JVC RA-DS77 Portable Radio Review

JVC RA-DS77

Summary:
The JVC RA-DS77 has great sound quality for the price and delivers plenty of volume.

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The JVC RA-DS77 is a portable FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with an alarm clock and an attractive wood finish. Let’s see what it can do…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB/DAB+)
  • Mains or battery powered
  • Colour LED display
  • Alarm clock with snooze function
  • Aux-in jack
  • Stereo speakers with 14W power output
  • 72 cm telescopic antenna
  • Carrying handle

Dimensions: 27.5 cm wide x 14.5 cm high x 14 cm deep
Weight: 1.9 kg

Performance and use

The JVC RA-DS77 has very good sound quality for a radio of its size and price, and offers plenty of volume and bass. The radio has two 7W speaker drivers giving 14W of power output in total.

You can plug the JVC RA-DS77 into the mains or use it as a portable radio with 6-size batteries, which aren’t included. Batteries should last for up to 10 hours, but in practice they can last much less, which means it’s not ideal as a portable radio.

The JVC RA-DS77 has some good alarm functions including a snooze function that lets you choose when the alarm will come on again: 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes.

The radio has a 3.2” colour display which shows information about the station and track playing as well as the time. The display is relatively large, and shows more information than you’d get on most other DAB radios.

This radio has a simple yet attractive design with a cream plastic from and a wooden casing. The radio has rubber feet to prevent it from scratching wooden surfaces or slipping.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Clear and easy-to-read display that shows lots of information
  • Plenty of volume
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Handle isn’t always needed, and can’t be removed
  • Batteries don’t last very long. A rechargeable battery might be more convenient.

Verdict

The JVC RA-DS77 punches above its weight in terms of sound quality and offers a good amount of bass and plenty of volume. The radio sounds better than several more expensive DAB radios, and also has a stylish design and a nice, clear colour display.

Like most portable DAB radios, the JVC RA-DS77 is disappointing when it comes to battery life. Apart from this though, there isn’t much to complain about with this radio.

Similar radios

Another radio with a colour screen is the Pure Evoke H3, which has a similar price tag to the JVC RA-DS77 and has similar features but with the addition of Bluetooth. Like the JVC RA-DS77, the Pure Evoke H3 has a very stylish design combining wood with plastic elements.

A cheaper alternative is the Philips AE5020, which has a nice wood-effect finish and can be bought with either 3 or 6 watts of power output. This radio doesn’t sound as good as the JVC RA-DS77, but it is more affordable.

For some other options to consider, check out our roundup of the best clock radios or see these recommended DAB radios under £100.

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