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The Girton is a retro-style digital radio from budget British electronics brand Majority. It offers both FM and DAB radio as well as an alarm, and can be battery powered or used with mains power. The Girton is named after a village near Cambridge where this radio was designed (though it is manufactured in China).
Given this radio’s low price point and the fact that Majority aren’t a very established brand you might be wondering how the Majority Girton DAB Radio performs. Find out in this review…
- Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
- Alarm clock
- Sleep function
- Headphone jack
- LCD display
- Powered by the mains or 4 C batteries
- Carrying handle
- Telescopic aerial
Dimensions: 26 cm wide x 14 cm high x 9 cm deep
Weight: 1.2 kg
Performance and use
Like most DAB radios, the Majority Girton is quick and easy to set up. It automatically sets the right time on the LCD screen using the DAB radio signal. DAB radio reception is generally strong on this unit. The sound quality is also decent for a radio at this price point, though inevitably there isn’t much bass.
The display doesn’t glow when the radio is in standby mode, so it won’t illuminate your bedroom at night.
The wood effect design is nice, though it looks and feels quite cheap (which isn’t surprising given the radio’s low price).
The display shows the track playing, but sometimes this gets out of sync so it shows the name of the previous track. One good thing about the display is that it doesn’t glow when the radio is in standby mode, so it won’t illuminate your bedroom at night.
The biggest issue with this radio is that the lowest volume setting is still quite loud. This isn’t a problem if you’re listening to the radio in the kitchen of somewhere noisy, but if you’re listening in bed you might wake other people up.
You can plug this radio into the mains or power it with 4 C-size batteries, making it quite versatile. The carrying handle is useful if you want to use it as a portable radio.
- Easy to set up
- Very affordable
- Decent sound quality
- Good DAB reception
- Lowest volume setting is quite loud
- Track name on LCD display is sometimes out of sync
Like most Majority radios, the Girton offers great value for money but has a few quirks. It’s a good choice if you want something affordable for listening to around the house and don’t need any advanced features.
Majority offer a range of radios with similar features to the Girton. The Majority Barton has an upright design and offers similar features to the Girton, though it’s not portable. Another option is the Shelford Retro Radio, which has a leather-effect finish in contrast to the Girton’s wood-effect covering.
One alternative from a different brand is the Bush Wooden DAB Radio, which is very affordable and offers great performance for the price.
For some more options, see these recommended DAB radios under £50.