The evolution of Terratec's Noxon2 receiver that we had been able to preview at the Apple Expo in Paris will probably officially arrive after the CEBIT in Hanover (in the photos you can see the prototype without FM antenna socket combined with the optional subwoofer).
After Noxon2 Audio and iRadio here is "Noxon2 Radio for iPod" the latest Terratec model promises to provide "total" access to music whether it comes from local or regional FM radio stations or is distributed online through the internet. it will also be possible to receive podcasts and also "tune in" through the UPnP protocol with Mac or PC with Windows to listen to iTunes audio libraries. Finally, for listening "locally" you will find both a Dock connector for iPod and a USB 2.0 input for sticks or powered hard drives.
Here are the specifications: Connectivity: Wi-fi IEEE 802.11b / g, UPnP, Microsoft Windows Media DRM10 and access to USB 2.0 Mobile Storage Support devices Transmission speed: 54 Mbit / s (WLAN) or 10/100 Mbit / s (Ethernet) Network security: WEP encryption (64/128 Bit support) and WPA / WPA2 encryption
It works as a Wireless Access Point or Ad-hoc (Peer to Peer) or via cable with Ethernet RJ-45.
Plays the following audio formats: Internet Radio (MP3, MMS streaming), MP3 (up to 320 kBit / s, CBR / VBR), ID3 V1.0 / V2.0, M3U. PLS, OGG Vorbis, AAC +, WAV, WMA-9 (up to 320 kBit / s) unprotected and Windows Media DRM10 protected.
Connectors: iPod-dock, Line Out (RCA), S / P-DIF Digital Out (TOS-Link), Ethernet RJ-45, Headphone Out (3.5mm Jack), USB 2.0 (Type A).
Obviously, the dock allows charging and control of the iPod via the supplied remote control.
The software included TwonkyMusic (for PC) and EyeConnect (for Mac) Requires a Mac with a minimum Power PC G4 or G5 processor and Mac OS X 10.3.9.
The retail price should be around 349 Euros in the full version 2.1 speakers.