Roberts Stream94i Internet Radio Review

Summary:
A great internet radio that offers the same sound and build quality as the Stream93i but with the addition of Bluetooth.

Buy it online:
£188.98 on Amazon.co.uk

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The Roberts Stream94i is the successor to the popular Stream93i internet radio. It has a slightly smoother design and offers all of the same features but with the addition of Bluetooth. Is it worth spending a bit of extra money to get the Stream94i? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Spotify Connect (paid feature)
  • Compatible with the UNDOK app
  • Saves 120 preset stations (40 per mode)
  • Acoustically tuned wooden cabinet
  • Dual alarm clock
  • USB port for playing digital audio
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux in
  • Line out
  • Telescopic aerial
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 26 cm wide x 17 cm high x 13.2 cm deep
Weight: 1.7 kg

Performance and use

Like the Stream93i, the Stream94i has a very aesthetically pleasing design, successfully combining modern and classic stylistic elements. The Stream94i has a carrying handle and can be used as a portable radio, though you need to buy the battery pack separately. It uses the same battery pack as the Stream93i, so if you are upgrading you can use the same battery pack.

Unlike some internet radios, the Stream94i is easy to set up and use.

Unlike some internet radios, the Stream94i is easy to set up and use, and you probably won’t need to refer to the manual to get it working. The visual interface is intuitive, but it’s even easier to control the radio via the UNDOK app, which makes finding stations very straightforward.

With FM, DAB/DAB+, internet radio, Spotify Connect compatibility and a USB port for connecting external media, you won’t be short of things to listen to. You can save 120 preset stations (40 on each mode), which should be more than enough. You can also access your favourite stations quickly and easily using the 5 dedicated preset buttons.

The Stream94i has good sound quality, and you can turn it up quite loud without it distorting. It’s not the best-sounding radio on the market, but the sound quality is well above average.

There is a dual alarm clock which lets you set two separate alarms, and you can choose to wake up to either the radio or an alarm buzzer sound.

One thing to be aware of with this radio is that some buyers have issues with it staying connected to their WiFi network. This problem doesn’t seem to be common, but there’s a small chance you will experience connectivity problems with this device.

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to set up
  • Can be turned up loud without distortion
  • Feels well made
  • Intuitive user interface

Cons

  • Sometimes has issues staying connected to a WiFi network
  • No battery included

Verdict

The Stream94i offers the same intuitive design and rich sound as the Stream93i, but with the addition of Bluetooth. Whether or not it’s worth spending an extra £30 or so to get Bluetooth is a personal decision. Given the amount of choice available on internet radio and how easy it is to stream audio from Spotify, you might be able to live without Bluetooth, in which case you should go for the Stream93i instead.

Both the Stream93i and Stream94i are great radios, and are definitely two of the best internet radios on the market.

Similar radios

There are several good alternatives to the Stream94i and Stream93i available at the moment. If sound quality is important to you, check out the Revo SuperConnect. It’s one of the best-sounding internet radios, and like the Stream94i it comes with Bluetooth, though it is pricey.

A cheaper internet radio is the Roberts Stream217, which you can use as a portable radio without having to buy a separate battery pack. The Stream217 isn’t as attractive as the Stream94i and doesn’t have Bluetooth, but if you want a basic internet radio with good sound quality at an affordable price it’s a good choice.

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

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