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DAB Radio Buying Guide

There are presently over 50 national DAB stations, as well as numerous regional and local stations. You may listen to them without interruption, and you’ll enjoy faultless, clear digital sound as long as you can obtain a signal.

Although the DAB radio market isn’t as crowded as it was a few years ago, there are still plenty of choices. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best, with a variety of styles and price points in mind, so you can choose the perfect radio for you.


How do you pick the right DAB radio for you?

DAB radios are currently approximately the same price as analogue radios, and a good, simple single-speaker radio can be had for around £20 to £40. A bigger budget will get you more opulent materials, a larger speaker, a more powerful amplifier, a stereo, and more functions, but you won’t need to spend more than £200 unless you want an all-in music system with DAB built-in rather than a radio.

Is DAB broadcasting available in my area?

DAB reception is now available across the majority of the United Kingdom, covering 97 percent of the population. If you aren’t covered or your station selection is limited, you can listen to an internet radio station instead. This connects to your home Wi-Fi network and streams radio stations from the internet.

This is fantastic, but it may limit your listening options. DAB, in case you didn’t know, relies on a broadcast DAB signal to function in areas where Wi-Fi isn’t available.

How is the audio quality?

One of the most perplexing aspects about DAB is that there are two different standards in use: vanilla DAB and DAB+. Some UK stations still employ the outdated MP2 codec and broadcast on the older DAB protocol. They also use low bit rates in their transmissions in order to jam more stations into a single multiplex and keep expenses down.

What’s the end result? DAB doesn’t always sound well, and it can even be poorer than traditional FM. Don’t get us wrong: a decent DAB radio makes the most of every station, bringing talk shows and music to life, but you could be disappointed if you’re expecting hi-fi quality audio.


DAB+ is now supported by even the most affordable new digital radios – it’s a prerequisite for the green digital tick mark – and allows broadcasters to employ the more efficient HE-AAC v2 audio codec, allowing more stations to be aired without sacrificing sound quality.

Until recently, the issue was that the UK authorities did not make DAB+ necessary for stations, and just a few did so. However, in the last year or two, the situation has improved, and nearly half of the UK’s commercial national stations now broadcast on DAB+.

Strangely, the BBC does not, yet its programmes have always sounded very decent, owing to the BBC’s lack of resorting to the same compression levels and mono output tactics as certain commercial stations.

What other characteristics should I be on the lookout for?


DAB radios normally include buttons or a dial to swiftly navigate through and select a station, but nearly all of them also have preset buttons where you can specify your favourite stations. Some even have capabilities that allow you to stop and even rewind live radio so you don’t miss out if you miss the opening of a show or have to answer the door in the middle of a song.

Aside from that, the finest additional feature is the increased connectivity. Some DAB radios offer an analogue line-in for attaching a smartphone or Amazon Echo as a source. Even better, a rising number have Bluetooth connectivity, with a select few even include Wi-Fi for use as an internet radio. Some DAB radios operate better as Bluetooth speakers than others, but it’s a useful choice if you’d prefer not listen to the DJ and instead listen to your own playlists.

Bestseller No. 1
DAB/DAB+ Digital & FM Radio, Rechargeable Battery and Mains Powered DAB Radios Portable Digital Radio with USB Charging
  • ✔️ DAB/DAB+ AND FM DIGITAL RADIO: With the iStar Portable DAB+ radio, you can enjoy your favourite radio stations with crisp and clear audio quality wherever you go. DAB offers enhanced digital radio quality, and allows you to access a range of digital radio stations. The clear LCD screen lets you know exactly what you are listening to.
  • ✔️ MAINS OR BATTERY POWERED: Out in the garden, in the kitchen, in the living room or on the go - wherever you like to enjoy your music, the iStar Portable DAB/ DAB+/FM Radio is ready to play all your favourite stations. With its built in 1200mAh lithium battery you can enjoy on the go for up to 4 hours from a single charge.
  • ✔️ STORE 40 PRESET STATIONS : You can easily store up to 40 stations to allow instant recall of your favourite DAB and FM stations. It is simple to use, when you first switch it on it will automatically tune in all the radio stations available. You can then go through and store your favourites.
  • ✔️ SLEEP TIMER: Fall asleep with your favourite station playing and the i-Star DAB Radio will automatically turn off if you set the built in adjustable sleep timer. An integrated headphone port also allows you to listen to the radio without keeping others awake.
  • ✔️ BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: i-Star are a proudly British company and offer a hassle-free 12-month warranty, easy return policy and friendly UK based lifetime customer service. The neat gift box includes 1 x Portable DAB Radio, 1 x Micro USB Charge Cable and an easy to follow User Guide. This product complies to CE and FCC standards
Bestseller No. 2
DAB/DAB+/FM Radio with Bluetooth, Mains and Battery Powered Portable DAB Radios Rechargeable Digital Radio with USB Charging for 10 Hours Playback
  • ✔️ DAB/DAB+ AND FM RADIO: The new Tune from UK audio specialists i-box is a stylish and easy-to-use upright portable DAB/DAB+ and FM radio. The DAB+ radio function offers you crisp and clear audio quality at the touch of a button, and automatically searches for all available radio stations, displaying them on the large backlit LED display - so you know exactly which one you’re listening to.
  • ✔️ MAINS OR BATTERY POWERED: Powered via the included micro USB cable (plug not included), or use the built in 2,200mAh lithium battery to enjoy on the go for up to 10 hours from a single charge, perfect for use around the home or on the move. It’s compact design and convenient carry handle, makes it an companion out in the garden or worksite.
  • ✔️ STORE 60 STATIONS: You can easily store up to 60 stations, with easy to navigate recall of your favourite DAB and FM stations. It is simple to use, when you first switch it on it will automatically tune in all the radio stations available. You can then go through and store your favourites (30 DAB/30 FM).
  • ✔️ PACKED WITH FEATURES: Enjoy your favourite stations directly from the Tune Radio with its powerful 3W built in speaker. For alternative input methods, you can play your playlist straight from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or Aux In port. Also features a convenient Sleep Timer that turns the Radio off when you fall asleep. It also automatically sets and displays the current time.
  • ✔️ BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: i-box are a proudly British company, our products are designed and developed in the UK and we offer a hassle-free 12-month warranty, easy return policy and friendly UK based customer service. The neat gift box includes 1 x Tune DAB RADIO, 1 x USB power cable and an easy to follow User Guide
Bestseller No. 3
AZATOM Desire X DAB/DAB+ FM Portable Radio Alarm/Battery/Portable/AUX/Headphone & 60 Presets (Oak)
  • ✔️DAB/DAB+ & FM RADIO: Built around the leading British DAB+ and FM technology provider, secures you optimum Digital Radio performance, with easy set-up and quick auto-scanning. Store up to 60 pre-set stations. Numbered pre-set buttons for simple channel selection.
  • ✔️DUAL ALARMS, SLEEP TIMER, SNOOZE - Wake up happy with multiple alarm settings and various time durations. When wanting to sleep, set your timer to switch off automatically.
  • ✔️MAINS & BATTERY: With the option of Mains power or Battery power (AA batteries) makes the Aspire fully portable. COMES WITH UK MAINS PLUG.
  • ✔️HEADPHONE & AUX-IN: Enjoy a more private audio experience by using the HEADPHONE port and with the Additional AUX-IN to connect your mobile or another music source.
  • ✔️BUY WITH CONFIDENCE - British Designed Azatom products have over 30 year’s experience in the audio sector. Every product comes with guarantee of lifetime customer support here in the UK and a Premium 3 YEAR Warranty (Registration Online required).
SaleBestseller No. 4
MAJORITY Little Shelford Portable Radio | Bluetooth Connectivity | FM + DAB+ / DAB Radio | Dual Alarm with Snooze Function | 20 Preset Stations
  • BLUETOOTH CONNECTION: Stream your playlists and favourite media using the quality Bluetooth connection.
  • DAB/DAB+ & FM RADIO: Enjoy a wide selection of radio stations across FM & DAB/DAB+ radio.
  • MAINS POWERED & PORTABLE: Upgrade the room of your choice when you plug in the Little Shelford or using 4xAA batteries take your audio wherever you go.
  • DIGITAL ALARM CLOCK: Wake-up and go with your favourite radio stations. Set up to two alarms with the dual alarm feature whether you want the sound of your favourite FM or DAB show to roll you out of bed.
  • WARRANTY INCLUDED: Majority offer full technical support for every item, as well as including a comprehensive 36 month warranty (registration required).
SaleBestseller No. 5
DAB/DAB+ & FM Radio, Stereo Sound Mains and Battery Powered Portable DAB Radios Rechargeable Slim Digital Radio with USB Charging up to 15 Hours Playback
  • ✔️ DAB/DAB+ AND FM DIGITAL RADIO: Meet the Slim from UK audio specialists i-box, the new stylish and easy-to-use portable DAB radio. DAB+ offers you crisp and clear audio quality, and automatically searches for all your available radio stations, displaying them on the large LCD display - so you know exactly which one you're listening to.
  • ✔️ MAINS OR BATTERY POWERED: The Slim Portable DAB radio can be powered via the included Micro USB cable (plug not included) or use the built in 2,000mAh lithium ion battery to enjoy on the go for up to 15 hours from a single charge for outdoor sounds, making it easy to listen to your favourite tracks and stations from anywhere around the home
  • ✔️ STORE 60 STATIONS : You can easily store up to 60 stations, and the 5 easy access pre-set buttons allow instant recall of your favourite DAB and FM stations. It is simple to use, when you first switch it on it will automatically tune in all the radio stations available. You can then go through and store your favourites (30 DAB/30 FM).
  • ✔️ PACKED WITH FEATURES: Enjoy your favourite stations directly from the Slim DAB Radio with it’s powerful built in stereo speakers, or use headphones via the socket for personal listening. Also features a convenient Sleep Timer that turns the Radio off when you fall asleep. It’s durable finish makes it a great choice for a work site radio
  • ✔️ BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: i-box are a proudly British company, our products are designed and developed in the UK and we offer a hassle-free 12-month warranty, easy return policy and friendly UK based customer service. The neat gift box includes 1 x Portable DAB Radio, 1 x Micro USB Charge Cable and an easy to follow User Guide
SaleBestseller No. 6
MAJORITY Girton II Mains Powered & Portable Radio | FM + DAB Radio | Dual Alarm | Stereo Speakers
  • DAB, DAB+ & FM RADIO: With Future Ready digital radio, the Majority Girton II Portable Radio delivers a wide range of radio stations.
  • MAINS POWERED & PORTABLE: Whether it sits in your kitchen or your garden, the Girton II is ideal for taking up permanent residence in the room of your choice or to take with you as you go. Enjoy audio on the move using 4 X C batteries.
  • STEREO SPEAKERS & HEADPHONE JACK: Enjoy quality audio using the Girton’s stereo speakers. Enjoy a private party when you connect your headphones to the Girton II Portable Radio.
  • DUAL ALARM: Start your day with your favourite sounds using the Girton’s dual alarm clock, snooze button and dimmer to have the morning you crave.
  • WARRANTY: Majority offer full technical support for every item, as well as including a comprehensive 36 month warranty (registration required).
SaleBestseller No. 7
Roberts Radios REV-ISTREAM3 Retro DAB/DAB+ FM Wireless Portable Digital Bluetooth Radio Alexa Voice Controlled Smart Speaker Revival iStream 3 - Black
  • DAB/ DAB+/ FM RDS and Internet Wi-Fi digital Radio allows access to thousands of Radio stations and Podcasts
  • The i-Stream 3 is a voice controlled smart speaker that utilises Alexa devices to become a smart music system (works with Alexa device)
  • Bluetooth speaker audio streaming from iPhone/ Smartphone or stream as a Spotify player, Deezer, TIDAL and Music
  • Acoustically tuned Retro, Vintage 1950’s style wooden cabinet with 6 position equaliser + separate bass and treble create a sublime sound quality
  • Becomes an alarm clock radio with 2 alarm timers, Includes colour display with dimmer adjustability,, built-in battery charging for NiMH AA cells transforming the device into a compact portable wireless speaker
Bestseller No. 8
Smith-Style Coppice DAB Radio Portable | Mains and Battery Powered with DAB/DAB+ & FM | Dual Speaker | 20 Preset Stations
  • DAB+ DAB FM DIGITAL RADIO: Enjoy a wide range of radio stations with top of the range DAB+ & FM technology and clear, reliable connection
  • DUAL SPEAKER: Unbeatable sound performance and 6 watts of quality audio with 2rms output from each speaker
  • MAINS & BATTERY POWERED: Portable and practical, power this radio with 4 x C batteries or the mains adapter included to listen wherever you go
  • 20 PRESETS & HEADPHONE JACK: Customise your listening experience by easily storing 20 of your favourite stations in one place with the option to plug in your headphones for more personal listening
  • WARRANTY & PRODUCT INFO: Full technical support and 3 years warranty. Product dimensions: 260mm x 150mm 90mm & weight 1.05KG. Included in box – Radio, AC adapter & instruction manual
SaleBestseller No. 9
MAJORITY Histon II Compact DAB Radio Portable | Battery Powered with DAB/DAB+ & FM | Dual Alarm & Snooze Function | 20 Preset Stations
  • DAB/DAB+ & FM DIGITAL RADIO: Enjoy a wide selection of radio stations across FM & DAB / DAB+ radio.
  • MAINS POWERED & PORTABLE DAB RADIO: Bring the Histon wherever you go using 4 x AA batteries or set up shop in the room of your choice when you connect to the mains.
  • DUAL ALARM CLOCK: Wake-up and go with your favourite radio stations. Set up to two alarms with the dual alarm clock feature whether you want the sound of your favourite FM or DAB show to roll you out of bed.
  • 20 PRESET STATION OPTIONS: Set up to 20 preset stations (10 on DAB and 10 on FM) and listen to your favourite stations instantly.
  • WARRANTY: Majority offer full technical support for every item, as well as including a comprehensive 36 month warranty (registration required).
Bestseller No. 10
DAB/DAB+ & FM Radio Bluetooth Speaker, 20W Stereo Sound Digital Radio with Remote Control, DAB Radio with LCD Display, AUX In, Headphone Out, Bluetooth Stereo Speakers with DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
  • ✔️ DAB/DAB+ AND FM DIGITAL RADIO: Meet the new Crystal DAB from UK audio specialists i-box, the new stylish and easy-to-use DAB radio with Bluetooth, with a premium elegant wooden finish. DAB+ offers you crisp and clear audio quality, and automatically searches for all your available radio stations, displaying them on the large LCD display - so you know exactly which one you're listening to.
  • ✔️ ENHANCED SOUND PERFORMANCE: Featuring high quality 2x10W stereo speakers with bass reflex port for enhanced sound performance and high quality audio playback, with Dynamic Range Control (DRC) for better clarity on compatible stations. You can also easily connect your headphones to the 3.5mm audio output port for personal listening without disturbing others.
  • ✔️ BLUETOOTH 5.0: Enhance the audio from your smartphone or tablet and play from your favourite music player app with easy Bluetooth pairing. Sync your device up to the i-Box Crystal DAB+/FM Radio with Bluetooth, and enjoy your playlist through high quality 20W speakers. There's an AUX input as well, so you can plug in non-Bluetooth devices for a wired connection with the included cable.
  • ✔️ DUAL ALARM CLOCK WITH SLEEP TIMER: The Crystal Radio makes a great bedside clock, with dual alarm function which allows you to set two different wake-up times to ensure you are never late for work. You can even wake up to your favourite DAB or FM station at a different time than your partner. The adjustable sleep function allows you to set a time delay in minutes after which the Radio will switch off automatically.
  • ✔️ BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: Now in millions of homes worldwide, i-box are a proudly British company, our products are designed and developed in the UK and we offer a hassle-free 12-month warranty, easy return policy and friendly UK based customer service. The neat gift box includes 1 x DAB Radio, 1 x Power Cable, 1 x Remote Control and an easy to follow User Guide

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