Call us haters, but we’re gonna go ahead and assume that the KRadio from Roth AV is an overpriced speaker. Why? Well, we’ve used other devices of a similar ilk and determined that the 10 line, text dot matrix, monochrome display is just too much of a shortcoming to overlook all of its other positive features. However, those products that we’re alluding to didn’t have an iPhone dock, so that significantly changes the game of this device. But in that same stroke is sort of defeats some of its feature set since in theory the iPhone can do just about everything it lays claim to. So what are those things?
There is a built-in FM radio and DAB tuner. The latter won’t work here in the US, but the FM radio can be a nice back up in the event your WiFi or wired (it’s compatible with both) connection goes down. For quick access to your fave Internet radio stations – there are 1000’s – there are 10 preset buttons. And no set top box is complete without the addition of an alarm clock, which in this case there is two. Roth AV also tosses in a remote, an AUX input and a rather disappointing 10 watts of total power (2x5w RMS).
Expect the KRadio to go on sale in the UK this September for about £200 ($330 US). They’ll initially sell a black gloss version, and a Ferrari red version sometime later in the year.
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."