Best Record Players with DAB Radio

Vinyl has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years. While online streaming and MP3s are convenient, it’s still nice to have a physical copy of a record.

Sales of vinyl in the UK hit a 25-year high in 2016, so it’s not surprising that record players are making a comeback too.

Several manufacturers have responded to the growing popularity of vinyl by producing attractive retro record players that incorporate modern features such as Bluetooth and DAB radio.

These music systems are great for those with old record collections gathering dust as well as new collectors.

A record player radio would make a unique and special present for a music lover. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best record players available with DAB radio on the market in the UK.

Best Record Players with DAB Radio

1. ION Audio Octave LP

This record player from ION Audio has all the features most people are looking for in a record player radio.

As well as a 3-speed turntable and FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, it also features a CD player, cassette player, USB port and Bluetooth.

Features

  • 3-speed turntable – plays 33s, 45s and 78s
  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • CD player
  • Cassette player
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port for playing and recording MP3s
  • Remote control
  • Saves 20 preset radio stations

Dimensions: 55.6 x 39.2 x 29.6 cm

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Lots of features
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Built-in speakers are quite poor quality
  • Can be temperamental and unreliable

Summary

This product is a good choice for rediscovering your vinyl and cassette collection. However, the built-in speakers aren’t great, so it might be worth attaching to external speakers for better sound.

 

2. Denver MRD-51 DAB Retro Record Player

This 7-in-1 music centre combines a 3-speed record player with DAB radio, FM radio, a CD player, a cassette player, a USB port and an aux-in port.

It has an authentic-looking retro design and is quite reasonably priced given its features.

Features

  • 33/45/78 RPM turntable
  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset radio stations
  • CD player
  • USB port for playing MP3s and recording
  • Cassette player
  • Built-in speakers
  • Aux input
  • Remote control
  • Equaliser

Dimensions: 51 x 34 x 21.5 cm

Pros

  • Decent sound quality
  • Good value for money
  • Nice retro design

Cons

  • Record player arm doesn’t automatically return

Summary

The Denver MRD-51 has an inexpensive record player radio that offers a lot of features for the price.

 

3. ION Digital LP Belt Drive Music Centre

ION Digital LP Belt Drive Music Centre

The ION Digital LP Belt Drive Music Centre is the cheapest DAB record player we could find when researching the market. It’s quite a lot cheaper than most of the alternatives at the time of writing.

Features

  • 3-speed turntable
  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • USB port for recording vinyl to MP3
  • Built-in speaker
  • Aux input

Dimensions: 35 x 31 x 15 cm

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Generally good DAB reception

Cons

  • Sound quality could be better
  • Not as many features as more expensive models

Summary

This turntable is the ideal if you want something inexpensive with DAB radio.

It doesn’t have as many features as some of the alternatives (there’s no cassette player, for example) but it’s a great budget choice.

 

4. Zennox Midi Hi-Fi Music System 7-in-1

This versatile music system can play 33s, 45s and 78s as well as cassettes and CDs. You can also listen to the radio on AM, FM and DAB and record onto a USB stick. The design has a 1980s look to it, which could be a pro or a con depending on your taste!

Features

  • AM/FM/DAB radio
  • Vinyl turntable
  • Programmable CD player
  • Cassette player
  • USB & SD recording
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 33 x 32 29 cm (main unit)
Weight: 8 kg

Pros

  • Good vinyl reproduction quality
  • Easy to use
  • Good value for money
  • Well packaged when bought online

Cons

  • Build quality could be higher
  • Limited volume
  • Speakers are quite small

Summary

This all-in-one music system offers pretty good value for money considering what it can do. While the build quality could be higher, it’s generally an impressive system that will let you hear your old records and tapes again.

 

5. auna Belle Epoque 1908

This record player has a classic look thanks to its stylish wooden case, but its features are very modern.

The Belle Epoque 1908 from German brand auna features FM and DAB radio, CD and cassette players, Bluetooth and a USB port that lets you record from vinyl to MP3s.

Features

  • 3-speed turntable (33, 45, 78 rpm)
  • FM/DAB radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Cassette player
  • CD player
  • USB port for recording
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 50 x 33 x 22 cm

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Quite pricey

Summary

The auna Belle Epoque 1908 is a high-quality product with a nice wooden case, but it’s pricier than some of the alternatives.

 

Features to Look for in a Record Player Radio

Most of the record players reviewed here are quite similar in terms of price and features, so it can be hard to know which one to go for.

Record players with a DAB radio tend to cost from £150 to £200 and are usually sold as music centres that combine lots of different features.

All of the record players reviewed above can play 33s, 45s and 78s and have DAB radio. Here are some other features to look for:

  • AM radio: The Zennox Midi Hi-Fi Music System offers AM radio in addition to FM and DAB. It’s quite rare to find a product with AM, FM and DAB, so these record players are a good choice if you want the greatest amount of choice possible when it comes to the radio.
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth allows you to use the record player as a Bluetooth speaker and stream audio through its speakers. Unfortunately, you can’t use it as a Bluetooth transmitter and listen to records through Bluetooth headphones.
  • Built-in speakers: Record players with built-in speakers are more compact and portable than those that use external speakers. However, the sound quality is often worse than if you were to attach external speakers.
  • CD player: A CD player lets you play CDs as well as records. Often CD players in record player radios will play MP3 CDs, which means you can fit hundreds of tracks on one CD. Some record players such as the Teac LP-R500 even let you record directly onto CD.
  • Cassette player: It’s becoming harder and harder to get hold of a cassette player, which is why it’s nice that many record player radios feature one. This means you can rediscover your cassette collection as well as your vinyl collection.
  • Recording function: Lots of record player radios feature a recording function that lets you record onto a USB stick or directly to a CD. It’s more common to find a product that records to USB than CD.
    Often you can choose to record from any of the available audio sources, including vinyl records, cassettes, CDs and FM or DAB radio.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one record player with DAB radio to recommend it would be the ION Audio Octave LP as it offers good value for money and has all of the features most people want in a record player radio: A 3-speed turntable, DAB radio, CD and cassette players, Bluetooth and the ability to record to USB.

However, don’t expect amazing sound quality as the built-in speakers are quite average.

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