Review (August 2009)
By Rita Nakano
Cobra is well known for its radar detectors and CB radios. However, the company has recently entered the market with a new Internet Radio called the CIR 2000 A, designed to stream audio from stations over the internet as well as play music from CDs and memory sticks. According to Cobra, the unit has access to over 10,000 radio stations worldwide. Of course, we could not verify this, but we did try many of the available stations. The unit also includes a clock, alarm, and sleep timer. The CIR 2000 A has a piano gloss finish and sports a pair of fancy looking modular speakers with dual drivers powered by 20 Watt x 2 (peak) of amplification. We say dual drivers because even though there are three drivers on each of the speakers, the small center driver is just there for looks and serves no sonic benefit to the system's performance. The unit support WEP, WPA and WPA2 security protocols and includes a Wi-Fi USB stick that plugs into the back of the unit. The main unit measures 7" W x 6" H x 9" D.
The CD player recognizes the inserted disc and displays the information provided by Gracenote Music recognition service (CDDB). This is a nice feature that provides users with artist, album, and track names. The top clearance on the CD tray was tight and many discs barey cleared the tray opening. Flexible playback and recording options are available from the USB port and SD card slots provided. Outboard MP3 players or external audio sources can also be connected through the 3.5 mm auxiliary input jack. There are presets for the built-in FM radio and internet radio stations. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is provided, which can also be used as a connection to a more powerful stereo system.
The automatic CDDB (CD database) was a great feature that will enhance the playback of CDs. The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) capability allowed us to access our home media server full of thousands of songs. Aside from the limitations mentioned, Cobra has come out with a powerful audio product with impressive features.
- Rita Nakano
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SKU: CIR 2000 A
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