Vita Audio R2i review: Vita Audio R2i

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
Pricing Unavailable

The Good Great sound quality; useful iPod and iPhone dock.

The Bad Initially confusing remote.

The Bottom Line A great halfway house for anyone who doesn't want a full-blown hi-fi, the smart Vita Audio R2i tabletop radio has a diverse feature set, including an iPhone-compatible iPod dock, and is more than up to the job of being your home's primary musical device

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At around £280, the Vita Audio R2i certainly isn't cheap, but it feels like money well spent once you've got your hands on it. A heavy case, two good speakers, a bundled remote and an iPod dock set this unit one step above most all-in-one radios, making it an ideal halfway house between a true portable and a mini system with separate speakers.

Body beautiful
In height and width, the R2i isn't much smaller than a video recorder. The black finish on our test unit was beautiful, smooth and glossy, and, as a bonus, seemingly impervious to fingerprints. If this doesn't suit your decor, there are two alternatives available: white and walnut veneer.

The speakers are set into the front, rather than the top, as they are with its smaller tabletop rival, the Tivoli Model DAB . The controls and iPod dock are mounted on the top of the unit. The controls, like the screen, glow blue when in use, and have a satisfying, responsive action. The volume control is a circular rocker, rather than a knob, which you turn and hold in either direction rather than continually twisting.

Those who don't like the black version can opt for the walnut-veneer (above) or white model

Beyond this, there's a three-level EQ and 3D wide stereo enhancement. We found that turning off 3D and leaving the EQ set to 'normal' delivered the best results. They're good to have, but they aren't killer features.

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Vita Audio R2i

Part Number: CNETVita Audio R2i

Typical Price: £280.00

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