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View Quest Retro WiFi Radio review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 144
inc VAT

It’s got some great features and support DAB+, but this multi-functional radio is let down by its lack of support for VBR MP3 streams

View Quest is the latest in a slew of manufacturers to integrate classic style with modern technology. This is a particularly common practice when it comes to radios. The Retro WiFi Radio has a clean, simple and stylish chassis with a leather effect handle and cover and cream body, which contains a combination DAB+/FM/internet radio and UPnP media streamer. You can power it from the mains or from four C cell batteries, and the radio has a claimed 15-hour battery life. A physical power switch at the back means there’s no risk of running them down by leaving the radio in standby mode.

View Quest Retro WiFi Radio

There’s even an iPod dock, so you can play content directly from an iOS device, and it’s neatly concealed behind the View Quest logo – just push it in and a sturdy little plastic dock shelf pops out. A mono LCD display allows you to navigate through the radio’s menus, while text entry – which is only called for when you have to enter your wireless password – is handled by using the dial or buttons to cycle through letters of the alphabet.

View Quest Retro WiFi Radio

When you first power it up, the radio scans for wireless networks and prompts you select yours and enter the password. With that done, you can choose to tune in to internet, digital or FM radio stations, connect to your network to search for UPnP media streams or listen to content from an iPod or the radio’s auxiliary input.

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Basic Specifications

Rating***
Media Streamer typeaudio streaming device

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackYes
Audio WAV playbackYes
Audio Audible playbackNo
Other audio formatsnone

Video Compatibility

Other video formatsN/A

Image Compatibility

Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo

Network Interfaces

Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportYes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs0
Minijack headphone outputs0
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Total SCART sockets0
HDMI outputs0
Component outputs0
S-video output0
Composite outputs0
Other connectorsFM/DAB radio, iPod dock

Physical

Size160x280x90mm
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption on5W

Server Compatibility

Software includednone
UPnPYes
iTunesNo
SlimServerNo
SMBNo

Buying Information

Price£144
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplier
Detailswww.viewquest.co.uk

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