Arctic Audio Relay Review
Published: 7th November 2012 | Source: Arctic Cooling | Price: |
Of course it would be pointless to have a wireless receiver if we didn't have a way of controlling it remotely too. Having the flexibility of changing song to suit the mood, or even take requests, is a nice option to have. You can control the Audio Relay with either a iOS or Android app available for free (search AR Remote). It's as easy as it looks. Pick your computer, pick the output, pick the song, play.
Such is the simplicity of setting up the Arctic Audio Relay and such is its single-purpose focus, it's very easy to sum up. If you want to stream your music from your computer to an alternative set of speakers, there are few easier options around.
It's well built, comes with all the bits and bobs you need and, if you'll forgive the cliché, it's so easy to use that even your Gran could get it up and running in minutes. If you're one of those people who gets sick at the thought of lining the pockets of the Apple Corporation then this allows you to combine things you most likely already own to do something that would otherwise require a hefty investment.
The only thing we can really criticise would be that the App is nice to use but it would be even better if we could stream the music from our Android/iOS device via the Audio Relay to our sound system. We do have to point out that Arctic Cooling never claim this is something that it does, and so we're not marking it down, but it is rather strange to have a smart device that can play music, an App that can 'push' music and yet be unable to combine the two.
This is one of those products that offers a particular talent and performs it flawlessly. You will be up and running in moments. Although there are a couple of features we think would really tip it into the territory of truly awesome, we can't knock it for not doing something it never offered and for the pure simplicity of getting music from your PC to wherever you want it, we have to award the Arctic Audio Relay our OC3D Gold Award.