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You can get the Roberts Stream104 from John Lewis at around £99.99 or from Amazon.

Wi-fi internet and DAB+ radio covered with the Stream 104

The latest compact wi-fi internet radio from Roberts - the Stream 104 - offers up thousands of internet radio stations in your home and the shed, thanks to its battery and mains powered operation.

You can pop six AA-size alkaline or rechargable batteries into the Stream 104 and - provided you're in sight of a reliable wi-fi connection - stream radio stations to the receiver. There's also an separate "Undok" app (formerly ConnectR) for controlling the Stream 104 with your iOS or Android smartphone, plus the Stream 104 is able to play music over your home network using UPnP and DNLA - the latter made easy with the "Undok" app. In addition, you can use Windows' 'Play To' app to send music straight to the Stream 104 over your network.

Roberts Stream 104 internet radio receiver
The Stream 104 runs on both battery and mains power - and uses standard AA-size batteries

MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless) and WAV formats are supported, and the '104 supports both live streaming and podcasts, including those from the BBC in mp3 format. However, it appear the Stream 104 can't handle the BBC's listen again catalogue, due to changes in the way BBC audio is streamed. Still, if you want a choice of more than 10,000 radio stations from around the world, including Jazz FM from London and a myriad of golden oldies, talk, country, eighties and nineties stations across the globe, the Stream 104 will happily oblige. The '104 uses the Frontier Silicon portal to grab radio station stream addresses.

Not content with just internet radio, the Stream 104 also comes with DAB, DAB+ and FM receivers out of the box, earning it a 'digital tick'. Stations are pulled in through the radio's proper, telescopic aerial. A compact 210mm wide by 130mm high and just 104mm deep, the '104 sells for under £100.

There's a headphone socket for stereo listening from stereo stations, complementing the single 91mm full-range speaker at 2.5 Watts. Best of all, though, is the flexibility of running on 6 'AA' size batteries, giving approximately 10 hours of wi-fi use and 20 hours of DAB, with ten presets for FM, DAB and internet radio accessed through a scrolling list of favourites.

Roberts have also thought to include a large clock display when in standby mode, with adjustable display backlight, plus dual alarm clock settings (when hooked up to mains power - set it to wake you to internet radio, DAB radio or FM radio, using the buzzer as a fallback if it can't connect, and a choice of single, weekday, daily or weekend settings), five-minute snooze function and an adjustable sleep timer (from 15 up to 120 minutes). There's even a 3.5mm audio input socket for quick musical hookups using an mp3 player or your smartphone's headphone jack.

The Roberts Stream 104 has an impressive amount of functionality for such a small and compact device. The fact that it is portable (although you might want to choose AA rechargeables as wi-fi tends to eat up battery power) also scores highly in its favour.

Check the left-hand column to find out where to get one, for under £100 for the Roberts Radio Stream 104.

Roberts Stream 104

Also consider:
Pure One Flow compact DAB, FM and wi-fi internet radio receiver (see review)

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