Filling your home with music is a task that Como Audio Duetto is well suited to. Pressing a preset button on the anodized aluminum front panel is all it takes to turn Duetto on and play your favorite stored station. Individual sources can be saved as presets, so that Duetto switches directly to FM radio, Internet radio, Spotify Connect, TV, AUX input, etc… everything without the need to use a smartphone or other device. The setup of the Bluetooth wireless technology is done in no time at all. In addition, Android users can use NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to link their devices easily.
The company “Como Audio” was founded by Tom De Vesto, who was 68 years old and wanted to retire at Lake Como in the city of Como, Italy. Instead, he set up the new company because he was inspired by the Italian way of life to market high-quality radios with new elegance and aesthetics that meet the demands of modern radio and sound systems. Como Audio “is well known for the design of the products made of high-quality real wood for better sound. The manufacturer provides a company-owned app for extended use.
- WLAN: Yes
- USB: Yes
- Bluetooth: No
- HDMI: No
- Remote control: Yes
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 14.6 x 5.3 inches
- Item Weight: 6.6 pounds
- Manufacturer: Como Audio
- Batteries:: AA batteries required.
- Multi-room music systems with streaming at the push of a button and hi-fi sound. Countless music sources including FM radio, Internet radio, Bluetooth streaming and wireless connectivity.
- No phone or external device is required for most functions. Hand-crafted real wood cabinets in furniture quality ensure a truly impressive appearance.
Adapted processor for digital signals and RMS digital amplifier with 30 watts per channel.
Delivery time and packaging material
The delivery was made according to the manufacturer’s instructions promptly on the order. The package was impact-resistant, safe to transport and in mint condition, the contents showed no faults, damage or defects. The Internet radio was packed upholstered, wrapped in foil and could be set up and connected directly. There was also an operating manual and a remote control for fine tuning. Before the purchase, the Como Audio Duetto wifi radio could be selected in different colours. In addition to the wood format, there was also a grey, white and black version.
Dimensions and weight
The elegantly simple wooden design not only offered more visual appeal, but was also ideal for sound reinforcement. The Internet radio was therefore designed in a box-shaped design, the housing dimensions were 24 x 16 x 13.2 centimetres. It was nice and light, weighed 1.7 kilograms and was suitable for “Multiroom”.
In the Como Audio Duetto review it combined streaming with Bluetooth connection, Wifi wireless technology and Internet music, possessed intelligent loudspeakers and was made of walnut wood.
Design, colour, construction and display
In addition to the wooden case, the “Como Audio Duetto” featured a 3.2-inch TFT colour display on which the most important data and information about the music played was displayed, including the coloured CD cover. The control cube was visually well designed, had three function buttons underneath the screen, two large and two small loudspeakers at the side of the menu. The front panel was made of aluminium and allowed direct adjustments to the unit and storage of the favourite stations.
- Equipment, connections and speakers
The Como Audio Duetto wifi radio offeres a wide range of different functions. In the Como Audio Duetto raview was the item easy coupled to other devices via Android using NFC technology.
In addition, Internet radio, streaming via “Spotify Connect”, FM radio, a TV and AUX input were available, while playback of high-resolution files was also supported. The radio was also designed for the “Multiroom” function and was able to access the same music source with other devices and play it in several rooms.
The loudspeakers were a special highlight of the “Como Audio Duetto”. The thick wooden cabinet carried the vibrations optimally in the Praxis, while a long-throw woofer with a four-part voice coil and a magnet was available and provided 30 watts of power per channel with a digital amplifier.
Music from the Internet – Internet radio in the application
- Connection and use
Setting up Internet radio was almost self-evident, as the radio had an intelligent technology that started scanning and streaming when the Wificonnection was in place and the Internet and radio stations were to be accessed. These could be saved in a favorites list. Internet radio could also be used as a digital radio and received DAB and DAB+.
- User-friendliness and control variety
In addition to the ergonomic remote control, control was also possible with the manufacturer’s app for Smartphone and Android.
It was called “Como Control” and allowed programming from anywhere in the house. Among them, it was possible to change radio stations, define new memory locations or switch the unit on and off. It was also nice to use the equalizer and adjust the basses and trebles to the music style.
The reception of the radio stations on the Internet or in the digital frequency range was interference-free and crystal clear. The sound was powerful, balanced and lively. For this purpose, it has been optimally improved in sound transmission through the loudspeakers and the wooden cabinet. As soon as the Wifi connection was established, a small selection of transmitters provided by the manufacturer was already available. The Como Audio Duetto wifi radio was designed for “Amazon Dot” and “Google Chromecast” and could be combined with the devices.
- Analog clock display; Time/date will update automatically.
- Large TFT color display (3.2″ for Duetto, 2.8″ for Solo): Reproduces DAB and Spotify album art and station logos from Internet radio and DAB stations, unlike OLED or monochrome LCDs. Also allows control without having to use the app or remote.
- Remote control: Controls many major functions yet remains compact.
- Free iOS & Android app: Use your phone or tablet to change volume, source, presets, equalization, tune stations, and control multi-room functions.
- DAB/DAB+: Over 20 countries outside North America support DAB or DAB+ broadcasting. (European version)
- FM RDS: RDS provides song, artist information, and radio station information (where available).
- Internet Radio (20,000+ free stations and Podcasts from around the world).
- Multi-room capable: Allows you to place our products throughout your home and control them all with our app. Have up to 5 units per zone (# of zones depends on user’s WiFi network).
- Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP with aptX audio: Bluetooth allows wireless music streaming, displaying artist and song information, while aptX provides CD-like sound quality over Bluetooth (from enabled devices).
- NFC: Eliminates the need for traditional Bluetooth pairing and connecting (using enabled devices).
- Spotify Connect: Allows Spotify’s 30+ million worldwide premium subscribers to stream from 30+ million songs directly from Spotify’s servers, not from a phone or tablet, resulting in uninterrupted music and maximizing battery time.
- DLNA Version 1.5: Wirelessly stream music from your enabled PC/Mac or NAS.
- Music player allowing easy navigation and playback through a USB or network-shared library of music files including AAC+, MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, and ALAC. ALAC is important because it is the Apple lossless format.
- USB input: For music playback from a USB flash drive and other mass storage devices. This USB jack will also trickle charge many smart phones.
- Wirelessly stream music from your computer via your existing WiFi network without the need for separate bridges or modules.
- Optical hi res input to connect audio from a TV resulting in superior sound over your TV speakers.
- Two high res audio auxiliary inputs supports up to 24 bit/192KHz.
- Google Chromecast for Audio-ready and Amazon Alexa-ready (Echo, Dot, etc.): Connect the analog output to the Auxiliary input. Alternately, the Echo and Dot can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth using the Amazon Alex app.
- Stereo headphone and Line outputs.
- 20VDC/3A: For use with an external adapter (not included) in lieu of using the supplied power cord.
- Internal switching power supply 100-240V, 50-60Hz: Eliminates the need for a bulky switching “wall wart” which can also degrade reception.
- Class D digital amplifier: 30 watts per channel RMS: Enough power to faithfully reproduce audio and fill a room with beautiful sound.
- Custom Digital Signal Processing: Countless hours were spent listening and measuring the systems using different music genres at various volume levels for the most accurate sound reproduction.
- Software updates over WiFi: Convenient, fast, and free, keeps your investment up-to-date.
- Dual independent alarms with scheduling options plus snooze and sleep timer with multiple alarm source options including Internet radio, FM, Auxiliary, etc. (not USB).
- Backlight adjustment
- Adjustable EQ: Bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls allow you to tailor the sound to your liking.
- Multi-language user interface.
- Transducers: 19mm soft dome tweeters for extended high end response. Custom 3″ long-throw, 4-layer voice coil woofers with over-sized magnets result in exceptional bass.
- Décor options: Furniture-grade, real wood veneers, and multi-layered, piano gloss finishes.
- Nearly 1/2″ thick MDF enclosure damps out extraneous vibration and yields consistently good sound.
- Anodized or painted metal knobs (depending on finish) and control panels: contributes to the sophisticated look. There are no plastic parts used on the front. Most functions can be accessed via the front panel controls.
- Telescoping external DAB/FM antenna
- Tuned rear bass port(s) for efficient bass response and extended range.
- “Powered by Frontier Silicon”: the world leader in digital radio technology. Six independent presets: Save not only your favorite stations, but recall them regardless of what source you are in, and also save your favorite sources. You can turn the unit on and tune a station or jump to a source with the push of a single button.
- Six independent presets: Save not only your favorite stations, but recall them regardless of what source you are in, and also save your favorite sources. You can turn the unit on and tune a station or jump to a source with the push of a single button.
- Works with 802.11a/b/g/n & 2.4/5GHz routers.
- Two Year Warranty.
- Consumes 1.5 watts maximum in standby.
- Consumes 25 watts at full volume
- (H) 5.59in/142mm x (W) 14.56in/370mm x (D) 7.48in/190mm (includes feet and antenna)
- Weight 6.6lbs/2.99kg
- Shipping dimensions: (H) 8.18in/208mm X (W) 17.24in/438mm X (D) 9.25in/235mm
- Shipping Weight: 8.81lb/4kg