Housed in a retro radio case with a carrying handle and two knobs on either side, the new Geneva WorldRadio DAB+ ($299 or $285 on Amazon) looks like something you would see on a beach towel in the 70s.
The WorldRadio DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting) literally opens up a whole new world of sound from around the globe. But it does more than that. It’s also an FM tuner, a Bluetooth receiver, and a speaker system with a line-in from a 3.5 mm cable that will connect to almost any output device. It’s also a digital clock with an alarm and a color LCD touch screen display. All of these features make it a versatile item.
It is semi-portable, measuring 11.8 x 6.7 x 2.6 inches and weighing 3.1 pounds and comes in an array of metallic colors including black, red, and silver.
Before you get started, you must remove the battery cover and insert the rechargeable battery. It comes with an AC adaptor, but can run on its own power for five hours between charges.
In order to make the world radio feature work, you must be connected via Bluetooth to an Internet-connected device such as an iPhone or iPod Touch. Then you can stream any Internet radio broadcast into the unit. It will work with any device that is capable of connecting through Bluetooth A2DP.
The speaker system offers a full-range 3” driver with a frequency range of 70Hz to 20 KHz (-3dB). It uses digital audio processing with proprietary algorithms. The FM radio is a digital tuner with RDS. The Power amplifier uses both digital and analog amplifiers. When in Bluetooth and Line-in mode it uses the digital amplifier for optimal audio performance. When in FM mode it employs the analog amplifier for optimal radio reception.
To navigate among the various functions such as Bluetooth, FM, Alarm, Time, and Line-in, simply touch the icons on the LCD screen. An FM tuner will appear that you control with the right tuning knob. World stations will appear on the screen after scanning for connections in world radio mode.