Revo SuperConnect Radio Review

Summary:
One of the best-sounding and most attractive internet radios available. However, its expensive and the WiFi signal could be stronger.

Buy it online:
£257.53 on Amazon.co.uk

The Revo SuperConnect is an attractively designed high-end internet radio with FM and DAB/DAB+. The SuperConnect has won multiple awards including What HiFi’s award for the best radio over £200 in 2015 and the Sunday Times’s “Best Buy” award in the Multiband Radios category.

Revo is a relatively new player in the radio market, having been founded in 2004. Since then, the Lanark-based company has developed a reputation for producing some of the best-sounding and best-looking digital radios on the market.

Revo has developed a reputation for producing some of the best-sounding and best-looking digital radios on the market.

This radio is available in a range of finishes: Matt Black/Silver, Matt White/Silver, Piano Black/Silver, Piano White/Silver, Walnut/Black and Walnut/Silver.

Find out more about what the SuperConnect can do and how it performs in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • RDS for displaying station and track information on FM
  • Internet radio with wireless and wired options
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • DLNA and Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Remote control
  • 15W speaker
  • OLED display
  • Sleep function (adjustable from 15 to 60 minutes)
  • Aux-in port
  • Use your phone as a remote control with the UNDOK app
  • Alarm clock

Dimensions: 27 cm wide x 18 cm high x 12 cm deep
Weight:
2.8 kg

Performance and use

Features and connectivity

The SuperConnect has a great range of features. It has regular FM (with RDS), DAB/DAB+ as well as internet radio, which lets you listen to more than 16,000 stations from all over the globe.

The radio has lots of connectivity options including Bluetooth with aptX for wirelessly streaming CD-quality music from your phone. It’s also compatible with Spotify Connect (Spotify Premium account required) which lets you play anything from Spotify’s huge archive of songs through the SuperConnect’s high-quality speakers and use the Spotify App as a remote control.

Sound

The wooden cabinet helps give depth and warmth to the SuperConnect’s sound. The radio uses Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) technology, which helps improve the sound quality further. This radio is one of the best-sounding internet radios on the market, and compares well to Bose products.

Design

Design-wise the SuperConnect combines 1960s and ‘70s elements with more modern touches. There are 8 dedicated preset station buttons on the front, making it easy to tune into your favourite stations quickly. The cabinet is made of wood and is clad in American walnut, while the front facia is made from anodised T6 aluminium.

Internet radio

With the internet radio feature you can access more than 16,000 stations from all over the world, as well as national and local radio stations that broadcast online. You can also access several on-demand programmes and podcasts.

Provided you have a strong internet connection, internet radio should mean interference than you’d get when listening to FM or DAB stations. However, you might need to place the radio quite near the router or buy a WiFi booster if the signal isn’t strong enough. This radio doesn’t seem to pick up WiFi signals as strongly as other internet radios, so it’s not a good choice if you’re planning to position it a long way from your router.

Another disappointing thing about the SuperConnect’s internet radio feature is that you can’t manually add podcasts, so your choice of podcasts will be limited.

Practical information

The SuperConnect has an OLED display which is large and easy to read, and dims completely when you don’t need it.

The radio comes with a remote control that takes two AAA batteries, though you can also use your phone as a remote control if you want using the UNDOK app.

The radio is mains-powered only and usually comes with a multi-region power supply which is great if you want to take it abroad or are ordering it from outside the UK.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality; made from high-quality materials
  • Beautiful design
  • Very good sound quality
  • Instructions manual (available online here) is clearly written
  • Spotify Connect is very useful
  • Good combination of features
  • Generally easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Layout of buttons on the front and on the remote could be improved
  • Needs to be near the WiFi router
  • Impossible to manually add podcasts
  • Looses settings when updating software

Verdict

The Revo SuperConnect is one of the best-sounding and most attractive internet radios available in 2017. It has a great range of features, and the sound quality doesn’t disappoint. However, the high price tag and need to position the radio close to the WiFi router are reasons to think twice about buying this radio. Overall though, it’s one of the leading internet radios and is highly recommended.

Similar radios

If you’re looking for a more affordable internet radio, a good choice could be the Roberts Stream 93i. This radio is one of the most popular internet radios in the UK thanks to its combination of versatility and affordability. The Stream 93i offers most of the same features as the SuperConnect, though at a lower price point.

A more high-end option is Revo’s flagship Supersystem, which is a top-of-the-range internet radio with 80 watts of stereo sound.

For some more options, see our roundup of the best internet radios.

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