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VTech IS9181 - Network audio player / clock radio

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and performance are overall positive. The price and sound are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the portability. The storage and reliability get critical views.

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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 83/100 = 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

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

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VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio Review


While not uncommon these days, tabletop Web radio players still remain something of a novelty. As such, VTech's IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio, which streams online broadcasts right to a bookshelf or desk, makes an intriguing curiosity for any audiophile....

Easy network setup; works for Mac and PC users; 11 ; 000 web stations; 100 web presets; Can access FM broadcasts

Tedious scrolling process; Firewall gets in the way of PC sharing; Unremarkable audio quality; Few standout features

Slick design notwithstanding, there's no arguing with the endless entertainment options the unit provides.

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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...


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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VTech IS9181 Internet Radio


Maxell’s Encore EN-5 offer a rich, full sound for an affordable price, beating out nearly all of the headphones in the test. However, our testers didn’t think they were very comfortable, nor did this pair do a good job staying put during use....

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VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet radio Review - Portable Audio Devices


Best choice for very high quality radio if your "over the air signal" is poor. The only issue you will have is if your wireless signal is not strong. I just upgraded to a 3 antenna N from a b/g and it made a big difference on my laptop g speed (solid...

Linear setup if you already have a wireless network. Read the directions ,takes about 40 minutes while the family watches (Daughter's comment, "I want one!)

Glitches so far. Can't set day of week so weather data is off. See below

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VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio


Yesterday I received the VTECH IS9181. Had no problem setting it up. The sound is incredible. The bass is great. The case is beautiful with a mirrored black finish. I wish that you had a rating system with 10 stars.

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VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio


I own 4 wifi radios. One for my work shed, one for my bedroom, bathroom and living room.. 4 different manufactures, buying another VTECH to replace the Coby 850 no longer working. The Coby 850 is the Worst of the LOT. As soon as the 90 day warranty...


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