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Top 10 WiFi Radios 2017

Now you may take your listening pleasure into the stratosphere – literally – by beaming in internet stations from everywhere in the world the use of any such WiFi radios. We've got blanketed the whole lot from handy portable models up to high-end units that any audiophile will be happy to have.

Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV - Platinum SilverAmazon Echo - BlackRevo Super Signal Deluxe DAB Table Radio with DAB/DAB+/FM Reception, Digital Alarm and Bluetooth Wireless StreamingGrace Digital GDI-IRC7505 Stereo Wi-Fi Music System with 3.5Sangean WR-22BK AM/FM-RDS/Bluetooth/USB Table-Top Digital Tuning Receiver (Black)Grace Digital Wi-Fi Music Player with 3.5-Inch Color Display (GDI-IRC6000) (Black)Grace Digital GDI-IRCA700 Wireless Internet Radio Adapter with 3.5-Inch Color Display Featuring Pandora, NPR, and SiriusXM (Black)C Crane Co CWF CC WiFi Internet RadioSangean WFR-28 Internet RadioPure Evoke F4 Portable Internet Radio with WiFi and Bluetooth (Black)

Radio Waves and Revolution

In the digital age, the internet has opened a lot of doors when it comes to making previously inaccessible things suddenly accessible. People are instantly connected through email, social networks, instant messaging services, and online forums. If the internet connects people and services from all over the world in a fraction of the time it would ordinarily take through conventional means, then why shouldn't access to music and radio offer the same convenience?

Imagine living in a rural area with poor reception from local radio stations. How would you overcome this obstacle? Or perhaps you're interested in accessing a particular genre/radio station that you could only pick up in Moscow or Sydney, Australia. It's more likely that your conventional FM radio device wouldn't be able to pick up that radio station in either location. With a WiFi radio, all this can change when those locations provide access to their media over the internet.

Also known as an internet radio, a WiFi radio is a hardware device capable of receiving and playing streamed audio content from either an internet radio station or a home network. This audio content can take the form of podcasts, music, or news stations. Streaming media has the advantage of delivery to your device as it's being downloaded, meaning that you can start listening to the content before it has finished downloading completely. This saves you from having to wait to download an entire audio file from the internet before listening to it.

Regardless of the device used, audio streaming is delivered to its receiver using lossy compression and several audio formats that include MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Windows Media Audio, and RealAudio. An audio codec is also used to decode the streaming content so you can enjoy it through the radio's speakers.

Setting WiFi radio apart from the conventional radio is its ability to broadcast content from virtually anywhere in the world using an internet connection. WiFi radios usually have built-in speakers, making them self-contained devices. With a stable internet connection, there is virtually no geographical limitation for station access, whereas you would be limited to a range of around 100 miles using a conventional AM-FM radio.

A WiFi radio downloads a selected audio stream from one of several services that are compatible with the device. Some of these services include Pandora, Last.fm, and Spotify.

Connecting To A Vast Sea Of Sound


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Choosing the best WiFi radio depends on what you plan to do with the device. For example, many WiFi radios offer built-in docks for connecting your mobile phone so you can listen to music from the device without an internet connection. If you're into cutting-edge technology and user-friendly design, then a radio with a full-color touchscreen is always a good idea. But if you appreciate classic designs, you can still find a variety of internet radio devices with dials and knobs for adjusting volume controls or setting the clock. At the end of the day, style is a personal choice and a radio could be thought of as a piece of furniture.

An on-board clock and large digital readout are both important to your WiFi radio, especially if you plan to keep it on your nightstand and use it as an alarm clock. That said, finding a radio that makes good use of battery power is also key since you don't want to go out of your way for wide access to thousands of radio stations only to be limited to a certain location because it doesn't run on batteries.

Many WiFi radios also come with convenient remote controls, so if you have the device set up in a bedroom, kitchen, or living room, a remote is definitely a big selling point for controlling presets and other functions from across the room.

Audio recording is another big plus that may appeal to you with such a wide range of access to content over the web. Some WiFi radios have recording functionality and are equipped with USB ports for recording/saving podcasts and music to removable media, which comes in quite handy if you do a lot of traveling.

Customization is integral when you find a group of stations or music genres that most appeal to you. Many WiFi radios have button presets to access preselected stations that are super easy to program when you set the device up.

A Brief History Of The Technology


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The history of the internet radio device is very much connected to the history and development of the internet radio service itself. Conventional radio technology had already been established since the early 20th century, so the radio provided an excellent platform from which internet radio could springboard.

Internet radio was pioneered by Carl Malamud. In 1993, Malamud launched Internet Talk Radio which was the first computer-to-radio talk show, during which he interviewed a computer expert each week.

With the advent of streaming RealAudio over HTTP, streaming became more accessible to a number of radio shows, which included the popular TechEdge Radio in 1997 that was broadcast in 3 formats: live on the radio, live from a RealAudio server, and streamed from the web.

As DSL and Broadband the internet replaced the slow and low bandwidth of dial-up connections in the late 1990s, internet radio became that much more popular at the turn of the new millennium, since streaming could now be accomplished much faster than ever before.


#10.Pure Evoke F4 Portable Internet Radio with WiFi and Bluetooth (Black)


A fully featured portable music streaming and radio system, Evoke F4 brings an entire world of audio entertainment simply and easily within your reach.

You can use listen to your music streamed from an Apple or Android device either via WiFi or Bluetooth; enjoy your entire music collection streamed from your PC or Mac; listen to internet radio, SiriusXM channels, or FM; play on-demand radio programs, podcasts, and ambient sounds; and stream millions of music tracks from the Pure Connect subscription service.

The free Pure Connect app transforms your phone or tablet into the ultimate audio remote control. Available on the App store and in Google Play.


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#9.Sangean WFR-28 Internet Radio


The ultra-compact Sangean WFR-28 Rechargeable Portable Wi-Fi Internet Radio is a combination Internet radio and audio media streaming device that is fully portable. With the WFR-28, users can listen to 16,000+ radio stations from around the world, including channels like NPR, FOX news, CNN, BBC, CBS to KROQ, and over 35,000 podcasts as well as to your local FM radio stations with RDS (Radio Data System) capability.

Additional features include Frontier Silicon's IR 2.6 network audio software, which provides the most complete, versatile and easy-to-use software available for the next generation of Internet-connected audio systems. The WFR-28 delivers sound beyond its size and has built-in Digital EQ Settings for pop, rock, classical, news, a movie as well as separate bass and treble controls to adjust the sound to your individual taste.


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#8.C Crane Co CWF CC WiFi Internet Radio


Get even more of your favorite music and news for free! Now with Pandora, Aupeo, Live365 and MP3tunes (sorry, no iHeart radio)! Most people get a WiFi radio so they can listen to their favorite stations with perfect clarity. With the CC WiFi Radio, the stations are always clear, no matter how far away they are and you can also be able to pick up stations on the CC WiFi that are difficult to get on a computer. Sometimes you have to register with a station to get their audio stream but the CC Wifi can get your station direct without you having to give out personal information to get it. Whatever your interests are, you can find 10 or maybe 100 times more news and music with the CC WiFi than any other type of radio.


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#7.Grace Digital GDI-IRCA700 Wireless Internet Radio Adapter with 3.5-Inch Color Display Featuring Pandora, NPR, and SiriusXM (Black)


The Grace Digital Primo Wi-Fi Media Streamer is the latest addition to the Grace Digital line up. The Primo delivers access to over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts, and on-demand content with a class leading 3.5-inch color display. Enjoy all the popular Internet radio features with the added audio power of a built-in subwoofer and convenience of a color screen. See vivid, colorful station or album art while listening to your tunes, while you effortlessly navigate through the icon-based menu system. In addition, get access to premium free music services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and premium pay services such as SiriusXM Internet Radio, Rhapsody, Dar. FM, and Live365 VIP. Primo offers a high contrast color LCD display for a vivid, easy-to-read interface. Fusing the popular Solo with the renowned Mondo, Primo delivers the best of both worlds, offering consumers a user-friendly stereo streaming solution in a sleek, high-end look.


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#6.Grace Digital Wi-Fi Music Player with 3.5-Inch Color Display (GDI-IRC6000) (Black)


The Grace Digital Mondo Wi-Fi music player (GDI-IRC6000) is a combination Internet radio and audio media streamer that brings all the audio content of the Internet from your broadband connection to your home or office. Listen to over 17,000+ radio stations including NPR on-demand, FOX news, CNN, BBC, CBS to KROQ, over 35,000 podcasts, 20,000+ On-Demand streams or your personal Pandora radio stations - Free. In addition to the ability to play all the Free music in the world, music files from your PC, Mac, NAS or USB thumb drive are also easily accessed via the bright large 3.5-Inch TFT color backlight display. The Mondo also accesses additional Free and Pay music services such as DAR.FM, Live 365, MP3tunes, iHeartRadio, Weatherbug and SiriusXM Internet radio.


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#5.Sangean WR-22BK AM/FM-RDS/Bluetooth/USB Table-Top Digital Tuning Receiver (Black)


I was looking for a small stereo for my office and really liked the fact that I could stream music wirelessly from my iPad and Android phone. I wanted another Boston Acoustic stereo that I have at home but discovered they don't produce any longer. After reviewing all of the reviews and great price I decided on the Sangean WR--22BK.

The seller shipped the item really quickly. Upon arrival, it was packaged really well. Out of the box, the setup was really simple, a unit is together and the only thing I had to do was plug in AC cable and external FM antenna. I was impressed by the reception of this unit as it pulled in FM signals not usually accessible. Once I figured out how to pair my iPad and phone using the Bluetooth it worked really well, much better than I thought. Also, comes with a great little remote control.


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#4.Grace Digital GDI-IRC7505 Stereo Wi-Fi Music System with 3.5" Color Display (Walnut)


The Grace Encore Wi-Fi Music Player is Grace Digital's latest Internet radio with a class leading 3.5" Color display. Enjoy all the popular Internet radio features with the added audio power of a built-in subwoofer and convenience of a color screen. See vivid station or album art while listening to your tunes, while you effortlessly navigate through the icon-based menu system. Listen to over 50,000 free radio stations, podcast, and endless on-demand content from around the corner to around the world, including NPR, BBC, CBS and more. In addition, get access to premium free music services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and premium pay services such as SiriusXM Internet Radio, Rhapsody, Dar.fm, and Live365 VIP. The Encore boasts a best in class D digital amplifier that delivers crisp audio to its rear ported stereo speakers and built-in subwoofer.


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#3.Revo Super Signal Deluxe DAB Table Radio with DAB/DAB+/FM Reception, Digital Alarm and Bluetooth Wireless Streaming


SuperSignal shares the functionalist design philosophy and uncompromising quality ethos of REVO’s recently announced SuperConnect hybrid radio, ensuring that it is truly a product without equal in the DAB radio category.SuperSignal is equipped to receive DAB and DAB+ broadcasts, as well as traditional FM with RDS. Bluetooth support is also included, meaning users can wirelessly stream music from their iPhone, Samsung, Windows Phone, Blackberry or another Bluetooth-enabled device, including laptops and tablets – with no physical docking necessary. The addition of CSR’s aptX technology means that where supported by the transmitting device, streaming music will be at CD quality rather than the lower bit rate MP3 quality of standard Bluetooth.


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#2.Amazon Echo - Black


LOVE OUR NEW ECHO! I have been watching the reviews online and checking with friends that have purchased the Echo to see how much they liked or disliked its features. The last person, I talked to went on and on about all the things there were using it for and that persuaded me it was time and Amazon Prime Day was the perfect opportunity to go for it. Amazon did a fantastic job of creating this tubular info-training command center! There are so many cool and awesome things its able to do that I'll hit the highlights that work for our household. First, we love that it follows your voice in the room (the circle lighting will show which direction it is 'listening'), the speaker is wonderfully balanced, so whether listening to music, the news or to Alexa speaking, I have nothing but high marks for its sound quality, given its size.


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#1.Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV - Platinum Silver


There's a world of music out there. The Bose Wave SoundTouch music system lets you easily enjoy all of it. It works with your home Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth devices so you can play almost anything you can imagine. Use it to stream millions of songs from music services like Spotify and Pandora, thousands of Internet radio stations and your stored music library. There's also a CD player and AM/FM radio tuner. So you can hear whatever you want with a room-filling sound all from an easy-to-use system that now comes with a fresh design. The Wave SoundTouch system is part of an entire family of Bose wireless products for every room of your home that lets you play your favorite music at the touch of a single button. A free, powerful app lets you explore online music from around the world. Plus, it transforms your phone into a powerful remote so you can control your music, no matter where you are. Included: Wave SoundTouch music system; power cord; USB cable; remote control; demonstration CD.


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