Excerpt: I felt a little bit like a kid on Christmas morning when I recently “unwrapped” my candy-apple-red Tangent Quattro Internet radio. Manufactured by Danish company Tangent Audio, which obviously has high standards for build quality, the Quattro first got my attention at CEDIA 2008 at Canadian audio company Kevro International’s booth. (Kevro has recently begun distributing Tangent products in North America.
Excerpt: “In Canada these days, we see jurisdictional battles between on-air broadcasters and specialty-channel carriers like cable and satellite, with the traditional former crowd now screaming for carriage fees when their signals are re-broadcast on such services as Rogers cable or XpressVu and Star Choice satellite distribution systems.
Summary: Internet radio is today’s shortwave radio, only much
better -- you can get thousands of stations without having to hunt for them, all in
high-quality sound. Obviously, you can also listen to them via your computer, but not
everyone wants to boot up a computer to listen to the radio, or keep a laptop in the
kitchen or bedroom, where most such listening will likely be done.
That’s where the Tangent Quattro Mk.II comes in.
Excerpt: I’ve been playing with the Tangent Quattro MK2 for the past few days and absolutely love it. It’s small, packs a serious sonic punch for its size and has classic good looks to boot. The one thing I don’t love is the FM Radio. It’s just a little bit too old school for me, and DAB would have been a much preferred inclusion. Aside from this the only thing I would change in this little beauty is the dials and buttons. Machined aluminium puh-lease!
Excerpt: The Tangent Quattro Mk2 introduces FM radio in addition to streaming internet radio, an RJ45 port for those who do not have a Wi-fi network and WPA2 Wi-fi security added for those who do. With some 9900 stations to choose from plus your normal local and national FM stations, BBC Radio On Demand, Podcasts and the ability to stream audio from your PC or Mac the only thing the Quattro Mk2 could possibly need now is an iPod dock.
Excerpt: The original incarnation of the Tangent Quattro announced itself on the market in some style, scooping an Award and becoming a class-leader among the first-generation of web-friendly tuners. The MkII continues the good work.
Summary: We love internet radio: tune into its thousands of stations and your mammoth washing-up session becomes a voyage of musical discovery. And with looks to rival Vita's excellent R2 DAB radio, Tangent's table-top Quattro has all the credentials to make it one of the best. We must emphasise that 'table-top' description – you won't be carrying this 4kg unit in your man-bag.