Roberts WM-201 review

The rich and powerful sound ensures even the lowest bit-rate broadcasts are smoothed down a bit, but it lacks some treble openness and snap Tested at £200

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Our Verdict

One of the better internet radios - fine sound, superb functionality and solid build.

For

  • Simple design, rich sound

Against

  • Lacks treble openness, obstructive controls

This one certainly looks the business, with its solid, high-gloss black casework and a decent, if somewhat brick-like feel. The designers have also kept things clean by using one control to handle everything from power on/off to station-searching.

Use the Roberts and that single twist/push control can make things slightly obstructive at times, and you have to resort to the ‘credit card' remote.

The rich and powerful sound ensures even the lowest bit-rate broadcasts are smoothed down a bit, but the WM-201 does lack some treble openness and snap: only with the treble dialled right up do voices become a bit more interesting.

This is perhaps more for the Radio 3 or Radio 4 fan, rather than having an immediate appeal for those surfing for the latest Albanian electronica, but it still remains a rather good example of what internet radio can do.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.glendimplex.com
Brand NameRoberts
Product TypeInternet Radio
ManufacturerGlen Dimplex Group
Product LineSTREAM 201
Manufacturer Part NumberWM201
Product NameRoberts WM-201
Product ModelWM 201

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • STREAM 201 Internet Radio
  • Remote Control
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE

Network and Communication

Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, RealAudio

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsUPnP, WEP, WPA

Physical Characteristics

Width290 mm
Depth215 mm
Weight Approximate2.98 kg
Height115 mm
ColourPiano Black
Dimensions115 mm (H): 290 mm (W): 215 mm (D)

Technical Information

Internet StreamingYes

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year