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Revo Pico Radiostation review

Kat Orphanides
23 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
149
inc VAT

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Revo's Pico Radiostation is a smart-looking portable audio streamer, internet radio and RSS podcast receiver with a built-in DAB and FM radio.

Its built-in mono speaker was loud enough to hear throughout our labs - equivalent to a large lounge - and didn't distort even at full volume. It's small enough to easily fit on a kitchen worktop, and is splash-proof, too. It also has a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts around 12 hours, so you could listen in the bath or while watering the garden.

Most of the Radiostation's functions can be accessed using the dial and buttons on its front panel, although a pause button is a somewhat annoying omission. The two-line LCD screen is rather small, but using the dial to scroll through files and radio stations was a pleasure. The same can't be said for the remote control, which is small, cheap-feeling, uncomfortable to use and easy to lose. The Radiostation has both wired and wireless networking. Although it was tedious, we didn't have much trouble using the dial to enter our WPA key.

As well as a built in speaker, the Radiostation has a pair of phono outputs and a mini-jack headphone socket. A mini-jack input at the front allows you to use it as a speaker for another device, such as an MP3 player.

Like most streaming audio receivers, the Radiostation supports both UPnP and SMB shared folders and is compatible with MP3 and WMA audio formats, along with RealMedia streams and various uncompressed formats such as Wav and AIFF. This should suit most people, although we'd have liked to see support for Ogg audio streams, which are becoming more popular. To add new internet radio streams and podcasts subscriptions, you must register online at www.wifiradio-fontier.com.

The Radiostation did everything we asked of it, and did it well. The small LCD screen and cheap remote control are more than made up for by its ease of use, audio quality and portability. If you don't want to be tied to one spot, this is the receiver for you.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Media Streamer typestreaming audio receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackNo
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackNo
Other audio formatsAIFF, AU, RM
Internet radio stream compatibMP3, RM, WMA

Video Compatibility

Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportNo
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Video WMV playbackNo
Video WMV-HD supportNo
Other video formatsnone
Internet video stream compatibnone

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports10/100
Wireless networking supportYes
128-bit WEPYes
256-bit WEPNo
WPAYes
WPA2Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs0
Minijack headphone outputs1
Stereo phono outputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Total SCART sockets0
HDMI outputs0
Component outputs0
S-video output0
Composite outputs0
Other connectorsnone

Physical

Size105x167x105mm
Antennas1
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennaNo
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption on4W

Server Compatibility

Software includednone
UPnPYes
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBYes

Buying Information

Price£149
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk
Detailswww.revo.co.uk

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