i.Tech DAB One - Digital Radio - With 10 Minutes Pause & Rewind & MP3 Playback - White
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- DAB Band III & FM Stereo Radio with 10 presets
- MP3 player supporting either SD or MMC memory cards
- Clock alarm with the option to wake up to either DAB/FM/MP3 or basic alarm
- Replay feature - caching 10 minutes of DAB radio station selected for replaying
- Mains & Battery operated (5 x 'D' type cells)
- Auto DAB station scanning, auto clock set from DAB broadcast
- True stereo sound
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The Xfm DAB Radio has been developed specifically to the needs and tastes of Xfm listeners and features both DAB and FM frequencies. The ultra stylish product will play all MP3, SD and MMC cards and offers a ten minute DAB record and replay button to allow you to capture your favourite songs time and again.
Clock and alarm, five DAB and five FM presets ensure you never miss a wake up call, the Xfm DAB Radio is both mains and battery powered and comes with compact carry handle and telescopic aerial. Basically, it's a very, very tasty piece of equipment.
Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, let me start by saying how well packaged this items is - this, for £39.99 makes an ideal gift and has the presentation of something worth much more.
The item is just the right size to pack a nice punch and the build quality is great.
THERE IS a carry handle built into the unit (its discreetly hidden) ~ the unit as a whole is well designed.
I've not tested the battery life - so I can't comment.
THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS PRODUCT IS THE LINE-IN and LINE-OUT - I've just hooked up my mp3 player direct using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable which cost about £1.50. I now plan to hook it up to my pc so I can record the DAB broadcasts!
If you're after a DAB radio - GET THIS, you will not be disapointed... If you're after a travel alarm clock or something for the bathroom... go for something else.
I hope this review helps you in making a good decision.
Moved it to the kitchen where it is now mains powered. Sound quality is good, it has a decent set of speakers. DAB reception is good as well. It also has a nice backlit display that displays plenty of information.
I would have preferred a volume wheel. You adjust the volume using up down buttons which makes it difficult to set the volume just right.
Overall not a bad looking and sounding radio, but don't buy it if you are expecting to run it on batteries.
I like the looks - very modern iPod chic, and the sound quality is excellent. At the price there is not much to object to. The niggles are that the interface is a bit awkward for sleep and alarm - but workable. Also although music played from the SD card is of very good quality, you can't negotiate folders very well and the tracks are truncated to 8 characters. I was rather sad to see it go and it's new owner is enjoying it. In summary a nice piece of equipment and very good value.
Don't buy one of these if, like me, you need it to run off batteries (I wanted this radio for the bathroom)
There appears to be a fairly major design fault:
Even if you leave it TURNED OFF and with the backlight also TURNED OFF (if you can manage it - see below!), the batteries drain completely in a matter of a few days (1 day in the case of market stall batteries, 3 days in the case of Philips Powerlife batteries). In other words, to save the batteries, you would need to completey remove them after every use (that's 5 large D-cells, by the way). I've tried new batteries, and I've even been given a replacement radio. Same thing.
I reported this direct to the manufacturer, who were no help at all. I quote their reply (one of many): "What I would suggest is to use the power lead whenever possible and use the batteries only when necessary.". Great. Thanks.
I was unable to recieve DAB anywhere in my house. I also tried it in Central London where I work, at a friends house in North London, and at my in-laws' house in Danbury (apparently where my local DAB transmitter is sited). Still no decent DAB signal. Having tried two xfm radios, I've now replaced it with one made by Roberts. Although still not perfect, I at least get great reception in the bathroom, where the xfm radio failed. Either the xfm is rubbish at DAB, or the Roberts is particularly good.Read more ›
Functionally it seems to work fine, the speakers that come with it are actually pretty good, but you can plug it in to your stereo for better sound. Signal has been good, but it did depend on the room I put it in - but most DAB radios have the same issue. Previous reviewer said that it had no handle - I can assure you it does, it's tucked into the back and is well designed.
Frankly for the money I am very very pleased!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic radio...Well, it's more than a radio. It's DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast) which means the following; you don't have to tune it, the stations are listed on screen... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2008 by Mr. M. A. Woods
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available any more and the i-Tech web site has no mention of it - so don't hold your breath for a firmware upgrade to improve the un-intuative... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2007 by Sussex Dave
I have ordered this Monday and recieved Wednesday and must say I was'nt really expecting much £40 odd for a DAB radio , but what came really did exceed my expectations the packing... Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2007 by D. Garrad
I've had my DAB One for eight months now and continue to be delighted with its performance.
Using it as a bedroom alarm is not as difficult as one reviewer suggested. Read more
Pros--excellent packaging, solidly built, slot for memory cards enables mp3's to be played, relatively cheap.
Cons--average & uninspiring sound. Read more
I got this radio having seen a neighbours, and seeing it in a shop (Currys) was unable to leave without it. It's a very nice design and sounds good too. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2007 by Dadgady
I had this DAB radio as a birthday present and I was, at first, amazed at the sound quality and the overall design. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2007 by Mr. Peter Sewell
If you're in any doubt (as i was after reading some reviews on here), don't be, i bought one of these for comet, for the same price it is here, £35, no, its not a Pure but most of... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2007 by Watti