VTech Internet Radio


They don't get the hype that iPods or AV receivers do, but Wi-Fi radios are some of the more satisfying products a gadgetphile can own, opening up access to thousands of free Internet radio stations. VTech is best known for its cordless phones, but the company has entered the increasingly crowded Wi-Fi radio space with the IS9181 Wi-Fi radio ($160 street price). Instead of putting out a generic Wi-Fi radio, the VTech has a truly unique set of features, with a color LCD display, portability (with six AA batteries), and a downfiring subwoofer that puts out plenty of bass. On the other hand, some features that are standard on other radios are noticeably missing: the IS9181 lacks Pandora support, a headphone jack or the ability to stream podcasts. Overall, the VTech IS9181 offers up a compelling Wi-Fi radio package at an attractive price--and its currently the best portable option on the market--but it's definitely worth comparing competing products, like the Grace GDI-IR2000, to see what set of features fit your needs best.

The VTech strikes a pretty pose in pictures. The speaker grilles are matte black with a glossy black finish surrounding the display in the center, with more glossy black covering the entire top of the unit. It mostly looks as good in person, although the finish on the top picks up fingerprints fairly easily, tainting some of its slickness. It has a rectangular shape with rounded corners and measures 12.4 inches wide by 3.5 inches high by 6.3 inches deep. There are two 3-watt speakers on the front of the unit, plus a 10-watt subwoofer on the bottom.

Navigating the VTech is done using the disc on the top of the unit. Spinning the disc works a bit like a rotary phone; stick your fingertip in the indentation and spin. It's a mostly comfortable way to browse menus and music stations, although we do prefer the knob-based navigation on radios like the Grace GDI-IR2000 and Livio Radio. The arrangement is a bit more trying anytime you need to enter text using the VTech's onscreen keyboard, as spinning the disc to move the cursor can get tedious. A regular directional pad, or again, knob, would be easier.

While the controls are perfectly suitable for using the VTech as a radio, we were disappointed that there weren't any alarm-centric buttons, like snooze or alarm set. That's too bad, since the VTech's design seems perfect for a bedroom nightstand. If you're looking for Wi-Fi radio to double as an alarm clock, check out the Aluratek Internet Radio or the Acoustic Research ARIR200.

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Vtech VTech IS9181 WiFi Internet Radio with Access to Online Content
CE (Vtech)
  • Stream music across the 802.11 b/g WiFi network with Best-in-Class range. Brodband Internet service and a home WiFi network router are required
  • Listen to Internet radio from the available 11, stations with no monthly fee
  • Access Internet radio stations from our user-friendly online site or on the device itself
  • Play music from any audio device (I.e. CD player, MP3 player, etc.)
  • Connect to any stereo system or powered speakers to access sreaming internet radio or music files stored on a PC or Mac
2006-06-07 07:58:47 by lamesa

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Grace Digital Grace Digital GDI-IR2600 Wi-Fi Internet Radio featuring Pandora, NPR On-Demand, SiriusXM Internet Radio and iHeartRadio - Black
Receiver or Amplifier (Grace Digital)
  • The Grace Digital Innovator X GDI-IR2600 streams over 17, radio stations and on demand contact included Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, Live365, NPR, NOAA weather...
  • Connectivy includes built in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Headphone, and Aux-in. Built in Battery Backup and Real-Time clock ( RTC) kept accurate via the Internet.
  • Large 4-line display with 30 backlight micro settings. Set your radio to automatically dim when turned off in the night time and stay bright during day time listening.
  • Compatible with the free Grace remote control App for iPhone/iTouch/ iPad and Android phones. Listen to all of your digital music anywhere in your home or office...
  • Includes 5 alarms to buzz or play your favorite radio station. Each alarm settable for one time, a day of the week, weekends, weekdays, or 7 day alarm
Innovative Telecom Innovative Telecom SX8800-4LPS Music & Message On Hold Adapter with 256MB USB Flash Drive Player
CE (Innovative Telecom)
  • For standard 2 to 4 line Telephones -All models from: AT&T, Brother Quatro, Bell, Casio, Cortelco, Epic, Execufone, GE, Pac Bell, IBM, Northern Telecom, Phonemate...
  • Activates via Hold button or Flash button (without any telephone extension activators) on upto 4 telephone numbers and upto 50 telephone sets
  • Works with any Off-The-Shelf audio source such as PC, MAC, Internet Radio, Radio, CD player, Mp3 player, Digital Player, Tape player, DVD player
  • Includes - 256MB USB drive/player preloaded with 4 Hours of royalty-free music and thank you for holding messages in both male and female voices & Holiday...
  • Includes - power adapter 110/ 220 VAC - 12VDC, rca to 3.5mm audio cable and manual

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