Product Type: Acoustic Solutions tuners
Newest Review: ... to use and provides a reliable good quality DAB radio sound. I would have to say that our Acoustic Solutions SP111 DAB separate is still... more
A Separate DAB Solution
Acoustic Solutions SP111
Member Name: CriticalMassk
Acoustic Solutions SP111
Advantages: Easy to use and set up
Disadvantages: Difficult to read LCD display
Bought this about 4 years ago, well actually my brother did but I've had a fair good use out of it. Cost around £90 to buy but I've seen these go for around £40 on eBay recently - a bargain if you can grab one. Now I've just noticed as I write that they are selling them on Amazon for £62.
It's quite a plain looking separate by today's standards and is a little dated but does the business well enough. The unit was a doddle to set up - just a case of plugging it in and auto tuning it in accordance with the easy to follow instruction manual. The DAB radio sound is crystal clear providing you use a decent pair of speakers.
Buttons are a nice size and the rotary control knob is ergonomically perfect and allows you to scroll through the stations or frequencies with ease.
On the front panel there are 4 preset channels - one short in my opinion - each with it's own button. Alongside these is a DAB/FM switch button, an auto tune button for quick or full scanning of digital stations, a headphone socket and headphone volume control button. There is also an info button that changes what is displayed on line 2 of the LCD display - either program type, radio station info, signal strength, time or date. The back-lit LCD display is sufficient I suppose but it is a little dull and difficult to read, especially in bright daylight.
Of course it is necessary to connect the tuner to an external amplifier and loudspeaker set up although you can listen to the DAB tune with headphones only. You also need a decent antenna if you want a decent reception. Having said that, I've found the reception overall to be quite good and we've managed quite well with the simple wire aerial that came supplied in the box.
Comes with a remote.
In conclusion I would say this is a good unit that is easy to use and provides a reliable good quality DAB radio sound. I would have to say that our Acoustic Solutions SP111 DAB separate is still as good as it was when we bought it four years ago.
Summary: Lacks sparkle but does the business
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