We’ve made a full-scale switch-over from analogue TV and over to digital, but radio has yet to make that jump. Digital radio is far from a pipe dream though, and it is more than possible to get yourself a digital-ready radio without spending a ridiculous amount of money. Here are five digital radios for you to get your hands on and be ready in case that switchover ever happens. At least you won’t have to worry about listening to static in the meantime.
Pure Move 2500, £70
For a lot of us the smartphone has taken up the reigns as the dominant portable music player, but smartphones don’t come with digital radio and using internet radio will use up all that precious data. Heck some smartphones don’t even have an FM radio either. So if you want to be able to discretely listen to DAB on the go then you should check out the Move 2500. It’s small and the same basic size as an MP3 player, so it’s hardly going to be a hindrance. The battery is designed to last 14 hours, it’s got the capacity to store 20 pre-set stations (10 DAB, 10 FM), and it even lets you control the bass and treble individually. It’s also got a three year warranty, so you know it’s going to last.
Pure One Mi Series 2, £32
If you want to get yourself involved in digital radio world without spending a fortune then you really can’t go wrong with the One Mi Series 2. The basic version has to be plugged in at all times, but for an extra £18 you can buy a battery pack that provides 18 hours worth of juice to keep you going. You can store 16 stations, eight DAB and eight FM, and the scrolling LCD screen will keep you up to date with what’s going on all the time.
Pure Digital Siesta, £60
The clock radio alarm clock is a classic, and it’s one of those things everyone has had at least once over the course of their lives. If you’re looking to upgrade your alarm clock then you should definitely check this one out. Not only does it have three different alarms (tone, DAB, and FM), and different settings for weekdays and weekends, it’s actually got sensors that adjust the brightness of the display based on the light levels on the room so you’re not going to be kept away by excess glare.
Roberts Record R DAB/FM, £100
A more extensive digital radio that costs a bit more, but comes with the features that might make it worthwhile if you feel they could be useful. The Roberts Record R comes with the usual fair, DAB and FM functionality and so on. It’s also completely portable and runs on either mains power or four D batteries. That’s not the good thing, though. The good thing is that that it has a feature called pause plus which actually lets you rewind the radio for whatever reason. Maybe you missed the name of a song, now you can flick back and hear it. That’s not all, you can also record the radio and save it to an SD card. Basically it’s like having a DVR for the radio.
Sony XDRDS16IPN.CEK DS16iP, £90
Sometimes you don’t want to listen to the radio, regardless of whether it’s digital or analogue. Sometimes you want to listen to the music on your phone or MP3 player and you don’t want to have a separate sound system to do that. So why not get a digital radio that also functions as a dock? You’re not going to be able to get a Bluetooth enabled one for less than £100 unless you’re very lucky, so a physical connection is what you need. The DS16iP is an ideal choice. Not only does it have DAB and FM tuners built in, it also functions as a clock radio alarm, has a Lightning dock for you to slot your iPhone or iPod onto, and, most importantly, it has a remote control so you can control what you’re listening to. It’s compatible with the old iPod/iPhone connection as well, but it’s not so clear whether it works with other phones so take care with that.
By Tom Pritchard | November 20th, 2014