ICFF 2009: Sonoro elements W Wireless Internet Radio

ICFF 2009: Sonoro elements W Wireless Internet Radio

Gregory Han
May 22, 2009

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One of the handful of straight up home electronic designers at this year's ICFF show were the team from Sonoro Audio, a German company with a lineup of minimal modern audio devices that came in a variety of Skittles-hued cases, alongside some piano finish black or white lacquers, and wood encased designs. We talked to a representative for awhile about what they've been up to, specifically their ICFF reveal of the elements W Internet/FM radio and iPod dock...

The elements W relies upon streaming resources, offering listeners 16,000 worldwide Internet stations via Wi-Fi or a standard LAN cable (Sonoro just added Pandora to their partners). A notable feature was the ability to search by both style and location from a selection of 16,000 online sources, so one could enjoy only the sweet sounds of Bay Area hip-hop or drrrty South tunes depending on their mood from the Sonoro elements W. And if you're like us and hoping to tap into your own library of tens of thousands of songs in digital format that reside on your computer or iPod, you can just access them from the elements Q or use a eDock docking station to play your iPod through the system.

So how did it sound? Pretty darn good, though we'd consider this a complimentary system, a bedside clock radio or a small space solution rather than an one-and-only option, since there are limitations of what a small speaker system like the elements W can provide (a little tinny, though not horribly so, and the upward facing speakers were directionally less optimal than a traditional 2+ speaker system). The piano white and black finishes are beautifully applied onto the all-wood case, necessitating you keep a dust cloth, lest you spoil the shiny case with your oily paws, something you might want to seriously consider after spending $499 for such a device.

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