Over the years I’ve reviewed a lot of stuff. It’s been mostly movies, books, and computer games, but also the occasional piece of hardware. My lowest ever score of exactly 0 was awarded to a pair of Scullcandy Uprock headphones. They are the worst piece of shit headphones ever made. Now the time has come to have a look at what might be the best piece of hardware ever made: The Revo SuperConnect.
I’m in charge of making dinner for the family, and thus spend some time in the kitchen. The radio is usually on, but the selection of radio stations in Norway isn’t exactly massive. The internet, however, has an almost endless collection of radio stations covering every imaginary genre. To take advantage of this massive smörgåsbord of beautiful audio waves, I started looking for an internet radio a while ago. The Logitech Squeezebox seemed like a good option, but the product was discontinued in 2012.
Then I came across the Revo SuperConnect. Designed and developed by the Scottish company Revo, the SuperConnect is a radio that combines an impressive range of features and connectivity options into a stunning looking hardware package.
The Revo SuperConnect comes with a DAB, DAB+ and FM tuner with RDS, support for DLNA audio streaming, Spotify connect, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Wi-Fi connectivity with access to over 16,000 internet radio stations. In addition to all this, you can connect other audio sources with the AUX in connector.
The radio doesn’t come with stereo loudspeakers, but Revo has another mode available, the SuperSystem, if you need built in stereo speakers. Still, the SuperConnect’s 15W Class-D amplifier with a 3.5 inch flat diaphragm mono driver packs a lot of punch. There are also both optical and RCA stereo output connectors in case you want to connect to an external speaker system.
In short, if you can’t find a way to listen to what you want to hear using the Revo SuperConnect, you’re probably not in the market for an audio device.
With all the available connectivity options, it’s important that the Revo SuperConnect has a well-designed user interface. It shouldn’t feel like you get a stick shoved up your bum every time you use it. Thankfully, configuring everything and operating the radio is a breeze. Navigating the 16,000 available internet radio stations is a walk in the park, and using Spotify Connect is as simple as changing mode on the SuperConnect and opening Spotify on my phone. The same goes for Bluetooth streaming: Just pair the SuperConnect and the phone and off you go.
Multiroom support is something a lot of people look for when they’re buying high-end audio equipment. Many look to SONOS to cover their multiroom needs, but that stuff is seriously expensive. The Revo SuperConnect supports UNDOK for multiroom features. With UNDOK, you can connect up to five SuperConnect radios - or other UNDOK compatible equipment - to create a wireless multiroom system. Since I’m only in possession of a single SuperConnect unit, I can’t tell how well UNDOK works. But judging by the rest of the Revo SuperConnect experience, it probably works as a charm.
The bottom line
I’m giving the Revo SuperConnect a score of 99 out of a possible 100. It’s close to being the perfect product. My only beef with it is that the radio won’t warn you if you try to save a radio channel to a preset that already has a channel assigned to it. That’s particularly annoying when you’re scanning through the vast number of available internet radio stations, find one you enjoy, and want to save it. Did I just erase another preset? I have no idea.
If you’re on the lookout for a new radio, get a Revo SuperConnect. It’s a tad expensive, but you might be able to track down a second hand unit. Alternatively, you can do like me, and use one of the many internet sales trackers. Register with one of them, and they’ll alert you when your new Revo SuperConnect radio is on sale.
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