07/29/12 By sasyragjegy218
Every Little Thing You Don't Know About best ipod dock Will Possibly Shock You
The speaker dock actually looks like the kind of central piece you might find in a home cinema setup. What sets it apart is the touchscreen in the middle and that extendable radio aerial.
MagicBox Beam Extreme: Screen
The 3.5in colour TFT touchscreen has a Home button at the bottom left for easy navigation. This always returns you to the main options of DAB Radio, Internet Radio, iPod, Alarm, FM Radio, My Music, Aux [auxiliary] and Settings.
The onscreen keyboard is a little hard to use, with miss-keying possible as you try to press those letters positioned near the edge. DAB stations that carry extra information such as news, weather, traffic or song information display that very clearly on the front screen. The unit's volume can also be controlled on the touchscreen, while also having its own dedicated buttons on the top of the Beam Extreme for easier access. Adding and editing preset stations is very easy thanks to the clear onscreen buttons. A star with a plus symbol adds the station you are listening to and a full star button shows your list of presets. Hold your finger down on one of the presets to trigger extra options and move it up and down the list, or go right here now.
MagicBox Beam Extreme: Internet Radio and Podcasts, The ultimate test of this dock was in a London flat that defies the norm and refuses to receive either FM or DAB radio. As Venkman would say in Ghostbusters, "I guess they just don't make them like they used to."Since we haven't had a visitation from Gozer in the fridge yet we thought we would try the MagicBox to see if it could succeed where even Roberts' best radio products had failed.
True to form the bad reception (for once we're not fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing) kept it from finding any stations but that is where the internet radio came in. Tapping in to the Wi-Fi signal, delivered The Archers to an environment previously free of farm-based drama.
Accessing the internet radio also opens up a much wider selection of stations. For example, our new personal favourite is the East Radio Shanghai Story, which often sounds like the raw audio from a movie with high-kicking sound effects, dialogue and all. With a decent Wi-Fi signal the software works very quickly to access stations or podcasts as soon as you click on them. The BBC gets its own section bundling all its stations together, and when you click on a station you can choose to listen live or access the online podcasts. So if you want to keep up with BBC Radio Stoke while you're half a world away, you can. Podcasts can be searched by title and internet radio has a Last Listened onscreen button so you can find that weird station you tuned into next time. Internet radio is also one of the options you can wake up to using the Alarm feature, along with DAB, FM, iPod or a traditional buzzer sound.
You can select how loud it is if you are a heavy sleeper and snooze it like a regular alarm.
MagicBox Beam Extreme: Sound Quality
The Beam Extreme is a mid-range dock, so while the speaker never reaches the heights of the B&W Zeppelin it easily outperforms budget docks.
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