Of my many digital radios, my Bush TR2003 is one I feel less attached to and less involved with. I tend to get quite emotional about a good radio and this one doesn’t push my buttons at all - it sits in the kitchen at my flat and gets used for no more than the time it takes me to throw my breakfast together or make my dinner.
I bought it at a boot fair about 6 years ago. A seller who had a shop that had closed down was offering them new and still boxed for £20. I asked enough questions to convince myself it wasn’t stolen and then bought one.
Mine is a deep red colour and it’s rather bulky. I have many much smaller digital radios and don’t really understand why this one needs to be so big. Its style would be said by many to be ‘retro’ but I’d say it’s just rather clunky looking.
The first time set-up was a bit of a pain as it didn’t initially find the signal well. A few switch it off switch it on cycles soon fixed that but did have me wondering if I’d bought an empty shell. It autotunes but that’s not remarkable. I set up four stations that I thought I’d use most often and I’ve not bothered to change them since but it has capacity to hold 10 presets.
There’s a carry handle on top and you can put a headset in if that’s what appeals to you. It can be used portable if you don’t have a power source to hand, but I very much doubt anyone does that these days. You can switch between FM and DAB but again, why would you? You buy a DAB to listen to digital not to mess about with FM.
So why don’t I love this the way I should? I find the sound quality disappointing compared to my other radios and I think the set it too bulky and it’s also very slow to come on when I want to use it. For the £20 I paid, I can’t really grumble but I have much better, much smaller digital radios that I’d recommend ahead of this one.
==Price and Availability==
I received a Bush TR2003 for Christmas a couple of years ago when retro style radios were really in fashion. Although my Mum bought it for me so I don't know exactly I'm pretty sure it was about the £35 mark which I picked out from the Argos catalogue. I don't think Argos sells it anymore but it is available online at varying prices.
* DAB Stereo Digital Radio with PLL FM Analogue Tuner
* Two Line LCD Integrated Icon Display
* DAB Autotune for Full List of Available Stations
* Auto Time Update Function via DAB
* 10 FM Station Presets and 10 DAB Favourites Presets
* 2 x 1.5W RMS Stereo Output
* Bass Boost and Electronic volume control
* Carry Handle
* 360 Telescopic Antenna
* 3.5mm Headphone Socket
* Mains or Battery operated (6 x C type batteries not included)
As I mentioned before the radio is a retro style with the front mainly being the dark grey speaker with an old fashioned Bush logo which fits in with the whole image. The main body of the radio is a lighter grey plastic and the radio is very curvy and bubble like. On the top there's a small display to show which radio station you're on along with all the necessary buttons, along one side there's also a place to plug in earphones. There's a chrome handle on top with cushioning to hold the handle in the same shade as the rest of the radio as well as a chrome aerial which can be folded down.
==Using the Radio==
I'm not great when it comes to technical things; neither do I have that much patience when it comes to this kind of thing so the set up of this radio is perfect for me. There are 10 DAB and 10 FM pre-set positions available, the radio will tune itself into the best pre-sets which I think is a really good feature for a relatively low priced radio. When tuned in the DAB radio is crisp and clear and the FM radio is also of good quality thanks to the aerial, my only gripe is that in bad weather the digital frequency doesn't seem to be that good but I just tune into FM instead. The radio is mains operated but batteries can be used to make the radio portable, they aren't standard batteries like AA though so this isn't really something you could do on a limb without popping to the shops first.
Overall, this is a great looking radio which does a good job and sits very nicely in my kitchen. I'd happily pay £35 for this digital radio as it looks good, sounds good and is fine as a standalone radio. The only downside is that, as an iPod user I now also have a digital radio with a dock which means this model doesn't get used as much as it once did. However, for a radio listener this is a great device and definitely recommended.
This retro style modern radio is available from a range of outlets both online and on the highstreet. Prices vary from place to place but I paid £49.99 from Argos around 6 months ago. They are now offering £5 off if you trade in your old radio.
I was looking for something a bit different and I thought this looked really cool. The outer skin is grey and looks very 1940s/50s. It looks great on the kitchen side.
The sound is excellent and can be controlled from the top. Even left in the kitchen you can get a clear sound at the bottom of the garden.
On the top you can programme in up to 10 stations. This is easy to do but there are instructions in the box if you get stuck. I didn't need them though as its pretty easy to figure out.
Digital radio definately gives you a much better sound than the older versions that get a lot of interference. The sound is really clear and doesn't crackle.
Extra features include option of mains or battery power, sound boost and a headphone option. This radio doesn't have loads of features but then how many do you really need?
This isn't the best branded radio but it is good looking and sounds good. I wouldn't want to pay more than £50 but at that I think its a pretty good buy. Great for listening to whilst cooking the tea.
I have had this DAB radio now since DAB first came out. I got this due to hearing that all radio and TV will be going digital shortly, This is not the best of looks but does all the jobs i want it to.
It has a display feature showing you which digital radio station your listening to displays information sent from the radio station, it is easily tuned in and easy to work, sound quality is good however sometimes when im in a bad signal area for digital it does go off quite a lot so that's where the mode button comes in useful as this switches from digital to the old frequency tuning to let you tune in and listen to analogue radio stations.
The sound quality is good on this radio as it has a good base and can go quite loud too, The only bad thing i can think of with it is that if you sue it a lot the telescopic aerial it has can snap very easily so just be carefull when extending it.
I had heard some mixed views on the quality of digital radio and the fact that reception is not always great so one of the things that I liked about this particular digital radio when we got it was the fact that it also retains the ability to tune into FM stations as well without the digital which meant if all else failed I atleast could access some of the stations I like. It was a mid range radio in terms of price, we bought it a while back but I'm pretty sure it was in the £35-40 price range from Argos.
The radio has a nice simple design with a grey metallic effect for the body with a black centre panel and the BUSH logo in silver letters. However some of the buttons look a bity tacky and when you extend the aerial it is not possible to fully close the handle which seems a pretty basic design fault. On the top is a basic digital display for tuning in your stations. You can set up to 20 preset channels, 10 FM and 10 digital ones.
It is easy to gets started as when you first switch it on you can set it to auto tune into the available stations and then set up the ones that you want to listen to as presets. The sound quality is pretty good and it is really good on both FM and digital although I have had a couple of issues with sound quality on the latter, especially when the weather is not very good.
It can be used as a portable radio as it will run off six c type batteries with a carry handle, although these would make it a bit heavy I reckon and I doubt you would get much life out of them, I have only ever used it on the mains personally.
For the price I guess it does the job but I must say I find myself still listening to mostly FM stations so I'm not quite yet sold on the benefits of digital radio.
The Bush TR2003 is described in the manual as having the following specifications-
10 FM station presets and 10 DAB favourites presets.
2 line LCD integrated icon display.
DAB autotune for full list of available stations.
Auto time update function via DAB.
2 x 1.5W RMS stereo output.
Bass boost and electronic volume control.
360 degrees telescopic antenna.
3.5mm headphone socket.
Mains or battery operated (6 x C type batteries - not included).
The TR2003 is a rather asthetically pleasing product. It has a 'classic' look and is sleek and stylish.
It runs off either 6 C batteries or mains but I would recommend against using batteries as their life seems very short in this radio.
As with most digital radios the TR2003 has a small LCD screen which displays the name of the station you are tuning into and on some stations you also get a news ticker or information about the DJ or presenter.
You are able to store up to 20 preset stations (10 FM and 10 DAB). This feature is easy to set up and the process is outlined very clearly in the concise instruction manual that accompanies the product.
The audio quality is generally excellent, although this can occasionaly fluctuate due especially when there is snow in the air. Why this occurs is a mystery to me! If the radio is placed under a wall mounted kitchen cupboard the output may be affected but this can be rectified by extending the arial.
Speaking of the arial, this is where I have discovered a major design flaw in this product. When the arial is extended the carring handle cannot be pushed fully back, thus making it awkward to see the display and increase and decrease the volume as the volume controls are located by the display.
Some of the buttons such as the on/off switch also feel clumsy and breakable and spoil the asthetics of the product.
The audio quality in FM mode is average and the radio seems to sometimes loose the station and need to be re-tuned.
Overall a product with no major flaws but just a few niggling little issues.