Revo offering discounted DAB Radios this weekend

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Revo, manufacturers of some very nice DAB radios, have a half price offer on two of their top units this weekend. To celebrate their 10th Anniversary in business, they have the Revo K2 and Revo HERITAGE with 50% off, which means the units are priced at £149.95 and £124.95 respectively. If you are considering either of these two models, now is your chance to pick them up with a massive discount.

These offers finish on Sunday. See Revo Special Offer for more details.


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Revo release new AXiS software

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Revo Technologies have released an updated firmware for their Revo AXiS Internet / DAB radio. This adds two features of note; firstly, the device now supports the DAB Slideshow feature (more information on this feature here), which allows the unit to display graphical content provided by the DAB radio station.  It also adds the ability to specify how long the backlight stays on when the unit is in standby.  With this feature, you are able to turn the screen back on by moving the volume control either way to light the screen, and then after the preset period, the backlight will turn off again.

Revo Technologies have confirmed that they are planning a similar update for the Revo Ikon, although there is no date for release available yet.  If you have a Revo AXiS, then it should find the update automatically, and prompt you to install.

It’s nice to see a manufacturer releasing updates for existing hardware which adds new features, instead of only incorporating these new features into new hardware.  The update was released yesterday, so should appear soon on your DAB radio. In terms of UK radio stations that support DAB slideshow, these include BBC Radio 1, Capital Radio, Heart Radio, XFM and Magic (possibly Virgin Radio Xtreme and Kiss as well), and only a handful of DAB radios support it, including the PURE Sensia and the Revo AXiS.

Revo Technologies have also indicated there are working on 3 new models for 2011, which will be on sale in Q3 / Q4 this year.  They have also announced a limited edition “Black Oak” variant of their Revo HERITAGE radio should be available for sale at some point in the next few weeks.


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Another last.fm Internet Radio

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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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Last.fm and hardware devices update

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Revo HERITAGE

This morning we wrote an article about the Revo HERITAGE (here), mentioning that we felt that a single Last.fm account could be used across multiple devices.  This part of the article is correct, in that if you were to purchase multiple Revo devices, you could, after the first month (of free Last.fm access), configure all the devices to share a single Last.fm subscription to save a little money.  However, we should point out that having researched this a little further, we have discovered that although Last.fm will let you do this, and you would benefit from a single user account, which would learn all your “loved” and “banned” songs to improve the listening experience, Last.fm does have one limitation…

Last.fm will only provide one streaming radio per user account at any one time; so although you could happily have 2 (or more) devices sharing the same user account, only one could be playing Last.fm streamed music at a time.  Now, for many people, that may well be acceptable, but we thought we should bring it to people’s attention.

We did find information on one (quite old) proxy tool for Last.fm, that might allow you to rebroadcast a single Last.fm stream to multiple streaming devices on your local network (which would use the audio streaming option, and not the direct Last.fm support), but without support for the other functions, such as loving or banning tracks, we wonder whether this is a good solution; also we’re not sure if this tool would still work with the latest Last.fm servers and protocols in use.

If you really need a whole house audio solution that can take a single Last.fm feed and stream it throughout your whole house, then it appears the Sonos system may offer just that.


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Revo announces another new unit – the Revo HERITAGE

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Revo HERITAGE

For a company that went quiet for a few months earlier this year, Revo seem to have bounced back and have added another new unit to their range of DAB radios.  The Revo HERITAGE is styled a little like units from the 50s and 60s, yet packs all their high spec features that they seem to be concentrating on right now.  This units joins the lineup of the Revo IKON (featured here), Revo DOMINO (featured here), and elder units such as the Revo iBlik RadioStation range, and the Pico range of portable devices.

The Revo HERITAGE features DAB, DAB+, FM radio stations, as well as Wi-Fi Internet Radio, as well as offering network streaming and support for all current iPod models.  In keeping with the price tag, this device is made from aluminium and real walnut veneer, and the screen is an OLED “secret-until-lit” display and like the Revo DOMINO, features a joystick based menu system.  The radio also features a digital alarm clock with sleep and snooze functions, and also features optical out and iPod video out connectors (amongst others).  Also provided is a full feature remote control.

As with the Revo IKON and the Revo DOMINO D3 (and D2) models, this radio also features support for Last.fm, allowing you to select an artist or genre and get streamed music.  Also like those other units, the device comes with a free 30 day Last.fm trial subscription, and would need access to a £3 per month subscription after that (which we still believe can be shared across multiple devices).  You can also improve the track selection by providing feedback to Last.fm in terms of “loving” or “banning” tracks that are played.

Finally, if you are still after other music support, the device has a 3.5mm input jack for other mp3 players, and can also play a wide range of music formats from USB devices via a USB port too.

The only limitation on this device seems to be iPhone support, where Revo state “While Heritage doesn’t offer full iPhone compatibility, by placing the iPhone in ‘In-Flight Mode’, Heritage will provide playback and charging.” (We should add this limitation does not apply to either the Revo DOMINO or Revo IKON, which have full iPhone compatibility).

If you are looking to buy one of these devices, you’ll need to head to John Lewis who have retail exclusivity on these devices when it goes on sale in November for £230 (alternatively you can buy direct from Revo Technologies themselves).

Although more expensive than the Revo DOMINO range, some have questioned the styling of that range, and this unit may well be more suited to people’s taste.


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