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John Lewis & Partners Aston MK2 DAB/FM Radio, Duck Egg, Coffee or Walnut £19.95 + £2 c&c / £3.50 delivery at John Lewis & Partners
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John Lewis & Partners Aston MK2 DAB/FM Radio, Duck Egg, Coffee or Walnut £19.95 + £2 c&c / £3.50 delivery at John Lewis & Partners

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The Mark 2 has received a fresh body redesign. Beholding a classic appearance with its chrome accents and retro colourways, the radio will complement a range of decors. Multiple presets let you skip through your favourite DAB and analogue stations at a touch. Along with the telescopic aerial, you’ll enjoy crisp and clear reception too.

  • 10 station presets
  • Telescopic aerial
  • DAB and FM tuners
  • Battery powered for portability (4xAA, not included)
This does come with a mains lead, the JL description is not at all clear.
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Should I buy this radio?

No, this radio is disappointing in terms of sound quality and it's not robustly built.
shedosunds17/12/2019 18:04

What are dabs so.od fashioned


Translation
Why are dabs so old fashioned?
As I always remind people, you can opt for a smart speaker (Google/Akexa) at about the same price, and have the benefit of worldwide Internet radio instead of national broadcasting only, with DAB units. There are other added benefits too with say, a Google Home Mini.
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Thank you, that's 2 gifts sorted.
Heat from me OP
Thanks Op ordered
Looks nice in the coffee
What are dabs so.od fashioned
shedosunds17/12/2019 18:04

What are dabs so.od fashioned


Translation
Why are dabs so old fashioned?
shedosunds17/12/2019 18:04

What are dabs so.od fashioned


I would have thought that was obvious. The people that buy them are generally old and want to have a radio that uses the new standard. They like retro type stuff. Anyone younger that wants a DAB will mostly like retro type stuff, or get one of the radios that doesn't look old.
Everyone else that wants to listen to DAB, does it through other means. Tell a 20 year old that they need a physical radio to listen to DAB and they will think you are crazy.
This isn't DAB+ which seems to be the new standard
I have the previous model of this radio, great little retro radio, easy to use. The styling makes it an obvious choice for vintage or retro room settings.
As I always remind people, you can opt for a smart speaker (Google/Akexa) at about the same price, and have the benefit of worldwide Internet radio instead of national broadcasting only, with DAB units. There are other added benefits too with say, a Google Home Mini.
So battery not mains powered? I heard battery DABs are a big no no.
Jef_B18/12/2019 10:32

As I always remind people, you can opt for a smart speaker (Google/Akexa) …As I always remind people, you can opt for a smart speaker (Google/Akexa) at about the same price, and have the benefit of worldwide Internet radio instead of national broadcasting only, with DAB units. There are other added benefits too with say, a Google Home Mini.


Can you tell me how to do this? If I got a Google home mini, how would I get internet radio? would I need to connect it to my smartphone?
shedosunds17/12/2019 18:04

What are dabs so.od fashioned


You want to know what they are, but also think they are old fashioned?
I don’t think you can get all the stations with this.

no dab +
Bought 2 amazing price great quality!!
humanracer18/12/2019 16:52

So battery not mains powered? I heard battery DABs are a big no no.


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Mains or Battery
Edited by: "tunaskier" 18th Dec 2019
From Which?:

Should I buy this radio?

No, this radio is disappointing in terms of sound quality and it's not robustly built.
Great Post Ordered
humanracer18/12/2019 16:56

Can you tell me how to do this? If I got a Google home mini, how would I …Can you tell me how to do this? If I got a Google home mini, how would I get internet radio? would I need to connect it to my smartphone?


"Hey Google, play (radio station name)"
Edited by: "itchyone" 18th Dec 2019
Hideous.
That's a good price, but I can't imagine an uglier looking device.
waitingfordeals17/12/2019 19:42

I would have thought that was obvious. The people that buy them are …I would have thought that was obvious. The people that buy them are generally old and want to have a radio that uses the new standard. They like retro type stuff. Anyone younger that wants a DAB will mostly like retro type stuff, or get one of the radios that doesn't look old.Everyone else that wants to listen to DAB, does it through other means. Tell a 20 year old that they need a physical radio to listen to DAB and they will think you are crazy.


There’s all kinds of reasons why a physical radio would be better than a smart device / internet etc. I know plenty of young mechanics who wouldn’t be without one in their garages. I’ve got one in my office. Nice to have in the kitchen too I think.
stevieweevil18/12/2019 19:14

There’s all kinds of reasons why a physical radio would be better than a s …There’s all kinds of reasons why a physical radio would be better than a smart device / internet etc. I know plenty of young mechanics who wouldn’t be without one in their garages. I’ve got one in my office. Nice to have in the kitchen too I think.


Agreed. A portable DAB radio has advantages over a smart speaker, and vice versa. Good that people are aware though
humanracer18/12/2019 16:56

Can you tell me how to do this? If I got a Google home mini, how would I …Can you tell me how to do this? If I got a Google home mini, how would I get internet radio? would I need to connect it to my smartphone?


You use your smartphone initially to help set up the speaker, then you ask it by voice to play the hundreds of worldwide radio stations available. Plus it does so much more! But remember it needs an Internet connection, DAB radios don't.
Is this stereo or mono?
No DAB+ ? No thanks
Saw a similar one in the Range last year, was only available in turd, sick and runny dog poo colour.
Edited by: "supermann" 18th Dec 2019
i have dab radio, one day it picks up nothing, apparently everything is dab plus .....
I would get a majority one from amazon, they have dab + and BT, all for about £25
stevieweevil18/12/2019 19:14

There’s all kinds of reasons why a physical radio would be better than a s …There’s all kinds of reasons why a physical radio would be better than a smart device / internet etc. I know plenty of young mechanics who wouldn’t be without one in their garages. I’ve got one in my office. Nice to have in the kitchen too I think.


Of course. I have two.
The question was, why DABS look old fashioned. I attempted to answer that.
Jef_B18/12/2019 10:32

As I always remind people, you can opt for a smart speaker (Google/Akexa) …As I always remind people, you can opt for a smart speaker (Google/Akexa) at about the same price, and have the benefit of worldwide Internet radio instead of national broadcasting only, with DAB units. There are other added benefits too with say, a Google Home Mini.


Not everyone likes the idea of paying to wiretap their own house though.
darknesskai19/12/2019 00:36

Not everyone likes the idea of paying to wiretap their own house though.


I understand that, but they're wire tapped already with their smartphones . We're doomed. Lol.
I thought the post was for an electric heater
humanracer18/12/2019 16:52

So battery not mains powered? I heard battery DABs are a big no no.


It is both. Comes with a mains power supply and has a battery hatch at the back. DAB radios are indeed heavy battery users and the instructions say decent alkaline batteries will give 5 hours continual play. I bought one yesterday to replace my old dying radio. I'll simply use rechargeable batteries and charge them once a week which will be sufficient for the purpose in my bathroom. Anywhere else in the house where it might get more use, I'd have it plugged in to mains.
Edited by: "wantsomepls" 19th Dec 2019
a2next19/12/2019 07:48

I thought the post was for an electric heater


Just going to say the same thing
Jef_B19/12/2019 06:43

I understand that, but they're wire tapped already with their smartphones …I understand that, but they're wire tapped already with their smartphones . We're doomed. Lol.


Not everyone has smart phones. I do. But I don’t have it glued to my side like most people. It’s not in the same room as me unless I’m using it.
wantsomepls19/12/2019 09:51

It is both. Comes with a mains power supply and has a battery hatch at …It is both. Comes with a mains power supply and has a battery hatch at the back. DAB radios are indeed heavy battery users and the instructions say decent alkaline batteries will give 5 hours continual play. I bought one yesterday to replace my old dying radio. I'll simply use rechargeable batteries and charge them once a week which will be sufficient for the purpose in my bathroom. Anywhere else in the house where it might get more use, I'd have it plugged in to mains.


I have a small Roberts DAB/Internet radio as I posted on HUKD a year or so back. It recharges the NiMh AAs inside which is handy if I unplug its adapter to carry it around the house. At least 4 hours on 4 x AA rechargeables.
waitingfordeals17/12/2019 19:42

I would have thought that was obvious. The people that buy them are …I would have thought that was obvious. The people that buy them are generally old and want to have a radio that uses the new standard. They like retro type stuff. Anyone younger that wants a DAB will mostly like retro type stuff, or get one of the radios that doesn't look old.Everyone else that wants to listen to DAB, does it through other means. Tell a 20 year old that they need a physical radio to listen to DAB and they will think you are crazy.


Or they'll agree with you that you'll need a DAB Receiver to listen to DAB as they're not stupid.
Great little radio, I am surprised it has not sold out yet, they have added another colour 'duck egg'.
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