Best DAB radios

Best DAB radios

There’s a very good chance that DAB radio will be the only choice in the future, as it seems increasingly likely that FM will be switched off by 2020.

Not only that, but DAB has an extensive selection of stations, with a further 20 recently coming online, so you can find a station for whatever mood and to suit any taste.

And if that’s not enough to get you switching over to DAB, if you haven’t already, then the sleek design of DAB radios should be enough to tempt you. Here’s a roundup of the best DAB radios:

Roberts Play 10

This compact DAB/DAB+ and FM radio is extremely easy to tune and, as T3 notes, with a weight of 350g it is a perfect travel companion.

It can be powered from either the mains adaptor or AA batteries, and has a headphone jack for more private listening sessions.

It might not be the fanciest DAB radio on the market but its size and sound quality make it a must-have if you travel a lot.

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3

This is the ultimate bedside radio, with a stylish and premium design, mixed with excellent sound quality and the latest tech.

It has DAB and FM, an easy to read OLED display, and a USB socket to charge your phone or tablet.

You can also stream music from your mobile as the radio also has Bluetooth. If you want to make it portable, you’ll have to invest in the optional battery pack.

Roberts Revival iStream 2

If you’re after the retro look, the Roberts Revival should be right up your street.

The standard Roberts Revival offers a basic DAB model, but if you’re after something more, opt for the Roberts Revival iStream 2.

It might not have Bluetooth, but it does have a USB socket that will allow you to play digital files, and provides Wi-Fi internet, opening you up to radio stations from all over the world.

Como Audio Soli

Don’t let the vintage look of the Solo fool you, this radio is full to the brim with technological features.

As well as having DAB and FM radio, the device offers internet radio, Bluetooth aptX streaming, NFC pairing, and Spotify Connect support.

It can even be used as part of a multiroom system, and you can control your music via the Android/iOS app – perfect if you’re entertaining and don’t want to keep getting up to change the music.

Philips AE8000

If you’re after a more modern design, the Philips AE8000 is the radio for you.

With DAB, internet and FM, this device provides you with more than 30,000 online stations to browse through. And, as you’d expect with Philips, the sound quality is great.

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