Remember when radios were simple? Probably not. These days it’s all about the mind-boggling choice and knob-strewn tech of internet radio. But, as the Tip & Tilt Internet Radio exemplifies to perfection, simple is frequently brilliant.
Just like regular internet radios this funky rechargeable cube receives squillions of radio stations from around the world via your home Wi-Fi connection. The difference is there are no buttons to push, knobs to turn or screens to read. Simply switch between four preset stations by turning it over from side to side. To adjust volume tilt it forward or back; to mute lay it on its front. Idiot-proof? It makes pulling your pants down seem daunting.
1) Download the software online
2) Plug in the USB cable provided
3) Add your favourite channels
Tip the radio forwards and backwards to adjust the volume
But what about all this four stations business? Research shows that most listeners tune in to fewer than four favourites on a regular basis (a bit like satellite TV). So there. But if you do fancy checking out obscure traffic reports from Armenia or podcasts discussing dry-stone walling, simply reset your four preset stations by reconnecting to your PC or Mac via USB.
Of course all this intuitive functionality would be pretty irrelevant if the Tip & Tilt sounded like a wasp chewing Space Dust in an empty Fanta can but it’s actually one of the beefiest single speaker products we’ve ever heard. Even James Blunt packs a knockout sonic punch on this lairy box of tricks. Sort of.
Available in five colours: clockwise from top left: White, Black, Pink, Blue and Green
The Tilt’s rechargeable battery lasts up to 14 hours on a single charge and a mains adaptor and USB lead are also included. Music to your ears? Absolutely. In fact apart from choosing your favourite quartet of stations, the hardest thing is deciding what colour to go for. ‘Hmmm…today we’ll listen to sea shanties from Iceland, Afrobeat from Benin, trip hop from Solihull and, er, Radio 4.’ What a square!
What do the lights mean?
WIFI enabled, connects via wireless broadband (internet connection and wireless router required)
Works on 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks with support for WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption
Requires either a PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or a Mac running MAc OSX 10.5 or later with a USB A Port
Simple to use – no buttons
Four presets, just tilt over to change
Tip it forward or back to raise or lower the volume
Easy set up via PC or Mac
Receives radio stations from all over the world
Re-chargeable battery and mains adapter
Headphone/line out socket
Available in Green, Blue, Pink, Black,White
1x Tip & Tilt Internet Radio
1x USB 2.0 Cable
1x Power Adapter
1x Quick Start Guide
Measures approximately 10cm(H) x 10cm(W) x 10cm(D)