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Neat, lightweight radio - but the transformer hums
on 21 January 2011
As other reviewers have said, this is functional, no nonsense mains-operated radio.
It has an inclined top, which means that the buttons are easy to see and operate from a chair. The presets are clearly marked and in a row. Also the on/off button is obvious and a little red light says whether it is "on" or not.
I have tested it and found the reception (in Central London) to be fine on all the main stations.
My only concern is that when the radio is switched off, the transformer makes a continuous high-pitched hum. I can hear it now and it could get quite irritating. This hum ceases when the radio is turned on.
There is an italicised paragraph in the instructions: "The mains socket used for the radio must remain accessible during normal use. In order to disconnect the radio from the mains completely the mains adaptor should be removed from the mains socket outlet completely". So, as others have said, I guess it is using electricity when switched off. I don't know if this is true of other radios too. Where I want to install it, I can't get at the mains socket easily to switch it off, so this is a problem. The transformer is also quite big - 4cm deep by 8cm long, about the size of a large three way adapter.