Noxon 2 Review
Web radio is one of the best-kept secrets of the modern age. Most people are familiar with DAB, but internet radio is a much bigger deal. These stations broadcast from all around the world – it’s possible to listen to reggae from Jamaica, death metal from the Netherlands and Christian rock from the USA.
All this is great for working at a computer, but internet radio really comes alive when you purchase a dedicated independent device such as the Noxon. The Noxon 2 connects to your web connection via WiFi (or by connecting it to a network via an Ethernet cable) and accesses radio in much the same way a DAB radio accesses the digital network. It works independently of your PC and downloads a list of 2,500 channels from Noxon.
You can search by Genre, Country, New Channels, and Favourites, which can be stored at a click of a button on the remote. It can also connect to the BBC’s range of channels, the lack of which was, for a long time, the Achilles’ heel of internet radio.
Design-wise, the Noxon2 radio is rather odd. The woofer sits underneath the radio box and the top of the unit now houses an iPod docking station, so you can listen to music straight from your Apple player. The sound quality is excellent, although the quality of radio stations varies massively – drop-outs and dodgy connections are something you’ll have to get used to. Sound playback from an iPod is excellent, however.
The only let-downs are the remote and menu system, both of which are confusing – you have to press the ‘right’ button rather than the more instinctive ‘play’ button to select options, for example. It’s all the more awkward because the built-in menu system takes over your iPod control, rather than letting you choose songs with the superior clickwheel and iPod menu.
Internet radio is a fantastic addition to any household and the Noxon 2 is among the best units on the market. Its iPod control is a let-down, however – it would be better if it acted as a throughput and speaker system rather than providing its own menu.