The world has fallen under the spell of the latest audio technology and many of us are constantly looking for the most innovative gadgets. Modern audio equipment offers advanced features and futuristic design, but the charm of vintage devices like tablet top radios has not disappeared completely. Nostalgia has ensured that table top radios survive the test of time and instead of fading away, they have adapted. Nowadays, it is possible to find table radios that evoke the look of older devices, but that have been updated with new features. They offer durability and are capable of streaming audio from online stations. They are also affordable when compared to other audio devices available these days and there are many great options to choose from. We present you some of the best models available.
Grace Digital Audio GDI-IR2600 Innovator X
These days we have access to a vast catalogue of music thanks to internet and with the Innovator X, you can enjoy over 17,000 radio stations, over 35,000 podcasts, on-demand streams, or even music files from your computer. This wireless streaming radio has integrated Pandora features and it allows you to manage songs from your Pandora account, or buy music from Amazon or iTunes. There is also a practical app that lets you control this internet radio using your iPhone or iPod Touch. The Innovator X gives you extensive compatibility, options to adjust the equalization settings and a smart design. The sound is not exceptional, but it is quite good and considering all the features that it offers for a price that starts at $105, this Grace Digital radio is a top choice.
Grace Digital Mondo GDI-IRC6000 Wi-Fi Music Player with 3.5 Inch Color Display
Another advanced option from Grace Digital is the Mondo GDI-IRC6000, which allows you to stream over 17,000 radio station in demand. This popular device supports a large selection of audio formats and it is compatible with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Live365, SiriusXM and more. Its design is compact, lightweight and it features a touchscreen that is both gorgeous and practical. The Grace Digital Mondo is a great solution for remote areas as it has a powerful reception. The sound is solid, although not as good as what other radios of the same price range can offer. It is available from $150.
Sangean is recognized for creating great digital radios and the WR-2 is proof of the quality that this Taiwanese company can offer. Its design is quite simple, but its well-built and in terms of performance, you can expect sophisticated features and outstanding sound. The WR-2 displays details like song title, artist and it offers great reception. Its rich bass and clear sound are maintained even at high volumes and you can adjust the bass and treble easily. It offers great reception for AM stations and even for FM stations that are not easy to capture, thanks to a powerful external antenna. You can enjoy the Sangean WR-2’s great sound from $105.
If you are looking for a radio that combines clean design and impressive sound, the Sangean WR-11 is an option that you need to consider. This little wooden cabinet receiver features AM/FM reception, precise tuning and band indicator. Its great audio power is supported by a 3″ 7W full range speaker with enlarged magnet, which ensures that you can enjoy music and news with amazing clarity and without worrying about static. Unlike cheap clock radios, audio devices like the Sangean WR-11, offer great durability and quality of sound. It would be nice to have additional features like presets, but the WR-11 is another great and affordable option that you can get from $77.
Tivoli Audio Model One
The first sign of quality of the Tivoli Audio Model One is its beautiful design that is both classic and innovative. Although it is not one of the most recent models available, this stylish device is still considered by many as one of the best options when it comes to table top radios due to its remarkable sound. It is compact, yet powerful and its precise tuner allows you to get good reception for any radio station. While it doesn’t offer the streaming features that more advanced models deliver, this AM/FM table radio is practical, attractive and has great audio capacity. It is also compatible with MP3 players and you can get it from $150.
Bose Wave Radio III
Bose needs no introduction as this brand is widely recognized for offering advanced sound technology throughout all its products. At nearly $350, the Wave Radio III is one of the most expensive table radios available, but you can rely on its great quality. While the design is quite plain and it certainly doesn’t offer the attractive of retro-style devices, its powerful sound is what makes the Wave truly unique. It supports AM/FM radio, MP3 players, internet stations and Bluetooth streaming. It features advanced tuner with radio text display, option to set two independent wake-up alarms. The Wave may be expensive, but it could be a good investment if you want to enjoy stunning sound, deep-rich bass and top performance.
Crosley Solo Radio CR221
While this compact, retro-looking radio has been discontinued, it is still possible to find it on Amazon or Target and it is still great buy. It may look simple and small, but this radio offers good sound and a design that brings a futuristic approach to nostalgia. The Crosley Solo features AM/FM tuner and although it may lack advanced features and options that you can get from other table top radios, its simplicity will be enjoyed by many users who want solid performance and affordability. It offers great reception and a convenient price. Get it while you can for just $62.
Cambridge SoundWorks Ambiance 2
The Cambridge SoundWorks Ambiance 2 is not easy to find, but if you come across it, you will be impressed with its incredible sound and stunning touchscreen. It allows you to stream content from Pandora, Internet radio and AM/FM stations, so you can enjoy music from anywhere in the world. It also gives you the possibility to stream music from your computer, iPhone, iPod or iPad. The SoundWorks Ambiance 2 is also very easy to set up and it allows you to adjust every aspect of the sound. The main downside is that compared to other models, this device is on the heavy side. Still, its room-filling audio capabilities and convenient touchscreen make it a first rate option. It is available for around $270.