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Old 20-02-2013, 02:20
Gary Brenton
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I have just purchased one of 'Tesco's' own branded DAB clock radio's and I have to say that for the price of just 22.50 they are superb!

For a clock radio - the audio quality is fantastic and so is the radio reception...both on DAB and FM.

Oh...and the other thing I like bout this is that you never have to set the time... switch on...and within seconds, it gives you the exact time too!

I am normally fussy about purchasing unbranded makes...but my wife wanted a new clock radio, so I just purchased the Tesco's own brand by chance as she wasn't really fussed about the make or model...but she did mention a while ago that she would like DAB...

The DAB radio is very sensitive and with a simple scan, it recieves everything it should do, also FM is excellent and is picking up stations outside the area. The audio quality is great too for what size the unit is and sounds really good both on DAB and FM with a nice 'rich' sound.

It is not very often I would post on forums about certain items I have purchased...but I would strongly recommend this if you are looking for a DAB clock radio without paying too much.

My only 'minor' (and very minor) issue...is that the time display could be a little more visable as the display is a bit 'thin'.

Apart from that...for 22.50... this has to be one of the best sounding clock radio's I have ever brought...
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:21
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Was this a special in-store offer?
I ask because I need a new clock radio and I'm tempted after your review but can't find anything at that price - the nearest are these http://www.tesco.com/direct/technolo...765+4294949376

The cheapest is 25 and I certainly don't want it in pink
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:14
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It makes a pleasant change for someone on here who's bought a tech item and is actually praising and recommending, rather than moaning and groaning! It would be good to see it more often, IMHO.
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:37
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Do you mean this radio: http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-cr...skuId=376-9745
It looks good.
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:46
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Yes...that's the one...
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:47
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It makes a pleasant change for someone on here who's bought a tech item and is actually praising and recommending, rather than moaning and groaning! It would be good to see it more often, IMHO.
Credit where it is due...
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:54
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Don't you find with a blue backlit display that it shines too brightly at night? I had a similar one a while ago but I had to move it into the spare room as it made the room full of a ghostly blue glow.
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Old 20-02-2013, 11:31
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Was this a special in-store offer?
I ask because I need a new clock radio and I'm tempted after your review but can't find anything at that price - the nearest are these http://www.tesco.com/direct/technolo...765+4294949376

The cheapest is 25 and I certainly don't want it in pink
That Link does not work
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Old 20-02-2013, 11:39
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That Link does not work
Works for me I've just clicked on it in your post and here it is copied and pasted
http://www.tesco.com/direct/technolo...765+4294949376

Screenshot http://postimage.org/image/mifl3s9i7/

It's even odder that if you do a Google search for 'Tesco DAB clock radio' it brings the link (and other similar radios) that I gave
BUT
a search for 'Tesco digital clock radios' brings up the one the OP bought as the first hit.
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Old 20-02-2013, 22:34
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While we're on the subject of praising cheapo supermarket DAB radios, a few weeks ago I was in Asda and they were selling their Polaroid (for which read "Asda") brand Pixie DAB radios for ten pounds. They look like a rip-off of the Pure One Mini but, having used both, I prefer the Pixie. They're available in white and ghastly pink, but fortunately there was some stock left in a more tasteful grey. The FM and DAB sensitivity is good, and the software gives full access to all DAB and FM RDS information being broadcast (rather than just the scrolling text and time which the Pure One's crippled software offers). You can use four standard AA rechargeable batteries, rather than Pure's expensive proprietary battery pack. Best of all, I was astonished by the sound quality when using it as a tuner running via the headphone jack to an external amplifier. The only downsides are that the mains adaptor will only power the radio, it won't charge the batteries: you need to take them out and charge them externally; and the sound from the built-in speaker is about what you'd expect from such a small, light unit. Oh, and even the lowest volume setting is still too loud for listening in bed in the middle of the night without waking up your partner. But, overall, absolutely staggering value for the money.
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Old 21-02-2013, 11:21
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....While we're on the subject of praising cheapo supermarket DAB radios, a few weeks ago I was in Asda and they were selling their Polaroid (for which read "Asda") brand Pixie DAB radios for ten pounds... overall, absolutely staggering value for the money...
I agree wholeheartedly. I bought one on a whim a few weeks ago and was amazed at its sensitivity in poor signal conditions. Very good indeed. My wife also took it to work to try out where in their office they get hopeless FM and DAB reception and it brought the DAB signals in pretty easily so she's going to get one too! Obviously it does sound small but for the money what can you expect?

Asda seem to have discontinued them though but she's going to check a couple of stores on her travels.
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Old 21-02-2013, 11:49
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Don't you find with a blue backlit display that it shines too brightly at night? I had a similar one a while ago but I had to move it into the spare room as it made the room full of a ghostly blue glow.
The main (only??) complaints on the Tesco website reviews ARE about the too bright/ghastly blue glow of this device!
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Old 21-02-2013, 11:59
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Can anyone who has one please confirm if it does have an earphone jack or not? The description says yes, the spec say no.

If it does does it give stereo output?

Would then be able feed my bedroom stereo system to have background music on while I potter around upstairs. I use a Roberts DAB radio in the bedroom at the moment but that has no alarm and has a top-facing display making it awkward to change channel etc while laying down. That could find a new home in the kitchen.
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Old 21-02-2013, 12:13
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Is it DAB+ compatible? If not most likely you will have to replace it in a few years. DAB+ tests have already taken place in Brighton area. No one should buy DAB equipment these days if it is not DAB+ compatible.
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Old 21-02-2013, 12:24
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Is it DAB+ compatible? If not most likely you will have to replace it in a few years. DAB+ tests have already taken place in Brighton area. No one should buy DAB equipment these days if it is not DAB+ compatible.
And you think a Technika will still be working by the time such potential changes happen

DAB coverage is still pathetic, might be nice if they improved that before changing yet again.
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Old 21-02-2013, 15:52
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Is it DAB+ compatible? If not most likely you will have to replace it in a few years. DAB+ tests have already taken place in Brighton area. No one should buy DAB equipment these days if it is not DAB+ compatible.
It's a 22.50 radio !! got to be worth a try if you want or need something like this . If it was 2250 then yes it might be worth waiting for DAB+ but you might be waiting for ever !
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Old 21-02-2013, 21:18
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Don't you find with a blue backlit display that it shines too brightly at night? I had a similar one a while ago but I had to move it into the spare room as it made the room full of a ghostly blue glow.
I bought a Roberts clock radio with blue backlight & found it far too bright,it's now in the spare room.
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Old 22-02-2013, 01:01
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Can anyone who has one please confirm if it does have an earphone jack or not? The description says yes, the spec say no.

If it does does it give stereo output?

Would then be able feed my bedroom stereo system to have background music on while I potter around upstairs. I use a Roberts DAB radio in the bedroom at the moment but that has no alarm and has a top-facing display making it awkward to change channel etc while laying down. That could find a new home in the kitchen.
YES....it does have a headphone socket at the side...and YES it is 'stereo' (providing the station is in stereo)

Wow... this little machine just gets better!!!

Back in 1982 I was buying MW & LW clock radio's ('Domico' was the make) and they sounded dire!... yet 30 odd years later you get one the same price with FM and DAB 'stereo'... wow... and not only do you recieve DAB in stereo... but 'FM' is also in 'stereo' too!
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Old 22-02-2013, 01:24
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Don't you find with a blue backlit display that it shines too brightly at night? I had a similar one a while ago but I had to move it into the spare room as it made the room full of a ghostly blue glow.
It's not that bright to be honest...quite dim... just that the time display is slightly 'thin' (if that makes sense)

The 'blue' background display is just the right brightness - and not too over-powering at all... but the LCD time display could do with using a slightly 'bolder' display... but I have adjusted to it now.

A great bit of kit for the price... and don't forget that the time automatically adjusts itself too... what clock radio will do that for you at that price?

Also... (as mentioned) the DAB and FM radio has 'stereo' sound when used with the headphone socket...

For 22.50...you get DAB/FM... (stereo) and a clock that adjusts itself and keeps perfect time... I can't moan at the price for what you get really...
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Old 22-02-2013, 05:31
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Is it DAB+ compatible? If not most likely you will have to replace it in a few years.
Yep. 2025 or thereabouts.
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Old 24-02-2013, 13:52
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It's a 22.50 radio !! got to be worth a try if you want or need something like this
Well, following this thread I looked one up in Tesco this morning, the price is right so I bought one - to replace my aged Sony Digicube

So far I'm pretty impressed, can't go wrong at the price.

Nice it's got two alarms - saves altering the alarm for the odd occasions I need a different time (this Wednesday funnily enough! ).
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Old 16-03-2013, 23:52
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While we're on the subject of praising cheapo supermarket DAB radios, a few weeks ago I was in Asda and they were selling their Polaroid (for which read "Asda") brand Pixie DAB radios for ten pounds. They look like a rip-off of the Pure One Mini but, having used both, I prefer the Pixie. They're available in white and ghastly pink, but fortunately there was some stock left in a more tasteful grey. The FM and DAB sensitivity is good, and the software gives full access to all DAB and FM RDS information being broadcast (rather than just the scrolling text and time which the Pure One's crippled software offers). You can use four standard AA rechargeable batteries, rather than Pure's expensive proprietary battery pack. Best of all, I was astonished by the sound quality when using it as a tuner running via the headphone jack to an external amplifier. The only downsides are that the mains adaptor will only power the radio, it won't charge the batteries: you need to take them out and charge them externally; and the sound from the built-in speaker is about what you'd expect from such a small, light unit. Oh, and even the lowest volume setting is still too loud for listening in bed in the middle of the night without waking up your partner. But, overall, absolutely staggering value for the money.
Erm... scrub all of that. Six weeks after purchase, and the Pixie radio is dead as a doornail. It must only have ever been powered on a few dozen times (which makes the Pure One Mini look positively long-lived, at a year-and-a-half when it died). Ah well, back to using the 30-year-old FM radio I suppose. Thank goodness I hadn't Freecycled it.
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Old 18-03-2013, 15:23
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Hi Alan.

Is it still ok on batteries? The mains power pack looks a bit cheap and nasty. I use mine exclusively on batteries.
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Old 18-03-2013, 22:40
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No, it wouldn't power on by any means. I checked the adaptor and it was fine. Then, the next day, it powered on -- but wouldn't go off again. I had to pull the plug. After which, it wouldn't power up again... So it went back to Asda. (Hardly worth the trip, but I was going anyway for some slippers.) Thanks for the thought, anyway!
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Old 18-03-2013, 22:43
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Ah well. Worth a thought. Hope the slippers last a bit longer!
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