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9/13/2012 9:19:19 AM

View Quest brings new meaning to listening to the wireless

View Quest, a company that until recently had totally escaped my attention, has combined the past and the present with the introduction of its new Retro Wi-Fi Radio. While 'Wi-Fi' gives you the clue that the radio's functionality is firmly entrenched in the modern era, the radio's retro styling does hark back to earlier days, which some of us view through rose-tinted glasses. This radio is box shaped with a carry-strap and is available in a choice of predominately black or mainly black with a white face.

Description: View Quest Retro WI-FI Radio

While the overall appearance of this radio, with the tuning knob protruding from the front, will help remind you of the radios of yesteryear, a closer examination will reveal the range of modern technology that is built into this product. Positioned alongside the previously mentioned knob is a control panel featuring two rows of buttons and a small LCD display window with a 128 x 64 pixel resolution.

Also present, although concealed behind the View Quest logo, is a pop-out docking station for mounting an iPhone or iPod. According to the supplied documentation, you should be able to control your Apple device using the radio's own controls. However, the only one that worked with my iPod Classic was volume adjustment. For all other tasks I needed to use the iPod's control options. For non-Apple devices there's an aux 3.5mm jack socket at the rear of the unit situated next to the mains power socket and a battery compartment that requires four C-size batteries -not supplied.

As mentioned, this radio has WI-FI technology built in, which means you can link this radio into your wireless network. While basically a straightforward operation, the actual process is not made any easier by the need to use the tuning knob and one of the other buttons for entering the password required by your network (I presume you have set up a password to protect your network). You need to turn the knob as you scroll through the full ASCII set (upper and lowercase plus symbols) in order to select each character in turn and then press the Next Track button to move on to the next letter and enter your password or any other details that may be required. All this turning of the knob, in either direction, will eventually give you access to internet radio, referred to as Tuneln, and UPnP for accessing music that is being stored on your computer, games console or network drive.

This retro-styled radio also supports DAB and FM radio. Both of these are far easier to set up than the WI-FI option, as the radio does most of the work for you, although you will need to manually create up to 20 presets for FM broadcasts. When switching between the different features supported by this product, you can use either the Mode or Menu buttons, with the former generally being the quicker route although both routes did have a tendency to sometimes force you to skip past and then return in order to highlight the option you wanted.

Description: View Quest Retro Wi-Fi Radio

Adding to the functionality already mentioned, this radio can be set up to display local weather information on its screen, plus basic financial ticker-tape information from sources such as NASDAQ, FTSE and Dow Jones. There are also two alarms with their own independent settings.

DETAILS

Price: $239.98

Manufacturer: View Quest

Website: www.viewquest.co.uk

Required spec: n/a


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