I love world music! I'm looking for a stand-alone (no computer) wireless internet-radio music player, but get exasperated with wonky interface/station recall/ menu systems on the ones I've seen. Any suggestions? I need two: one for a gift in the US, one for me (european outlet). Also, speaker recommendations for streaming from a laptop welcome!
One of my favorite things is listening to streaming internet radio from the places I've travelled. After much research I bought a tivoli
wireless internet music player to (independent of the computer) play my favorite foreign radio stations. I also bought a pair of audioengine5
speakers to stream grooveshark from my mac when my laptop was at home. Very happy with both purchases.
The tivoli was beautiful, but the navigation buttons and menu (placed on the back) made it a pain to call up my favorite stations.
Now I'm in europe (Norway) and I'm looking for replacements. Purchasing/shipping to the US and to France for eventual pick-up are both options.
Sound quality is important (which is why I went with the tivoli two-speaker system in the first place). But that silly menu on the back I'd sure like to avoid. Are there any alternatives out there? What about speakers? It would probably be best to find a european distributor for voltage/shipping reasons, but I could ship to the US and pick it up on a visit.
Secondly, I'd like to gift an internet radio player to someone in the US. It wouldn't need very many presets, there's only one or two she will likely ever listen to- but listen to a lot. Bonus if it still retains the presets if it is accidentally unplugged. Sound quality doesn't have to be top notch. US power outlet.
Both should work without paid subscription (sirius etc), ideally. Any alternate options I've not considered, are very welcome too!
Bonus question: If I have to use a converter for the electricity in europe, I'm of the mind that the cheap (~14$) smaller converters will be sufficient, but I could be mistaken (in the case of the speakers). Is there a simple guideline to follow for how much of a converter to use (this pertains to small items, and nothing larger than the speakers). Thanks!