Cirencester, U.K. (January 6, 2006)–Acoustic Energy has introduced the world’s first Wi-Fi internet radio offering Real Audio, WMA and MP3 support. The product, voted best of show at MacExpo in London and on the London Sunday Times’ Top Ten Gift Guide For Christmas, is the world’s first streaming media device capable of accessing over 99 percent of internet radio stations broadcast online anywhere in the world.
The AE Wi-Fi radio has been designed in the UK by legendary British loudspeaker and hi-fi manufacturer, Acoustic Energy, in partnership with internet radio technology expert Reciva. Compatibility with all three major streaming formats gives the AE Wi-Fi radio unrivalled choice of content from London’s BBC Radio1 to Sao Paolo’s Radio Calypso. There are no subscription to pay, no signal coverage problems and no international content boundaries.
The AE Wi-Fi radio automatically links into an existing Wi-Fi network (with WEP encryption, if enabled) and uses the broadband connection to access Reciva’s internet radio Gateway. The Reciva Gateway then uploads channel listings alphabetically by country and genre to the AE Wi-Fi radio. There are currently over 2,500 stations registered on the Reciva Gateway and more are added every day.
Using twin AE drivers in a ported compact cabinet users get rich bass and, on high bit-rate stations, better clarity than even DAB radio. The AE Wi-Fi radio is also a fully equipped media adapter, allowing users to play by artist, album or playlist, and or generate new playlists from a mix of music and stored radio content. It also has a clock and alarm function.