|The Livio Radio|
One of the greatest features of Internet Radio is the ability to discover new music. If you're into obscure genres or undiscovered talent, you already know what a resource the net can be for unearthing gems. Pandora, one of more prominent online radio stations, has made a name for itself by delivering a provocative radio model that has been ported to several different delivery mechanisms beyond the computer including the Apple iPhone and now the Livio Radio.
The basic idea of the Livio Radio is to create an attractive method for online radio enthusiasts to listen in without having to be tethered to their computer. Considering the plethora of iPod docks available on the market, Livio made a distinctive choice in creating a retro looking radio with superior construction. The unit has a first-rate fit and finish with a large LCD screen, back-lit with a soothing blue hue. Every knob and button is quality and they turn and push with a solid feeling that tells you they're not going anywhere.
Along with the LCD screen on the front is a 3" single speaker behind a white grill, a large back-lit data knob, and a headphone out minijack. Six buttons, including dedicated, Pandora-based thumbs up/thumbs down action, Next song, Fav, Back and Power round out the offerings. On the back, there's an Ethernet jack, Aux In, and a Stereo out. The last attribute is important because the Livio Radio is essentially a mono unit. If you want to listen in stereo, then you're going to have to attach the radio to your receiver or a powered set of speakers.