A cute little speaker with a vintage feel that would look good in a lot of homes. However, the audio quality is poorer than expected for the price.
The retro speaker would make the perfect addition to the vintage themed home (if you don’t mind a bit of faux-vintage here and there, of course) and even looks great for adding a little balance to any modern setting.
Upon initial inspection, the outside of the speaker seems like it’s fairly sturdy, but the plastic front panel does let it down a little. The faux leather outer shell feels like it might be fairly easy to scuff or damage, which isn’t ideal for a portable radio.
We didn’t get chance to try this bit out, but the Retro Radio also offers you the choice to use the device on battery power. This requires a couple of big batteries.
Disappointingly, it lacks the ability to accommodate any iPhone model below the iPhone 4S. Yup, that means your iPhone 4 is already too outdated for this particular dock. It does offer the ability to let you plug in an auxiliary cable using a standard 3.5mm jack, though. Unfortunately, the auxiliary cable doesn’t come with the dock, but you can pick them up for a fairly reasonably price online or in your local electronic shops. Alternatively, you can get a version with the classic 30-pin connector, but if you ever plan to update your iPhone or iPod, it would make this radio useless.
The sound is a little lacking, and I’d definitely expect more for the price. However, for something that looks so pretty, there was bound to be a trade-off somewhere.
Overall, if you’re more interested in the aesthetics of a product than its actual capacity to perform, then this is a great choice. If you’re more of an audiophile then there’s probably another option for you out there. It looks really great though, and that’s why I love it!