Sangean WFR-28 Rechargeable Portable Wi-Fi Internet Radio review
Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio Introduction
Sangean is one of the best radio manufacturers. It has many years of valuable experience of traditional FM radio, AM radio and multi band short wave radio. These radios have already won them really good reputations. And they are still being regarded as the standard on the radio market. Now Sangean has another winner in their new radio the WFR-28 Radio. The quality is as you would expect from SANGEAN and has achieved a high standard.
Unlike other single aimed internet radios from Grace Digital or Logitech Squeezebox, Sangean WFR-28 is a combination of internet radio and traditional FM/RDS radio. It has a portable size just like other ordinary radio but with full functionality of wifi radio, FM RDS radio, USB Flash drive player and local music streamer. The internal battery charging does enhance the versatility of this unique device.
Sangean WFR-28 Covers All types of Audio Sources
Using the chip from Frontier Silicon for its online audio broadcast, Sangean WFR-28 internet radio can provide more than 16,000+ web radio stations. If you choose WFR-28 as your primary audio news source the list covers all main news media like CNN, NRP, BBC and FOX News. If you are a music lover WFR-28 give you even more choice with various genres from all round the world. If you just want the FM, it gives you the regular FM band (87.5 -108 MHz) with a RDS (Radio Data System). If you want more this WFR-28 has enhanced music sharing and playing ability. It can serve as a wireless music player to stream suitable music files stored on your local home intranet. And it has the capability to play compatible music files stored in a USB Flash drive as well.
- FM / RDS / DAB+(only for WFR-28D in DAB broadcasting area like Europe and Australia)
- USB slot for optional memory media (USB Sticks) – Plays MP3 files from
- Internet Radio – MP3 and WMA
- Network Music Player
Sangean WFR-28 Has Internal Recharger
Sangean has integrated an unusual battery charging function with this little internet radio. The rechargeable battery component can charge four D type NiMH batteries without turning off the radio and removing them. So you can charge batteries while listen to your radio program. Just be sure to set the switch in the battery compartment to the NiMH charge position.
Internal charging is an uncommon setting for an internet radio receiver, that is usually adopted by some luxurious heavy used computer accessories like Logitech MX950 mouse. After a full charge 4 D batteries can support Sangean WFR-28 for about 10 hours. Perfect for travelling and mobile use. Compare with this heart warming setting Grace digital and Logitech are to mean in this respect. They both provide extra battery packages for Grace Digital Mondo and Squeezebox Radio. But their packages must be purchased separately for about 40 bucks.
From this tiny thing, you can see how well Sangean understand their radio lovers and how ambitious WFR-28 want to be a perfect portable radio. Sangean really did things to extend their line into Wi-Fi internet radio receiver market
Small Body Good Sound
The sound is good for this small radio! It suits any normal sized room like bedroom, kitchen and anywhere you previously used to enjoy your radio. You get full access to numerous Internet stations just like done with a PC. It also has multiple equalization so you can tailor the sound. Very nice arrangement!
This Sangean internet is not a powerful amplifier. But its sound quality is more enough for background music aims. Its colorful EQ settings enhance that much. If you are reluctant to the complex EQ adjustment, it has Normal, Flat, Jazz, Rock, Movie, Classic, Pop and News effect to select from. If you are dissatisfied with the sound given by the built-in mono speaker on the Sangean WFR-28. It also comes with a separate line-out to feed an external amp. So that you can enjoy full stereo from your loved internet stations with a better music system.
The First App Controlled Sangean Radio
Before WFR-28 Sangean had already announced several table sized wifi radios such as Sangean WFT-1 Internet Radio. These devices have the internet radio feature, but all function must be controlled through the remote not an effective app on smartphone. iSangean is the first remote control app for Sangean Internet Radios and media streamers for your iPhone or iPod touch. And Sangean WFR-28 is the first and for now the only model which has this app control ability among all Sangean products.
With the app you can search and select internet radio station you like, you can steam supported audio files from local UPnP/DLNA devices; you can control the FM function as well as done with an internet station. In fact, all the other functions presented on the radio can be adjusted through this iSangean app. It is running on your android or iOS device, you are guaranteed a large screen showing detailed radio and media information.
- Sangean WFR-28 Rechargeable Portable Wi-Fi Internet Radio
- AC adapter
- Warrant and multi-languages user manual
- Software disk
- Internet Radio (over 16,000 stations) / FM-RDS Waveband
- 10 station Presets (5 iRadio, 5 FM)
- USB MP3 playback, MP3 and WMA Compatible
- Search by Country, Genre and my Favorite
- Plays on Rechargeable and Dry-Cell Batteries built-in rapid battery charger
- Dual alarm with Sleep timer and snooze functions
- iSangean remote control App
- A small 1.3-inch LCD display not a colored high contrast one
- Although WFR-28 is a compact internet radio but still weights 1 pound 14 ounces/851 grams. A little heavier for portable device but not a big deal
In general, Sangean WFR-28 is a great wifi radio. The FM reception and internet radio performance are both good for this fine machine. The audio quality of this WFR-28 internet radio is excellent for its size. Not to mention the fact that it comes with an intuitive remote app. Nonetheless, just keep in mind Sangean WFR-28 is fine "Radio", it cannot display pretty pictures on the screen or provide multiple music subscriptions like Pandora. If you are a real radio fan WFR-28 is what you need for the 21st internet century.
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