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SONY XDR-S56DBP DAB+/DAB/FM Digital Radio AC-DC With Sleep timer.

by Sony
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
Price: 39.99
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  • DAB/DAB+/FM tuner - Featuring DAB/DAB+ (Band III) digital radio for a huge choice of stations, plus presets to start you off
  • Sound quality - Great sounding digital reception, with Sony audio quality, for interference-free listening
  • Portable design - Lightweight stylish design lets you take your digital radio anywhere - indoors and outside on the move
  • Preset stations - Three direct preset station buttons, for easy access to your favourite stations
  • LCD display - Get DAB+/DAB programme info on the easy view, 2 line dot LCD display as you scroll
  • Sleep timer and clock - Set your digital radio to turn off with your lifestyle at home
  • Battery or mains powered - Plug your digital radio in to adaptor at the mains, or use battery power for use without cables
  • Headphone jack - Connect up your headphones and listen to your favourite stations in private

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm ; 485 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
  • Item model number: XDR-S56
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Sep 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,287 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The mono speaker creates a great audio experience whilst the LCD screen provides radio text to accompany the crisp sounds generated by this Sony XDRS56 DAB Radio. With 20 preset DAB stations available and an auto scan and tune feature, you can be listening to your favourite station within seconds with this stylish black device. 20 presets available - 10 for DAB and 10 for FM tuner. LCD screen. DAB tuner. 20 preset stations allows you to save your favourite radio stations in memory. 1 speaker which generates 0.3 watts RMS - the average measurement of a speakers output. Radio text. Sleep timer function. Auto time update. Auto tune and auto scan. Headphone socket for personal listening. Search, manual tuning, volume control, presets. General information: Weight 468g. Size H10.2, W18.9, D3.79cm. Mains operated or AA (not included). 4 x AA (not included).

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sony just don't care 19 April 2012
Great sound, easy to use and the all important snooze function for insomniacs. A fantastic little radio.......then a few months after warranty ran out the power point went on the radio. I have had two of these and the same fault occurred in both. Phoned Sony and to say they were not interested is an understatement. Pity as I had the analogue version for years and loved it. Probably will stay clear of all Sony products as a result of their customer service. Unfortunate as there are no equals for the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New model coming 22 Jan 2013
By DaveT
Sound quality is good for a relatively small radio and better than my old Sony portable or clock/radio. Although the speaker is mono you can plug in headphones and get surprisingly good quality stereo with reasonable headphones. The sound is quite loud enough for most purposes despite only being rated at 0.3 watts RMS.

Build quality seems good and I expect it to last well.

Instructions are needlessly complicated and full of jargon however. Ensemble = radio network. Component = radio station. Secondary component = linked station. Hold slider = button lock to prevent accidental operation e.g. in your luggage which is useful to avoid flattening your batteries.

If you put a set of batteries in it then you only have to scan once unless you move to another region. It turns on to the last station listened to in 3 or 4 seconds. It retunes to another station in 2 seconds. Full rescan takes approx 1 minute. You can set 3 direct button presets for both DAB and FM (i.e. 6 in all) and add a further 7 each if you wish (making a total of 10 DAB and 10 FM presets). See manual on how to do this.

There's a clock but no alarm. Very usefully for me there is a sleep function (15/30/45/60mins). There's a backlight you can switch on or off. You can push the clock button to display the time even when the radio is turned off. There are various options for the display including scrolling text and signal strength. You can have 2 lines of small text or 1 of large text.

In a rural area near Oxford I picked up 30 DAB channels with excellent reception plus a few from neighbouring areas with poor reception. There doesn't seem to be a way to delete the poor quality ones. You can go through the channels one by one or hold it to scroll through more quickly.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor... 23 Feb 2012
By Hewie
This radio eats batteries and after 13 months (just out of warranty!) the power switch has gone rendering it useless...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really easy to use 15 Jan 2012
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Good little radio, very easy to use and navigate. Easy to make presets (however loses the presets if you unplug the radio). Good clear sound however would have been better if it was a little louder but to be expected with a small radio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battery life aside, its great 5 Aug 2012
By P
This is a simple to use high quality product. Others have said the battery life is low. Sony's web site says 13-13.5 hours and I wouldn't argue. I bought some NiMH re-chargeable batteries for mobile use and can use the plug in power supply when at home.

The speaker provides a good sound and headphones output is good too.

If you want a simple to use DAB radio for UK and European DAB+ too then this would meet the bill.

A set of rechargeable batteries and a charger can be bought for half the price of Pure's (not included) battery pack. The Pure is a similar price without batteries. As the Americans say - do the maths.

If I wanted an improvement it would have been an RDS chip for FM use - but primarily this is for DAB use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded Expectations 7 Jan 2013
This radio seems to have polarised opinion a bit! It seems well made and produces good results on DAB and FM even in the car. I live in a moderate signal area and it locks on to both the local and National DAB multiplexes. I haven't noticed any dropout or burbling even when driving around. It is compact and produces very reasonable sound quality in speech and music, though it's a bit short of bass as you might expect. I will be using rechargeables mainly and chose this over the Pure Move because a new set of decent rechargeables, if or when required, is fairly economic. Controls are easy to use a couple more direct presets would be useful in the car. All round good value for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second purchase - excellent product 10 Nov 2013
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Bought this to replace an old analogue radio - very easy to use and the back light is very useful.when changing stations at night. Would recommend this product without hesitation..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good radio 28 Oct 2012
By David
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A good radio; more presets than just three would be useful. Other than that, fine.

This is just to make up to 20; no more to say
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable Sony
Small, stylish design and simple to operate. Battery option an advantage. Sound clarity better than hoped Reputable product that excels.
Published 1 month ago by Helga Crouch
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good piece of audio equipment from Sony
I have been using this radio daily since I bought it and am very pleased with its operation. The sound reproduction is everything you come to expect from a quality manufacturer... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars great radio but hard on batteries
The radio is great clear easy to tune and completely portable BUT and its a big BUT it goes through batteries at a rate which is unacceptable in my opinion I would not buy another.
Published 5 months ago by ms J Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Niftiest cheap DAB available
i like this little beastie. Its got an old skool quality and picks up a shedload of stations. Personally, i dont think you can have too many DABs and this is a no-flash model at... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gid
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality!
Superb quality radio, spoilt only slightly by it's hunger for batteries! When using on batteries it gets through 4 x AA batteries very quickly.
Published 8 months ago by Thatchaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value and Easy to Use
Having one of these radios myself I decided to buy one from you for my husband for our wedding anniversary. It is simple to use and sound quality is good for the size.
Published 10 months ago by Ann Cole
2.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable compact radio with fair sound. Mine was unreliable.
This radio gives a fairly good sound from its small speaker and it is solidly built but perhaps a little over complicated to use . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris of London
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappoointed
We bought this radio from Curry's and set it up. Perhaps at our age we may not have full hearing capacity, but to say the least the maximum volume is only just audible to us. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much wrong with it at all
This little radio seems to be getting quite a panning from everyone. I bought my one from Currys today and I'm not at all displeased, it's solidly constructed and sounds okay for a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hamish McPenguin
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a birthday present for my wife
Dubious about the quality of DAB and not enamoured of push buttons, it was, nevertheless, received with great pleasure. Read more
Published 20 months ago by John Eyles
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