Another last.fm Internet Radio

November 19th, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Roberts STREAM 83i

Having already covered the Revo IKON (here), the Revo DOMINO (here) and the Revo HERITAGE (here), all of which support Last.fm, we now find there’s another option, and it comes in a little cheaper than any of those previous options…

The Roberts STREAM 83i combines a DAB radio, FM radio, Internet Radio, local network media streaming, usb media playback, but also features Last.fm support.  This support is pretty all encompassing; as well as playing your virtual music radio, you can select to “Love” or “Ban” tracks (dedicated buttons on both the device and on the included remote control), and also supports scrobbling your music plays too (although it’s not clear whether this will also scrobble music from media streaming or usb media playback).  Even better, this unit supports the ability to provide multiple Last.fm user accounts, so if the radio is used by more than one person, you can easily select which Last.fm account to use for your own personalised music.

Also, to save you a little hassle twice a year, the radio can pick up it’s time automatically from DAB, FM or the Internet.

It’s nice to see another manufacturer supporting Last.fm within their device, and just like Revo and Pure Internet Radio devices, it appears this Roberts radio is capable of receiving firmware updates over the Internet connection too (a key feature for us on any device nowadays).

As well as everything, it appears you can pre-configure 4 Wi-Fi network connection settings too, which is useful if you plan to use the device in multiple locations.

It’s not quite as pretty as the Revo HERITAGE, but the price difference reflects that; the Roberts STREAM 83i should be available now for around £135, however, that price difference may also reflect the lack of DAB+ support (see here for more information on this last point).


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