The Roku SoundBridge has long been one of our favourite music streaming audio accessories – it’s on our Top 10 Home MP3 here - and we were naturally buoyed by the arrival of its more fully featured SoundBridge Radio sibling a few months ago.
It’s not that surprising, then, that another company has picked up the products and is soon to sell them under its own brand name. So, say hello to the Pinnacle SoundBridge and Pinnacle SoundBridge Radio.
The devices remain unaltered from their original Roku spec. For the uninitiated, the SoundBridge (above left) is a music streamer that wirelessly pilfers music stored on your PC or network attached storage and plays it through your home stereo. A phono cable is all you need to enjoy stored MP3, DRM-free AAC, WMA (including DRM-ed music rental WMA), WAV and AIFF. Windows Media Player 10 and iTunes are supported as standard, and thousands of internet radio services are also available via your broadband connection.
The SoundBridge Radio (above right) does all that pleasant stuff, but also has a built-in 2.1 speaker system with something called Linear Magnetic Drive technology - an roundabout way of saying it sounds good. In addition to the endless internet radio stations available, it can pick up standard FM and AM and has an SD card slot so you can play back stored music files even if the rest of your tech world has come crashing down around you.
Still, we can't see why you'd buy these over the Roku originals. The only motivation we can think of is that you have a secret love for the rainbow-coloured leaf logo employed by Pinnacle. Which is unlikely.
For more info, pop to www.pinnaclesys.com with £150 of cash on hand for the SoundBridge and £300 for the SoundBridge Radio.