It’s time to dig out your denim flares and lava lamps- the Revo SuperConnect is here to transport you back to an era when radio was king. But while it looks like a Seventies audiophile’s dream, this digital radio is actually packed with plenty of cutting-edge tech. Read on to discover how we got on when we took the SuperConnect for a spin.
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Build & design
We’re sure you already noticed from the pictures, but the Revo SuperConnect is a truly beautiful beast. It perfectly captures that classic hi-fi feel, right down to the speaker grille. At first glance, you might even think that this was a genuine artifact from the golden age of home stereos.
Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see the SuperConnect is bang up to date, with a 2.7” OLED display. That’s quite a bit bigger than the industry standard, and we found that extra space really made a difference when navigating through menus. While we’re on that subject, we should also mention the rather unique control method on the SuperConnect. Alongside the screen is a neat little joystick that’s used to flick through menus. At first, we thought that it might be a pain, but in practise it’s a joy to use (no pun intended). In fact, we really liked the tactile feel of this model overall- right down to the satisfyingly smooth turn of the volume wheel on the side.
All of these features come wrapped up in a gorgeous wooden casing. Unlike some other models out there, this isn’t just wood-effect plastic- the SuperConnect is packing the real deal. There’s a reason why they still make guitars out of wood- it has acoustic properties unlike any other material. It really adds to the low-end of the speaker, and it looks stunning, too. What more could you ask for?
The Revo SuperConnect is powered by a single BMR (balanced mode radiator) speaker, which you can just about see if you peek through the front grille. It might look fairly compact, but appearances can be deceiving. We were blown away by just how powerful it is! A lot of engineering know-how has gone into the SuperConnect, giving you a truly hi-fi listening experience.
When we turned the SuperConnect on for a test drive, BBC 6 Music were playing Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse”. Could we have timed it any better? Thousands upon thousands of Seventies hi-fis would have been tested out with this very track, so it felt like an appropriate first play for this retro-themed device. There’s a lot going on in the song, but the SuperConnect did a stunning job of keeping everything clear and distinct.
It packs a meaty low-end punch, so if you like your music on the bassy side, you’ll love this DAB radio. If that’s too heavy for you, then not to worry. You can easily adjust the EQ to your own preferences. We found it worked best for our music taste with the treble turned up a bit, but it’s really up to you.
The Revo SuperConnect really does live up to its name. There are so many different ways that you can link up with it to listen to your favourite tunes or podcasts. With aptX Bluetooth and Spotify Connect, it’s super simple to start playing music on your SuperConnect from another device. If you’ve got a multi-room speaker set-up, then it can seamlessly sync up with this too, so you don’t miss a second of sound.
The real killer here, though, is the internet radio functionality. With just a few clicks, you can tune into stations from across the globe. Whatever your music taste, it’s a pretty safe bet that there’s a station out there that plays exactly what you want to hear. There are over 30,000 of them up and running, but searching through them is a breeze on the SuperConnect. This is where that little joystick makes a big difference!
Revo SuperConnect: The Verdict
As pleasing on the ear as it is on the eye, the SuperConnect brings that classic hi-fi design well and truly into the twenty-first century. With a huge range of connectivity options, it’s ideal for beginners and audiophiles alike. Just be careful that bass doesn’t blow the house down!
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