It’s one thing to aspire to an early-70s bachelor-pad look, it’s quite another to saddle yourself with a name as tweedy as ‘Heritage’.
For all that the Revo Heritage wouldn’t look out of place serving up a bit of Demis Roussos during Abigail’s Party, a product with such an excitingly up-to-the-minute specification shouldn’t be labouring under a National Trust moniker.
Retro looks, modern guts
At first glance the Heritage is a bog-standard bedside radio, even if the brushed aluminium fascia and walnut side-panels offer a bit of lava-lamp-style retro chic.
The list of its capabilities, though – DAB, DAB+ and FM radio reception, wired or wireless internet radio access, audio streaming via UPnP, iPod docking and charging for all models up to and including the iPhone – suggest that it’s got rather more up its cheesecloth sleeve.
On top of all that, there’s a USB input for memory-stick-borne music and a month’s subscription to the five million-song Last.fm library.
Revo has used full-colour touchscreens in some of its other products, so the Heritage’s white-on-black dot-matrix-style display is underwhelming.
It’s crisp and clear enough, but it’s neither as cutting-edge as the rest of the Heritage’s spec nor as knowingly kitsch as the looks. At least it has the ability to display information delivered from any docked iPod.
Navigating through the menus on the display isn’t as straightforward as it might be, either, thanks to the small and rather vague control joystick. The remote control’s not too much help in this regard, either, as its membrane/bubble buttons are small and not too easy to differentiate.
As a mono design, the Heritage is ill-equipped to fill anything but a regular-sized bedroom or kitchen with sound, but within those confines it’s a peppy and enjoyable performer.
Music from broadcast radio stations, within the confines of the broadcast bit-rate, of course, is up-front and energetic. The Revo attacks purposefully and has worthwhile dynamic shove available if needs be.
The same is broadly true of music sourced from a docked iPod or streamed from a UPnP device. There’s not much in the way of low-frequency presence available, despite the provision of a rear-firing reflex port, and the Revo tends to overlook some of the finer details in favour of getting on the good foot, but its engaging and peppy sound is eminently suitable for the type of product it is. Which is a thoroughly sorted, 21st century, convergence-heavy, do-it-all radio masquerading as a Teasmaid.