H has been getting into music more and more lately. To be honest we aren’t very well set up for it at home. I can’t remember what happened to the CD player, but I think the only one that works is in the car. As for streaming music or even listening to it on a phone or something, it wasn’t something we’d done. This was becoming a bit of a problem though as H was mostly listening to the radio, which he enjoys and it’s how most of us got into music, but it doesn’t allow you to play your favourite stuff. We’ve been needing to tackle our music listening for a while, so I was so pleased when we were asked to try out the ROXI from Electric Jukebox.
ROXI is a new idea for family entertainment and it’s a great way to enjoy music too. ROXI is a five in one music entertainment system that provides music, karaoke, quizzes, radio from round the world and relaxing sounds. It comes in three colours: red, blue and charcoal like our set. You get a controller with built-in microphone and a base unit.
It was so easy to set up ROXI, in fact H unpacked and came upstairs to put it in the room he is using as his boy cave. I planned to follow him up to help and see how it was done. I wasn’t far behind, but it was all done by the time I got there. It works through a TV set: all you need is a HDMI socket in your TV and a power point. You simply plug the HDMI cable into the ROXI box at one end and the TV at the other. Then you plug the ROXI box in at the mains. Next select the correct channel and find your WiFi in order to access your music. You don’t need to create an account or come up with a password or anything like that. So quick!
The motion sensitive controller comes with built-in microphone for voice control and karaoke. It doesn’t need batteries and you charge it by hooking it up to a USB port. This controller works on the TV in the same way as a mouse does on your computer. There is a little arrow which is guided around the screen using the controller to select your options. It can be very sensitive and I found it took a little getting used to.
So what can ROXI do?
- Music Streaming. The music on ROXI is ad-free with lots of songs to choose from with new songs being added all the time. Included with every ROXI is a one-year premium music pass. That starts automatically when you turn ROXI on, there’s no need to sign up. After the year is up, It can be renewed for £52 on the Electric Jukebox site. H tells me that music is added pretty quickly after it is released for chart/mainstream artistes. We don’t listen to anything much outside the mainstream, so I don’t know about any other sorts of music. In the Settings there is something called Family Protect. This is a feature which switches off access to all explicit music on ROXI at the touch of a button.
- Karaoke. Not my thing, although H occasionally sings along. I can imagine this would be great for a sleepover party for teens and preteens. The ROXI Sing With The Stars feature has songs to choose from and the words are displayed on the screen along with the artist’s voice.
- Radio. You can find all your UK favourites as well as radio stations from around the world.
- Name that tune plays a song and has four songs on the screen to choose from. You click the one you think is the right answer using the remote. This is another feature that would be great for a sleepover.
- Sound Machine. You can use this as a backdrop for meditation or relaxation.
For a bit more about ROXI in action, you might want to take a look at their YouTube video which provides a good introduction.
We’ve loved using our ROXI. H is our prime user, but I have been giving it a go when I have been doing the ironing and I can confirm that they have plenty of 80s classics to choose from. H loves being able to stream his own choice of music and he has been busy setting up playlists. It’s got the big thumbs up from us and I can see us renewing the subscription after a year.