Sanyo Internet Radio: It can connect to the Internet

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The SANYO R227 will make your life easier by finding you the stations you want to listen to while you pretend to work. As Sanyo’s vice president, Tom Van Voy states, the device needs no tethering to a computer. It seems that it has an own database for Internet stations. Oh, and it looks quite ugly. You have to wait until January to get one for $169.99.

The styling is very evocative of those Tivoli radios everyone loves but I’m going to have to say it’s not my year-end favorite.

Specs come after the jump.

SANYO R227 Internet Radio. (PRNewsFoto/SANYO Fisher Company)

CHATSWORTH, CA UNITED STATES

New R227 Uses WiFi or Ethernet Broadband Connection; Tune to Stations by Country or Genre

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ — More than a half-century after introducing one of the world’s first transistor radios, SANYO is making the exciting world of free internet radio easily accessible without a computer. Designed with the contemporary look and familiar functionality of a clock radio, and the sound quality of much more expensive audio systems, the SANYO Internet Radio R227 can play thousands of crystal-clear internet radio stations and podcasts, all without a subscription fee. The radio uses either a wireless (WiFi) or Ethernet internet connection.

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Ideal for home or office, the SANYO Internet Radio features easy network key entry when used on secured wireless networks. Internet radio stations and podcasts can be easily located by Country or Genre (MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, RM and WAV formats supported) with eight Internet station presets. The device also boasts an FM stereo digital tuner with eight station presets. The SANYO Internet Radio R227 has an MSRP of $169.99. It will be available in the U.S.A. in January 2009.

“Most internet users are familiar with internet radio, but many find it difficult and time consuming to locate stations or podcasts using their computers,” said Tom Van Voy, Marketing Vice President of SANYO’s Consumer Products Division. “The SANYO Internet Radio is a convenient, standalone product designed to make it easy to enjoy sports, music, and talk internet radio stations from all over the world without being tethered to a computer.” The R227 is easily portable throughout the household, and can be enjoyed in the kitchen, bedroom, living room or garage – virtually anywhere there’s a WiFi or Ethernet connection. As convenient as a traditional radio, a simple “On/Off” button provides instantaneous access to thousands of internet radio stations. Loaded with functionality, including wake-to-internet or FM radio, the R227 boasts excellent stereo audio with dual speakers.

SANYO R227 Internet Radio Key Features:

* A standalone Internet Radio that provides instant, convenient access to thousands of FREE stations and podcasts from all over the world…no subscription required
* No computer needed*
* Works with any broadband connection (WiFi , Ethernet)
* Easy On/Off – “computer free” boot-up and shut-down process
* Tune to internet radio stations by Country or Genre
* Accesses shared music files from computers on the same network (when access permission is granted).
* Users can further customize their listening experience by submitting new stations to be added to the internet station database
* 8 internet station presets
* Perfect for bedroom, den, kitchen or office
* Black cabinet in lacquer finish
* Remote control
* FM stereo digital tuner with 8 station presets
* Wake-to-internet or FM radio
* High-quality 90 mm (diameter) stereo speakers
* Port for extended bass response
* Total 4 watts output (2W RMS)
* Easy network key entry when used on secured wireless networks
* Solves the problem of poor AM reception in most offices or hi-rise condominiums by accessing a station’s web stream instead
* Automatic, regular updates of internet station database
* Sleep to radio
* Snooze function
* Lighted LCD display
* Stereo input jack for MP3/WMA players
* Audio-out jack to connect to an external audio system
* Stereo headphone jack
* Ethernet jack
* Auto clock time setting from internet
* Supports these audio files: AAC, AIFF, MP3, RM, WAV, WMA and playlists (M3V) stored on a networked computer
* Dimensions (in inches): 8.66 W x 5.63 H x 4.92 D

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a multi-billion-dollar global leader in providing solutions for the environment, energy and for lifestyle applications based on its Brand Vision ‘Think GAIA’. Based in Chatsworth, California, SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.) markets digital cameras and camcorders, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, HD televisions, dictation devices, home appliances, LCD projectors and security video equipment.

For more information and additional specifications, please visit us.sanyo.com.

All products and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Because its products are subject to continual improvement, SANYO reserves the right to modify product design and specifications without notice and without incurring any obligations.

* Except if accessing shared computer files

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