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VTech IS9181 - Network audio player / clock radio

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews of VTech IS9181 - Network audio player / clock radio. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Opinions about the size and performance are overall positive. The price and sound also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the connectivity. There are some mixed views about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the VTech IS9181 - Network audio player / clock radio is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 user reviews of VTech IS9181 - Network audio player / clock radio from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers are impressed by the size and performance. The price and sound are also appreciated, whereas comments about the portability and reliability are mixed. Many are negative about the connectivity.

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: VTech IS9181 WiFi Internet Radio with Access to Online Content

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Tom Andry (

Preview: VTech IS9181 Internet Radio and More!


VTech's new IS9181 serves as a music hub and enables consumers to play Internet radio selections, stream music libraries stored on their computers, and connect any digital audio player.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Tom Andry (

VTech IS9181 Internet Radio and More!


VTechbusted head first into the home audio market with the introduction of afeature-rich music streaming device designed as a complete music hub for thehome. VTech's new IS9181 is attempting to hit the market as a "high endaudio solution" for less than...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Arlen Schweiger (

Hands On: VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio


VTech's easy-to-use radio puts millions of songs and thousands of radio stations at your fingertips.

Now if they update the iPod charging cradle, update the WiFi to 802.11 n, and put in an HD AM/FM tuner it would be perfect.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Adam Berger (

Gadgetell Review: Vtech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet radio


Why bother tuning in your local radio stations when you can listen to Internet radio from around the world? However, some spots don't exactly lend themselves to having a full fledged computer to act as an Internet radio. Vtech aimed to solve that...

Ultimately, the Vtech Wi-Fi Internet radio would be best suited as an alarm clock radio or office radio. However, try and use it to pump your next party and you'll be wishing you were rocking out to the tunes of “Red Red Wine” at your local liquor store.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Adam Weinberg (

VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio


Listen to your favorite internet radio stations wherever you can get a wireless signal. In other words, at your backyard barbecue.

Known for its wireless home phones, VTech is ready to make a bold move and build another respected product line in the developing genre of Wi-Fi internet radio. The IS9181 is VTech's first personal audio offering, and by all accounts this is much more...

Expert review by: (

VTech IS9181 Internet Radio


The powerhouse VTech IS9181 offers a great value that may put it just ahead of many of the more expensive Internet radios on the market. Like premium units, this device can connect to MP3 players and external speakers, and it produces decent sound...

Consumer review by: N/A (

Absolutely Great!!!!


You can't go wrong with this radio. It performs exactly as stated. Oh, and they throw in an alarm clock feature to boot

Does exactly what it was built to do ; Ease of setup ; Ease of use with the remote ; Stations can be picked by genre ; Thousand of stations ; RCA Audio output jacks allow you to connect to your audio system

Not really a CON but the remotes a bit small if you have big hands

May, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

Best Radio Ever


read direction carefully for streaming connection

This Radio does everything as promised. Is stream with all my desktops and laptops with no problem .get thousands of radio stations 100% clear .hookup to my reciever. get it u will not regret it


Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: jcl69 (

Very Nice but No DLNA


Regards DLNA and Playlist support, I spoke at length with a VTech engineer about these and he was submitting a design change to their developers to incorporate these functions in new products (sorry - no firmware upgrades for the IS9181). THey hope to...

Have had this radio for around 4 months now and it (and the included remote) have operated very well. Sound for a tabletop box is better than adequate but I connected mine to a Logitech 2.1 ext spkr set for better dynamics. Menu is nicely laid out and...

1. No DLNA support - personally, i will not purchase any more electronic media devices (TV's, radios, Receivers, game boxes etc etc etc) that lack full support for DLNA. DLNA is the one "OPEN STANDARD" that defines interoperability between all your...

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

VTech's IS9181 is the first Internet radio receiver to offer a rich range of features. The competitively priced music hub delivers higher sound quality than other similarly priced music devices and enables consumers to play Internet radio selections, stream music libraries stored on their computers (PC/Mac-compatible) and connect any digital audio player using the line-in cord provided. Once users connect the IS9181 to their home wireless network (802.11 b & g), they can enjoy a variety of music offerings from more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations worldwide, as well as audio files (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real) stored on a Wi-Fi-enabled PC, Mac or laptop. The IS9181 also includes an auxiliary audio cable to play files from MP3 or CD players or any other device with a 3.5mm headset jack. This music hub un-tethers music lovers from their computers to enjoy digital music in the living room, bedroom or anywhere in the home, and takes Internet radio to a level beyond the PC listening experience. With dynamic, room-filling sound quality superior to laptops or other currently-available devices of its kind, the IS9181 offers built-in 3W front-facing tuned stereo speakers, as well as a 10W subwoofer with class D amplifiers for powerful bass response. Other streaming devices include only either one or two front-facing speakers.

Audio System

Functions (KB):Radio / Network audio player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):Boomboxes, radios, clock radios
Type:Network audio player / clock radio

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:PC / Mac
Manufacturer:VTech Communications
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:VTech


Preset Station Qty:20
Tuner Bands:FM/Weather
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Remote control