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Roku Introduces SoundBridge Radio

By Phil

Roku, the company known for their cool looking network music player introduced SoundBridge Radio, a WiFi music system at the DEMO show Monday in Huntington Beach, CA.

It has a familiar clock radio form factor that plays AM/FM, your digital libraries (from both Windows and Mac computers, either wirelessly streamed or on SD/MMC cards), podcasts and Internet radio stations. It displays song information on a Vacuum-Fluorescent Display (VFD) twice the resolution of the original Soundbridge.

Not as cool looking as their first product but one of the most versatile radios around at a TV price. Available early November at $399 and with a $50 rebate if you pre-order now through the website. Ah, and go inside for a complete list of features.

* Internet Radio – Listen to thousands of free Internet radio stations from around the world – one-touch access to talk, jazz, rock, pop or your old home town favorite! You do not need a computer to listen to Internet radio; you just need broadband and a Wi-Fi home network.
* Play digital music files (WMA, AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF) and podcasts over your Wi-Fi home network or SD/MMC card.
* Most Compatible Player – Plays directly from iTunes, Musicmatch, Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player 10, Windows Media DRM 10, and more.
* Large Display/Convenient Remote – Browse, select and control your music from across the room, without leaving the comfort of your sofa.
* Fast Browse – Quickly browse huge music collections by Song, Album, Artist, Genre or Composer.
* Precision-engineered sound system with patented Linear Magnetic Drive™ stereo speakers and subwoofer provides unsurpassed audio quality.
* Extremely high-powered subwoofer with Delta Tunnel™ ported design and rare earth magnetics delivers unmatched acoustic performance.
* Digital AM/FM radio tuner with built-in internal AM antenna and support for external AM and FM antennas.

* Full-function clock radio with multiple alarms – wake up to digital music, Internet radio, AM/FM radio, playlists, podcasts or a choice of several alarm tones.
* Gradual volume ramping for a more pleasant wake-up experience.
* Atomic clock updates direct from naval observatory time – no more worrying about setting the time.
* Dedicated preset buttons for quick access to your favorite playlists and radio stations.
* Vacuum fluorescent display, super bright and easy to read, shows name of song and artist playing.
* Built-in light sensor auto-dims display at night.
* Headphone jack for private listening.
* SD/MMC card slot for offline playback of digital music files.**
* One-Step Software Updates – New features will continually add to your enjoyment.