Conclusion: If you like your bass to sound like artillery fire, while your treble crisply tinkles like a laughing lady playing a lute amidst the barrage, then this luxury beauty is for you.
Pros: First impressions suggest that Vita Audio has bucked a trend in iPod dock design. This does not look like it's been designed by the cashiers at Comet. A curvy, retro-tinged block clad in walnut veneer or high gloss off-white, it has DAB and FM radio tuners, an iPod dock, a USB port, and weighs in at a reassuringly hefty 8kg. That weight means there's little vibration during music playback, so you can crank up the volume without distortion creeping in. Stereo audio per...
Cons: The R4 comes with an iPod-like remote control dubbed the RotoDial. It's not bad as such, it's just like nothing we've ever seen before and, with its buttons arranged in a circle around a volume knob, isn't the most practical of remote controls.
Summary: Vita Audio elbowed its way into the crowded DAB market with its simple and sonically-superior range of radios. But it’s not ready to stop there: the new R4 is a complete tabletop hi-fi system and its most ambitious design to date. The large R4 unit houses not only DAB and FM tuners, but also a CD player, amplifier, stereo speakers and a built-in subwoofer . As befits a music system for the modern age, there’s also an iPod dock. Still after more features?