Grundig Opus DAB Radio
DAB is the acronym for Digital Audio Broadcasting and if all the hype we hear from the teckie experts this is the way of the future for radio listening.
We have had this little DAB radio for a good few years now and it was a present from our children to my husband for his birthday. He was keen to have a DAB radio as some radio stations can only be found on digital stations at certain times.
I know Grundig is a German company and has a good reputation as my Dad had a small Grundig portable reel to reel recorder way back in the 1960s. we also had a Grundifg recor player then and he was very keen on having the 'best' available.
This little radio cam well packed but not excessively so there are not a lot of polystyrene bits to get rid of. The cardboard box had folded card protection and it was pretty easy to get out and set up. It comes with a mains lead with a factory fitted plug suitable for use in the UK.
Stylish and neat
This is a squarish looking unit, retro I believe they call it. It is a rectangular box shape with pale coloured wood effect and silver finish. There is a handle which folds flat when not needed so you wouldn't notice it sitting on the side. It isn't a big unit, it is 27cm wide, 10cm high and deep so as we have it on our kitchen side it doesn't dominate the side, it looks neat and takes up very little room. There is an antenna that you can push down and fold away or extend and move in different directions.
Holes and Buttons
There are five pre set buttons on the top on the radio which allows for 10 stations to be preset. The power or on/off button is also on the top. If you look at the back you will find an earphone socket, an AC Plug socket and two Stereo line outputs should you chose to connect this to another amplifier.
On the front of the radio is a large round volume control which it would be hard to miss. Then comes the trickier buttons which there are three rows of under the digital display window. So in the three rows of buttons under the display you firstly have the top row with only two buttons: Scroll PREV in the left and Scroll NEXT in the right. Moving to the next row down there are three buttons, firstly the 'display' button which switches from the signal strength indicator to the selected information, the 'mute' button then the 'scan' button for auto searching for all available stations. The bottom row once again has three buttons, the 'menu' button, the 'select' button which you use to confirm the selection, and finally the 'shift' button for presenting buttons.
The thing we like about the display is that is quite a decent size so you don't have to squint to see it. The display is white on a blue background and it shows channel and programme information.
Do I need a degree in digital studies to use it?
No, even I can use it and I am not really that technical. Once you have plugged it in and switched on you might need to extend the antenna and swivel it around to see where you pick up the best signal. If you want to scan automatically just to see what you can find then the 'scan' is pressed. Once a station is found then display will show what it is and you can then store this as no I and so on. You can skip that one and move on if you don't like that station. You can choose up to 10 stations to save in the pre set memory. Once you have pressed preset for the first five stations you have to press shift for stations 6 to 10 to be saved. You also use this method to find the stations saved too. You can scroll through using the 'prev' and 'next' buttons then once you get to the station you want press 'select' and that station will play.
You can also manually tune the radio but it sounds more complicated explaining than it is to just simply follow the excellent user guide step by step so I am not going to bore you with setting it all up further.
Price and Availability:
I believe the children paid about £50 when they bought this but it has since come down in price to about £40 and it is available from a number of different shops and on line so it would pay to shop around as always. There are none on Amazon ad one on Ebay for £20 so it just shows how fast things are changing and moving on these days. We have been very happy with ours and it is still used daily with no problems.
What do I think?
The user guide is really good and explains thing step by step with diagrams so it is almost idiot proof.
It has a nice clear sound and very rarely loses signal but that is more dependent on the signal received rather than the quality of the actual unit.
You can get stations on this radio that you cannot get on a standard radio. My husband used to loved listening to a Rock station on here but that is no longer broadcast however he does spend a lot of time listening to sport on there. I tend to choose radio 2 which I could get on a normal radio but it does come through nice and clear and also I can just press a single button to get my choice which I like rather than having to re tune the older style radio we had.
You don't get the fade in and out of stations that you did with old style radio signals nor do you get any background distortion.
This radio does not have an FM tuner so you cannot get stations that are only on FM but as you can get so many other stations I don't think this is a major disadvantage.
The cable for the electricity is about 4 feet long so you get a good choice of where to put int in relation to the plug hole. We actually have ours quite close to the plug hole so we sort of fold it up behind the radio.
The only annoying thing I have found is that the little rubber feet on the bottom sometimes come off the radio and get stuck on the kitchen side instead. We have had to retrieve them and put them back on the radio quite a few times but we do still have all four luckily as it would wobble without it. The rubber pads stop it sliding around when you push the buttons but could do with stronger glue I think.
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DAB is a short for Digital Audio Broadcasting, which is the next generation of radio and was developed in Europe by a consortium of broadcaster and manufacturers. Grundig AG is a German manufacturer of consumer electronics for home entertainment and was established in 1945 in Nuremberg, Germany by Max Grundig. The one I'm writing about is one of Grundig digital radio products, given the full name, Grundig Opus DAB Radio.
Packaging and Features:
Grundig Opus DAB Radio comes in a well packaged recycled box, which contains a DAB radio, a Mains Cable and a User Guide. The radio is approximately 27cm wide, 10cm high and 10cm deep. The unit is in a natural wood colour with twin silver stereo speakers. At the top there is a handle in the middle, a DAB antenna behind and the functional controls in front. These controls include a power on/off button, 5 preset/store memory buttons and a volume button.
There is a DOT MATRIX display screen in the centre of the front part. It is about 7cm long and 2.5cm wide and is white lettering on a blue background. That can show channel and program information in two lines.
There are 8 buttons in three lines under the display. The first line has two buttons: Scroll PREV in the left and Scroll NEXT in the right; The second line has three buttons: Display button for switches between the signal strength indicator and the selected information; Mute button in the middle and Scan button for auto searching for all available stations; The third line has three buttons too: Menu button in the left, Select button in the middle for confirming the selection, and Shift button for presenting buttons.
At the rear you can see an earphone socket, an AC Plug and two Stereo line outputs for connecting to other amplifier.
It's very easy to getting started. First you should connect to AC power. Then you extend the antenna and press the Power button to turn on the unit. For auto scan you need to press the Scan button, then the radio will commence the station search process and the display screen will indicate the progress and stations found. You can also search manually. Once the search has completed Grundig Opus DAB Radio will tune to the first station in the list. The station list is in a numerical order and retained in memory.
To change DAB stations you need press the PREV or NEXT buttons to scroll through the available stations. You can also press and hold PRESENT button to present up to 10 DAB stations. There is a menu control that enables you to configure some of the system options of the DAB. Just following the User Guide you can easily personalize the unit as you want.
Price and Availability:
In the UK you can buy Grundig Opus DAB Radio from some audio websites and the prices are about £40.
I like listening to radio and I have three DAB radios at home. Grundig Opus DAB Radio is the most basic one. However it's my favourite one.
It's very easy and simple to set up. I have got a wide range of radio stations within a couple of minutes. The 10 favourite DAB stations present function helped me save a lot of time for daily use.
The unit is small and looks very neat. The function buttons are practically set and reasonably large. It's rarely to put wrong buttons even for people who have big hands.
The last, but not least the sound quality is excellent. To be honest I was surprised to find it out. It's the most important reason I love Grundig Opus DAB Radio. I'm not an English native speaker. Listening to radio is one of the great ways for me to improve my English skill. Grundig Opus DAB Radio provides a very clear sound without any noise or interference. Considering the size of the speakers it's really amazing and unbelievable.
The only disadvantage of Grundig Opus DAB Radio is that it does not have an FM tuner. However there are many qualified musical programmes to choose from other digital radio stations and the music sound is near CD quality.
In conclusion I'm very pleased with the performance of my Grundig Opus DAB Radio and I would highly recommend it to anybody for daily use.