“ Personal digital stereo radio with digital synthesized AM/FM stereo tuner. Super-compact pocket-size digital radio. 10 preset tuning. Front LCD display with a precision quartz clock. Dynamic Bass Boost for a great sound. Clock. Automatic Tuning „
I wanted a personal radio and I wanted a small and light one! Ideally, I also wanted a digital tuner. Having looked around, the choice seemed limited; Sony do a couple, but their digital tuner model is 39.95 which is a little pricey, and someone here has given it a poor review, so that was out. Maplin have a really tiny thing for 10 quid, but I wanted more features than it offered. I saw the Philips AE6775 mentioned a few times during my research, so popped down to Currys and picked one up for 29.95 It fits the bill perfectly, an excellent product! As for size; it's 78x80x15mm which is small enough to go in your trouser pocket very comfortably. It has nice rounded edges so won't stab you in the leg when you sit down! The unit is metal at the front/plastic at the back, the buttons are a nice size but discreet enough that they won't get pressed accidentally - although there is a lock button which stops anything like that anyway(except volume). The volume control is a regular rotary dial on the side. The unit will pick up FM using the headphones wire as an aerial, or AM using a built-in aerial. It won't pick up LW. The reception is excellent, no problems getting my local FM station in perfect STEREO. The headphones seem fine and come attached to an auto-winder for ease of use. The sound is excellent, especially with the dynamic bass boost turned on. That feature isn't a gimmic, it really works! The unit is capable of producing an uncomfortably high volume level if you really want it. It'll store 10 stations in its presets and has the standard auto-search feature. It runs off of 2xAAA batteries which keep the weight to a minimum. The auto-winder for the headphones has a belt clip but the radio itself doesn't. I even has a 24hr clock whilst the radio isn't on! A great little product. Well recommended.
To make a change from listening to my MP3 player on the train, I decided to buy myself a small radio with earplugs so that I could catch up with the news, sport and anything else I fancied. I wandered into Dixons one day and purchased a Philips radio for about £10. The radio is square and quite chunky but will easily fit into a breast pocket. It is partly constructed of metal and the rest is plastic. It should survive being dropped on the floor! The radio has a digital tuner and an automatic search facility. Once a station has been found, it can be saved under 1 of 5 pre-set buttons. Also, there is a facility to switch between AM and FM. Finally, there is a clock which is displayed when the radio is turned off, and this is replaced by the frequency being listened to once the radio has been turned on. There is a button on the back of the radio to lock it, and on the side is a switch to control the DBB (dynamic bass boost to you and me). Supplied with the radio are a set of earphones. They come with an automatic winder so that when not in use, you can do away with a mass of wires. The earphone cable also doubles as an aerial. The main unit is powered by 2 AAA batteries, which appear to go on forever. You should get a minimum of 1 week out of a set of batteries with average usage. Sound quality and reception is pretty good. It was crystal clear when listening to a local station on the bus this morning. Once the stations have been pre-set, you can happily flip between stations. For a £10 outlay, you get a nice little radio with good reception and which doesn’t consume batteries at an alarming rate. It’s not as hi-Tec as a mini-disc or MP3 player – but it’s only for listening to the radio – after all.