Thursday, December 06, 2007

I can't live without my radio

Our mini-boombox from Troika USA arrived today, and it sure is tiny! 5.25" x 5.25" x just over 2".

If you're picking one of these up, there are a few things to note:

1. It ships with a pair of AA batteries, but does not ship with a wall wart. If you're looking to buy one beforehand, get something that'll give you 4.5v and 300mA, with the same sort of connection you'd use for a Boss pedal. Should be easy to find.

2. Once it arrives, open the battery compartment and look for a flimsy, clear piece of plastic tucked away on the side. Yank it out. The LCD screen won't work unless you do this, which sucks, because it isn't mentioned in the manual.

3. To set the alarm, turn the On/Off switch to "BUZZ - ALM" before pressing and holding the "ALM SET" button. I don't know why you have to do this, but the alarm time will not change if the On/Off control is set to either "RADIO ON" or "RADIO OFF/ALM." Again, not in the manual.

That's it. The reception is better than you might think with the antenna raised (we can get WFMU in our place without any trouble), and the single 3" speaker could be worse. $75 well spent!

EDIT: Just to be clear-- we like it! It's loud enough for whatever you'd practically use a mini-boombox for (and it's got a headphone-out, if you wanted to connect it to something with a little more oomph for some reason), the reception is fine, it's superlight and it looks great. So long as you're not expecting it to sound like a portable McIntosh system (which is to say, this), it doesn't disappoint.



Blogger Jess Shambler said...

Yay for the Troika! I can't wait to wake up to the dulcet tones of...wait. We have to change the station. The rest of the time, I'm all about the "Fun 91," but JM in the AM is not my scene.

10:35 PM  
Blogger 2pompitas said...

Hi there,
thank you so much for this useful info, I couldn´t work the LCD screen before, but it works now!!

very nice version you do for I´ll fell a whola lot better!

Regards from Spain!

5:42 AM  

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