Majority Shelford Retro DAB Radio Review

Summary:
Performs well for the price, though sound quality and ease of use could be improved.

Buy it online:
£39.95 on Amazon.co.uk

The Majority Shelford is a budget retro DAB radio with an attractive design and a leather handle. Released in 2017, the Shelford is one of the most popular DAB radios in the UK at the time of writing. Find out what it can do and how it performs in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Powered by mains power or 4 C-type batteries
  • Leather handle
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Sleep function
  • Headphone jack
  • Telescopic aerial

Dimensions: 24 cm wide x 15 cm high x 10 cm deep

Performance and use

The Majority Shelford DAB radio is generally simple and easy to use. It automatically sets the correct time and date the first time you turn it on, which makes it very quick and easy to set up. The instructions manual (available online here) is clearly written and easy to follow.

Reception on DAB is generally decent, though you might need to extend the telescopic aerial to get the best signal. The Majority Shelford sounds decent for the price, though it sounds quite thin and doesn’t have much bass. It can go fairly loud for a small radio.

As on many DAB radios, saving and accessing preset stations is quite fiddly.

This radio lets you set two separate alarms, and there’s also a sleep function so you can fall asleep without having to worry about turning the radio off.

As on many DAB radios, saving and accessing preset stations is quite fiddly and requires you to press a sequence of buttons. It would be nice if there were dedicated preset buttons so accessing your favourite stations just required a single button press.

This radio is available in either cream or red and has a nice retro design. It looks and feels a bit cheap, though you’d expect that from a radio at this price point.

Pros

  • Smart, attractive design
  • Easy and quick to set up
  • Good reception
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Sounds quite thin
  • No dedicated preset buttons

Verdict

The Majority Shelford offers good value for money and is a good choice if you want something with a smart retro at a budget price. There are better DAB radios out there in terms of sound quality and ease of use, but the Shelford performs well for the price.

Similar radios

Another DAB radio from Majority with a similar price tag and similar list of features is the Girton DAB Radio. Apart from the design the main difference between these radios is that the Girton can be used as a portable radio with 4 C batteries, whereas the Shelford is mains-powered only.

One excellent retro DAB radio to consider is the KitSound Jive 1950s Style DAB Radio, which arguably has better build and sound quality than the Majority Shelford.

For some more options to consider see our roundup of the best DAB radios under £50.

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