunately, sound quality on the Jukebox wasn’t quite as sharp as on Pandora or Slacker, which has more to do with the stations themselves than the actual player. Some stations broadcast at a higher bitrate (measured in kilobytes per second) than others, which resulted in one program sounding loud and fairly clear but another sounding low and dull (bitrates ranged from 2Kbps to 12Kbps). Although stations with a higher bitrate sounded better than those with lower bitrates, all sounded like typical radio broadcasts, complete with the occasional pop and hiss (although AM stations tended to sound slightly better than FM).
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your internet radios wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of internet radios
- №1 — LEMEGA M5+ CD/Wi-Fi/DLNA/Spotify connect /Internet RadioFM radio with Bluetooth and Clock2.1 Speaker system
- №2 — M3+ Wi-Fi/DLNA/Spotify connect /Internet Radio/ FM radio with Bluetooth and Clock 2.1 Speaker system
- №3 — Grace Digital Mondo+ Wireless Smart Speaker and Internet Radio with Wi-Fi + Bluetooth and 3.5” Color Display