Kogan Bluetooth Retro Digital Internet Radio

Anthony Caruana
17 April, 2014
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Kogan Bluetooth Retro Digital Internet Radio

Kogan, www.kogan.com.au


Easy to use; sound quality


Lacks a little speaker power



Product quality with Kogan can be a little hit and miss in our experience. But the Bluetooth Retro Digital Internet Radio is definitely a hit.

As soon as we turned the Bluetooth Retro Digital Internet Radio on, we were impressed with the sound quality and how easy it was to use. The retro styling, complete with fake wood grain laminate, makes a stylistic impression, but, by invoking some old-world buttons and dials, we found Kogan’s entry to this Group Test by far the easiest to use.

Once we turned on the device and used the auto-tune to find all the local DAB stations, we were variously rocking out or relaxing to a wide variety of stations.

The small display was very easy to read and delivered useful information. In addition to the name of the station we were listening to, it was able to display the artist and song titles – a nice touch when listening to an unfamiliar track when our iPhone and Shazam weren’t handy.

Despite the price tag, we were very impressed by the sound quality. Powered by a pair of four-watt speakers, we were surprised by the volume and quality the Bluetooth Retro Digital Internet Radio delivered. Reception was clear with both DAB and regular FM radio without the need for an external antenna.

As well as supporting DAB, we could connect our iPhone using Bluetooth and there was also a pair of 3.5mm sockets – one for an auxiliary input and another for headphone output for the times when you want to listen to some digital radio without disturbing the rest of the room.

Bottom line.

If you’ve been looking for a digital radio but on a budget, you’ll be happy with the Kogan Bluetooth Retro Digital Internet Radio. It’s easy to use, offers plenty of connectivity options and delivers great sound quality.

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