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The Pembroke is a budget-priced internet radio from British brand Majority. As well as internet radio, it also offers FM and DAB/DAB+ radio as well as Bluetooth. The Pembroke seems to offer a lot for the price, so is it too good to be true? Find out in this review…
- FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
- Dual alarm clock
- Save over 150 preset stations
- Remote control
- Aux-in port
- USB port for charging devices and playing MP3s
Performance and use
The Pembroke is quick and easy to set up, though saving preset stations can be time consuming. If you need it, the instructions manual (available online here) is clear and easy to follow. You have the choice of listening to the radio on FM, DAB/DAB+ and via the internet, which is useful if you want to listen to foreign stations or live in an area with poor FM and DAB radio signal.
The Pembroke has good sound quality for the price, and there’s a nice amount of bass. However, the volume is changed in steps rather than gradually, and sometimes it feels like the distance between one volume level and the next is too big.
One nice feature is that you can use your phone as a remote control by using the AirMusic app, which is available for both Android and Apple. The Pembroke also has Bluetooth for streaming music from your phone, and there’s a useful USB port for charging devices or playing MP3 files from a USB drive.
The Pembroke offers lots of features, but it still has some limitations. It’s mains only, so it’s not portable. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack, and can’t be used with Bluetooth headphones.
Some buyers have found the Pembroke to be unreliable, with software and hardware issues stopping the radio from working properly after a few weeks or months of use.
- Lots of features for the price
- Easy to set up
- Attractive design
- Useful USB port
- No headphone jack
- Sometimes loses preset stations
- Display is quite bright even on lowest setting
- Can be unreliable
The Majority Pembroke isn’t the highest quality or most reliable internet radio on the market, but it is one of the most affordable. If budget is your main concern, it could be a good choice, but otherwise, we’d recommend looking for something more reliable.
One popular alternative to the Majority Pembroke is the Majority Peterhouse Graduate, which is an internet-only radio with Bluetooth and a USB port. The Peterhouse Graduate has a similar price tag to the Pembroke, and offers great value for money.
One alternative from a more established brand is the Roberts Stream 94i, which offers DAB/DAB+, internet radio and Bluetooth. The Stream 94i is more expensive, but also more reliable. It also has a headphone jack, unlike the Majority Pembroke and Peterhouse Graduate.
For some more options to consider, see our roundup of the best internet radios.