The Archos Arnova web radio and TV is a multimedia device that combines an internet radio alarm clock with the ability to watch web TV on its in-built screen.
Archos says its new device is small enough to fit onto a bedside table, so you can use its alarm function to wake up to the radio station of your choice, but that its twin speakers deliver surprisingly good sound quality despite its size.
We’ll test this out fully in Which? digital radio lab tests if the model becomes available in the UK – Archos hasn’t yet given details of when and where it will be launched.
Internet radio vs DAB
Unlike many digital radios, the Archos Arnova uses internet radio, rather than the DAB radio technology that is more common in the UK, although some newer radios – such as the – come with both internet and DAB options.
The advantage of internet radio over DAB is that it offers an even wider choice of stations – including some international stations, for example those from the US. The Archos Arnova claims to offer a mind-boggling choice of more than 12,000 web stations worldwide.
The downside of internet radio is that you must have a broadband wi-fi connection to use it, and if you have the radio on at all hours of the day it could eat into your monthly broadband usage allowance.
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Archos Arnova screen and web TV
Built into the device is a 3.5-inch screen – about the same size as an iPhone screen.
This lets you stream more than 1,500 web TV channels and podcasts worldwide. There’s also an SD card slot so you can play your own media on the screen, with support for many common photo and video file types.
The screen’s a bit on the small side for prolonged TV viewing, but should be fine for the odd video clip.
The Archos Arnova web radio and TV also has an MP3 jack so you can connect and listen to the music on your MP3 player.
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