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Roberts Stream 83i review

More than just a radio - internet radio, DAB and DLNA

Our Verdict

The Roberts Stream 83i is an excellent device with a vast amount of features - and it sounds great too.

For

  • Plenty of features
  • Sounds great
  • No need to install additional software
  • Great build quality

Against

  • Not the nicest design
  • Expensive

The design of the Roberts Stream 83i Wi-Fi streamer/internet radio/DAB radio has proved to be particularly divisive within the office.

The phrases 'ugly' and the slightly more diplomatic 'lacking in style' have been bandied about, but so too has 'retro' and 'I like it'.

Looks aside, it has the solid build quality we've come to expect from Roberts, and it's easy to connect the Stream 83i to a wireless network and browse the huge range of internet radio stations and podcasts.

Plugging in a USB stick containing MP3s brings up an easy-to-navigate file system. Whilst the dials and buttons work pretty well when editing and tweaking settings, if you sign up for an account you can tweak via a web browser.

Connecting to PCs on the network via a UPnP (such as Windows Media Player) also works well and adds an extra layer of functionality, letting you play all your music from your computers.

The fact that it doesn't need extra software installed on your PC to work, unlike the Logitech Squeezebox, is an added bonus.

Whilst the aesthetics might not be your thing, the sheer amount of features makes the Roberts Stream 83i an excellent device - and it sounds great too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInternet Radio
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Internet StreamingYes
iPod SupportedYes
Brand NameRoberts Radio
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, RealAudio, FLAC, AAC
Frequency BandFM
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
Height210 mm
Width248 mm
Depth135 mm
ColourPiano Black
FeaturesDigital Audio Broadcast (DAB), Radio Data System (RDS)
ManufacturerRoberts Radio, Ltd
Product Model83i
Product NameSTREAM 83i Internet Radio
Product LineSTREAM
Manufacturer Part NumberSTREAM83I
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.robertsradio.co.uk
Marketing Information

The STREAM 83i opens up the world of Internet radio and media streaming via an acoustically superior digital radio. DAB/FM and USB playback are catered for too but the real benefit is the sound quality. There is a three way speaker system featuring a built in bass woofer housed in an acoustically tuned wooden cabinet which delivers stunning sound reproduction.

The STREAM 83i features a 'LAST FM' function which allows you to create your own virtual radio station which will offer you music to suit your personal taste and continue to learn your preferences as you confirm your musical likes or dislikes.

ProtocolsUPnP
Package Contents
  • STREAM 83i Internet Radio
  • AC Adapter
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.80 kg