Best DAB Radios with an iPod Dock (UK 2018)

Since iPods are gradually becoming less popular as smartphones take their place, it’s now harder to find a DAB radio with an iPod dock than it used to be. Several digital radios with iPod docks have now been discontinued, including the Pure Contour D1 and the Roberts Dreamdock.

While there are fewer DAB radios with an iPod dock on the market than there were in the past, there are still a few good options out there. We’ve researched the market and picked out the top two.

Best DAB Radios with an iPod Dock (UK 2018)

Roberts Blutune 65

The Roberts 65 is a high-quality DAB radio with Bluetooth and a Lightning dock which is compatible with newer iPods. It’s not compatible with older iPods such as the iPod Classic. One nice thing about this radio is that it comes with a remote control that you can use to skip tracks on your iPod.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • iPod dock with Lightning connector
  • Remote control
  • Graphic EQ with adjustable bass and treble
  • Acoustically tuned cabinet
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux-in port

Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.5 x 9 cm
Weight: 1.44 kg

Pros

  • Good DAB reception
  • Easy to use with an iPod
  • Attractive design
  • Alarm clock gradually fades in

Cons

  • Not compatible with older iPods
  • Relatively expensive

Summary

The Blutune 65 is a well-made DAB clock radio. It has good sound quality and is easy to use with an iPod. However, it’s relatively expensive and is only compatible with newer iPods that use a Lightning connector. Read our full review of the Roberts Blutune 65 here.

 

VQ Retro Mk II

The VQ Retro Mk II is a stylish digital radio that comes in a large choice of colours. It features a Lightning dock, making it compatible with the iPod Nano 7th generation and the iPod Touch 5th and 6th generations. One good thing about this radio is that it comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Lightning dock
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Aux-in port

Dimensions: 36.5 x 27 x 17 cm
Weight: 1.66 kg

Pros

  • Available in a large choice of colours
  • Decent sound quality
  • Easy to use with an iPod

Cons

  • Screen is quite bright, so it’s not ideal as a clock radio
  • Can be temperamental

Summary

The VQ Retro Mk II is cheaper than the Blutune 65 and offers a good range of features for the price. It has a stylish retro design, and would look great in a kitchen. It has an alarm clock, but the bright screen means it’s not ideal for the bedroom. Read our full review of the VQ Retro Mk II here.

 

About DAB iPod Dock Radios

What is an iPod docking station and how does it work?

A docking station allows you to connect your iPod to a separate piece of audio equipment such as a radio. This means you can listen to your songs through the radio’s speakers while the iPod charges.

You connect an iPod to a docking station using a dock connector. If your iPod was made between 2003 (the iPod Classic 3rd generation) and mid 2012 (the iPod Touch 4th generation), it will have a 30-pin connector. If your iPod is newer, it will use an 8-pin ‘Lightning’ connector.

Which products are iPod docks compatible with?

Newer docking station radios usually aren’t compatible with older iPods that use a 30-pin connector. If you have an older iPod and want a docking station radio, you could consider buying an older docking station radio such as the Pure Contour D1 second hand or refurbished on Ebay. Alternatively, you could connect it to a radio using an aux cable.

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