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      22.11.2011 15:33
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      Great little radio

      This is the Philips' AE5200 DAB Radio this currently lives out in my dads shed and looks a bit worse for wear, as it's speckled with different coloured paints and a little bit dusty. It gets used absolutely every day for hours on end as my dad isn't the only one that uses the shed. I use it around once a week to tinker with my bike, and this radio keeps me company during those solitary hours.

      What does DAB mean?
      DAB stands for digital audio broadcasting. It's the same as the difference between terrestrial television and satellite TV. It has a brighter, clearer sound and a huge selection of radio channels from all over the world. Think of this radio as the equivalent of a satellite dish, it can pick up channels from far away instead of being limited to stations from your country or area.

      This can run off both battery and mains power, the battery option is good as when me and my dad go fishing we always bring it with us to have at the river side, although it takes six AA batteries and they will only last around nine hours of continuous play. The mains power option makes more sense when it comes to using the radio at home as the batteries wouldn't last very long with the amount of time this does be running on a daily basis.

      Sound wise it's decent actually it's good, but it's more designed for radio listening, this doesn't have a sound system-like sound off it, and I don't think anyone would expect it to have.
      The base output is good not muffled or lacking any depth. It's got good treble and when listening to talk radio it sounds great.

      The majority of this little radio is made of the speaker, in fact the front panel is basically all speaker, bar the display screen. The volume and radio controls are in the form of rocker switches and are located at each corner. The display screen has blue characters on a black background not the easiest of colour combinations to see from a distance.
      As with most radios there are also preset buttons, these are located right along the top edge this makes them the easiest of all the buttons to reach which is great. Preset really comes into it's own when it's a DAB radio as there can be a bewildering amount of channels to scroll through. So being able to just click a button makes it so much easier, especially for my dad, who wouldn't have the patience for it otherwise. There are twenty presets in total and these can be used for either FM or DAB.

      All and all this is very handy, functional radio that's both portable and discreet.
      Perfect for your kitchen or garden shed.

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