If you’re into radio music, whether mainstream chart hits or something more niche – the Roberts Stream 93i will give you access to literally thousands of radio stations, via DAB, FM or the internet.
This is an extremely flexible piece of kit, providing hours of entertainment across the airwaves and web. It’s small but chunky, bringing together aspects of design both old and new. It may not be pretty, but it’s an almost perfect piece of design and its rather heavy weight is a signal that there’s some serious tech going on inside. Discover radio stations and new musical styles from around the world. And later, if you fancy something more familiar, you can listen to your iTunes library or Android / PC equivalent wirelessly, or through Ethernet, off your laptop, tablet or smartphone. If you’re a Spotify member you can also control and play your playlists from your mobile device. Or if you’ve got music files sitting on a USB device you can plug and play.
The front-facing controls of the actual base unit consist of an LCD menu display and two large dials – for volume and tuning; while a series of small buttons gives you access to settings such as an alarm, your presets (40 in total), a mute switch and various other features. There’s a nice solid remote that saves you having to get up to change the music or adjust the volume.
At the business end, the Stream 93i produces superb clear audio with immersive depth across the mid and treble ranges. Meanwhile, the rear-facing subwoofer gives you some crunching, meaty bass. Overall the sound spectrum is pretty awesome and the volume can be pushed surprisingly high - enough to rattle the windows in their frames.
- Excellent audio quality
- Highly versatile
- Oodles of features
- No Bluetooth
- Fiddly buttons
- There are more stylish radios out there
Why you should buy it:
If you’re in the UK, love your radio music, and want a good portable device that will also play Spotify, or MP3s off your smartphone or laptop, then you won’t find much better than the Roberts Stream 93i.