Revo has introduced a new colour touchscreen digital radio that comes in below the £200 price point in the UK. The AXiS radio is one of the next generation of connected digital radio devices that combine advanced multi-format radio reception, iPod and iPhone docking, wireless audio streaming and access to premium online music services such as Last.fm.
AXiS is capable of receiving a full range of digital radio standards including DAB, DAB+ and internet radio, as well as conventional FM radio with RDS. AXiS will also stream digital music files via WiFi from any connected PC or Apple Mac.
The compact radio features a 3.5” colour TFT touchscreen display, and is controlled via an icon-driven user interface, enabling quick and easy navigation around the radio’s many advanced features.
AXiS boasts impressive audio clarity and bass response, with an 8W class D amplifier and NXT’s patented Balanced Radiator (BR) loudspeaker technology. BR drive units combine the performance attributes of an NXT flat panel speaker, with the pistonic movement of a conventional loudspeaker, the effect is a high performance compact drive unit that can cover a wider range of frequencies. “The result is a smooth frequency response, expansive sound stage and satisfying bass,” according to the manufacturers.
It provides advanced connectivity for all generations of iPod and iPhone, and is equipped with stereo RCA, AUX-IN, 3.5mm headphone and iPod/iPhone video out connectors as standard.
Revo Technologies CEO David Baxter has told radioinfo: “With AXiS we have taken the unique multi-platform feature set and icon driven interface of our groundbreaking IKON ‘touch’ radio, and re-housed it in a beautifully compact minimalist design, perfect for desktop or bedside use, all for the breakthrough price of £199.95.”
In addition to its terrestrial and internet radio capabilities, AXiS will also provide access to online music service Last.fm. Simply choose an artist or genre and let Last.fm build the perfect playlist from its library of 5 million tracks, unique to the user, and fresh every time. Alternatively, an existing Last.fm profile can be used. AXiS includes a free 31 day Last.fm trial subscription, after that a £3.00 per month subscription charge applies.
AXiS is the result of a long collaboration between Revo Technologies and Frontier Silicon, the industry leader in connected audio technology. At the heart of REVO’s AXiS radio is Frontier Silicon’s new multi-standard Venice 8 module.
The radio will be available in the UK from the 1st of October 2010 from John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Apple Store, Comet, Selfridges, Harrods and Next Directory. Date of delivery of units for Australia is not known at this time.