Listening to the radio is something that will never go out of fashion, and DAB radios prove just that. In a digital world, everything is changing, and that includes the way in which we listen to the radio.
Whether you are looking for a standard or a DAB radio, we have a range of clock radio reviews that are sure to pique your interest. Take a look and see for yourself.
How to Choose a DAB/Standard Clock Radio
A lot of the choice when it comes to DAB and standard clock radios is down to personal preference.
There are so many different types on the market that is can sometimes be a little tricky to choose the right one for you. However, here are a few of my personal tips for choosing your perfect radio.
The first of these is deciding if you want a DAB or standard clock radio. The former of these is digital, allowing you access to more radio stations than you can imagine, the latter offers less stations and on an FM frequency.
It also makes a difference in terms of the distance a station can be accessed from.
Naturally, DAB can access stations from further away than the standard FM. So, if a standard radio can reach the stations you like in your home and you aren’t too bothered about access to thousands of stations, FM is the best choice for you. Often, a standard clock radio is cheaper as well.
The point of a clock radio is to wake you up in the morning for work or other events, and so you need to make sure it comes with an alarm. The type of alarm, however, is all down to personal needs.
A dual alarm system means that you and your other half can have alarms set for different times, which can be quite handy.
Many also have weekend settings if you fancy sleeping in or not getting up at all. It’s always handy to have a snooze button that you can reach easily as well to avoid morning frustration.
It may get us up faster if we cannot find the button, but it’s not a good start to the day.
There’s loads of extra features as well that you should keep in mind. Things like Bluetooth for streaming your music, and portability if you want to take it out with you.
Plus, a headphone jack can be handy for personal listening. To top it all off, you want to make sure it looks good in your home as well – design is very important.
The Advantages/Disadvantages of a DAB / Standard Clock Radio
Much of this section is DAB vs Standard (FM), and more detailed pros and cons are listed in the main product section with each individual item.
However, here are a few advantages and disadvantages for DAB and standard clock radios, to help you as you try to figure out which one you want.
- Excellent signal
- Wide range of stations available
- Easier to find stations due to LCD display
- Often have extra features (e.g. Bluetooth)
- Signal is either excellent or non-existent
- Not available in all areas
Standard (FM) Pros
- Available in all areas
- Signal is more consistent than DAB (and so is sound quality)
- Easier to navigate and use
- Manual tuning
Standard (FM) Cons
- Less stations to choose from
- Lack of additional features
Things to Look for
When you go to choose a DAB or standard clock radio, there are a few things you should look out for. The first and most important is that the more expensive models are not always the best - price doesn’t always mean quality.
It’s important to research the models you are interested in and take a look at online reviews for guidance. They can be really handy.
You should make sure the radio you are buying is right for you and your needs. If you want something simple and a little less tech orientated, a standard clock radio might just be a better fit for you.
However, if you want a load of extras and multiple alarm functions as well as thousands of stations, DAB might be the better port of call.
Look for quality in the products you buy. Go for trusted brands that you know are reliable and come with warranties if anything should happen to them.
The big brands might be a little pricier, but it is worth it for a product that works and is protected against unexpected malfunctions. Plus, they tend to have more reviews that you can reference when you go to purchase one.
The Best Way to Use a DAB/Standard Clock Radio
This cannot be put into one way, there are so many different ways you can use a DAB or standard clock radio.
Of course, you can use it as an alarm for the morning, as well as a soothing way of falling asleep at night to your favourite station. This is the most common way to use a DAB or standard clock radio.
You can also bring it down to the kitchen or other rooms so that you have some company in the form of radio shows while you cook or go about your day in general.
Similarly, you can use it for entertaining guests or even bring it to the homes of friends and family for some group listening or background noise. Plus, if it comes with Bluetooth you can stream your own music through it.
Before You Use a DAB/Standard Clock Radio
Always make sure you read the instructions when you are setting up a clock radio, and ensure that you have everything required to get started.
You should also make sure that it comes with a mains plug that is right for your country, and that the model sent to you was made for your region. Once the instructions are read, you can set up and get started with your new radio.
All that’s left is to choose the perfect one for you. Take a look at our clock radio reviews for some of our favourite models.
Best DAB/Standard Clock Radios
The best DAB clock radio has to be the Ocean Digital model. It has everything you need to have the perfect listening experience. With 25,000 stations to choose from and 11 languages in the settings, it has a great deal to offer and at a great price.
There are no issues with the sound quality, and while it can only store one WiFi setting, this is only a nuisance if taken out frequently. It has everything you need to wake up in the morning, or to be your companion around the house while you go about your day.
With a range of settings and a headphone jack for private listening, it’s a great one to go for and all at a reasonable price.
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