Black DAB radios look stylish and suit almost any décor, which explains why they tend to be more popular than radios in other colours and shades. If you’re looking for a high-quality and stylish black DAB radio, here are 5 of the best options available in the UK in 2018.
Pure Evoke C-D4
The Pure Evoke C-D4 is a very versatile digital radio offers an FM/DAB/DAB+ tuner, Bluetooth, a CD player and a remote control.
Like all the radios in Pure’s Evoke range, the C-D4 has an elegant and stylish design. In addition to black, the C-D4 is also available in a walnut or grey oak finish. The C-D4 is quite compact, measuring 22.3 x 21 x 13.6 cm, so it’s small enough to put on a bedside table.
Additional features include a headphone jack, an aux-in port, an alarm clock and a sleep timer. This radio is made by British digital radio pioneers Pure, who currently offer a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty on all their radios.
The Evoke C-D4 is relatively expensive given its features, but it looks sophisticated and is built to a high standard.
The Roberts Play is one of the top-rated portable DAB radios on the market at the moment. One of its most appealing features is that it has a built-in battery charger so you don’t need to charge the four AA batteries it takes separately. You can also listen to this radio using mains power.
The Roberts Play isn’t the most stylish radio available, but it isn’t ugly either. It has a simple and functional design. In addition to black, you can also buy this radio in a white finish with either a grey or blue rubber casing.
This radio makes it easy to save and access your favourite stations with its 5 dedicated preset buttons on the front of the radio. The Roberts Play doesn’t have many features besides the radio itself—there’s no alarm clock or Bluetooth, for example. It does have a headphone jack though for private listening.
The Roberts Play isn’t as cheap as some of the portable DAB radios from less well-known brands, but it’s one of the cheapest Roberts radios on the market and performs well for the price.
Ruark R4 MK3
The Ruark R4 Mk3 is one of the best-sounding DAB radios on the market. Rather than just being a radio, it’s a complete sound system with stereo speakers, a CD player and Bluetooth.
The R4 Mk3 has an attractive premium-looking design. In addition to black, this radio is also available in a walnut or black finish. It measures 44 x 20 x 15 cm, so it’s larger than a lot of DAB radios yet still compact.
This radio receives FM, DAB and DAB+ stations and features a USB port for playing MP3, AAC and WAV files or charging a phone.
The R4 Mk3 is made by Ruark, a British brand known for creating high-end products. This is an expensive product, but it has very high build quality and excellent sound quality.
John Lewis Spectrum Solo
This own-brand radio from John Lewis offers great value for money. It’s available in a choice of colours and shades, including black. In terms of design, the Spectrum Solo isn’t particularly stunning, but it is minimalistic and functional. There are 5 useful preset buttons on the front of the radio to make accessing preset stations quick and easy.
The John Lewis Spectrum Solo can be powered with the mains or with 4 AA batteries. It only ways 350 g, so it’s easy to carry around the house if you’re using it as a portable radio. Like with most portable DAB radios, the battery life isn’t great, so you will need to replace or recharge the batteries frequently.
This radio doesn’t have many features besides FM/DAB/DAB+ radio and a headphone jack, but it offers good value for money if you want a straightforward black DAB radio.
Sony XDR-P1 Portable Digital Radio
The Sony XDR-P1 is a small portable radio that would be a good choice for listening to around the house or while travelling.
Measuring just 11.5 x 5.7 x 2.45 cm and weighing 170 g, it’s small and light. It also has a headphone jack, which is good for when you’re on the move.
You can save 10 preset stations, and there are 3 preset buttons on the top of the radio for quickly accessing your favourites.
According to the manufacturer, the built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery will last up to 15 hours. In practice, the battery life will vary depending on how you use the radio, and is likely to be closer to 10 hours than 15.
Some nice additional features include a clock and sleep timer so you can drift off to sleep listening to the radio without worrying about running the battery down.
The Sony XDR-P1 is relatively expensive given its features, but it offers more reliable performance than some of the cheaper alternatives.