Majority Barton Retro DAB Radio Review

Summary:
Has some flaws, but offers excellent value for money.

Buy it online:
£39.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Released in May 2017, the Majority Barton is one of the newest products in Majority’s line-up of affordable DAB radios. This radio has a stylish upright design with a wood effect finish reminiscent of the Pure Evoke H2. The Barton is named after a village near Cambridge, England, where the radio was designed.

Find out what the Majority Barton can do and how it performs in this review…

Features

  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Alarm clock
  • LCD display
  • Headphone jack
  • Sleep function
  • Telescopic aerial

Dimensions: 25 cm high x 14 cm wide x 14 cm deep
Weight: 499 g

Performance and use

The Majority Barton is quick and easy to set up. As soon as you plug the radio in it automatically sets the correct time via DAB radio. The radio itself is easy to use, and the instructions manual is clearly written.

Reception is generally strong on the Barton, and it picks up both FM and DAB so you can switch between the two if you have problems with the signal.

This radio often doesn’t pick up Radio 5 Live to start with. However, if you do a factory reset and rescan, it should find the station.

The Barton has a nice design, but the wood effect finish looks quite cheap.

This radio has a small 14 x 14 cm footprint so it fits easily on bedside tables and kitchen countertops. It can be used as an alarm clock, though it’s not ideal for this purpose for several reasons. Firstly, the LCD screen is small so it’s hard to read the time from a distance. Also, the radio needs to turned on to change the alarm settings, which is inconvenient as you might wake someone else up.

Another issue with this radio is that the lowest volume setting is still quite loud, which isn’t very good if you want to listen to the radio in bed without disturbing other people. The Barton has a nice design, but the wood effect finish looks quite cheap.

Unsurprisingly for such an inexpensive radio, the Barton doesn’t have any advanced features such as Bluetooth or a USB port. It’s also not portable, and has to be plugged into the mains at all times.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Clearly written instructions manual (available online here)
  • Relatively good DAB reception
  • Small footprint, so it doesn’t take up much space
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Doesn’t have much bass
  • Wood effect finish looks cheap
  • Display is quite small
  • Doesn’t pick up Radio 5 Live
  • Not portable

Verdict

This radio is far from perfect, but it still offers great value for money. It performs well as an FM/DAB radio but it isn’t great as an alarm clock as the LCD screen is very small.

Similar radios

One similar looking radio is the Pure Evoke H2. It’s significantly more expensive than the Majority Barton, but is made to a higher standard and doesn’t look cheap like the Barton does.

If you’re looking for something more affordable, Majority offer a range of cheap radios including the Majority Shelford, which has similar features to the Barton but can also be used with batteries.

For some more options, see this roundup of the best DAB radios under £50.

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