This radio has stylish retro looks and will blend in well with any type of home decor. It is rather chunky and plastic looking but even so still manages to look the part.
The radio reception is generally very good with absolutely no hissing or crackling. However occasionally it will cut out for a minute or so (not sure why this happens think it loses signal or something) and then the sound will resume as before. You can preselect your favourite radio channels - which is great because you then only need to press a button to access them. The digital display can be set to show you the song title and artist that is currently playing. This is handy especially if you want to down load a tune you like afterwards.
My radio has been slightly temperamental in that it likes to be left on standby, if I switch it off at the mains the 'on 'off' switch doesn't always work and can be very hit and miss. However if left on standby this doesn't seem to happen! All in all this is a stylish good value for money radio, however I'd recommend spending a little bit more for quality/ reliability.
I purchased one of these just over a year ago and its become the background noise anthem of the house. At the moment it sits in the kitchen and keeps us entertained while cooking.
It costed about £50 and is very easy to set up. Better still, its easier to use: you simply turn it on and its good to go. When on standby it simply shows the time and date, which you don't have to worry about setting because it obtains it from the local radio transmitter. It has four presets and can let you listen to DAB digital radio, or FM frequency radio. There's an alarm and sleep function on there as well, so it's able to be used as an alarm clock should you so desire.
There are a number of big benefits to owning one of these. Firstly as I mentioned it's easy to set up but I won't repeat myself. Next is the range of stations. There are absolutely dozens to listen to and a wide variety of taste to suit everyone. I always thought you needed a strong signal for DAB but thats not the case and it seems to work in a majority of places that I go.
That brings me onto the sound quality. It is like nothing i've ever heard before and really is crystal clear. I understand that this is partly to do with digital but the speakers on it really do make a difference. Intempo really have put a lot of thought into this and with the two speakers on the front appearing to be of such high quality, you do get a great audio output from it.
Finally, it looks beautiful and is aesthetically pleasing. It's bright in colour and the display is easy to read when it's switched on. It looks really nice in the home.
Only a couple of downsides that I've experienced. I do think its a little bit bog for what it does. For something that only does radio I've seen similar items for a lot smaller size. Don't get me wrong, it is really nice but for something portable, you would think it would be just a little bit smaller.
The second is again down to size. It's the size of the plug. For the device it's powering it really does seem a little big and I do wonder what goes on in there I'd estimate it at being about a fifth the size of the radio and really, it could afford to be a lot smaller. Weighs a lot too.
Overall though it's great, looks nice, had great sound and does the job incredibly well. Plug aside, it's highly reccomended.
I've just had this digital radio for my birthday so can't comment on price!
It really is a lovely radio, it was for our kitchen for me to listen to while I'm cooking!! it's great because it matches our ikea kitchen we've just put in lol!
The sound is fab, there's no hissing or crackling like you get on normal radio, because it's digital its crystal clear. it's also easy to find the stations as well because it's in alphabetical order and they are named so you just go along to the one you want. It has 4 programmable buttons so you can tune in your 4 most favourite channels to listen to.
My only draw back is that the mains cable sticks out at the back and it doesn't run on batteries so it doesn't sit flush against the wall, there is plenty of cable though so you can have it where you fancy. I really wish they hadn't but the mains cable like it is because otherwise I would've said it was an extremely neat radio. like it is it's still fab though and I love listening to it.
It's also very light which surprised me so it's easy to move around and transport if you wanted. Would be great as a camping radio (electricty needed of course)
I have had this radio now for about 14 months and I have fairly it to a be quite a good radio to have.
It is a DAB Digital radio so it means that there is a much higher sound quality and it is a lot easier to tune into the stations I want to listen to as I do not have to spend ages fiddling around trying to find the frequency.
It does however have the capacity to work as an FM radio should you prefer such a method.
You can store up to 4 preset stations (I have 2 currently) that can then be found at the touch of a button and the radio can also work as an alarm clock so you can wake up to the station of your choice.
The only fault is that occaisionally for no apparent reason no sounds comes out of the speakers, which has led me to oversleep a couple of times, but this was sorted by turning it off and on again.
INTEMPO PG-01 DAB RADIO
This was the first DAB radio that I bought and it turned out to be an excellent choice, and very good value for money - I'd recommend it to potential buyers.
If you are looking for a value for money stereo DAB radio that looks like it could give long service, this could be the one to buy.
A BRIEF BACKGROUND TO DAB TRANSMISSIONS
Most of used have grown up listening to radio stations transmitted on three wavebands:
Short for Analogue Modulation (the method used for converting sound waves to radio signals in a format suitable for transmission).
AM radio signals are suitable for fairly long wave transmission, but suffer from fairly narrow bandwidth this presents itself to the listener as a sound that seems to lack the higher frequencies (treble) that you would get form playing a CD through your Hi Fi.
Short for Frequency Modulation (another method used for converting sound waves to radio signals in a format suitable for transmission).
FM radio signals employ a greater bandwidth presenting itself to the listener as an almost Hi Fi type sound quality.
However, FM signals usually suffer from a more localised transmission (still many 10s of miles) and require the use of a higher quality radio receiver (this is less of an issue nowadays due to miniaturisation and mass production of circuitry).
Short for Long Wave a bit more self-explanatory this time as the radio waves have a LONG wavelength (and relatively low frequency).
These signals are also AM (Amplitude Modulated) and have broadly the same properties as AM radio. The advantage is that these signals can often be transmitted over long distances.
All of the wavebands described above are analogue and susceptible to various types of interference, predominantly due to signals becoming distorted and attenuated in the process of being transmitted from radio masts to our homes.
Digital signals suffer from distortion, however, as long as the distortion is not too great, they can be regenerated by the receiver producing a signal that is an exact copy of the original so no distortion.
DAB short for Digital Audio Broadcasting is the radio communitys answer to Digital Broadcasting and is proving to be a great success across Europe.
If you own a DAB radio, as long as you are in an area that is able to receive DAB transmissions, you will be able to receive distortion and interference free radio, including many stations that you may not be able to pick up on your traditional receiver.
Currently it is estimated that 85% of the UK population are able to receive DAB radio signals. However, the number and range of stations that can be picked up varies from location to location generally heavily populated areas will be served better. In my case I am able to receive 30 + stations.
THE INTEMPO PG-01 DAB RADIO
Why did I choose this Manufacturer and Model ?
When I initially started looking around for a DAB radio, I was not familiar with some of the manufacturers names this included Intempo.
However, as I am a bit of an Anorak at times when looking at electronics specifications (Im not as bad as I used to be though Ive definitely gone past the snob stage), I took a little time to compare makes and models, whilst bearing in mind the price. In other words, I was looking for what I would consider best value for money.
On the shelf in the shop, the item looked OK and on further investigation had a reasonable spec, it was also in my price range. Once I was convinced that this was the one for me, I purchased it and took it home.
The item was well packaged in a reasonably attractive box, and more importantly nothing was damaged or missing.
The items dimensions are approximately:
Height 19cm (including feet & carrying handle)
Depth 12cm (including tuning knob & aerial protrusion)
Weight Just under 1.7Kg
This means that its fairly compact and not to heavy to transport.
The case is predominantly polished wood (apparently its beech veneer) with a kind of brushed steel type fittings (Handle, Control panel, back panel) and polished metal controls, feet and aerial. This gives an overall attractive feel, and fits in very well with my bedroom décor.
When switched on, the relatively small (6cm x 2cm) display lights up with 2 lines of darkish blue characters on a light blue background. Characters are easy to read with excellent contrast.
The front panel has 6 sets of 2 push-buttons, one button above the other, these are, from left to right:
Memories 1 & 3
Memories 2 & 4
AT & Alarm
DAB/FM & Sleep
Select & Info
UP & Down (tuning)
The other controls consist of a round on/off button to the left of the push-buttons previously described and a rotary volume control in the middle of the front of the unit (mounted on the wooden panel between stereo speakers).
Control functions are described later in this report.
The PG-01 is mains powered via a separate AC DC Power adapter which is plugged into the rear panel.
The rear panel also has a stereo headphone socket that accepts a standard 3.5mm Jack plug.
In the form of a very glossy A5 booklet with 6 pages (12 sides) of text and copious black, white and grey illustrations.
The instructions are written in a very readable style that ,makes following them very easy and the illustrations are very good, clearly communicating the text.
The last two sections of the manual include a troubleshooting guide and a glossary of terms including a description of the DAB service.
The radio is both a DAB digital receiver and an FM receiver (I think that most, if not all models feature at least these two services).
There are a total of 4 memories for storing favourite stations, one to each of the Memory keys. Like most radios this is easily done by pressing the desired memory button for 2 seconds whilst listening to the station to be stored.
This control scrolls through the options for the lower part of the LCD display, these options are:
+++ In DAB mode+++
+ Scrolling text (messages from the selected station)
+ Programme type (the style of music I dont know why this is needed)
+ Ensemble/Multiplex (collections of stations on the same frequency)
+ Signal Strength (how strong received signals are for each station)
+ Time & Date
+++In FM mode+++
+ Radiotext (Scrolling text (messages from the selected station)
+ Programme type (the style of music I dont know why this is needed)
+ Signal Strength (how strong received signals are for each station)
+ Time & Date
+ Frequency (as in traditional radios displayed the tuned frequency)
I tend to keep the display showing the scrolling text option, although, to be honest I rarely read it.
The Info button also allows the user to enter an advanced display mode offering information on the software version installed on the radio, and info on the audio mode i.e. if the received station is being received in mono or stereo. This is a function that Ive never needed to use and is probably more applicable to a service engineer repairing your radio.
AT is the acronym for Auto Tune and is used for tuning in the radio (where required), particularly if you either use it in another area or if you want to look for new channels.
~Select button~ & ~Up / Down button~
The Select button is used to select the channel that you wish to listen to after you have scrolled through available channels using the Up / Down buttons.
~DAB / FM button~
Used to switch between DAB and FM radio modes.
Used to select the alarm clock mode in conjunction with the Up/Down buttons and the Select button. It is possible to select the alarm to sound either as the radio coming on or as a beeping sound (annoying).
Puts the alarm into snooze mode delaying the alarm for 7 minutes (a dangerous thing to do !).
The Sleep button can also be used to programme the radio to switch off after a time period entered by the user this is useful if you like to go to sleep to the sound of the radio.
EXPERIENCES USING THE DAB RADIO
On switching on the radio, it performs an auto-tune, finding stations that are strong enough to be received and stored. These are easily accessed by using the Up & Down buttons to scroll through the names of stations that have been found and stored.
Tuning is extremely easy in both DAB and FM modes as is selecting the station of choice. The display is clear enough, showing the station name and other selected information (see description above).
Reception of both DAB and FM signals are good, with most stations showing a mid to high signal strength and giving stable reception.
I have found the sound quality to be very good through the front panel mounted stereo speakers, and if decent earphones are used, they will also give good sound reproduction.
The handbook provided with the radio does not actually give any performance data so I cant comment on Frequency response, distortion etc. However, I can say that for my range of hearing the response was more than adequate, with quite reasonable Bass (even from fairly small speakers) and sharp treble with clear mid-range especially voice response.
The controls are not as clearly labelled as they could be, particularly in an area that is not brightly lit. However, they are well laid out, so once they have been used a few times their labelling becomes less of an issue.
The radio has a specified 2 x 5 Watt output from its speakers, which in my experience, results in plenty of output even when my wife is using her hairdryer it is still possible to turn up the volume enough to hear the transmission.
I quite like the overall design of the radio it is robust and well built with well laid out controls which have a nice feel with a positive action (in the case of the buttons) and smooth movement (in the case of the Volume control).
The PG-01 does not include an option to connect an external aerial, so
if you are in an area where reception is usually poor, this model may not suit you (you can check this by going to www.digitalradionow.com).
* Good quality sound
* Distortion & interference free reception
* Robust, attractive design with positive feel controls
* Easy to use and programme
* Glossy Instruction manual with clear descriptions and illustrations
* Good value for money for a DAB radio with 2 x 5W stereo outputs
An instruction manual for the PG-01 can be downloaded in pdf format from the following web address: http://www.intempo-digital.co.uk/products/pg01/pg01_userguide.pdf
A basic specification (more like a flier really) can be found at: http://www.intempo-digital.co.uk/products/pg01/pg01_spec.pdf
In anticipation of the demise of Test Match Special on Radio 4 Long Wave and also being an avid Radio 5 Live and sports fan I asked for a digital radio for my 40th birthday! My wonderful husband kindly obliged! Now Im not supposed to know how much this cost as it was a pressy but you can get them for just under £120.00 from quite a few hi-fi retailers such as Miller Brothers and also Argos, this was nearly 2 years ago and I suspect there are one or two much cheaper deals around now.
My first impression when I got inside the packing box was that the radio looked like a face! There is a silver fronted 5-Watt speaker at each side for large eyes and the volume control in the middle for a nose, with the Intempo logo at the bottom for the mouth. Seriously I find it quite an attractive looking set. Dimension wise it is 165x100x250mm and weighs in at 1.6kg quite lightweight really I think. At the rear is a headphone socket.
The unit is finished with a beech wood surround with a silver carrying handle at the top. The top of the fascia is silver too with an LCD display in the centre. The on/off button is a raised silver disc, next to this are 4 button presets. On the other side of the LCD display are 8 more buttons, which cover all the functions from tuning to operating the sleep functions, which I will come to later. The whole unit sits on 4 little rubber feet.
This is a mains only stereo DAB/FM radio. The transformer, which is needed to give the radio the correct power input, is, in my opinion, huge and cumbersome! I feel that it does detract rather from the smartness of the set as a whole. The transformer is always warm to the touch when the unit is switched on at the wall, whether or not the radio is in use. If you switch the radio off at the wall then there appears to be a power blip to the radio and the LCD display lights up for a brief moment not sure whether this is meant to happen though! A plus point is that the mains lead is fairly long a good metre plus. The mains lead plugs in very securely into the rear of the radio.
To receive either Digital radio signals or FM signals the telescopic aerial needs to be deployed and it is easy to remove from its clip at the rear. Also it is quite long - nearly 2 metres. I have found that whilst listening to a Digital station I can usually have the aerial in a shortened form. Although recently reception strength was down as I think some maintenance was being performed on the local transmitter and I needed to have the aerial extended slightly more all seems well now though. Also the radio likes to have sight of a window through which to receive the digital transmissions, it doesnt like being in the corner of a room away from the direction of the transmitter. In various parts of the house reception can be rather scratchy and I can struggle sometimes to listen to Radio 5 Live whilst Im in the bath. FM reception definitely needs the full length of the aerial. In fact my husband has been rather disappointed with the quality of the FM reception even sending my original set back as he thought it was faulty. Admittedly we do live in somewhat of an FM hole but even I am a little disappointed at which stations can be received on FM. However, I am a dedicated Radio 5 Live listener (no more medium wave buzz!) and must say that I have listened to very little on the FM band! The clarity of the digital reception is excellent, so much clearer than MW and without the stereo/mono hiss of FM. I have been very impressed.
As soon as you turn the set on for the first time it automatically enters into auto tune mode and you can see it performing the scan on the LCD display. When the unit has picked up all the digital stations it can find then the scan is complete and you can start to select the ones you want to listen to. The stations are listed alphanumerically. There is a manual tuning option also which can be used to pick up any channels missed by the auto tune I found that non had been missed at all. Different digital stations are available in different parts of the country so if you take this on your holidays youll need to reset the radio and use the autoscan routine again. To explore the stations you simply use the up and down keys, once you have found the one you want then you need to press select and there it is. This means that you can carry on listening to a station whilst searching for another. There are 4 presets, which can be programmed in for your favourite stations, so that you can listen to those at the press of one button (4 for digital and 4 for FM).
The buttons on the radio are nice and positive, although I have found that the on/off button needs a very positive push to work correctly. Mine appeared to half switch off the other day and I had to switch it off at the wall and on again before it the radio would work. The only thing I dislike about the buttons is their labelling. It is brushed silver and very difficult to make out without moving your head around to catch the light correctly. However, as I only really listen to 2 stations I rarely use them. The only one I do use is the info button which changes the LCD display information scrolling text, programme type, group name, signal strength or time & date. When the unit is switched off the LCD display shows the time this is updated when the radio is switched on from the radio stations clock & date information.
One thing I have found really useful with this radio is the sleep and alarm functions. The radio can be used as a standard radio alarm clock to either wake you with a beep or with the radio there is also a snooze function with this. The sleep function is also useful and I have used both to remind me that it is time to collect my little darlings from school!
The instruction booklet I have found to be fairly comprehensive and easy to understand. Although definitely not a techie I managed to set all the stations up and use the radio and its timer functions with little difficulty. Although I still have the instruction booklet handy as I tend to forget how to program the alarm and sleep functions not that they are very complicated at all!
The range of stations maybe a little limited for some although not for me - at present, but their number will only increase. A wonderful pressy and I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of dabbling with a bit of digital technology!
After nearly 2 (yes I am 42 soon!!) years I can honestly say it has hardly been off whilst I have been in the house. The only bug bear is that to move it around you have to take the bulky mains transformer with you. Also the back light behind the LCD screen has failed which means it is very hard to read the scrolling headlines - -other than that I have been highly delighted. Get one they are brilliant. (As long as you can get digital reception of course).