Whilst this thing looks like it could easily drive the Paris-Dakar, it also has a rich base tone, so speech and classical music sounds especially well out of it. It's resonant base means you can hear it all over the house, and it isn't "lost" when you grip the big chunky handle and take it outside to the garden. In operation, a gentle backlight illuminates the big tuning dial. The inclusion of long wave and medium wave meant that at night, I could get the results from BBC sport (MW) and Radio-4 (LW) clear as a bell, right the way down into the mddle of France and from the lakes around Amsterdam!
It's six big batteries give it weeks of endurance and the rain-proof casing makes it great for an outdoors holiday. It even has a powerful (3 x Bright LED's) light on the front of its case. Explore further and you find it has an auxiliary input so that you may take the headphone signal from any iPod, iPhone or MP3 player and play your music to your friends and family at good volume. Note though, that you will need a connector lead something like this Hama MP3 to Radio/Amplifier Connection Cable, 3.5mm Jack to Jack - White
. As a nice touch, chunky rubber caps cover this "aux" input, the headphone socket and a microphone input - this lets you plug in a microphone or guitar to use the radio as a wee amplifier for Karaoke, practise or a moderately loud public address.