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A class act
on 14 February 2012
Excellent piece of kit this. I've had a few DAB radios in my time including Pure - which are great until you come to try and update their firmware and Roberts - which always seem to lacking "something". I previously had a Roberts Colourstream and eventually returned it as its faults made it a pain to use.
I wish I had come across this unit sooner, because it is fantastic. Firstly, it looks good. It's compact and does not dominate the bedside table and has a minimalist feel to the design that appeals.
Setup is a doddle from the moment you switch it on, network configuration is simple and the menu to enter your network key is one of the better ones I've seen. DAB station scanning was quick and found all the stations my other DAB units do. The addition of the Frontier Silicon site integration is useful and allows for easy finding and sorting of internet radio stations.
Sound quality is great for a smaller unit with surprisingly gutsy bass, the addition of an equaliser helps here to tweak the output to suit your ear. OK so the unit is not exactly going to rock Knebworth, but it performs well for something its size - it always pays to get these things in perspective.
The iPod dock is flawless and allows full control of my iPod Classic 160GB with the remote control, which some units do not always allow. On the subject of the remote - it works well and is well thought out. You can however operate the unit with ease using the touch sensitive buttons on the front.
Streaming too works well and without any apparent problems. It's nice to find something like this that simply works, it does what it's supposed to do and does it well. You feel that they were aiming for simplicity without unnecessary frills.
I don't really have any negatives, but the ability to use an external aerial would have been nice, as would the inclusion of "line out". I take the point made by one reviewer about the brightness of the display - it would have been nice to turn it down further, or perhaps switch it off altogether. For me though I find the display dimmer on low is fine at night.
I sincerely hope that I'm not updating this review at a later date to say it all went horribly wrong!