The entire kit comes packaged in a single box, nicely packed and well designed. Before even opening the packaging, the entire kit and its contents are easily seen through the clear portion of the box…so “what you see is what you get” definitely applies here. The printed verbiage on the outside of the packaging does an excellent job of describing what features the kit offers and what’s included when purchasing this kit.
Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the folks at Livio Radio resisted the urge to use clamshell packaging. As a consumer, there is nothing I can’t stand more than having to hack my way through clamshell packaging to get to my shiny new toy, but I digress. Everything was nicely packaged in a form fitting plastic insert that allowed for the various kit pieces to pop right out (no need for scissors or utility knife here…hooray). With the box open and the kit contents removed, here is what you’ll see:
- Bluetooth Internet Radio Device
- 12 Volt Power Adapter with On/Off Switch
- 3.5mm Auxiliary Cable
- User Guide
- Free Grooveshark Anywhere 3 month promo code
Taking a closer look at the Bluetooth Internet Radio Device itself, there are several buttons and connections to break down.
Starting on the top of the device, there are two 3.5mm jacks, one Labeled “Line Out” and the other “Line In”. The jack labeled “Line Out” is used in place of the built in FM transmitter to send variable stereo audio to your car radio if a 3.5mm auxiliary jack is available. The jack labeled “Line In” will receive any stereo audio signal from an attached audio device (such as a standalone MP3 player, CD, etc…).
On the bottom of the device, you’ll find a USB charging port which is capable of charging any attached phone, MP3, or device capable of charging off USB.
The main panel is where the primary controls are, and there are plenty. One control knob (that has several uses, primarily volume control) surrounded by “Stop”, “Pause”, and “Play” buttons. One LED display which shows both the FM station being used to transmit audio and the volume level. Moving clockwise and starting with the top row, the remaining buttons are as follows:
- Previous Song
- Next Song
- End Call
- Start a Call
- Radio (Start a Grooveshark radio station)
- Favorite (add or remove a currently playing song to your list of favorites)
- + (add or remove currently playing song to your catalog)
The 12 volt power adapter has a power On/Off switch which comes in handy if your particular vehicle does not disable power to the 12 volt plug when the vehicle is not in use, and a sturdy metal gooseneck mount for the Bluetooth Radio Device.