New audio device from Revo works both as a digital radio and iPod/iPhone docking station and supports both terrestrial and Internet radio.
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There are many docking stations for the iPod/iPhone on the market, but if you're looking for one that's different--possibly in a good way--Revo has something for you.
The company announced on Monday its newest digital radio, the Ikon, which may be the first to come with a full-color 3.5-inch touch screen and an icon-based user interface. It also supports multistandard radio capabilities and works as a dock for the iPod or iPhone.
According to Revo, a European designer and manufacturer of digital audio devices, the Ikon can receive the full roster of digital radio standards, including Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), DAB+, Internet radio, and, of course, conventional FM radio with RDS.
The device can also display color station logos, station descriptions, track and artist information, and news headlines.
The Ikon can wirelessly stream digital music from any PC or Apple computer (presumably via a Wi-Fi connection), displaying full-color album artwork and track information when available. It's one of a limited number of digital radios certified by Apple for use with the iPod or iPhone as a high-quality iPod/iPhone sound system. The device is compatible with all existing iPod and iPhone models.
Apart from its terrestrial and Internet radio capabilities, Ikon will also provide access to online music service Last.fm and comes with a free 30-day Last.fm trial subscription. (Editor's note: Last.fm is part of CBS Interactive, which also publishes CNET News.)
In regard to sound quality, the Ikon boasts NXT's patented "Balanced-Radiator" loudspeaker technology, which creates high-performance sound, with satisfying bass on a compact device.
All this sounds very exciting, but there's a catch: the Ikon isn't cheap. It will be available worldwide sometime in October for an estimated price of around $450, which makes it possibly the most expensive iPod/iPhone docking station of its size.
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