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Genus Type R Digital Radio with FM (DAB/FM Walnut)

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  • Carrying Strap/Handle
  • Colour: Black Leather, Aluminum & Wood
  • No of Present Stations: 12
  • LCD Display

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.1 Kg
  • Item model number: Type R
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,920 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

"The worlds best DAB radio" as quoted from Stuff Magazine. The Type-R "it just looks gorgeous!" as quoted from The Gadget Show on Channel 5. Style is everywhere in this classic DAB/FM radio from the natural materials genuine leather, real walnut and anodised aluminium, right down to the ink-filled enamel badge. The Type-R is the worlds first to include a touch-sensitive control panel. Simply glide your finger across it's surface to change volume & station settings. Alternatively wave your hand in front of the display and it's unique "Proximity Awareness" technology will detect your hand and increase the brightness accordingly.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Palmer on 1 Jan 2011
This is not bad piece of equipment, especially considering the price (bought this in dec 2010, it was £50), the main thing that bothers me is that the touch-screen style buttons aren't strictly touch sensitive, I find I still have to push them as hard as I would a normal button or slide my finger several times to get a response, rather than with the instant, deft lightness that other touch-sensitive devices are capable of responding to. But it looks BEE-YOO-tiful in our kitchen with its sexy aluminium and walnut casing (the leather back is not quite as stunning but its on the back so that's fine) and futuristic red glow.

The sound: it's VERY bass-ey, almost a little too much. The EQ settings don't have much difference between them, I find jazz or classical is the best as the bass isn't the focus as much as it is with the 'pop' or 'rock'. The 'flat' setting... well, that does exactly what it says on the tin. And I mean not in a good way.

Considering the price, and the fact that we're now receiving great quality DAB radio as opposed to a £5 analogue relic from Woolworths (!), I'd say this is def a must. If you want to keep it cheap, functional, AND impress your friends, go for it.

Oh, and it's quite heavy! What do they PUT in these things?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Doc on 22 Aug 2007
I came across this product after watching a great review on Channel 5's The Gadget Show which I found on YouTube where the panel were really impressed by the Type-R.

In the flesh the Type-R far exceeded my expectations! It comes in a striking red and black gift box which matches the LCD display and controls.

The first thing you notice when you open up the box is how well built it is, thanks to the solid aluminium chassis. The Type-R stands out amongst today's mess of plastic and flimsy cheap radios and you can see it has really been built to last.

Next was the circular detail of the charcoal colour speaker cloth which, along with the chassis added a warm contrast to the walnut side panels.

The Type-R is a touch sensitive radio and you can change station and volume simply by sliding your finger across the top panel controls.

Added to this was a really neat feature that automatically dims the display when it's not in use.

I have used it as a bedside radio and the best part is that when you wave your hand slowly over the top panel, the whole thing lights up again!

Great for reading the time in the dark..

Sound wise the Type-R does not dissapoint with a really rich deep sound produced by the stereo speakers, plus 5 equaliser modes (Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic & Pop) so that you can adjust to your taste. I can even plug my Ipod into it via the Line In.

DAB radio reception was fantastic too and I didn't even have to pull the aerial out to get a good signal from my favourite stations!

Well done to Genus for this top class DAB radio!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Wigg on 2 May 2011
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When this radio came out a few years back it was described as a luxury radio; well it does seem quite well built and solid, but some of the design decisions mean this will not get the full rating.

Pleasing sound - no panel/case vibration as found in cheaper plastic chassis DAB radios. The sound reminds of the old fashioned radios of my youth - slightly warm and rounded.
FM sound very good; DAB - works well with limitations of DAB.
Favourites settings useful - though there are only 6 - why not ten or more?
You can stand upright or on its side using the handle, though it is slightly unstable when you do this - looks good either way. Be careful with the aerial not to break it off.
Slider controls work OK - one other reviewer said you needed to press really hard to get these to work - this was nit the case with my set - bit you need clean dry hands - and slide from the beginning of the scale.


No sleep function
No battery. Does not include the Genus battery - which it would seem impossible to buy now - the Genus website is defunct. I could find no evidence that Genus are still trading.
AC adapter gets quite hot even in standby mode - and user manual says not to to leave on when not using - so implicitly suggests that you should not leave on all the time (i.e. if you want to use the alarm functions).
Regarding above point - many DAB radios use power when they are not on.
Analog/FM radio is provided almost as an afterthought - the tuning scan only works for DAB not for FM; tuning is rather slow using the slider finger touch controls. Radio has no RDS so you need to know the stations.
Walnut trim is not cut as precisely as the pictures suggest-looks hand finished-but not well finished.

For the current price this is great value.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GC on 18 Sep 2007
The Genus Type-R is a solidly-build table-top radio that is generally well made with some interesting and attractive design touches. The side panels are real wood and the front-facing top and bottom panels are aluminium which give the unit a very solid and sturdy feel. The back-panel has a thin leather coating that to be honest could be a bit neater but isn't visible from the front while the carrying handle is aluminium and wood and has a very neat finish down to the smooth bushings it turns upon.
The most striking feature of the radio is the touch panel on the top which lights up when your hand approaches it so you can see the touch controls. Touch controls are provided for everything except the power button, including waveband (DAB/FM/Aux) selection, station selection, volume, display options, presets and radio settings. This generally works well although selecting a preset (the radio includes 6 DAB + 6 FM) involves more than one touch and could be quicker.
The radio has an aux input for your iPod as well as a headphone socket and a line out socket. Despite what some descriptions I've read say the radio does not have a USB socket through which the software can be upgraded so you're stuck with the version you get. Luckily the software seems to be very stable and my radio hasn't needed to be reset at all yet.
DAB reception seems very sensitive though FM reception can be a bit noisy. This is definitely a DAB radio first with FM as a back-up. FM doesn't have RDS and, more annoyingly, it doesn't have a way of switching to mono to reduce hiss. DAB on the other hand has a good informative display and switching between stations is relatively quick.
Sound quality is worth some discussion.
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