FM might have been saved from extinction, but DAB is where it’s at for radio these days.
With great sound quality and a huge range of channels, digital radios offer a great listening experience.
Plus these are all adaptable for Bluetooth streaming so you can link up your Spotify or Apple Music and blast your favourite tunes and podcasts.
We tested out three of the best to help you know which one is best to buy (or maybe put on your Christmas list).
Read on below for our verdict…
BEST FOR STYLE
Ruark R1 Mk4
The British brand is known for blending cutting-edge sound with bleeding-cool style, and whether you place this on a bookshelf or bedside table, it’s going to turn heads with its hand-crafted wood panelling and hotel-vibe tones.
The precise OLED display makes navigation easy and features bedroom-ready auto-dimming.
With a hearty, bassy mono speaker and a 9W digital amplifier, as well as zero static hiss, the Ruark is at home belting out the head-bangers and delivering warm, conversational radio.
DAB, DAB+ and FM stations cover most listening habits but Bluetooth streaming comes out flat.
BEST FOR STREAMING
Pure Evoke H4
Delivering both crystal-clear digital radio and Bluetooth music streaming, the H4 is a fantastic choice for the family home.
The speaker doesn’t quite pack the same sonic punch as other devices but the uber-quick connectivity makes it the ideal choice as the central audio hub in a kitchen or living space.
In addition, the full-colour 2.8in display not only showcases album artwork and the like but also acts as an ultra-intuitive interface, enabling you to quickly locate channels and streaming options when you’re in a rush to catch kick-off or the morning headlines.
On the downside, it’s a tad clunky and is most at home left on the shelf.
BEST FOR PORTABILITY
Roberts Radio Revival Uno
The Revival Uno is the cheapest radio in the Revival retro 1950s-style range and it’s an ideal choice for a classic-style ‘wireless’, with the tactile rotary controls a nice throwback.
On the modern side, the LED screen shows the time and the station but there’s no Bluetooth or USB charging point. The Uno will plug into the mains but will also run on AA batteries for up to 20 hours, making it ideal for outside use.
While the size on the box doesn’t shout ‘portable’, it’s more compact in person and the impressive range and quality reception easily caters for solo sessions as well as firework-fuelled NYE parties.
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