JVC RA-D11 Portable Radio Review

JVC RA D11 Radio

Summary:
With good sound quality and a robust design, the JVC RA-D11 is one of the best DAB shower radios available in the UK.

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The JVC RA-D11 is a portable FM/DAB bathroom radio with an alarm clock. The radio has a hanging strap to make it convenient to use in the shower, and is water-resistant. This radio is available in a choice of two colours: blue or pink.

What can the JVC RA-D11 do and how does it perform? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Water-resistant design
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • LCD display with amber backlight
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • Built-in lithium ion battery giving up to 17 hours of playback time
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • 2W power output

Dimensions: 16.2 cm high x 13.6 cm wide x 5.7 cm deep
Weight: 450 g

Performance and use

Shower radios usually have quite poor sound quality, but the JVC RA-D11 sounds relatively good. Obviously as a small mono radio it doesn’t sound amazing, but it’s definitely better than most of the other shower radios out there.

The hanging strap and tactile buttons make the radio easy to use in the shower or bath. The radio feels tough and sturdy, and should survive being dropped occasionally.

One disappointing thing about this radio is that it’s only available in blue or pink. It would be nice if you could get the radio in a more neutral colour like white or grey.

Pros

  • Sturdy and well constructed
  • Easy to use in the shower
  • Inexpensive (at the time of writing)
  • Good sound quality for a shower radio

Cons

  • Clock is only available in 24-hour format
  • Only available in pink or blue

Verdict

The JVC RA-D11 is one of the best DAB shower radios available in the UK. It’s compact yet tough and is easy to use. Unusually for a shower radio, the JVC RA-D11 has decent sound quality. At the time of writing it’s also very affordable and offers good value for money.

There are a few disappointing things about the radio such as the small choice of colours and the fact that you can only have the clock in the 24-hour format. However, these are only minor issues, so the JVC RA-D11 is still a great radio overall.

Similar radios

Another great shower radio is the Sony ICF-S80 Splash Proof Shower Radio, which is an AM/FM radio that has a hanging strap so you can use it easily in the shower. Unlike the JVC RA-D11 it doesn’t have DAB radio, but one side effect of this is that it has superior battery life.

Another alternative is the Roberts Splash DAB/FM RDS Digital All Weather Radio, which has the exceptional build quality you’d expect from Roberts. The Roberts Splash doesn’t have a hanging strap, but it does have a fixing bracket so you could attach it to the bathroom wall.

For some more radios to consider, see our roundup of the best shower radios.

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