Intempo Digital TRS-01S Silver DAB Transistor Radio
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The controls are fiddly to use. Station selection is via a dial which is flush with the front of the radio. Which makes the control look quite good but very difficult to use. That is slightly offset by the presence of five preset station buttons on the set but if you want more than five then you are either using a button combination to get to the next set or after 10 DAB presets your are back to its awkward dial selection. The volume control is a simple up down button on the side of the radio but which unfortunately is rather indiscriminate in the range of settings making it all too loud at some settings but all too quiet at the setting immediately below.
This is only about five pounds cheaper than the Pure One which is another of the radios we bought recently and yet putting the two of them next to one another there is no comparison. In some ways the intempo looks better but its sound quality is much poorer, it fails to pick up the stations which our other radios can find, even failing on some of the major stations. On the whole this is OK if you want a small DAB radio for a few stations and are not too worried about sound quality but if that's the case then any cheap FM radio would do. Otherwise I'd suggest spending just a few pounds more which could get you something much better. As it was I only had this on the kitchen table for a few hours and decided it's going back. Even in that time the sound quality is so poor that I've resorted to bring a different radio in to replace it. If I'm going to do that then it isn't worth having this radio around!
It is very lightweight and compact, making it very easy to carry around so you don't miss anything and can even listen in the bathroom - that's one thing I miss with my excellent, but mains-only, Pure Evoke 1. The battery life on mid-range NiMH rechargable batteries seems OK - several hours, though I didn't do a measured test.
I found the buttons, dial and tuning very straightforward and the presets very easy to use. However the signal quality isn't very strong - a weak station that a Pure Evoke 1 and a Bush DAB struggle with isn't picked up at all by the Intempo (though as it is available on its FM tuner this isn't a big problem). Unlike the other DAB radios I've used, I find that this one really needs the aerial up all the time, even for stronger channels.
The sound quality seems fine to me - though as I primarily listen to Radio 4, BBC7 etc I haven't tried it with music.
The only thing I'm unhappy about is that no-one told me how fantastic DAB radio is earlier! the dial scrolls though tons of chanels effortlessly, the quality is always perfect. It opens up a whole new world of radio channels I never even knew existed. Makes washing up far less of a chore.
I'd have no problems with recommending this radio to anyone.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the price as it was a little bit expensive but to be honest - worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Aerial broke very quickly and now it doesn't work at allPublished on 6 Nov. 2014 by Deborah Grainger
We were very disappointed in this radio as it was a Christmas present. The radio will work on the mains lead but not with batteries.Published on 4 Feb. 2009 by M. Thorpe
I bought this as an introduction into DAB. I would love to be introduced to DAB. Unless I get to the upper level of my house it wont tune into anything. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2008 by Perfectionist or not?