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Better than DAB
on 16 April 2014
The Sony F10 radio is a surprisingly good radio for the money. I've had mine for a month now - it accompanies me around the house in the morning as I get ready for work listening to 5 live, it follows me around the garden as I trim the hedges or relax in the sun listening to Classic FM, and it sits on the shelf in the evenings as I listen to the sports and news round-ups. The radio it replaced was a similarly priced supermarket brand, but the quality of the Sony puts it in another league.
The sound is far richer than I expected, with a hint of bass from the larger than average speaker. The controls are very simple - no tone control, just volume and tuning, so less to go wrong. Station separation is good - much better than the supermarket unit which bled stronger signals over fainter ones.
Reception is excellent; having once fallen for the digital radio hype and wasted my money on a popping gurgling useless piece of expensive, battery draining rubbish, it is a relief to be able to settle down and listen without constantly having to adjust the antennae. There is no frequency drift - the tuning stays true. Nearly all the stations available on digital can be picked up clearly on the two bands AW and FM, and certainly all the ones I'd want to listen to.
The two D type batteries are cheap to buy and are still going strong after a month despite the radio being left on all night numerous times after falling asleep listening to Talk Sport twaddle, Radio 4 ramblings or Magic FM muttering. There is no mains option, but the portability that allows is what this little beauty is about. The cabinet is made of a reasonable grade of plastic and is ergonomically shaped with a finger recess for carrying short distances. A carrying strap is provided, but this would prove obtrusive and was discarded. The tuning and volume knobs on the front feel a little flimsy, but work smoothly enough with no crackle on the volume and no slack on the tuning.
In conclusion, this radio comes highly recommended (and I'm not easily impressed). For general use about the home, garden, beach, camping etc, it is a much better and cheaper option than any DAB radio.