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Wi-Fi net radio access a "must have" on new tabletop radios

Posted on: 02/01/2008

From TWICE.com: A tabletop home radio isn’t complete these days without an iPod dock, memory card slots, Wi-Fi access to Internet radio stations and services, or satellite radio reception, a growing number of suppliers believe.

“Table radios are able to do more now,” said Clayton Scott, Sangean sales and marketing manager.

Underscoring changes in the tabletop radio market, Sangean plans to expand its selection of tabletop Internet radios in the coming months. European supplier Sonoro will enter the U.S. market with a quartet of radios that include an iPod-docking model and an Internet radio. And Audiovox plans its first tabletop Internet radios under the RCA and Acoustics Research brands.

Companies launching iPod-docking tabletop radios include Eton, which plans its first model with an embedded iPod dock, having already marketed a model packaged with a stand-alone dock. And startup Cue Radio is entering the market with an iPod-docking table radio [pictured right].

Here’s what dealers will find in coming months:

Audiovox: In Internet radio, the company is launching its first models, including two versions of the RCA-brand Infinite Radio with analog AM/FM, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, and direct access to a custom Web radio aggregation service and to Slacker’s personalized Internet radio service

An Acoustic Research tabletop radio with Internet radio, iPod dock and an Apple authentication chip is due in the second quarter…

Audiovox has also unveiled two Acoustics Research-brand table radios that will be the industry’s first table radios with an embedded slot to accept XM Minituners. They also sport embedded iPod docks…

Cue Acoustics: The first product from the Somerville, Mass., startup is a biamplified AM/FM tabletop radio with embedded iPod dock and with optional auxiliary speaker to deliver stereo

Eton: The company’s first tabletop AM/FM radio with embedded iPod dock is the Eton Sound 140 at a suggested $299 (www.etoncorp.com). It’s due late in the first or second quarters with two 3-inch speakers, a bottom-mount woofer, 3.5mm audio in and out, alarm clock functions, an iPod-controlling remote and choice of gloss-black or gloss-white finished…

Sangean: The company launched its first one-piece tabletop Internet radio last November at a $279 street price, and in two to three months will ship a next-generation model and a component Internet tuner

Sonoro: The Cologne, Germany-based company, launched in 2005, is bringing a quartet of luxury-positioned table radios to the United STates after establishing distribution in Europe, where the products are available in A/V stores, high-end department stores and home décor outlets.

Read the entire story at TWICE.com.

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