Lidl INSTORE SILVERCREST Digital Multi-Band Radio with backlit LCD radio alarm
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Lidl INSTORE SILVERCREST Digital Multi-Band Radio with backlit LCD radio alarm

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Found 11th Feb 2014
I like this having finally knacked out my little "backup" portable zennox radio.
This seems to have plenty going for it as a back up unit, for shed men wanting company other than the wife!

Or as storms whip up & power disappears an emergency radio, ..or a small camping accompaniment, we tend to use this sort of thing when in chamonix so we don't end up paying stupid money for a bit of rubbish tv in our apartment, it tends to do the job during times when in need of something other than total silence.
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Compact 8-band radio with FM/ MW and 6 x SW tuner, each with 10 station memory
Radio alarm with snooze function and sleep timer
Batteries, storage bag, earphones and carry strap included
3 year manufacturer's warranty

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Hot for reminding me my grandpa

Does it have a mains power lead also?

Short Wave really brought a lot of the world to me back in the old days.


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maz888

Does it have a mains power lead also?


doesn't appear to have, It looks like my old zennox unit updated, so will probably run on a couple of AA's for a good week or so, maybe a small lithium cell bat for the clock /alarm function longterm use!?

Overall, judging by the aerial size in relation to the unit it'll fit in the palm of your hand & will be slimline, so when your kid is doing DofE & a mobile phone is banned from use, these really come into their own on a trek.

Similar one on Ebay has a 3,5mm power socket for a 3V supply (adapter not included). Probably get a cheap adapter on Ebay.

I find Silvercrest to be very reliable. I've had a fair few of their products and they always last ages. Also, Lidl don't mess about when issuing refunds for bust goods.

As long as nobody thinks it's DAB digital..

Be nice if it was DAB, stick with me 10 year old tom-tec, almost looks the same. Still hot added

Bman79

As long as nobody thinks it's DAB digital..



But if it was DAB it would be twice the size, four times the price and the batteries would last half an hour!

i just use my mobile phone or ipad for entertainment, cant remember last time i listened to one of these.

justicesj

i just use my mobile phone or ipad for entertainment, cant remember last … i just use my mobile phone or ipad for entertainment, cant remember last time i listened to one of these.



Does your phone receive SW or even MW broadcasts?

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justicesj

i just use my mobile phone or ipad for entertainment, cant remember last … i just use my mobile phone or ipad for entertainment, cant remember last time i listened to one of these.



Fine for you, but that makes for a very expensive radio as an iphone / ipad, plus eats the battery very quickly, you miss the point entirely, a small versatile radio like this is easy on power & very handy for entertainment whilst keeping your posh phone boosted to do what phones are mainly designed to do ..be used as a phone.
nice to take these away & have a phone charge last a week, ..whilst listening to a radio.

Do people even purchase non dab radios now?

From 17 th feb

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BustyB293

Do people even purchase non dab radios now?


Yes, if they are sensible & travel a lot, spending time outdoors or away from a mains socket for any length of time they tend to.
(nb I also have way too many dab radios)

mine worked for about 2 weeks then everything that could go wrong on it did go wrong on it .avoid

tex11

mine worked for about 2 weeks then everything that could go wrong on it … mine worked for about 2 weeks then everything that could go wrong on it did go wrong on it .avoid



Warranty!!!!!!!!

Did you really join HUKD just to post that nonsense? oO

Besford

Warranty!!!!!!!!Did you really join HUKD just to post that nonsense? oO



Lol

Hawke91

Does your phone receive SW or even MW broadcasts?



A lot of modern smart phones don't even have a built in radio. I suppose the argument will be that they can stream from any web source - as long as you have lots and lots of data available.

Strange really - as even the £10 Nokias that they give away have built in radios. It seems the older cheap phones have built in FM, but a lot of modern smart phones don't???

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On the smart phones scenario i've got to ask,... providing you can get reception, & have a free or paid app for radio, & can hook a signal up cleanly, deliver enough oomph to be heard amongst background noises without resorting to ear buds, & have the battery life to spare for hours of radio use,how many apps can you easily run one on top of the other at a time or does it cease if a call comes in / needs to be made?

bit like taking a phone out on a mountain & using the gps all the time for location mapping purposes, if you need to make a call you may find your phone out of power when you really need to use it.

(besides a phone speaker is really awful, ..beyond awful)

So did anyone else buy one of these?

I bought one yesterday. Took it back this morning. Cheap chinese rubbish!

The headphones didn't work at all in the radio. So I tried them on another device to see if it was an issue with the radio or the headphones themselves.That proved the headphones themselves only worked on one side - nothing at all from the other. So it seems like there was a fault in both the radio and the headphones.

The adaptor input calls for 5v, but it warns you to remove the batteries before using an external adaptor (not supplied)
Remember, this has 10 pre-sets per band, and with 8 bands that allows for 80 pre-sets, plus the clock, plus the alarm.
Don't worry, the instructions say all the pre-sets are maintained even if you remove the batteries.

Well guess what? They're not! All memories are lost as soon as you remove the batteries.

Took back to the store for a full refund.

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Hawke91

So did anyone else buy one of these?I bought one yesterday. Took it back … So did anyone else buy one of these?I bought one yesterday. Took it back this morning. Cheap chinese rubbish!The headphones didn't work at all in the radio. So I tried them on another device to see if it was an issue with the radio or the headphones themselves.That proved the headphones themselves only worked on one side - nothing at all from the other. So it seems like there was a fault in both the radio and the headphones.The adaptor input calls for 5v, but it warns you to remove the batteries before using an external adaptor (not supplied)Remember, this has 10 pre-sets per band, and with 8 bands that allows for 80 pre-sets, plus the clock, plus the alarm.Don't worry, the instructions say all the pre-sets are maintained even if you remove the batteries.Well guess what? They're not! All memories are lost as soon as you remove the batteries.Took back to the store for a full refund.



THAT, is damn annoying, the brand sourcing managers clearly not doing the appropriate tests they stand by with regards to quality.

are they still in store?

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I saw one locally the other week, & could confirm the headphone socket worked fine.
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