Sanyo’s New Toy: Internet Radio R227

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A little over 50 years ago, Sanyo made history by introducing the first transistor radio to the American public. Now they are introducing another innovation with their new clock radio, the Internet Radio R227.

Talk about plug ‘n play! This little box will not only access FM band and a myriad of Internet radio options but also sets the time automatically by getting it from the web. Able to access wi-fi directly or through a standard ethernet (cat-5) connection, the R227 can operate without the need for an actual computer, a plus for those who are on the other side of the digital divide. If you are using secured wi-fi, it is even set up with an easy entry keypad for typing in your password.

Tom Van Voy describes it in the press release:

“Most internet users are familiar with internet radio, but many find it difficult and time consuming to locate stations or podcasts using their computers,” said Tom Van Voy, Marketing Vice President of SANYO’s Consumer Products Division. “The SANYO Internet Radio is a convenient, standalone product designed to make it easy to enjoy sports, music, and talk internet radio stations from all over the world without being tethered to a computer.” The R227 is easily portable throughout the household, and can be enjoyed in the kitchen, bedroom, living room or garage – virtually anywhere there’s a WiFi or Ethernet connection. As convenient as a traditional radio, a simple “On/Off” button provides instantaneous access to thousands of internet radio stations. Loaded with functionality, including wake-to-internet or FM radio, the R227 boasts excellent stereo audio with dual speakers.

The unit is supposed to debut in the U.S. in January at an MSRP of $169.99. Not much at all for a unit that can access and play MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, RM and WAV formats both from online streamed content and from audio files on one’s computer. In addition it has one nice little perk for talk radio fans: when AM reception is poor, it switches to the online stream for that station in order to provide clearer audio.

All in all, it looks like Sanyo has packed a lot into this 8″x5″x4″ radio.

Photo courtesy of Sanyo

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