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Terratec Noxon 2 Radio for iPod
Terratec’s Noxon 2 Radio for iPod is a rather unusual looking device. That’s fitting though, as this is a pretty cutting edge piece of kit. It’s more than just a radio with an iPod dock, it’s an internet radio, which means that it can access thousands of online radio stations without any need for a PC. You can access the audio streams of any radio station that is available online, which to be clear is totally separate from DAB. You can also directly browse Podcasts via the Noxon 2, which is something I’ve not seen before. Unfortunately, it can’t access the BBC’s Listen Again service, which was supported by the first internet radio we looked at the Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi. The Acoustic Energy also offered its wireless freedom without an aerial sticking out of the rear, which might or might not be an issue for you.
This is actually the second version of the radio streamer and this new version adds three things over the previous model – an iPod dock, an FM radio, (just for completeness) and an integrated speaker. The radio you see in the picture actually splits into two halves, the radio with LCD display is in the top half and the speaker is the bottom bit. There’s twin phono outputs at the rear of the radio so you can hook it up to your full size amplifier, or there’s a headphone socket located under a flap on the right. Next to this is a USB port and the player will read music from any FAT16 or FAT32 formatted device. It can see files in the root or it can browse folders. It supports MP3, WMA, and AAC files - though not Fairplay DRM wrapped AAC files. It can handle Windows Media DRM infected files however.
As I mentioned at the start, the Noxon is unusual looking especially if you remove it from the speaker base. If you do it rests at an angle on the LCD display that extends down from the front – it’s quite a strange look. It fits snugly on the speaker stand though so I imagine that you’d only take it off it you were transporting it and didn’t need the speaker. Unfortunately, it seems as though you can’t buy the iPod dock equipped radio without the speakers, which would keep the cost down if you didn’t need it. This is surprising considering that the speaker was only available with this new version.