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The best portable DAB radio around, plus MP3 and video!
on 18 September 2007
I have owned one of these since the day of release - and as an "early-adopter", I was prepared for potential disappointment.
Well, I wasn't disappointed. As I bought a 4GB SDHC card at the same time, it's effectively an 8GB player - don't be fooled by the inbuilt 4GB, it has an SDHC slot, so your pocket and card capacities define the true memory limit.
It has a superb, very bright 320x240 screen - a touchscreen which the stylus-cum-stand allows you to navigate, although your fingers will do the job too, unless you're particularly clumsy.
As for entertainment media, it supports a wide range of sound encoding formats, including MP3, OGG, and FLAC. It can display JPEG pictures, and the supplied software will allow you to turn your videos into Xvid-format at various quality levels, which look fantastic.
The FM radio is excellent and highly sensitive, although for some reason, not RDS-enabled - but who listens to FM when DAB is available? The DAB radio is astonishingly sensitive - in fact, as I live almost equidistant between two transmitters, I was troubled by duplicate stations, until I moved on purpose to a poorer reception area in the house while tuning! This never happens even to my Pure Digital radio, which is superbly sensitive itself.
So, apart from anything else, this is the best portable DAB radio around.
Oh, and it stores text files, has a PDA-like notepad function, and plays Flash animations.
The sound quality is the best I have heard, and the number of adjustments, enhancements and parameters is almost too much: there's 3D surround, bass enhancement, stereo enhancement, MP3 enhancement, ...
Aside from this, a handful of well-designed presets for vocals, jazz, etc. all of which are customisable, and 10 custom presets on top of that, allow you to tailor your listening easily to the book, radio station, music or video that you're watching.
And the user interface is far easier than an iPod, or derivatives, as everything involves clicking virtual buttons on the screen - except one thing. Searching in music and video - you can just tap the screen and you're taken immediately to the point you want. This is the single best feature, and makes the whole device just that bit better that non-touchscreen devices.
On top of this, it claims 52 hours battery life for music, and a staggering 10 hours for video. As I've had mine for several weeks and I'm still on my first charge, despite mixing music, radio, DAB and video, I believe the figures are accurate.
Do yourself a favour if you're looking for a good portable DAB radio and buy this, and enjoy the unbeatable features and super user interface.