Terratec Noxon iRadio review

This internet radio has bags of features and functions Tested at £240.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Struggling with hefty price tag and a wealth of features, the iRadio can’t quite manage to be a jack-of-all-trades


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    Bags of features and functions

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    simple to use

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    crisp treble and decent detail


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    Lacks punch and dynamics

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    small sounding

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    lacklustre styling

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If you like features and functions, then the Terratec Noxon iRadio might just be up your street – jam-packed as it is with surely almost everything you could wish for in what is a portable radio at heart.

It's mains-powered only, so it's only so portable. When it comes to connections you'll find USB, Ethernet, lines in and out, speaker output and a digital out.

There's also room to attach your own WLAN aerial should you want to boost your radio's wireless reach.

Listening to the latest Hip-Hop and R 'n' B from Hot 108 Jamz, saccharine, slinky vocals sound crisp and clean, while detail is okay, too.

Some of the more table-vibrating basslines don't have the punch and weight we'd like, but overall the iRadio doesn't make a bad stab.

It won't fill a room
We'd like a little more refinement but it's far from offensive. It won't fill a room as well as rivals: it's not only volume that's lacking, it's the breadth of sound as well.

FM radio sounds suitably FM-like, and the iPod dock does what it says on the tin, pumping out a listenable if far from electrifying version of Aim's What Do People Do All Day.

It promises plenty, but the performance is just so rather than just right, and causes the price tag to become something of an issue.

Yes, it does a lot for the money – but not in the style we'd demand.

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