With oodles of features and more speakers on-board than any other internet radio at the price, the Kogan Deluxe radio sounds like an unbeatable bargain. However, it loses points in the most important area of all – sound quality.
Thanks to its decent-sized drivers and side-mounted design, the scale of the radio’s output is predictably decent. Most other wireless internet radios sound, and are, smaller than this set, but there’s not a great deal of fidelity to be heard here. There may be a dedicated tweeter, but high-end detail is minimal.
It’ll fill a room easily enough, but at low volume levels it doesn’t have the crisp sound you’ll find in some other sets like the Pure Evoke and Logitech Squeezebox Radio.
This is a shame because with better sound quality, the Kogan Deluxe’s feature set could let it take over from a hi-fi system as your main music source. As is, we’d only take this on as a secondary or bedroom unit. Are there any devices like this that can do that? Not really – high-end iPhone docks don’t tend to bundle-in DAB or internet radio functionality, and those that do, like the £500 Denon CEOL, are a different proposition altogether.
At £119 though, the Kogan Deluxe remains a great-value option. The phono output means that if you’re desperate for top-quality sound, you can always plug it into a dedicated amp and speaker setup. We can’t imagine many buyers will do this though.
The Kogan Deluxe Wi-Fi radio offers loads of features at a very attractive price. It’ll play your iPod’s music, FM and DAB radio, plus the tens of thousands of web radio stations. It’ll stream music from your PC and play podcasts too. Thanks to the great OLED display, browsing through all this content isn’t too painful either.
However, pretty average sound quality and a rather bland design take the shine off a little, making sure than this box can’t quite claim to bury bigger-name rivals like the Pure Evoke Flow and Squeezebox Radio.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 6