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Six of the best - DAB Radios


DAB radio offers listeners a whole new world of radio with radio stations that aren’t available on FM or AM frequencies such as Talk Sport, BBC 6 Music or BBC Radio 4 extra. Radio stations can be accessed much more easily on DAB as users can scroll through the list of radio stations to find the one they want rather than finding a particular frequency.


In Car - Pure Highway DAB £69.99 from www.halfords.co.uk Upgrade your in-car entertainment with this nifty unit from PURE, the doyenne of DAB. With great media connectivity, you'll be able to pause and play digital radio through your car stereo system and also release tunes from your iPod. With this unit, you're sure to never miss your favourite track.


Entertainment Hub - Sensia 200D £249.95 from www.johnlewis.com This wireless music system could form the hub of your at- home entertainment. The Sensia allows you to stream millions of songs from the Pure Music web-based on- demand subscription service, or from your digital music collection via PC, as well as giving you access to thousands of internet radio stations or podcasts. You never need miss a thing either as this unit lets you pre- set recording times for programmes via the touchscreen or remote control unit.


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More and more cars are being fitted with DAB radio and it’s inevitable that at some point in the future, albeit some time yet, that most radio stations will move off of FM completely in favour of DAB. Here we look at some of the neatest DAB devices on the market.


Knock On Wood - Ruark Audio R1 £159.95 from www.johnlewis.com This high-end DAB radio from Ruark is available in a number of colour options, the one we've opted for is the rather retro Walnut finish option. The unit has a rotodial control unit on the top for easy access to your stations and various sound options. Other features include an alarm, headphone socket for private listening and a connection to plug in an external music source.


Various Shades - PURE Evoke Mio £129.98 from www.currys.co.uk Add a splash of colour to your abode in the form of this Evoke DAB radio. Compact enough to squeeze in anywhere but still delivering a decent sound, this great- looking gadget features a kitchen timer, alarm and an auto-dimming OLED display. For a bit extra, you can buy a ChargePAK rechargeable battery for portable listening.


Note Taker - Roberts MessageR £99.99 from www.hughesdirect.co.uk This digital radio is unique because it allows you to record and save a couple of voice messages, ideal for when you have a lightbulb moment while listening. This compact DAB radio is at home in the kitchen as there is a handy egg-timer function built in as well.


Move It - Tivoli PAL + £249 from www.conranshop.co.uk This is a very stylish unit that has a built-in rechargeable battery unit, so you can pick up and shift about without missing a beat. The Tivoli has a weatherproof rubber casing, so it's ideal for outdoor use. This award winner also doubles as an alarm clock, with dual independent alarms, and also features the all-important snooze function.


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