Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton Radio Review

The Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton is an inexpensive retro 1950’s-style AM/FM radio with Bluetooth. It’s a good-looking radio which is available in a large range of colours. Let’s take a closer look…

Features

  • MW/LW/FM radio
  • Can be mains or battery powered (plug is included)
  • Rotary tuning dial
  • Ferrite antenna
  • Carrying handle
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux-in socket
  • Bluetooth for wirelessly streaming audio from a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device

Dimensions: 30 cm wide x 21 cm high x 8 cm deep

Pros

  • Good radio reception
  • Cute, stylish design; goes well with retro decor
  • Easy to tune and straightforward to use
  • Good value for money
  • Bluetooth is easy to pair using a switch on the side of the radio
  • Has Bluetooth, unlike most radios in its price range

Cons

  • No DAB/DAB+ radio
  • No alarm

Performance and use

The analogue tuning dial can be easier to use for visually impaired people when compared to radios with a digital screen. However, it can be hard to fine-tune compared to digital tuning systems.

The sound quality is decent for a small, inexpensive radio, but this radio is more about looks than sound. If you’re a real audiophile you might find this radio’s sound quality to be disappointing, though it’s generally fine for casual listening.

Verdict

The Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton is a very stylish little radio that would make a great gift. It’s not the best sounding radio, but it is fun and looks great. It’s also very convenient to have Bluetooth so you can stream music from your phone.

Similar radios

There are several other radios available with a very similar design to the Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton. These include the oneConcept NR-12, which looks very similar to the Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton but doesn’t have Bluetooth. However, the oneConcept NR-12 has the additional bonus of picking up shortwave (SW) radio in addition to AM, FM and LW.

Another similar radio is the UKayed Retro 1950s Vintage AM/FM Radio, which is cheaper than the Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton but also doesn’t have Bluetooth. One useful extra feature with this radio though is that you can connect a USB drive, MP3 player or SD card and play MP3s through its speaker.

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