Philips Portable Vintage FM and DAB Radio - Wood £39 (with code)@ Tesco
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Philips Portable Vintage FM and DAB Radio - Wood £39 (with code)@ Tesco

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Found 23rd Jul 2017
You need code TDX-MVPW at checkout to get it to £39 it's £59.99 elsewhere.

A classic-looking Philips radio featuring the latest DAB+ radio stations. Three preset DAB and FM radio stations allow you to access your favourite channels at the touch of a button. Connect to the mains when using the digital radio in one place, and add batteries to transform it into a portable radio. An LCD display and scroll dial make station surfing easy with the Philips DAB Radio. It is available in a stylish wood finish with cream accents.

DAB digital radio

Scroll through a wide range of DAB+ radio stations and FM radio with the Philips digital radio. This digital radio is perfectly sized to sit atop units and is 21.1cm wide, 14.78cm deep and 15.5cm high.

LCD display

Choosing a radio station becomes easier with this digital radio’s LCD display. View station names at a glance as you scroll through the channels.

DAB+ digital and FM radio

DAB+ digital radio and preset FM stations provide plenty of music and talk-show choices to power your day. Enjoy your favourite stations at the touch of a button with three preset options. DAB+ offers a wider selection of radio stations at a higher-quality audio level.

Portable DAB radio

Connect your Philips DAB radio to the mains for stationary listening, and transform it into a portable DAB radio with four size-C batteries (sold separately) for a mobile music experience. Transport your portable DAB radio from room to room via the carry handle.
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horsey

I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the … I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the Government are going to pull the plug on FM, and all my nice FM radios will be landfillFor what? I don't want any more stations and I especially don't want to listen to local radio.It's a solution that nobody wanted.like tfish pointed out, podcasting (in some form) is probably the future anyway.


Is your TV still deeper than it is wide?
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Good price for this model and good to see its DAB+.....
As long as you're not bothered about a headphone socket, cos it doesn't have one.
Have this in the bathroom - it sounds great. Actually picked mine up some time ago from Tesco's outlet on eBay - they accepted my offer of £30 - I think it was a return, but arrived looking like new.
Nice looking radio! Heat from me...but I don't need another...!
Nealjane100

Nice looking radio! Heat from me...but I don't need another...!



......but because it's on HotUKDeals and it's a bargain you gonna buy one anyway!!
Awesome deal OP thanks. Heat added
Hot. Everybody get's one.
I stopped using DAB & moved over to Podcasting because of the Govt adverts most stations now are playing esp TalkRadio. Its started to feel like I was being Brainwashed. Sad really.
Presumably it eats batteries like all DAB I've used? Major weakness to the system I think.
I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the Government are going to pull the plug on FM, and all my nice FM radios will be landfill

For what? I don't want any more stations and I especially don't want to listen to local radio.
It's a solution that nobody wanted.

like tfish pointed out, podcasting (in some form) is probably the future anyway.
N-Dubz radio receive some heat waves
horsey

I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the … I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the Government are going to pull the plug on FM, and all my nice FM radios will be landfillFor what? I don't want any more stations and I especially don't want to listen to local radio.It's a solution that nobody wanted.like tfish pointed out, podcasting (in some form) is probably the future anyway.


Is your TV still deeper than it is wide?
horsey

I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the … I hate seeing DAB radios, as soon as enough people have bought one the Government are going to pull the plug on FM, and all my nice FM radios will be landfillFor what? I don't want any more stations and I especially don't want to listen to local radio.It's a solution that nobody wanted.like tfish pointed out, podcasting (in some form) is probably the future anyway.



Nobody ?...... You cant speak for everyone.
Personally, i'm a fan of DAB. The lowering of bitrates is annoying but i'm happy with more choice of stations. DAB might not be perfect, but i'd rather have it than just analogue radio.
horsey13 h, 7 m ago

It's a solution that nobody wanted.



Well I enjoy the extra radio stations, extra bandwith for other applications, extra revenue for the govt and best of all it means it is easier to avoid the twat Chris Evans. Ev eryones a winner. ;-)
Thought all DAB radios are considered vintage now due to internet radio? Apart from ones in vehicles.
afroylnt

Thought all DAB radios are considered vintage now due to internet radio? … Thought all DAB radios are considered vintage now due to internet radio? Apart from ones in vehicles.



Same, I just ask Echo to play whatever station I want, and it comes through crystal clear! Was a good buy at £79
Thanks OP. Ordered one.:)
CM52MUZ4 h, 39 m ago

Is your TV still deeper than it is wide?



Are you still listening to low bit rate DAB radio? many stations run at 64kbps, but then you probably couldn't tell the difference.
I bet you are still listening to HD TV via its built in speakers.
Edited by: "horsey" 24th Jul 2017
Besford

Presumably it eats batteries like all DAB I've used? Major weakness to … Presumably it eats batteries like all DAB I've used? Major weakness to the system I think.



I think DAB+ is more battery friendly.
mccririck

I think DAB+ is more battery friendly.



Not heard that before !.... i'm sure i would have heard about it if it were true.
DAB+ just enables the radio to pick up + stations. Of which there's only 3 currently here in the UK.
I'm sorry, but only a miserly total of just 3 presets and no headphone socket equals cold from me, despite the price reduction !
RAMRaider1

I'm sorry, but only a miserly total of just 3 presets and no headphone … I'm sorry, but only a miserly total of just 3 presets and no headphone socket equals cold from me, despite the price reduction !



Its 20 presets, 10 for DAB and 10 for FM.
The 3 presets on the front just saves having to go into the menu.
Hi Biker.Jeff

Thanks for the info and I stand corrected, but from reading others comments on this post, these facts do not appear to have been made at all clear, which is somewhat unfortunate. However, the absence of a headphone socket would nevertheless still rule this radio out from my perspective, because the inclusion of such a useful facility would only cost pence to implement by the manufacturers and rather smacks of 'penny-pinching' imho ! Ymmv.
Hi Biker.Jeff

Thanks for the info and I stand corrected, but from reading others comments on this post, these facts do not appear to have been made at all clear, which is somewhat unfortunate. However, the absence of a headphone socket would nevertheless still rule this radio out from my perspective, because the inclusion of such a useful facility would only cost pence to implement by the manufacturers and rather smacks of 'penny-pinching' imho ! Ymmv.
RAMRaider116 h, 46 m ago

the absence of a headphone socket would nevertheless still rule this radio …the absence of a headphone socket would nevertheless still rule this radio out



The retro headphone socket has been replaced with an ultra miniature "Thunder" connector for your listening convenience.

Headphones using the new Thunder connector are available from Philips for a very reasonable £299 per pair.
Are those dimensions correct ? Nearly 15cm deep ? The photo appears to look much shallower. 21x15x15cm is more like a speaker box dimension.
Hi horsey

So let me get this absolutely straight, are you seriously proposing that potential purchasers of this bargain-basement £39.00 Philips Portable Vintage FM and DAB+ Radio should subsequently go out and blow a further £299.00 on a shiny new pair of Thunder connector headphones for the questionable privilege of listening to the airwaves via this new socket ?

Assuming that I've not totally lost my marbles, a rudimentary grasp of mathematics would tend to suggest that the cost of such headphones would exceed the value of the radio by a ratio of 5 to 1 ? Such expenditure simply wouldn't prove justifiable from my particular standpoint, but as you clearly seem to have more than enough money to burn, then I wish you the very best of luck with your purchase !
RAMRaider1

Hi horseySo let me get this absolutely straight, are you seriously … Hi horseySo let me get this absolutely straight, are you seriously proposing

No, Horsey was not being serious about the £299 headphones. Happy to help.
Biker.Jeff24th Jul

Not heard that before !.... i'm sure i would have heard about it if it …Not heard that before !.... i'm sure i would have heard about it if it were true.DAB+ just enables the radio to pick up + stations. Of which there's only 3 currently here in the UK.


Well DAB+ has more efficient codecs so it should use less power.
mccririck

Well DAB+ has more efficient codecs so it should use less power.



Sounds like you're just making assumptions. I'm not buying it, unless you can give me some proof that DAB+ radios use less power than plain old DAB radios.
Biker.Jeff

Sounds like you're just making assumptions. I'm not buying it, unless you … Sounds like you're just making assumptions. I'm not buying it, unless you can give me some proof that DAB+ radios use less power than plain old DAB radios.


With modern consumer electronics newer versions are often more power efficient when they start using newer components that are more power efficient.
So it may be that more recent DAB radios are benefiting from this more than anything.
At first glance it seems unlikely that the new CODEC itself will make the difference but that the newer chips that support it are inherently more efficient regardless of CODEC.
In fact newer CODECs tend to consume more power as they tend to be more computationally demanding which is how they manage to offer better compression rates.
But once a chip is designed purely to handle a new CODEC the efficiency improves.
You see this with CPUs on PCs when they add dedicated on-chip circuits for new CODECs rather than using the CPU's main cores that power consumption drops dramatically.
Agharta

With modern consumer electronics newer versions are often more power … With modern consumer electronics newer versions are often more power efficient when they start using newer components that are more power efficient.So it may be that more recent DAB radios are benefiting from this more than anything.At first glance it seems unlikely that the new CODEC itself will make the difference but that the newer chips that support it are inherently more efficient regardless of CODEC.In fact newer CODECs tend to consume more power as they tend to be more computationally demanding which is how they manage to offer better compression rates.But once a chip is designed purely to handle a new CODEC the efficiency improves.You see this with CPUs on PCs when they add dedicated on-chip circuits for new CODECs rather than using the CPU's main cores that power consumption drops dramatically.



We all know how power hungry DAB radios are, and my DAB+ radios dont seem any better in efficiency than the plain DAB radios i've had. They still use up batteries, or rechargeables at a high rate.
The manufacturers have made small improvements in what power they use, by using different displays etc, but it isnt much.
I simply dont believe that a DAB+ receiver in a radio will make any notable difference from a plain DAB receiver in how much power that radio uses.... If it did, the manufacturers would be making a big deal of DAB+ receivers being more efficient in battery use than ordinary DAB.
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