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Six of the best: DAB radios

Looking for a new DAB radio? Don’t miss these…

The digital radio switchover is still a few years away, but FM’s days are undoubtedly numbered. Digital radio coverage is spreading, and by the end of next year will cover more than 90% of the UK. So digital radios offer future-proofing, but they also provide access to a range of digital-only stations, such as the impeccable BBC Six Music and the guilty pleasures of Absolute 80s. If you’re in the market for a new DAB radio, here’s our pick of the best.

Roberts Blutune 100

Designed to live on your bedside table, this chunky beast has clock radio features, including alarm settings that can be specified just for weekends or weekdays. We love its style, but the metalwork on the front isn’t just for looks. When the alarm sounds, a quick tap of that panel will activate the snooze feature. DAB, DAB+, FM tuners are inside, and there’s Bluetooth connectivity, too. The only thing that’s missing is any kind of USB connectivity, which would be a handy feature for charging a mobile phone overnight.

John Lewis, £159.95

Geneva Sound System Model XS

Geneva Sound System Model XS

If you travel a lot and want a genuinely portable DAB radio (but one that’s a little more fully featured than the pocket Roberts option), this is a good choice. It folds out of a hard carry case and provides reception for DAB, DAB+ and FM broadcasts. You can connect other devices via Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm line-in cable, with playback via two stereo speakers and a woofer for added depth. You get digital clock and alarm features, as well.

Exceptional AV, £219

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