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Functionality excellent, but dissapointingly small & 'tinny' sound considering it's a Sony and supposed to be £50
on 17 December 2014
Considering this product is meant to be £50 and is by Sony, I was expecting a decent sizable DAB radio with the great sound quality I have come to expect from such a brand. Instead, I was disappointed to find it was essentially a miniature (almost toy size) version of what could otherwise have been a very good DAB radio.
The functionality is excellent, very easy to setup and use, so I have no quibbles there, however, due to its small form factor, the sound quality leaves much to be desired. While the sound is very clear, it is also incredibly flat and "tinny", lacking in any detail or bass and as such is not very suitable for listening to music, something which I can only assume many people would like to do with a digital radio. It can be compared to the sound quality of a smartphone (though it can go a bit louder), which is OK for on-the-go or casual listening, but not really something I think most people would choose to use as your main method of listening to the radio.
As such, you could say this could still be an OK buy if portability is an overriding factor for you, otherwise, if you intend to use this radio more permanently in your home and sound quality is more of a key factor, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. Though its loudest volume (when plugged-in) isn't all that impressive, it would probably be OK for talk shows, but for anything else it'll just sound mostly disappointing.
It's worth noting I haven't tried it with headphones or with batteries (neither of which are supplied with the radio and must be bought separately), but did test it on multiple radio stations.