Excellent DAB clock radio, good quality sound, easy to use, good value
I've been using DAB clock radios for about 10 years, originally Pure, then Sandstrom radios. Both of these had good quality sound but were very frustrating to use. The Pure would randomly turn itself on in the middle of the night, did not keep accurate time and had very complex menus, even after returning it to Pure for repair. The Sandstrom had no dedicated sleep button, it would take up to 8 actions to set the sleep function each night, and the time display was small and difficult to read.
For several years I've been looking out for a clock radio with decent sound and display, and easy to use controls. At last, with the Azatom Multiplex D1 I seem to have found it.
The radio was well packaged and arrived on time. It's well made and solid. We live in a strong reception area so it found and tuned into DAB stations with no problems. The sound quality is good with a warm sound that can be adjusted using the tone controls if needed. The volume range is very good, the radio would be usable in a kitchen or living area.
The controls are quite easy to use. There is a dedicated sleep button and setting the alarms is easier than previous radios. The menu is fairly straightforward to access more obscure functions. The printed instructions are quite good. The buttons are black on a black background with grey labels, so it's not easy to distinguish them in dim light.
The display is adjustable for brightness and backlight, with good sized time display. The display dims nicely in the night. The angle of view is generally good unless you're at a lower level, ours is on top of a set of drawers and it's difficult to read the display from the bed.
The radio is powered by its built in battery, which is kept charged from the mains. This means all functions still operate if there's a power cut, and the radio is mobile so can be moved around and used outside if you want. Green and red lights on the back of the radio display the state of charge but can reflect off adjacent light coloured walls in the dark.
The radio connects easily to mobile phones using Bluetooth or the supplied audio cable. Phones can be charged from the USB connector on the back of the radio. There is also an audio output for listening with headphones.
Overall I'm very pleased and impressed with this radio, it gives me the features I want, with only a couple of very minor downsides, and is very good value for money. Highly recommended!