The best Internet radios in 2022

Radio continues to enjoy great popularity in Germany and is even the most used medium of all. atechbook reveals what matters in an Internet radio and which devices are the frontrunners in their league.

Radios im digitalen Zeitalter besitzen gegenüber ihren Vorfahren aus der analogen Zeit einen entscheidenden Vorteil. Denn sie haben die Möglichkeit, neben dem Angebot, das sie via DAB+ und UKW empfangen können, durch den Zugriff auf Internetangebote eine fast schon absurd hohe Sendervielfalt zu übertragen. Darüber hinaus lässt sich mit einem Internetradio auch Musik von externen Quellen abspielen. atechbook hat fünf Modelle aus verschiedenen Preisklassen mit unterschiedlicher Features herausgesucht.

What does an internet radio have to do?

Sound and usability are the two central criteria for an Internet radio that separate the wheat from the chaff. Remote control via app from a smartphone or tablet is now standard. Devices that do not allow this are therefore not recommended. Those who value the widest possible range of music should check which sources the radio can access. Streaming services like Spotify are a must here, as is synchronization with an external peripheral such as a USB memory stick. The current generation of Internet radios still seems to have some catching up to do in terms of sound, but the first serious approaches towards satisfactory quality are already emerging here as well.

The test winner: Roberts Radio STREAM 218

Täterätä, we present: the Internet radio Roberts Radio STREAM 218, test winner at Stiftung Warentest. Its convincing sound precedes it. The integrated FM, DAB+ and Internet radio and wireless connectivity, access to millions of songs via Spotify Connect and more than 20,000 radio stations and podcasts do the rest to justifiably call this luxury product with the aluminum carrying handle the “king of smart radios”. A 6-position equalizer and separate basses and trebles allow you to set your own personal favorite sound. If you want to do this with the help of headphones, you can use the headphone jack provided for this.

The music player allows you to listen to your own music via Bluetooth from a PC or Mac, a USB memory stick or the AUX input. The file formats MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC ALAC, WAV are supported. And via the UNDOK smartphone and tablet app, the Roberts STREAM 218 can also be conveniently operated from anywhere in the home – of course, optional control on the device itself. Favorite radio stations can be found instantly on 120 memory locations, probably more than will ever be needed unless the whole family uses the device. And if you want to use Robert’s Radio STREAM 218 for an outdoor party, you can simply turn it into a boombox on the go with 6 LR6 (D) batteries!

Features

Roberts Radio STREAM 218
Perdukttyp Internet radio, digital radio
Reception FM RDS/DAB/DAB+/AUX/Internet radio
Features Compatible file formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC ALAC, WAV
Stereo speakers
2 alarm types
120 station presets
Digital radio with slideshow
Battery operated by 6 LR20 (D) batteries not included, battery life up to 120 hours
Connections Bluetooth
AUX-in
Headphone jack
Power supply connection
Battery case
USB connection
Display Graphic display
Operation Smartphone and tablet with WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
UNDOK App

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating at Stiftung Warentest: 2.2

Per

  • + Good sound quality
  • + Bluetooth available
  • + Battery operation possible
  • + DAB+ available
  • + streams possible

Contra

  • – Weak FM reception
  • – No analog output

The pricey one: Medion P85289

No, it’s not perfect, but the Medion P85289 leaves very few wishes unfulfilled. If you’re looking for audiophile sound, you’re ill-advised with an Internet radio anyway, but in terms of station and music selection as well as smartphone synchronization, this model is absolutely tops. It offers access to thousands of Internet radio stations via WLAN and those that can be received via DAB+ and FM, although the latter is unfortunately quite weak. However, it is unclear how long FM will be transmitted at all anyway.

So that you can always quickly access your personal favorites in the abundance of offers, they can be saved in a list. External music files can also be played via USB memory stick, from the home network or wirelessly from the PC. Alternatively, an MP3 or CD player can even be connected via the aux-in input via cable. However, the question is whether that is even necessary, since the device also has streaming apps like Aldi Music or Spotify. So, more music is really not possible.

Particularly user-friendly: The Medion P85289 Internet radio can be controlled via Android or iOS smartphones as well as tablet PCs with the Medion Lifestream app. This saves tedious fiddling with the device itself and can of course be done conveniently and wirelessly from a distance.

Features

Medion P85289
Perdukttyp Internet radio, digital radio
Reception DAB, DAB+, MW, FM (FM), web radio
Spotify Connect, Deezer, Napster, Tidal, Amazon Music
DLNA compatible
Features Compatible file formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC
Eingebaute Stereo speakers
2 × 6 W RMS output power
On/Off switch
Time display: automatic Time setting: via Internet
Alarm function: wake up via Internet radio or via signal tone
Snooze/sleep function
Connections RJ-45 LAN connection
USB 2.0 port
Headphone jack (3.5 mm jack)
Stereo Line Out
AUX-in
Power supply connector (DC IN)
Display 7.1 cm / 2.8″ TFT display (128 × 64 pixels)
Operation Smartphone/tablet with WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n
Android platform 2.3 or higher
iOS 6.0 or higher
Installed, freely available MEDION Lifestream app

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 2.3

Per

  • + Equipped with a lot of features
  • + DAB+ available
  • + streams possible
  • + Power saving

Contra

  • – Satisfactory sound quality
  • – Weak FM reception
  • – No Bluetooth available

The elegant sympathizer: Sonoro sonoroSTREAM

Very likeable: The Sonoro sonoroSTREAM doesn’t even claim to be more than a kitchen and bathroom radio – but then it is. With its innovative speaker technology, two lateral passive drivers and equalizer settings specially programmed for the bathroom, it scores with a powerful sound where many comparable models have to make concessions. Why a waterproof remote control should be an advantage only becomes clear at second glance: Because it is thus safely possible to switch or adjust the volume while standing under the shower or lying in the tub.

In addition, the Sonoro sonoroSTREAM is a real eye-catcher, as it enhances even the most luxurious bathroom with a high-quality combination of noble materials and attractive wood decors, thus setting special accents. The Internet radio limits itself to the essentials and does not confuse the user with an overabundance of features, but its web radio allows access to over 25,000 Internet radio stations and receives DAB, DAB+, FM (FM). The 20 station presets that are available seem almost a bit too slim. Access to Amazon Music, Spotify Connect and Deezer, as well as the option to play music from a USB memory stick or via Bluetooth, leave nothing to be desired when it comes to music. Compact, classy and with a powerful sound: The Sonoro sonoroSTREAM is pretty sexy!

Features

Sonoro sonoroSTREAM
Perdukttyp Internet radio, digital radio
Reception DAB, DAB+, FM (FM), web radio
Features Multiroom, Spotify, UPnP, streaming, DLNA
Weckerfunktionen (Alarmfunktion), Sleeptimer (Abschaltautomatik), Snooze (Schlummerfunktion), Dualalarm (2 alarm times)
Speaker type: 76 mm wideband
On/Off switch
Housing feature: integrated speakers
2 alarm times
Wake-up method: alarm sound, radio, internet radio, USB
Connections USB, AUX-in (Line-in 3.5 mm)
Wireless transmission Bluetooth, WLAN
Outputs headphones, USB
USB functions: Music playback, charging function
USB version 2.0
Bluetooth-Perfil A2DP
Bluetooth codec SBC
Display 6.1 cm / 2.4 ”
Display font color: White
Backlight: Black
feature: automatic time synchronization, backlight, DAB info display, color display, time display, date display, display dimmer
Display type: TFT display
Operation WLAN standards 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
UNDOK App
with remote control

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 2.3

Per

  • + Good sound
  • + Beautiful display
  • + DAB+ and streams available

Contra

  • – Weak FM reception
  • – No headphone or audio output
  • – Operation gewöhnungsbedürftig

Hellishly good sound: Teufel Radio 3sixty

Some puns just have to be: The devil is in the details. In this case, it’s the very good sound that sets this Internet radio from the Berlin audio expert apart from comparable models. This is because the traditional company relies on a total of three speaker drivers for the Teufel Radio 3sixty, two tweeters on the top and a woofer on the bottom. Therefore, the radio has a powerful, rich sound that more than justifies the price in the upscale segment. The bass surprises with high power and solid low end, but the trebles also score. The 360-degree sound works well: You don’t have to stand directly in front of the speaker to get the best sound. Thus, the radio is also recommended for larger rooms and as a replacement for a small stereo system.

Neben der Wiedergabe von Digital Radio (DAB+) und dem klassischen analogen Radio (UKW) hat das Teufel Radio 3sixty ein integriertes WLAN-Modul. Das erlaubt einem zum einen die Wiedergabe von Internetradiosendungen und zum anderen gezieltes Streaming von Musik. So werden beispielsweise Spotify Connect und Amazon Music unterstützt. Man kann aber auch Musik über die Teufel-App vom Smartphone aus auf dem Radio wiedergeben, wahlweise via WLAN oder auch Bluetooth. Ebenso ist die Wiedergabe von Musik auf einem USB-Stick oder Netzwerklaufwerk möglich. Gelobt werden kann zudem der DAB+-Reception.

Features

Teufel Radio 3sixty
Perdukttyp Table radio, Internet radio, digital radio
Reception DAB+, FM (FM), web radio
Number of station memories FM (UKW): 30
Number of station presets DAB (DAB+): 30
Number of station memories Web radio: 30
Internet radio programs: Spotify Connect, Amazon Music
Features Functions: Streaming
Alarm clock functions: Alarm clock (alarm function)
Cabinet features: integrated subwoofer, integrated speakers
Voice assistant Amazon Alexa
Connections Inputs: AUX-in (line-in 3.5 mm), USB
Wireless transmissions: Bluetooth, WLAN
USB functions: Music playback, charging function
USB version 2.0
Bluetooth V4.0
Display LCD display
features: automatic time synchronization, ID3 tag, DAB info display, time display, display dimmer
Operation Teufel Remote App
App available for Android, iOS
Remote control: App control, with remote control.

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating from Stiftung Warentest: 2.5

Per

  • + Test winner in sound
  • + Gute Operation
  • + streams possible

Contra

  • – Weak FM and DAB+ reception
  • – No headphone or audio output
  • – Relatively high power consumption

The low-priced one: TechniSat TechniRadio 5 IR

Vielseitiges Internetradio zum kleinen Preis: Mit dem TechniSat TechniRadio 5 IR lassen sich analoge und digitale Radiosender per UKW, DAB+, Internet oder Netzwerkstreaming einwandfrei empfangen. Dank Steuerung via der TechniSat CONNECT app (für iOS und Android) ist es dabei flexibel nutzbar. Der integrierte Radiowecker bietet eine Schlummer- und eine Sleeptimer-Funktion sowie zwei einstellbare Weckzeiten. Die Wiederholung ist ebenso wählbar, zum Beispiel täglich, werktags oder am Wochenende, wie die Wecksignalquelle (Summer, Internet, DAB, FM). Das TechniSat TechniRadio 5 IR ist mit seiner überschaubaren Größe auch als Küchenradio geeignet. Zudem lassen sich bis zu 40 DAB-, UKW- oder Internetradioprogramme abspeichern. Die Qualität des Klangs der beiden verarbeiteten, 5 Watt starken Lautsprecher kann nicht 100-prozentig überzeugen, liegt jedoch noch immer über dem Durchschnitt vergleichbarer Internetradio-Modelle. Die Leistungsaufnahme im Betrieb bei einer Lautstärke von 70 dB(A) beträgt 4,4 Watt, was ein guter Wert ist.

Features

TechniSat TechniRadio 5 IR
Perdukttyp Radio alarm clock, Internet radio, digital radio
Reception DAB, DAB+, FM (FM), web radio
Number of station presets: 40
manual station search, favorite lists, automatic station search, RDS
Digital tuner
Telescopic antenna
Features Streaming, UPnP
Alarm clock functions: Sleeptimer (automatic switch-off), alarm clock (alarm function), snooze (snooze function)
Case features: built-in speakers, metal speaker grille
Wake-up method: Radio, Internet radio
Connections Inputs: AUX-in (Line-in 3.5 mm)
Radio transmission: WLAN
outputs: headphones
WLAN standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Display LCD display
automatic clock synchronization, backlight, DAB info display, clock display
6.1 cm / 2.4 ”
Display font color: White
Backlight: Blue
Operation TechniSat CONNECT app

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating by Stiftung Warentest: 2.6

Per

  • + Flawless reception of Internet and DAB radio
  • + Good power consumption in operation
  • + Medium price

Contra

  • – Sound quality not 100% convincing
  • – Relatively high power consumption

Conclusion on Internet radio

Obwohl es noch Kinderkrankheiten gibt, so befindet sich das Gros der Internetradios bereits auf einem beachtlichen Niveau. Wer audiophile Tendenzen hat, dem sei das Teufel Radio 3sixty ans Herz gelegt. Wer hingegen gerne das Rundum-sorglos-Featuresspaket genießen möchte, trifft mit dem Medion P85289 eine gute Wahl.

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