Best High-End DAB Radios

DAB radios range a great deal in price, from under £30 to over £300. While a cheap digital radio might be enough for some people, you have to spend more to get the best sound quality, construction and features.

Here’s an overview of some of the best high-end DAB radios currently available in the UK. These radios have cutting-edge features, are sturdily constructed, and have beautiful designs.

We have reviewed these radios in ascending price order (though prices might be different when you read this article).

 

Pure Evoke D6 Portable Stereo

Price: See latest prices on Amazon

Overview

The D6 is one of the best radios in Pure’s popular Evoke series. With built-in Bluetooth, you can use the radio as a wireless speaker to stream music from your phone. It also offers DAB and FM radio. Like all Pure Evoke radios, it has a stylish, minimalistic look to it.

Features

  • High-resolution OLED screen
  • Cased in a real wood cabinet
  • Bluetooth for streaming music from a smartphone or other Bluetoooth-enabled device such as a MacBook or most tablets
  • Optional ChargePAK makes the radio portable

Pros

  • Has the Digital Tick, so it will be fine when the digital radio switchover comes
  • 3 year warranty
  • Made by Pure, one of the top radio manufacturers in the UK
  • Adjustable bass and treble settings
  • Self tunes
  • Excellent sound quality

Cons

  • Volume is limited
  • Remote control has limited functionality

Verdict

If you’re an audiophile who is fussy about sound quality, the Pure Evoke D6 won’t disappoint: this radio’s sound quality puts cheaper DAB radios to shame. It will make a great looking and fantastic sounding addition to your home.

 


Revo SuperConnect

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Overview

The Revo SuperConnect picks up FM, DAB and DAB+ stations, as well as over 20,000 stations available online. It will also connect wirelessly to your computer, smartphone, or tablet, allowing you to stream music through its high-quality speakers.

Features

  • FM, DAB, DAB+ and internet radio
  • DLNA technology makes it easy to stream music wirelessly from your PC or Mac
  • Spotify Connect lets you stream music from Spotify
  • Comes in an all-wood American Walnut cabinet
  • Graphical OLED display
  • 15W speakers

Pros

  • Sound quality is very good
  • Plays any station available online, which is a lifesaver if your FM or DAB reception is poor
  • You can create your own equaliser settings, for example to boost the bass

Cons

  • Mains powered only, so not portable
  • No Ethernet cable connection
  • Spotify Connect is only available with Spotify Premium, which costs £9.99 a month at the time of writing
  • No pause feature to pause live radio

Verdict

Like all the radios on this list, the Revo SuperConnect is expensive. However, if radio is a big part of your life you’re unlikely to be disappointed with radio; it’s a serious piece of kit for serious radio lovers. It looks great, sounds great, and has a wealth of smart features.


Roberts Blutune200 Sound System

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Overview

The Roberts Blutune200 is an attractive DAB radio /  CD player with a wealth of advanced features. Using Bluetooth you can stream audio from your smartphone, MP3 player or laptop through the radio’s high-quality speakers. One of this radio’s best features is that it lets you record from the radio onto a USB or SD memory stick.

Features

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • USB charging for charging a smartphone or other portable device
  • Record to SD or USB
  • Clock
  • Alarm
  • Six position equaliser
  • Remote control
  • Lets you set 20 preset stations
  • DAB/DAB+/FM
  • Energy-saving standby setting

Pros

  • Attractive Piano Gloss wooden cabinet
  • The record feature is very easy to use
  • Clear display
  • Can be used as an alarm clock
  • Automatic tuning
  • Good built-in aerial

Cons

  • Recorder can’t be timed or programmed in advance
  • Remote control is very small and easy to lose
  • Lights are still quite bright when in standby mode

Verdict

This is an attractive all-in-one DAB radio/CD player with great in-built speakers. The record feature sets this radio apart and is very useful for recording your favourite radio programmes. Despite having more than enough features for the average buyer, the Roberts Blutune200 is very easy to use.

This radio is fairly expensive, but it looks great and you won’t need to buy external speakers.


Roberts Stream 65i

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Overview

The Roberts Stream 65i is much more than a radio. It’s a multi-room streaming system.

What does that mean? It means it’s designed to stream music or audio from virtually any device via Bluetooth or the internet, so you can listen to music from your smartphone, tablet, computer, or the worldwide web.

You can also connect it to Roberts’s R-Line of wireless speakers to listen broadcast music to different rooms in your house or place of work.

Features

  • FM, DAB/DAB+ and internet radio
  • Bluetooth streaming
  • Can be connected to wireless speakers for multi-room listening
  • Listen to music on Spotify with Spotify Connect (paid feature)
  • The free UNDOK app turns your smartphone into a remote control
  • CD player that plays most audio formats
  • USB port for listening to music on a memory stick or MP3 player
  • Record radio onto an SD card

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Stereo speakers
  • Made by Roberts (one of the top radio brands in the UK)
  • Good levels of bass
  • Superb range of features
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Batteries can come loose in remote control

Overview

The Roberts Stream 65i is one of the best internet radios on the market, and has a price tag to match. If you’re looking for a radio that can do pretty much everything, this is the radio for you.


Revo Supersystem Music Player

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Overview

The Supersystem is the flagship radio in Revo’s SuperSeries range. It’s an innovative and ultra-modern device, with just about all the features you’d expect a high-end DAB radio to have in 2016.

Features

  • FM, DAB/DAB+ and internet radio
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect (paid feature) for streaming music via Spotify
  • 80 Watt stereo output with dedicated 40W subwoofer
  • aptX technology for CD-quality streaming from smartphones and other devices using Bluetooth
  • Can be connected to wireless speakers for listening in multiple rooms at once
  • OLED display

Pros

  • Adjustable treble and bass settings
  • Large range of features – very versatile
  • Can be controlled from your smartphone using the UNDOK app
  • Has the warmth of sound associated with pre-digital radios
  • Made by Revo, one of the top UK radio firms
  • Comes in a range of colours
  • Revo have very good customer support
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Earned a 5* review from What Hi-Fi

Cons

  • A few people dislike the sound of this radio, so it might be best to try it out in a shop

Verdict

The Revo Supersystem is one of the leading digital radios in terms of features and sound quality. It works best in large rooms where you can really get the best out of its room-filling sound.


Ruark Audio R4 MK3 Home Audio System

Price: See latest prices on Amazon

Overview

The Ruark Audio R4 is one of the best-sounding digital radios money can buy. It features 3D stereo sound which adds real depth to its sound. It’s one of the priciest high-end DAB radios out there, but its sound quality is in another league compared to most cheaper radios.

Features

  • CD that plays MP3 CDs
  • Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music from a smartphone or other device

Pros

  • Adjustable bass and treble
  • Nice and compact
  • Easy to set up
  • Aerial included with the radio has good reception
  • Looks beautiful if a little retro
  • Perfect for appreciating classical music

Cons

  • No WiFi – many radios that are much cheaper have WiFi
  • Remote control only has a few functions
  • Once you’ve got used to the sound of this radio, everything else will sound disappointing!

Verdict

You get what you pay for when it comes to sound quality. If you really want to get the most out of your music, you need a really top-of-the-range radio like the Ruark Audio R4. This radio will be out of most people’s budgets, but if you have the cash and really care about audio quality this is radio is a good investment.

 

Things to consider when choosing a high-end digital radio

The range of features offered by more expensive DAB radios can be overwhelming. Here’s a quick overview of what to look out for so to help you make the right choice.

WiFi connectivity

If you get a radio that connects to the internet, you can listen to over 20,000 stations available online as well as podcasts and other on-demand material. If you’re used to just listening to BBC stations, for example, this can open up a whole new world of radio. It’s perfect for learning a foreign language or listening to obscure musical genres.

Another reason to get a radio with WiFi connectivity is that it serves as a backup if the radio’s FM or DAB stations have poor reception. Be aware that some radios like the Encore Wi-Fi Music Player only offer internet radio, so in this case you would be dependent on a stable WiFi connection.

Multi-room capabilities

Some radios can be connected to wireless speakers allowing you to listen to the same thing in multiple rooms of the house. This could also be a useful feature if you run a restaurant or large office and would like to place speakers in different rooms or areas of the building.

Bluetooth connectivity

Most high-end digital radios will have Bluetooth, which means you can stream music from a smartphone or other device with Bluetooth. This gives you more options and flexibility when it comes to listening to music.

Spotify Connect

If you’re a big Spotify user, you might appreciate a radio that works with Spotify Connect. Spotify Connect is part of Spotify Premium, and lets you stream millions of songs from Spotify on your radio at a higher sample rate than you’d normally get from the radio.

Portability

Most really high-end radios are designed for use in the living room so they’re not portable. However, a few can be used as portable radios, such as the Pure Evoke D6 Portable Stereo for which you can buy a battery pack.

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