The best DAB radios

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6 of the best DAB radios to buy
Whatever your needs and whatever your budget, there’s a great DAB radio out there for you. They range from simple portables for the kitchen to powerful, Bluetooth-streaming systems that can fill a whole room with sound — and they’re getting more affordable all the time. If you want a radio to make the most of your music, breakfast show or sports, tech expert Stuart Andrews has picked out six of the best.
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Revo Axis X3
Revo Axis X3
eBay loves: Having thousands of internet radio stations available on demand.
Watch out for: The Lightning connector isn’t compatible with older Apple gadgets. 
RRP: £199

With internet radio, an iPhone/iPad dock, Bluetooth audio streaming and the ability to stream music from computers on a wireless network, it’s almost easier to list what the Revo Axis X3 doesn’t do. The 3.5-inch colour touchscreen makes it easy to find radio stations online and it’s easy to set-up. With a crisp, punchy sound, the Axis X3 is versatile, yet surprisingly compact.
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Pure Evoke F4
Pure Evoke F4
eBay loves: Use this radio as you like with add-on extras.
Watch out for: Awkward controls make the Internet radio functions hard to use
RRP: £180

It looks like a conventional DAB radio, but the Pure Evoke F4 has hidden powers. With built-in Wi-Fi, it can connect to internet radio stations or even Pure’s Jongo wireless speakers in another room, and can record from DAB or internet stations onto a USB flash drive.

Add a Pure ChargePAK and the Evoke F4 can run on battery power, while an optional second speaker transforms it from mono into a stereo music system. Throw in Bluetooth audio streaming, alarm functions and Pure’s SnoozeHandle that sets the radio to snooze at a tap, and you have a Radio that’s as happy in the bedroom as the kitchen.
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Philips Original Radio Mini
Philips Original Radio Mini
eBay loves: DAB and Bluetooth streaming on a cool, retro set.
Watch out for: Feels like an old Bakelite radio, too
RRP: £129

Philips’ Original Radio Mini is a retro marvel that mixes the best of old and new, combining the looks of a classic Philetta Bakelite radio with DAB reception and Bluetooth audio streaming. With its large clock display, sleep timer and dual alarms, it makes for an eye-catching bedroom set, but it’s just as useful in the kitchen, with a built-in timer. It’s easy to use, with 20 presets split between DAB and FM, and the sound is warmer and clearer than you might expect. It even has a USB charging socket to charge your smartphone.
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Roberts Expression
Roberts Expression
eBay loves: The long battery life and built-in battery charging.
Watch out for: Its sound is more suited to Classic FM than Radio 1.
RRP: £99

We love the looks of Roberts’ Revival radios, but the Expression gives similar features and sound quality at a slightly lower price. It’s a more modern-looking set with elegant ash-panelled curves, and is extremely simple to use, with tactile knobs for tuning and volume, and a dedicated favourite button that takes you straight to your station of choice. It’s just as easy to listen to, even if it won’t fill a room with thumping beats. Best of all, plug in four D-sized batteries and it will run for up to 100 hours — and even charge rechargeable batteries while plugged in.
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Pure Evoke D2
eBay loves: Useful features and cool, compact style.
Watch out for: The speakers are only 1.6W, so it it’s not very loud. 
RRP: £85

The size of a small bookshelf speaker, the Pure Evoke D2 punches above its weight and price, dishing out very detailed, surprisingly rich tones. The old-school telescopic aerial makes it easier to get a good reception, and it’s simple to set-up and use.
There’s a kitchen timer and an alarm, plus an auxiliary input for plugging in a smartphone or MP3 player. The Evoke D2 is also compatible with Pure’s ChargePAK units, giving you up to 24 hours of use away from the mains. The basic unit comes without Bluetooth streaming, but you can get a Bluetooth model for just £15 extra. A simple, affordable and great looking set.
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Sony XDRS60
Sony XDRS60
eBay loves: Portability, DAB+ and retro looks at a bargain price.
Watch out for: Doesn’t have the same wide features of other models.
RRP: £79.99

Sony’s XDRS60 portable comes in red, white and black, with a metallic front and matching controls for a cool twist on vintage style. Tuning and volume knobs make it easy to use, and you can always flick between your five favourite stations through the five chunky buttons on the top. You don’t get mod cons like Bluetooth streaming, but it does support both DAB and DAB+, and gives a clear, dynamic sound. If you want to use it away from the mains, it lasts for 16 hours on three C batteries.
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