Hey Lifehacker, I recently moved house and the FM radio reception is horrible! As a Triple J listener I have been streaming the tunes online via a PC. I’m now looking for a WiFi smart radio that has reasonably good sound for the kitchen — hopefully one that doesn’t require a monthly subscription to be able to configure the thing! Any suggestions? Cheers, Radio Gaga
If you’re looking for a basic and affordable solution, we’d plump for a DAB+ digital radio with inbuilt Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm stereo audio output. DAB+ provides better signal degradation in poor reception areas while the addition of 802.11 Wi-Fi will allow you to access internet radio stations or stream audio from your PC.
The Kogan Digital Internet Radio & iPhone Dock (RRP: $109) ticks all of these boxes and also comes with an iPhone/iPod docking station that’s compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and iPods with 30-pin connectors. You can register this device on the internet for direct access to internet radio stations. While we haven’t tested the Kogan Digital Internet Radio & iPhone Dock personally, online reports suggest that the sound quality and UI are impressive for the asking price.
If you’d prefer to go down the DIY route, we’ve looked at several Internet-enabled wireless radio projects in the past — some recent examples include a Raspberry Pi-powered vintage radio that uses jQuery to pull down radio streams and this similar Wi-Fi Jukebox creation from internet radio specialists The-radio. You can see a video of how the latter was built below:
We’ll also throw this question over to our readers: share your personal picks for smart radio models and DIY streaming solutions in the comments section below.
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