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Last updated: 03 June 2021


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Digital radios deliver extra channels and broadcasting flexibility that you just can't get with AM and FM radio. Audio quality is also better depending on the station you're listening to. But there's a balance between low-cost models and a premium experience. 

We lab test and review the latest self-contained digital radios, including portable and benchtop models from Sangean, Yamaha, JBL, Tivoli, Ruark and more.

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Our expert testers give every model a thorough workout to tell you which digital radios:

  • have the best sound quality
  • are best at picking up and holding reception
  • have the longest battery life.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models come with features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, support for streaming and internet radio, and an AM/FM receiver.

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      Sound quality score

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      A panel listens to each radio at a comparable volume for distortion, rattles or other odd noises, stereo separation where appropriate and a natural sound across all frequencies.

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      Reception score

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      We check for reception quality in different locations ranging from an area with optimal reception through to an area with difficult reception due to its distance from the broadcast tower and no line of sight for the signal to reach the radio.

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        Can the radio receive analogue AM broadcasts?

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          • Listening score
          • Reception score
          • Ease of use score
          • Standby energy score
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          • Brand
          • Model
          • Status
          • Type
          • Buy now
          • Price
          • Bluetooth
          • AM
          • FM
          • Number of DAB presets
          • Streaming
          • Internet radio
          • Stereo 35mm aux input
          • CD player
          • USB input
          • Headphone
          • Remote control supplied
          • Remote control app available
          • Clock in standby
          • Clock has alarms
          • Alarm snooze button
          • NFC
          • Play pause controls
          • Line out
          • Dimmer control
          • Batteries supplied
          • Rechargeable
          • Number of speakers
          • Claimed power output
          • Info shows bit rate codec
          • Carry handle
          • Dimensions
          • screen dimensions
          • Lines x characters
          • Weight
          • Battery type
          • Warranty
          • Country of manufacture
          • contact


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