I’m in love with a new speaker that plays music from so many sources it would be ridiculous if it wasn’t insanely awesome. It’s the Revo SuperConnect ($427) and it’s a WiFi-enabled, beautifully crafted speaker that is revolutionizing the way I connect with music.
The best sounding Internet-enabled speaker I had tested prior to the Revo SuperConnect was the Bose SoundTouch. While it sounded excellent, it’s Achilles heel was that it was really hard to connect sources other than Pandora or an iTunes library to the system. Frankly, I’m Pandora’d out and my main music library shifted some time ago from iTunes to Spotify.
And that’s exactly why I was so excited to discover the Revo SuperConnect. Not only can it sync up with Spotify directly without having to use a workaround like porting all phone audio to the speaker using AirPlay, but it plays audio from a number of sources that I’d normally never consider listening to (until now) because they had not been packaged well enough.
Let’s talk Spotify first. Revo is one of a dozen or so manufacturers that have created Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. I love Spotify and have been anxiously waiting for it to become more accessible outside of my phone and computer. There are times when I’d rather listen to the service on my best speakers, at home. Playing Spotify content through the SuperConnect is as easy as tapping the speaker icon in the bottom right of the now playing screen and selecting the SuperConnect (as long as the device is powered on).
I love the Internet radio stations I can pull down through the SuperConnect. From the BBC to Oklahoma State University’s public radio to half a dozen different Jazz stations, there’s a great variety of stations I’m discovering and beginning to latch onto. Actually, that’s quite an understatement since you can access over 16,000+ stations from around the world. While these stations have been available online for many years, they haven’t really been accessible (at least I haven’t ever wanted to play them). I mean, who wants to be tied to their computer. It’s just not the listening experience a person expects.
I rarely listen to FM radio (if I do it’s usually NPR in the car), but FM is an option with the Revo SuperConnect. I mean, if you’ve got a favorite station, you might as well listen to it ...