Wi-Fi radios have caught flak for getting spotty reception and being tricky to set up. Here are four new models that are not only easier to use but also benefit from stronger Internet radio signals and improved wireless connectivity.
The overall standout, the Squeezebox has a 4.3-inch color touchscreen that plays photo slide shows. Listeners can stream music from Web radio stations or a PC and plug in an iPod. An app menu provides easy access to music sites like Pandora.
The Tivoli comes in a variety of tasteful finishes, including cherry and walnut. It plays Web radio as well as music from networked PCs or an iPod, but not sites like Pandora. Alas, this pricey radio has just one speaker (an extra one costs $120).
The VTech has the least impressive sound quality. Its best feature is the ability to search for radio stations by location, language, and genre. The radio, which has an iPod input, runs on AA batteries, which makes it truly portable.
The Tube's built-in subwoofer produces a rich bass that distinguishes its sound from the competition's. It plays tunes from networked PCs and Internet radio stations, but not from an iPod or online music services.