Revo claims the Axis is their first radio of the new generation, offering not only classic radio, but also internet services such as Last.FM and combining it seamlessly with an iPod-dock. Whether Revo lives up to the claim we will review now with great pleasure.
The AxiS certainly isn't Revo's maiden trip. The Scottish make entered the market in 2004 with the Revo In-Car DAB system. A year later Revo started producing its first DAB-radio devices, the UNO and PICO. Those two devices were launched first onto the Norwegian and Swiss market during the new year's period of 2006. In 2008 the PICO received the prestigious Red Dot Internation Product Design Award. After the UNO and PICO the BLIK and MONDO-range was introduced. The BLIK-range was the first hybrids to combine DAB, FM and internet radio.
Revo also launched out with some iPod-docks. In the latter category the Axis can be found.
So the Revo Axis is a radio and an iPod-dock offering network possibilities. In the box you can find several iPod-feet and -plugs. With the review unit also came a voucher offering free access to the Last.FM music service. Unfortunately no remote control can be found in the box. However you can order it optionally via your dealer or the Revo-website. The lack of a remote control is one of the major drawbacks of this Axis.
The device itself measures 125mm (H) x 220mm (B) x 150mm (D). At the front we can find a TFT-touch screen of 3,5" with which, by pressing the clearly marked icons, you can access the menu-items and options. Below the screen you can find the standby button. Next to the screen the only turning knob of the device is located, controlling the volume. The speaker is nicely embedded into the device, and the fabric cloth seamlessly blends in with the matte black casing. On top the iPod-cradle is nicely covered below a small lid. The antenna on top also has its own recess so it is not visible when not in use. At the back you can find the outputs for audio and video (video from the iPod Touch and iPhone), the aux-input, the headphone connection, the adapter input and a mini USB-port through which you can update the Axis.
Let the music play
The first music we magically get from the Axis are some FM and DAB-radio stations. The reception of the radio stations is very good when the antenna is at least partially extended. Radio stations offering RDS immediately show the additional information on the screen. The music is warm and there are no signs of distortion. This is partly thanks to the volume limiter and the NXT Balanced Mode Radiator full range driver using neodymium magnets tuned to decrease distortion. The volume is limited to 90dB, ideal for smaller spaces.
The AxiS also has a WiFi-connection enabling internet access and consequently thousands of online radio stations. Revo chose to partner up with the Last.FM internet music service. A free one month subscription is included.
Music located on your computer or server is also accessible after setting it up.
This AxiS is not only suited for kitchen use, but can also be used as an alarm clock. You can select your favorite radio station, iPod music or the plain buzzer as alarm signal. The touch screen generally responds very well to the actions, although at some times it seems to miss a command, and I have to press several times to activate the chosen option.
The AxiS by Revo combines old and new media into one device. Despite the fact there is only one driver in the radio, the music sounds ware and undistorted, whether you are listening to a radio station or music on your iPod.
If you don't find your taste on the traditional FM, you have several thousand stations available on the internet or with Last.FM. The volume has deliberately been limited, but is still more than enough for smaller rooms such as a kitchen or bedroom. For larger rooms the AxiS weighs too light, but other, more powerful devices are available for that purpose.
The biggest disadvantage of the Axis is that the remote control is not standard, which one would expect at this price level. It is more or less compensated by the very user friendly interface, available through the touch screen. The Revo AxiS costs 249,99 euro and for this price you get a solid device offering you listening pleasure for several years with both old and new media.
Pro's and cons
+1 month Last.FM voucher
-no remote control
-headphone connection at the back
Revo AXIS Technische Specificaties (taken from the website)
3.5" colour TFT touch-screen display
High sensitivity DAB and DAB+ digital radio
Compatible with current and future DAB standards
Advanced internet radio with Wi-Fi connection
Easy access to over 13,000 internet radio stations
Wirelessly stream music from your PC or MAC
FM radio reception with RDS
Access online music service Last.fm (trial subscription included)
iPod & iPhone docking functionality with full control and charging
8 Watt class D amplifier
NXT Balanced Radiator speaker technology
Digital alarm clock with Sleep and Snooze
Favourite station presets for DAB, FM and Internet Radio modes
Compatible with all iPod and iPhone models
3.5mm headphone connector
Stereo RCA and Aux-In connectors
iPod/iPhone video out (composite)
125mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 150mm (D)
Drivers: 1 x 58mm square NXT Balanced Mode Radiator full-range driver utilizing neodymium magnet systems
Power: Continuous 8W (RMS)
Frequency Response: 90Hz to 20kHz (-6dB)
Acoustic Configuration: Bass reflex enclosure with port tuned to 100Hz
Sensitivity:83dB 1W, 1m
Max SPL: 90dB SPL at 1m