A philips MP3 player & DAB receiver all in one. Sounds like a great item. It is!
I'll start with the mp3 player. It plays mp3 & wma formats & has a 1GB memory. Capable of holding well over 500 songs in wma format. The songs are organised by artist or album. This means you can listen to an individual song. An individual album. All Albums by a specific artist or every track on the mp3 player.
The DAB receiver picks up the stations that are broadcast in your area. Some local, some national like Radio 1 or for sport Radio 5 Live.
I really appreciate the fact that I can listen to my own music or if I want turn on the radio & listen to the charts or the news.
The player is very light. Small & compact. Very functional & easy to use. It's that popular in my family that Me, my Brother in Law & my Father in Law all have one.
I would recommend this player for an easy to use, reliable item. Plus you get the choice of both the mp3 player & the DAB radio. If you're getting a new mp3 player or DAB radio, you could do a lot worse.
This small, portable DAB digital radio is a neat product with a good design, but it is not without drawbacks.
The DAB digital radio works a treat. The device comes with all major digital UK channels pre- programmed, so there is no need to perform an initial scan. The receiver is very good, even in my area (which is a poor reception area) it can fully receive all the channels. The included earphones are OK, but not great sound quality- I would recommend using other earphones.
The MP3 player's interface is very poor. It is difficult to explain, but it feels as though you have to trick the player into completing an action, rather than telling it what to do. The features on the MP3 player are very basic, too; just shuffle and play, not much else.
The voice recorder is also very bad, a lot of background noise is picked up even if it is just a close range memo- very disappointing.
The battery life is not too good either, just a measly 8 hours.
Overall, this device is not really worth the buy if what you want is an MP3 player with a radio. If what you want is a cheap portable DAB radio, this does the job nicely.
My brother is an avid follower of our local football team, and with his season ticket attends most home games. However when they play away or heaven forbid another commitment interferes then the pressure is on to keep up to date by tuning in a radio. Trouble is the rest of the world has to put up with this also until I discovered this miracle little gadget. It's a truly portable and best of all completely personal DAB radio; and inconsequentially for me, a 1GB mp3 player too.
** What's in the Box **
The personal DAB (that's Digital Audio Broadcasting in case you ever wondered ) radio control unit itself. With a white face and 3cm black and white display screen , the unit measures 6cm wide and 9 cm tall, and 1.5 cm deep; so truly portable in any small pocket.
2 AAA batteries; the nice common little tiny ones you can buy almost everywhere.
2 interchangeable back covers, so you can choose between red, white or blue as the mood takes you. The slide on back is slightly rubbery, no doubt designed for shock absorption for when you drop or throw down the unit. Needless to say red was his immediate choice!
The de-rigueur USB cable to connect to a PC for download of music tracks etc. and finally a set of those horrid earplug things that you push into your ears. Apparently the radio aerial is also within these earphones so I was a touch concerned that swopping them for a more conventional headphone set would be a problem, but I need not have worried, the sputnik ones work just fine.
Best of all the quick start guide to use the kit is not much bigger than a large postcard, with just 2 main headings Install/Connect then Enjoy. Now that is my type of instruction complexity.
** Using the Radio **
Slide off back cover, insert batteries, replace cover, pug in earphones to the obvious socket on the top of the unit and press the button in the centre of unit. What could be easier? The screen lights up with an initial display of PHILLIPS but quickly changes to 4 easily understood icons. The radio picture is highlighted with the toggle switch outside the central button and you simply press REC/SCAN to search for all available stations in your area. Both Radio Solent and Hampshire FM immediately appeared so a choice of commentary was possible in our local area. The beauty of the digital signal is the clarity especially since we live in a very hilly area where signal tends to fade and crackle. With the earphones on, only the wearer can hear the sound, so other than a few groans or shouts of encouragement, it's blissful peace until a goal is scored. The simple controls and clear icons make this unit very intuitive to use so frankly the instructions have not really been necessary. Naturally once you have identified your favourites it's possible to set a preset in place to quickly find them again.
** MP3 Functionality **
As I explained we did not buy the unit for it's music capability, but I easily downloaded 100 tracks from the PC onto the memory, by simply connecting up the USB cable. The radio was recognised as a USB mass storage device, so it was simple to just drag and drop selected tracks across. Again it could not be easier to play the tracks, merely select the music icon, and either play all, select artist or select tracks , then press the central button to confirm.
Volume is controlled with up/down toggle and play modes or equaliser effects can be set within the main menu. So simple even a technophobe can use it.
We obtained our radio from Argos price £29.99 (before the VAT rate was reduced) and I expect it to return good value for money. The unit itself is reasonably rugged, the buttons are not too fiddly and the display screen is clear even in fairly bright sunlight. Battery life seems quite good and the volume supplied is more than adequate, so this gadget is actually usable outside. It claims to be a sports model, no go faster stripes, but it would be useful for a jogger or outdoor enthusiast who did not want to miss any sort of broadcast.
Thanks for reading
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