Over the summer ( yes I think we just about had one!) we purchased our first DAB radio. My grandma used to always have her wireless playing in the kitchen while she was doing her jobs or making dinner and then in the summer she would hang it out of the window so she could listen to it in the garden. Taking my inspiration from this we bought the Sandstrom radio as it light enough to carry around with it's handle and will run on batteries as well as mains electricity supply.
==Price and availability==
We bought the radio from Dixons electrical store and we paid £40.00.
The radio is slim and small with a cute retro looking design. The outer shell is White plastic with silver coloured dials and a back lit display that will show the time as well as the radio channel. This glows and the text scrolls along the screen.
The radio has a slim carrying handle and also a pull up aerial as the radio offers Fm and DAB.
Setting up the radio is easy to do and you can have ten pre set radio channels on both the DAB and Fm frequency. The radio automatically finds the channels with the touch of a button, all you need to do is store them. It also automatically updates the time. The radio runs off the mains supply or you can choose to have it powered with 4 x C batteries. These can be quite expensive and the radio does not come with any. The first lot we bought are still in it and seem to be lasting such a long time. We only use it without the mains supply when out in the garden. The mains lead is quite short which is good for me as when I have it in the kitchen on top of the microwave, it prevents the leads from becoming too tangled. Of you struggle for plug sockets you may need to move things around.
The radio has two speakers at the front and when listening to digital radio channels the sound quality it clear and and good quality. It does not have that tinny feel that some radios have. The digital channels have such a great clarity to them so much more than the fm ones.
Volume wise, it does go quite loud but it is not overly powerful. There is no bass however this is not a problem as I only really listen to radio two or on it and it just is not needed on a portable radio. We have got quite a lot of use out of the radio over the last few months and my boyfriend often uses it to listen to the football.
For a small reliable radio that looks good, with a quirky retro design then this one will you suit you. It is light enough to carry around so you can enjoy your favourite radio programmer in the garden as well as in the home.
I have been wanting a digital radio for a long time now and finally got this Sandstrom one over the Christmas holidays.
The radio looked nice in the shop, I liked the smooth white colour of it with the black detail and the silver buttons, it looked really smart and when you picked it up it felt a nice weight to it, I have found that a lot of digital radios feel quite lightweight and as if they are just a big box with nothing in it.
I bought my radio in Currys and the price was £59.99, this was a reduced price as it had been on sale before for £79.99. I thought this was quite a good price for such a nice looking radio and it seemed to be what I wanted.
On getting the radio home, I found it was packed nicely in the box with polystyrene to stop it all moving about. The radio came with a booklet which told you in really plain English how to use all the features on it.
The radio channels were easy to find, it has a button on it to scan and you press this and it searches for all the stations. This took about a minute or two and once done it had found about 75 stations. They appear in alphabetical order so I is quite easy to find the channel you want. You turn the large button on the right and it will go through all the channels one at a time but it doesn't change what you are listening to, you have to press the dial button in and then it changes the channel to the one you have listed at that moment. Most of the channels it found played although there were a few that it said were unavailable but they were channels I would not be interested in anyway. It said in the booklet that this might be because you need to turn the ariel round to pick up the channel.
I was really pleased I could get all the channels I wanted plus loads of extras as I live in an area where the FM and AM were quite bad to pick up. My favourite channel to listen to is Radio Five which I have on when I am up stairs in my craft room and in the evenings the sound on my AM radio was terrible, there was so much interference that I could hardly hear a word being said. When I took my new radio up in the same place as I had my old one I get a perfect sound and also I can pick up Radio Five Extra which I couldn't get before, This channel is a part time broadcast though so you can only get it when it has something on it.
You can preset 10 channels to your radio making them easier still to find, I found this very easy to do and now I can turn over if I want to. You have five buttons for the presets, and you set two stations on each and it has like a shift button on the radio and you press this to get to the second channel.
The volume button is the other big button on the left and I found it will turn up quite loud if you wanted it to, although I wouldn't need it too loud but if I had my sewing machine going I could turn it up to hear it over the top,
The radio does have an FM radio built in but I haven't tried it out as I can get all the channels I would want on the DAB side of it.
The radio has a lovely feel to it, it looks expensive, and works really well, so I would really recommend you to have a look if you are wanting to get yourself a nice DAB radio in the near future.
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