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Digital radio tuner reviews

Last updated: 21 February 2012

A digital radio that can work with your hi-fi set-up can take broadcasting up a notch. Our test can help you find a model that will work best in your hi-fi set-up. Check out our digital radio buying guide to help you decide on features and how we test to see why you can trust our data.

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Our expert testers give every digital radio tuner a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • have the best reception
  • deliver the best sound
  • are easy to use
  • have the features you want.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which digital radios offer internet radio and audio streaming. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Audio streaming

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Internet radio
Toslink (optical)

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The overall score is made up of ease of use (30%), reception (30%), remote control (20%), presets and favourite settings (10%) and standby energy (10%).

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We use all the main functions of the radios to assess their ease of use. In particular, we look for ease of the initial setup, clear labelling, placement and functionality of the buttons, controls and knobs as well as the size and clarity of the display.

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Reception score
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We test the tuners in good (inner-city Sydney), intermediate (south-western Sydney) and 'difficult' (south-western outskirts of Sydney) reception areas. In the poor-reception area, we attempt to get a good consistent signal with a house mounted digital aerial, as well as a standard telescopic aerial commonly found on portable radios.

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Internet radio ease of use score
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Our tester assesses how easy the unit is to operate in Internet radio mode for finding and selecting radio stations as well as storing for future use. This is score does not contribute to the overall score.

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