Product Type: Tesco portable radios
Newest Review: ... To the front, you have the twin speakers (one at either end) and the discrete blue LED digital display in the centre. There is an aeri... more
Won't rock the house, but perfect for my shed.
Tesco Value BB-060
Member Name: Randal
Tesco Value BB-060
Advantages: Cheap, stylish and simple to operate.
Disadvantages: Sound quality may not be to everyone's taste.
I spend a fair amount of time out in the shed pottering around or trying to fix something that has been broken, and often I've had an old small radio playing away in the background. But when that finally gave up the ghost a while back, I had to look around for something new, and then came across this Tesco Value BB-60 in Tesco (of all places!!) for £12. So for that price, it seemed to be perfect for my needs.
But for a Tesco Value product that only costs £12, what are you actually getting? Well, for starters, it looks quite nice and compact, and would look fairly stylish on a book shelf or on top of a table. The combination of the grey and light blue colouring around the casing may not be to everyone's taste, but it isn't totally glaring that it looks garish. To the front, you have the twin speakers (one at either end) and the discrete blue LED digital display in the centre. There is an aerial at the back which can either be extended or folded away, dependant on how good a radio signal area you live in. The unit can be powered from batteries (6 x C size - not supplied) or from the mains via the supplied lead, which is fairly long.
The basic features are that it has an AM/FM radio (non digital) and a CD player which sits on the top, with the usual radio controls (tuning and volume) and CD controls (play, pause, stop, rewind etc) all discretely located around the unit. The CD lid at the top is a soft-touch open (press down and release to slowly open, press down to shut) and takes a single CD at a time. So overall, the unit is intuitive to operate and simple to use.
What is it like to use? The radio tunes in quickly and will hold the station well without fading in and out. Of note, I've had other cheap radios that tend to get interference when you move yourself around the room, but this doesn't seem to be the case with this unit, although it will pick up electrical interference if you run say a drill or blender near to it. The CD also plays well and doesn't seem to be too sensitive if you close the drawer on the chest of drawers it stands on, meaning that it seems fairly resistant to light jolts or knocks that may make the CD skip.
In terms of sound quality, the BB in the title stands for 'Boom-Box', which sort of gives the impression that this little unit is going to blast out some ear splitting music that is going to make your house rock. But in reality, that isn't the case, where the depth of the sound output is what I would call acceptable. It's not really thumpingly bassy, but is pleasant and clear, and you could probably say that it is just verging on tinny. Hence, ideal for a kitchen or shed, or perhaps out in the garden, where quality sound reproduction may not be a priority. But if you wanted it to play loud music at a teenage party, you will find it disappointing. But for £12 for a stereo radio/CD player, you can't really expect a Bang & Olufsen quality sound system reproduction. So for my own personal intentions for this unit in the shed, it is ideal for my needs.
In summary, this is a cheap radio/CD unit that looks fairly stylish and is simple to operate. The sound quality may not be to everyone's taste, but considering the price you pay, it is functional and acceptable. Hence, a 5 star recommendation overall.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Summary: For the price, this is a good little unit.
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