Top 3 Budget DAB Radios On The Market
Every day, millions of us listen to the radio, whether that’s during the drive to work, when you pick the kids up from school or when doing the housework.
Radios are a constant companion with the radio hosts becoming familiar voices in the household. Yet, are you prepared if your radio breaks?
Being sure of which brand to buy could be tricky, you could stick with your old brand or maybe you should try something new.
Here are our top tips and picks for a DAB radio in 2019.
What to look for in a budget DAB radio
- Battery. If it’s a portable radio, then battery life is important, especially if you enjoy listening to music at your place of work. Reading the products description as well as reviews will reveal how long the battery life is, and if it’s reliable.
- Alarms. Wake me up before you go go, yes, alarms are great if you want to wake up to your favourite tunes in the morning. Alarms can also be useful to turn off your radio if set on a timer.
- Sound. When purchasing a radio, good sound quality is essential. Trying before buying can save you valuable time and energy. If you cannot test the item, then reading reviews is the best way to gauge whether the sound quality is good or not.
- Size and Location. Taking note of the measurements of the potential radio will aid in its location. Planning where it will be placed and being sure of the size ensures the fitting in of the product with your home.
- Bluetooth. Connection to a phone is a bonus. Use of the radio’s well designed speakers aids you in becoming your own radio DJ, enabling you to play your favourite playlists on repeat.
- Ease of Use. A device with a gazillion buttons and a hundred paged instruction manual will make you tear your hair out. A radio should be the easiest of tech objects to set up and use, perusing through reviews will help you ascertain whether the item is easy to use or not.
The Best DAB Radios in 2019
1. Sony XDR-S61D Portable Radio
Our top pick for the best affordable radio is the Sony XDR-S61D. Its simple yet elegant design comes in an array of colours (red, black, white and blue), colours that will match any room in your home. Sony being such a reputable company have really pulled it out of the bag with this radio with amazing customer satisfaction and support.
- 10 Pre-set Buttons. While it is less than the next few competitors, choosing 5 stations on either DAB or FM is still a useful necessity when you want to switch to your favourite radio shows in the morning. It also lessens the hassle of having too many channels to choose from.
- Portable. The Sony XDR-S61D comes with a plug you can insert into a socket for continuous use, or you can insert four AA batteries and carry it wherever you go.
- Dual Alarm. Set your Sony radio to wake you up in the morning and turn off at night with its convenient dual alarm system.
- Easy to Use. User experience for the XDR-S61D is excellent. Its simple controls and LCD display make it easier to use and set up. Even those who struggle with technology have been wowed by its capabilities.
- Quality. A sturdy portable radio is ideal. You can be sure the Sony XDR-S61D is made well and as an extra it has added finger grips for easy movement and transportation.
- Sound. Much praise has been given to our chosen radio for its great sound quality, which adds another great thing about this radio to the list.
- Battery. Batteries drain quite quickly with day to day use, the Sony XDR-S61D battery is said to have a reasonable battery life, it will ultimately depend on the type of battery you use and how long the battery is estimated to last.
- Reviews. Checking the reviews of this product will blow you away with positivity. Buyers have been so impressed by this radio that they buy it again and again, even as gifts for their family members and friends. Trustworthiness and reliability really do shine through with this product.
- Guarantee. On certain sites you will find guarantees that will provide your product with extra protection if it should malfunction or break in future.
- Headphone Jack. Keeping your favourite station to yourself in a busy work environment is achievable with a well placed headphone jack.
- Price. The Sony XDR-S61D is at the higher end of affordability. Some have criticized it for its £80 upward price tag, claiming that there should be more included for their money. On the whole though, it’s a reliable radio and £80 is a reasonable price to pay for years and years of entertainment.
- Volume. Limited volume has been noted among some reviewers comments, however the critical reviews are outweighed by the positive, so we’ll leave it down to customer opinion.
2. AZATOM MoreAudio Desire
The AZATOM MoreAudio Desire has a sporty, youthful look about it. It’s available in two colours, black or blue and aims to impress with its lower price tag as well as functionality.
- Reception. The AZATOM MoreAudio Desire is said to have crystal clear reception, users have agreed with this claim, even stating that their once terrible radio reception has been completely eradicated.
- Future Compatibility. In basic terms, this radio will be able to move on as technology advances, how? We’re not sure but it sounds pretty impressive.
- Battery. The MoreAudio Desire boasts a 1,800mAh rechargeable battery capable of powering your radio for 18 hours before stopping.
- Dual Alarm. Wake up and go to sleep knowing your radio will be there to greet you in the morning and turn off at night without you having to press a button.
- Customer Support. Included with a purchase of the AZATOM MoreAudio Desire is a lifetime of customer support in the UK and a 3 year warranty, what else could you ask for?
- Value. The price comes in at £30, a £50 deduction from our top choice, whilst this is great for your pockets, it can be shown in less attention to quality, however users have been surprised with its quality for such a good price.
- Design. In addition, this radio is lightweight, portable, compact and smartly designed. These factors contribute to its ease of use and set up. A headphone jack is also included making radio listening more relaxing.
- Stations. Finding new stations from different regions is possible with this AZATOM radio. Additionally, with the ability to pre-set 30 stations between FM and DAB, finding your favourite stations will be a walk in the park.
- Indicator. Unfortunately, you will not be able to predict when the battery will stop as the AZATOM MoreAudio Desire does not include a battery life indicator. Remembering to recharge the battery after a few days should keep it going though.
- Standby. Users have found that turning the radio off is a difficult task, often the device is left on standby which drains the battery power and most likely your electricity. The solution would be to turn it off at the switch to save that much needed power.
3. Majority Histon II
The Majority Histon II radio is a device of great beauty and elegance, brought out in a range of smart colours including rose gold and white which add to the attractive case. It can be tethered to a plug or fully portable with the aid of batteries. The compact nature of the Majority Histon II is the ideal device for a picnic in the park.
- Dual Alarm. As noted in the previous products a dual alarm is quite useful. The Majority Histon II also utilizes a dual alarm giving adding to its advantages.
- Future Compatibility. As mentioned earlier, this allows the radio to be able to keep up with future technology.
- Stations. A wide range of stations can be enjoyed due to a longer aerial. Ten presets each on FM and DAB make it easy to access your favourite stations. It also boasts a clear reception, with many users supporting this claim.
- Instructions. A clear and concise instruction manual is included with each purchase.
- Ease of Use. With those clear instructions and a nice LCD display the Majority Histon II is quite easy to get the hang of.
- Headphone Jack. Introducing the silent disco just for you.
- Warranty. A 36 month warranty is included with your radio ensuring that you and the radio are protected.
- Sound. Whilst there are a few mixed reviews on sound, most are in favour of the sound quality given by the Majority Histon II.
- Price. The quality might not be amazing but the price is. The Majority Histon II can be bought from around £23 upwards, making it the most affordable on our list. Really, you can’t complain with a price tag like that.
- Quality. Obviously, less money equals less quality materials, so you may find that the casing to this radio is rather flimsy.
- Battery. Apparently, the battery life isn’t amazing, signifying that this radio drains a lot of power. Plugging it into your electricity and keeping it as a house radio would fix this problem though.
- Sound. Sound is a pro and a con. Users are either happy with the sound quality or feel let down. Complaints have been made that the product sounds tinny, which generally boils down to an acute sense of hearing, so if you have hearing like a bat, you may want to find a better quality radio.