Noxon iRadio Cube Up Close
The original Noxon iRadio came in white with aluminum/silver color finishing, the Cube however goes for the complete opposite, available only in black. The name of the device is aptly chosen as you might expect as it is indeed a cube.
The back provides all the connectivity and power options while the front has the two tweeter speakers near the bottom half, an LCD at the top with control buttons at each side. The top panel has one big button labelled Snooze/Sleep Timer.
The buttons at the left side control station selection (3 favourites can be stored here) and next/previous track control. The buttons on the right side allow you to turn the device on/off, return to the main page, shortcut to favourites list, alarm clock setting and play/pause control.
Most of the navigation through the menus is with the large turn knob in the middle, which also doubles as up/down/left/right buttons, the previous iRadio product had two separate locations, the Cube combines them into one easily manipulated turn/push knob-thingie.
With this big knob you can control the volume, what’s note-worthy this time around is that the volume settings with the remote control are linked to those on the device itself, the previous one had them separated. Navigation through the menus is still pretty much straight forward, and although the LCD display is not huge or very high resolution, it’s more than sufficient to browse through thousands of music stations, local media servers and tune FM stations.
In order to receive that wonderful music from either internet or FM sources you need to hook it up, and while we’re closing in on wireless power and very high bandwidth WiFi, in real world situations these technology demo’s don’t always live up to their promises. So we have a plug for the power brick, there is also a hard power on/off button; at the top center is the connection for the included WiFi antenna , at the bottom a connection for the included FM radio antenna; if you’re placing this device near to a switch you can hook it up with RJ-45 to 100Mbit. Last but not least there’s a line-out jack which allows you to provide music through an extra set of speakers, or your current HiFi tuner.
This small layout explains best how to get music to the iRadio Cube