Tokai LAR-301RM: test and review

Tokai not merely out of a RDS radio with CD player with MP3 and WMA. The facade of the Tokai LAR-301RM also incorporates a removable player. The latter may be removed or placed by sliding on the facade so. A USB port also allows it to be connected to a computer and fill in music simply by drag and drop. This MP3 player supports MP3 and WMA formats. The supplied headphones easily restore the musical excerpts with good quality. Rectangular, it has a proper ergonomics sees the player control buttons placed on top. However, it suffers from its low autonomy of 3:30 only. It is particularly regrettable that four hours are needed to charge the battery. Another downside: the storage capacity is only 256 MB (246 MB actually available), enough to hold 50 pieces of CD quality MP3 (192 kbps).

His equalizer, efficient, offers the “Normal”, “Rock”, “Jazz”, “Classic” and “Pop”. This tiny player is also FM radio office. What about recording functions? The player sees himself with a built-line input and microphone. The quality is adjustable from 16 to 192 kbps and the sensitivity of the microphone can be adjusted. Once placed on the radio, the radio player replays on the contents of its memory. That’s not all. He did enjoy the radio of its recording function. It records directly track or all tracks on a CD, FM recording and acts as dictaphone. And it’s very easy: you choose the source, you press Rec and BD / Ent to finish. The content is in the player, ready to be served again!

smaller display

The display of the MP3 player also serves as display for the radio. Alas, it shows insufficient size. This display is still lit with a nice blue color with characters different enough readable formats. All keys are lit by LEDs of the same color. In very sunny atmosphere, the display was always bright. However, only large main characters will be read easily on the screen. The reception of radio stations and audio quality posed no problem.

On the left of the front of the radio, the volume knob is surrounded by a rubber ring. In its center, this button provides access to settings for bass and treble, balance and fader (fader). Pressing and shows the active mode equalizer (Classical, Rock, Pop, Flat and None for personal memory). Around this button are grouped various keys including those dedicated to the selection of the source, storing and automatic station scanning. The TA button will hear traffic information. Right on the front, joystick provides access, among others, the PTY functions (PTY for Program Type, type of radio station program) and AF reg (regional stations). Preset keys stations 1 to 6 are distributed, in an original way, between the ends of the device. However, it lacks the call a muted

The implementation of the rear panel includes the expected connectivity: the antenna socket, plugs for ISO connectors on the right which is the 10 amp fuse. On the other side, the RCA-terminated connectors offers both line outputs, auxiliary input and a connection to feed an antenna. In the end, the driver has to do a radio aesthetics, innovative and affordable.