Revo SuperConnect: New Generation Hybrid Radio
REVO has earned many rewards for offering sleek design radios and high standards audio systems for the past decade. Revo SuperConnect is a new generation WiFi and Bluetooth enabled internet radio. It is with reliable functionality at the highest level by covering all nearly all audio sources you have. With it you can easily connect to over 16,000 internet radio stations. With it you can stream local music via DLNA tech to its amazing patented BMR (balanced mode radiator) speaker. With it you can also listen to local FM stations. And with it you get a wireless apt-X Bluetooth speaker with near CD-quality sound.
As a music lover I had experienced several main switching of audio playback devices. From cassette player to the CD player, then CD to MP3 player like iPod classic, the most favorite music device for me for many years. And now like most of you I choose to listen online. I am subscribers of Pandora, SirusXM and Spotify. The last one is my present beloved one for its well organized 20 million tracks lib and friendly interface.
Although happy with the services of Spotify, I still have a long desire to extend Spotify to exceed my iPhone and computer. Tiny speakers of smartphone are not my preferred way of music. While the inconvenience of linking a PC to the audio system doesn’t seem to be my style either. I am a lazy man and hate the mass of wiring.
So I search for an alternative product and found there are about 10 or more companies that provide internet radio with Spotify connect. Famous Grace Digital has several models and Sangean also has some. But none of these has convinced me to have a try for I want something retro and low-key not mediocre. That’s exactly why I am so excited to find this Revo SuperConnect.
Sleek Yuppie Design
The very first glance of Revo SuperConnect I was attracted by its perfect fusion of classic and modern design. Eyes catching American walnut case combines with the anodized aluminum front cover makes this Revo radio superior to its plastic competitors. The black OLED display, showing blue text and icons, fits this Yuppie style better than a colored one. The five direction joystick, located on the left top of the screen, will help you go through navigation menus. A column of horizontal arranged black buttons on the bottom offering mode switching, preset and other necessary functions.
Don’t let retro looking deceive you. Under the vintage case lies a high tech core capable of the latest audio streaming technology and much more. In fact, Revo SupperConnect is a hybrid of WiFi radio, apt-X wireless Bluetooth speaker, DLNA streamer and local FM radio receiver. No matter what music source you will encounter it will always work.
You can use it with over 16 000 radio stations worldwide. When working within your house, it will communicate with PC via DLNA and WLAN and stream high bitrates music files. It has even the ability of Bluetooth connection with apt-x codec as a wireless speaker. Supporting of Spotify connect completes this long offer list. In this approach, it provides access to over 20 million tracks with a Spotify radio subscription. As mentioned before Spotify connect appeals to me much. I can choose and play my favor songs as had done with a smart phone but with a better sound quality than before.
Sometime you have to commit that better sound is guaranteed by a large speaker. Compared with its peers Revo SupperConnect has a 3.5′ BMR (balanced mode radiator) speaker driven by a 15W Class D amplifier to ensure you can get the best sound from it. When use it for background music the performance is as good as expect. The audio scale is wide with rich details for both high and low frequency.
The volume is fair enough to fill my bedroom and I hear music pretty well in a nearby room. And of course, the quality may vary depending on the audio sources you select. The higher bitrates is the better result you can get from it. That means Spotify or local music streaming will bring you more pleasant experience than the average internet radio station, though that sound is better than previous with phone speakers.
Rather Than Radio
Revo SupperConnect plays audio from a number of sources. Obviously as a sensitive radio receiver SuperConnect can receive FM with RDS, DAB and DAB +. And as an internet radio it covers thousands of radio stations all around the world. SuperConnect also stream music from any device with DLNA and WLAN technology. And any mobile device with Bluetooth would pair with it through internal Bluetooth apt-X. All these are to satisfy your insatiable appetite for beautiful music. But what matters to me much is the Spotify connect.
Spotify connect is a new music streaming service by Spotify, which can be used on many mobile devices such as Smartphone, tablet and the REVO SuperConnect. Users will have a direct access to thousands of songs from Spotify with a Spotify premium account. All these tracks are in the best sound quality.
Steaming Spotify content through SuperConnect is easy. Open Spotify App, tap the speaker icon in the bottom and select SuperConnect. The next second fantastic music will fulfill your ears.
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Just a few years before Bluetooth connectivity was merely an option for an internet radio. Because it seemed redundant for already having the internet connection. And partially because Bluetooth’s low audio quality and long latency.
Things have changed much due to rapid progress of Bluetooth tech and versatility of Bluetooth device. Bluetooth apt-X codec now can provide near CD quality sound and latent time has been minimized to just 32 milliseconds(apt-X Low Latency). So SupperConnect with apt-X works great as a wireless Bluetooth speaker.
- FM with RDS DAB, DAB +
- DLNA wireless audio streaming from PC or Mac
- Streams include WMA, AAC, FLAC, MP3, MP2, RA
- Spotify Connect
- apt-X Bluetooth audio streaming CD quality
- Stereo out (2x RCA) optical Out and stereo input
- Controls are smooth with the sturdy remote and through on screen navigation menus but having no app maybe considered as a shortcoming of an elegant product.
Revo SupperConnect plays audio from a number of sources including FM, internet radio stations, Bluetooth audio device, UPnP music server and Spotify connect service. For Design, it has American walnut wood case for retro style while the aluminum cover for modern atmosphere. This sleek design had won it the Red Dot Rearwards of 2014. The D class amplifier and 3.5′ BMR (balanced mode radiator) speaker will also bring a superior playback quality and bass rich details. If you’re trying to find a radio that has punch Revo SupperConnect will not disappoint you.
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