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Saturday 19 April 2014

Tech Gift Guide 2013 - Radio

Price: €50

Price: €50

Rating: HHH

Not everything that glitters digital is gold. One of the more tepid mainstream media moves in recent years has been digital ('DAB') radio. Aside from a few niche stations (mostly aimed at kids), how often do you really tune in to anything other than local FM channels?

Arguably, the trend has actually been the other way, with retro-styled radios selling well. One of these, Bush's TR82, recently came into my home. It's a big plastic box that is supposed to look like a 1950s wireless device. Just like the radios in our parents' (or perhaps grandparents') days, you can switch between frequencies by 'punching' different buttons. For me, the audio quality test for a good radio is whether it can fill a kitchen without sounding tinny. This one just about can, though if you're the type to listen to 'Rigoletto' as you're preparing the Sunday roast, I'd invest in a couple of decent accessory speakers.

Irish Independent

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