Sunday 21 December 2014

We compare... best value in retro household radios

Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30

Weekenders (2fm, Sat-Sun 2pm) is good fun, a typical bit of weekend fluff…which isn't meant as an insult, by the way.
From left: Bush Retro FM, Roberts R250, Goodmans Heritage

There's a reason why radio executives are calling on people to move the dial. As advanced as we are with all our up-to-the-minute technologies, household radios are more plentiful in Irish homes than landline phones - and now they've gone vintage

Bush Retro FM €39.99

This cream retro dream is a top choice for lots of people - it has the look, does the job and comes with a very accessible price tag.

It has an FM/AM and LW tuner and can be run off both mains electricity supply and from battery power. It has a mono speaker but what it might lack in bass it definitely makes up for in ease of use.

Its large and visible dial means it's easy to switch from station to station without entering fuzz or running into an unwanted ad break.

This is a winner.

Roberts R250 €220

The vintage Roberts is the creme-de-la-creme of retro radios but its big barrier is the price. These are heralded for their longevity as well as their crisp clear sound.

It has multiple speakers built into a wooden cabinet with great 1950s styling.

Like the Bush it has the three frequencies but it comes in loads of colours like black, red and duck-egg blue.

Owners can tune in stations and also use it as a speaker by plugging their iPods into it when friends are over for a dinner party.

Goodmans Heritage €119.95

This big-buttoned ultra vintage-looking table top radio ticks lots of boxes. It's mid-range in price, has all the retro looks and can connect to tunes on your smart phone via Bluetooth.

A metal grill covers the speakers that are encased in solid wood giving it a great sound.

It has an easy-to-read display and can connect to digital radio stations too.

You can also pre-set your favourite stations.

This Goodmans has the looks so at its mid-range price tag it ticks all the boxes for a vintage radio.

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