Shelf Friendly Digital Radios With Big Style

Shelf Friendly Digital Radios With Big Style

Joel Pirela
Apr 15, 2011

If you're an avid radio listener, nothing beats the new crop of digital radios, balancing great design with solid audio performance. These little guys not only bring the best of both worlds, but offer both splashes of color or designs that blend in. Just like the "old days", maybe this could be the rebirth of a new wave of listening to radio again...

Pure Evoke-1S by Marshall
For $240, you get a nostalgic looking DAB, that looks more like the guitar amp you never got to buy when you were a kid. We like that it comes with the option of a external speaker and even with the auxiliary input, line out output and a headphone jack. This is a radio that sounds as good as it looks. Smooth and solid vocals without the hissing background noise... lots of detail sounds. If you like to rock, this is the radio for you.

Magic Box Parabola
With a look that came straight from the Meridian F80, this guy even have an iPod dock for a fraction of the price. Quality is not even close to the Meridian but you won't be paying $3000 either. At $80, this is a good alternative. Lacking a little bit on the bass and sometimes struggling to find stations, this is the perfect example of style over performance.

Tangent Trio DAB
With a solid feel and a smart style, the Tangent Trio provides FM, DAB/DAB+ and DMB. Keeping a low profile, the Trio is very easy to operate and feels like a quality product with solidly constructed controls. It also includes an alarm clock with sleep and snooze functions; but what about the sound? Crisp and clean with minimal interference, very rich and refined. A little bit of too much treble, but that how we like our radio broadcasts anyway. These are not party pumpers. At $180, is high on the scale but with a design that is future proof. As you can also see, there is a version with a CD player.

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