The Philips AE5220 is an attractive portable FM/DAB/DAB+ radio that looks great on a kitchen counter. It has a wood-style finish which provides a nice contrast to the metallic carrying handle and silver-grey speaker. But does this radio it sound as good as it looks? Let’s find out.
- FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
- 3 preset buttons, with up to 20 preset FM and 3 DAB radio stations
- Comes in two varieties: one with a 3W speaker and one with a 6W speaker.
- FM has RDS (Radio Data System), which displays the FM station name
- Automatically scans and finds DAB radio stations
- Low battery indicator
Dimensions: 28.6 cm wide x 15.5 cm high x 15.2 cm deep
Weight: 1.4 kg
- Looks good, with a stylish retro design
- Crisp and clear sound
- FM has RDS, which means you can see the name of the FM station you’re listening to
- Relatively low price
- Good bass levels (if you like a bassy sound)
- Doesn’t come with a manual (it can be downloaded online)
- Sound is quite bassy, and the EQ can’t be adjusted
- Wooden panels feel quite cheap
- Only 3 preset station buttons, so you have to scroll through for the rest
- No integrated rechargeable battery
While it looks great from a distance, the Philips AE5220 looks and feels quite cheap when you get up close. The sound is rich and generally very good. However, you can’t adjust the bass or treble levels which can be frustrating, especially if you dislike its somewhat bassy default EQ setting.
To summarise, this radio is a good choice if you want a stylish and affordable DAB radio for your kitchen or conservatory. However, the faux-wooden finish and lack of EQ controls prevent us from recommending this radio to everyone.
If you’re not sure about the Philips AE5220, there are several similar radios out there you should consider. One similar radio with a wooden cabinet is the Bush DAB/FM Stereo Radio. It’s a fair bit cheaper than the Philips radio (at the time of writing), and offers good value for money.
If you’re looking for something higher quality and don’t mind spending a bit more, you should consider the Roberts Expression. It has an attractive ash-effect wooden case and offers the quality sound Roberts are famous for. An extra bonus with the Expression is that it has a built-in battery charger.