I used to have a small radio in the bathroom. A little anolgue sony that I had had for 10 years until I broke it. So I thought I would upgrade to a DAB portable.
I habve had this for about 6 months and I am pretty disappointed. The biggest issues arethe poor sound through poor reception. The old smaller unit always had a great reception so its not the location.
The unit looks fine but the buttons are quite small and spread about over the unit in a mish mash fashion. The large knob on the right is the manual search which is the most useful (dure to the poor receptioon - constantly being adjusted. The screen is small but in reality you don't really need that much information
The radio does not pick up am stations or longwave so no test match special anymore.
It takes 4 AA batteries (plus mains) which do not last as long as the 2 AA batteries that my old model used to take.
It is well made as you would expect but with that it is heavier than want it to be. Its not really a travel radio and its not really a kitchen type plugged in radio. Its an inbetweener that does not work on either count
Had this for a good few years now, to replace a much older Sony FM radio that died with the times.
This radio is incredibly lightweight and portable, perfectly possible to carry this around with you around the house without being an issue.
Quality>>>> Being Sony, the quality is evident, the buttons have a good substantial feel about them, and the display is neat and crisp.
Features>>>> Storage of all your favorite dab stations, up too 3, button to change the color of the screen, volume and seek. Not overwhelming on the features front, but what more do you really want from a radio. Easy enough to change using auto tune.
Sound>>>> Despite its very small size the volume goes up pretty loud, and of very good quality when coupled with dab.
Had an issue with the arial, being that it has become incredibly difficult to extend it as it is very delicate when fully extended, and has bent.
180, width*100, height*30, depth.(mm)
Also features a hold button, and sleep button.
Make sure you get yourself a set of decent rechargeable batteries with this as well, or you'll find yourself buying batteries endlessly if you listen to it a lot.
Would recommend to a friend, 9/10
Digital radio is still quite a new concept to many people. I have owned portable digital radios for some time now, so I do know at least a little bit about them. The Sony XDR S55DAB was priced at around £35 when I bought it earlier in the year, and to be honest this is really good value. Digital radios are pretty expensive, but they have come down a lot in price over the past couple of years. This particular model is available in a number of colours, though I own a plain black one that fits in well with more interiors.
The first thing I noticed after purchase was just how sleek and stylish the design was. The design is quite plain, but I prefer the unfussy look and the lines flow well. The slim body of the radio was a pleasant surprise, and weighing in at under 1lb it is certainly one of the more portable digital radios around. When I first started using the digital radio i realised how robust it was and I havn't noticed any damage on it after almost daily use.
There are a choice of power supply - it has a power cord and also takes batteries, so it is flexible in that regard. This radio would make a good back-up in case your main sound system is playing up. I use this digital radio on mornings before work and find it simple to operate, so it is quick to power up and turn off whilst I am having my breakfast.
There are a list of stations which you can scroll through for easy use and operation overall couldn't be simpler. You may be pleased to know that there are some stations available on digital radio that isn't available on FM radio, though it works both ways I am afraid. I prefer listening to the type of 'non-stop hits' stations which are full of pop music and regular news updates.
The ability to tune the radio easily is a big plus point for me when I am in a rush on a morning. I don't need to tune it in as it returns to the preset channel, but changing channel is also quite simple. The price is probably so affordable due to the limited screen graphic. There are just two lines of text on the digital display, so it doe have its limitations.
The sound quality is something that I do wish to pay particular attention to. The sound is clear and punchy, though it does have its limits as this is a compact unit. It won't replace your surround sound system, but it will hold its own against the more expensive portable digital radios around.
Ultimately this is an affordable digital radio with some limitations, but overall I am happy with the purchase as you are making compromises for a lower price. Buy the Sony XDR S55DAB and you won't be left disappointed as long as you realise this is a budget product.
I used to sell radios and other electronic equipment in my younger days and I have had my Sony XDRS55DABB.CEK radio now for a year or so. I admit to not using it that much as it is not one of the better ones I have owned and it is now relegated to one of the lower down drawers in my basement where I keep stuff I don't use too often.
This was bought as a portable radio for my own personal use but I have been personally somewhat disappointed with the length of the battery life to be honest. I find that it works far better when plugged into the mains as the reception is better. Whenever I have used the batteries it seems to struggle more to locate (and maintain) a decent reception and also I personally find I have to fully extend the aerial if I ever use the battery option.
It came with a full set of instructions and cost me £30 from a seller on Ebay. It is very simple and easy to use and when I first switch it on it searches all the digital stations which are available. I can easily save these stations by depressing the STORE button on the side of the radio and the memory will store the stations fine until the next time I use it. The memory in this respect does not let me down even if I have not used it for some time.
It is a good size to be transported around but as I say I find the battery life is poor and will average me approximately 8 hours at a time of continuous use (alkaline batteries). It is not a stereo portable radio - sound eminates from simply one small speaker located at the front of the device, however, I fing this is perfectly ample and the sound quality is good I feel depite there being only a single mono speaker. In my opinion the sound is good and not tinny considering it is such a small sized radio.
The radio is FM/DAB and I liked the fact that when it arrived it came complete with a handy carrying case. The carrying case has become lost over the years but the radio itself is durable and very robust and has survived many knocks and tumbles from all of my family.
I personally feel that the aerial is a little flimsy however, and when fully extended it is prone to bending. Apart from this, however I do feel this is a decent little radio and worth the money and one I can heartily recommend.
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This product was my first introduction to the DAB radio and has sufficed as a useful tool, particularly during times of renovating our house where the sound of a radio is required!
The radio comes with an instruction manual which neatly outlines the various functions possible, although it is worth noting that most of these are self explanatory. The use of 3 keys enables the listener to allocate their three favourite stations to the buttons in order to instantly change the station playing. Arguably the biggest criticism of this product is the speed that it takes to load a radio station upon switching on which can take quite a few seconds. The aerial, which is quite long, enables good signal which is particularly good in areas where low signal is often available whilst also being very flexible to position. A flick switch on the right hand side of this device also enables the listener to easily change station when required.
This radio does not rely on battery power and therefore comes with a long cable which enables it to be plugged into the wall. The long cable is useful as it serves to allow the radio to be moved around the room without the need for unplugging, which we found a particularly good feature whilst we were decorating. The durable quality of this product means that it can easily suffer the odd knock and not get damaged. The most worthy feature of this radio is the quality of sound that it omits which is very clear and is able to produce a high volume. The radio also has a small screen which illustrates the current radio station which is playing.
This product is rather small and thin which allows it to be easily carried and stored away tidily when not in use. Whilst the radio is black in colour and looks modern with an orange display screen, it is also worth noting that it is rather plain in contrast to other DAB radios on the market.
All in all, this has been a highly useful radio which is highly fit for purpose and provided good value for money, although the appearance and the speed of loading was lacking hence the allocation of four stars rather than five.
Without a radio I am lost, from waking up, to going to bed and even when in the bath I have a radio on at all times. I posses a wide range of different model from the Roberts Internet Radio to a DAB radio there are a few in my collection but the one I keep in the bathroom is this Sony Model (XDR S55DAB). I paid £27.99 for this just before Xmas to replace a radio that was on the out and it has shown its quality all round, and impressed me greatly.
One thing which impressed me greatly was the aerial on this which is very powerful. I live in a ground floor flat and sometimes I find it hard getting receptions on radio's particularly and this has caused problems. However, despite being the cheapest in my radio trio, this has the best signal on the normal FM/AM wave length. Its crystal clear, tunes in easily and picks up all the local stations. The sound and style of reception is just so darn good you could be forgiven for thinking this was actually a DAB when on FM! The DAB receiver is equally as good and the same applies, where other radios fail this succeeds. Never any problems with loosing signal.
The sound on both DAB and FM/AM is crystal clear and strong. The signal is consistent and holds meaning you can enjoy the programme/music being listened to. Obviously it doesn't rival bigger systems and suffers when raising the volume but at the end of the day in terms of small personal/portable radios this is top quality sound output.
There are many nifty features on this device including presets, sleep timers and LED displays making it so easy to use and set. Within minutes you will have the device fully tuned and your presets all in place.
The device is small which makes it portable but it is also tough which means it will survive drops if taken out. Its durable, solid and sturdy and wont scratch easily. The buttons are well protected and it looks quite stylish too in the black design usual to Sony.
The battery life swings both ways. On the down side it does take 4 AA batteries which means you may need to carry spares and have plenty in stock but nevertheless these batteries last a long time. I have never understood why something needs so many batteries when it lasts so long but either way you will get hours and hours out of a good set of batteries on this. You get the adaptor in the box which is handy and I use it when it other rooms of the flat, but for portability you can rely on longevity in battery life.
In all this radio is brilliant, long battery life, great aerial, easy to tune and good sound for small rooms. It's a £28 well spent and has given me hours of fun and enjoyment and hours more. Reliable, durable and a perfect personal radio for any and all occasions!
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You could say that I'm a late entrant to the world of digital radio but I finally joined the 21st century and bought myself a new fangled radio a few months ago. My Sony XDR S55DAB cost me £30 from Argos a few months ago where it was on half price offer and is currently on sale for around £40 elsewhere. My radio is a nice girly pink which doesn't match anything else in my house, this model is also available in a nice sensible black or white.
I was surprised at how small and slim my radio was when I got it out of the box, it measures 18cm by 10cm by 4 cm and weighs in at just under 1lb including batteries. The small size means that it is portable and easy to move around from room to room and overall the radio looks good enough and feels nice and sturdy. It can either be powered by the supplied 6v power adaptor or 4 AA batteries. Battery life is absolutely terrible, when I had a power cut and the batteries ran out within about an hour so powering by battery is not something I will be doing on a regular basis.
The radio can be set to receive either digital or FM broadcasts. The reason for choosing a digital rather than analogue radio is the fact that many stations are only available on digital broadcasts. I have found that my Sony radio has a really good reception on both digital and FM broadcasts. There is a list of digital stations which broadcast to my area available online and I am able to receive all of them even the ones which have a weaker broadcast signal in my part of the country.
The extra stations which are available on digital radio include several stations from the BBC as well as Christian radio, stations dedicated entirely to music from the 80's or 90's or classical music. Analogue reception is pretty poor in my area which is fairly rural and I really like the fact that on this radio I can pick up local stations whose reception is really poor on an analogue radio as well as listen to all new stations.
I really like the fact that the radio is extremely easy to tune, rather than twiddle with dials like you do with traditional radio you just flick the knob at the side of the radio and it goes through stations alphabetically. It is extremely easy to set your favourite stations as presets meaning that you just have to press a single button to find them again, 10 stations can be saved in this way.
As well as the standard radio the Sony XDR-S55 offers a couple of extras. The screen is small, only two lines of text can be displayed but it is easy to read and it gives you more information about what each station is playing which is a huge advantage over traditional radios. The sleep mode allows you to put the radio on a timer for up to 60 minutes so you can drift off with music playing without it continuing to play all night. There is a light which can be turned on and off which is handy if you are listening at night and don't want to switch the main light on to change radio stations. The travel lock button stops you from switching stations accidently when the radio is being transported or accidently switching the radio on and draining the batteries.
The sound quality on this radio, as you would expect from a big brand like Sony, is wonderful with speech and all kinds of music being played back nice and clearly without any kind of crackle. The radio cannot be set to a very high volume though, I use mine in my kitchen and even at full volume the radio is drowned out by normal noises like a kettle boiling.
One major downside of this radio is the fact that if it is disconnected from a power supply for more than a minute or so then you lose all of your preset stations and you also need to rescan for available stations when you switch the radio on again. This scan takes a couple of minutes and is pretty irritating; to save the settings you need to leave the radio plugged in all the time.
Overall I am happy with my Sony XDR-S55 digital radio as it is compact, has good reception and delivers a good quality sound. It has a few niggly things I dislike like the poor battery life and the fact it cannot be used at a very high volume but overall it is a good starter digital radio.