Polaroid DS381 - DAB portable radio  was £20 now £15 @ASDA
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Polaroid DS381 - DAB portable radio was £20 now £15 @ASDA

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Found 26th Nov 2013
Personal DAB, digital sound on the move, so whether you like Radio 4 extra, 6 music, or any number of the dozens of digital-only radio stations this is an excellnt stocking filler

(wouldn't do any harm to get a decent pair of headphones, and if my personal experience of another 'own brand' supermarket personal DAB is to go by, a set of rechargble batteries wouldn't go far wrong either!)

STILL DAB none the less, at a decent price

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I was looking at this the other day and forget to check whether they are any good...anyone got one?

I got one a few days ago and its been working fine. I'd recommend it.

How long does the battery last? Doesnt DAB use quite a bit of power?

Reviews arent great.

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mccririck

Reviews arent great.


For a £20 DAB perhaps - would they be as unkind now it's a fiver less?

As I said in original description, rechargables and good headphones will probably go a long way, I know they did with my 'Technica'
(and as many have pointed out - is rechargable anyway, so even better!)

Edited by: "ukhotdeals1" 28th Nov 2013

ukhotdeals1

For a £20 DAB perhaps - would they be as unkind now it's a fiver less?As … For a £20 DAB perhaps - would they be as unkind now it's a fiver less?As I said in original description, rechargables and good headphones will probably go a long way, I know they did with my 'Technica'



If you read it only takes a rechargeable battery and it has no button lock.

I couldn't give you an accurate estimate on battery life because I use it for short periods at a time throughout the day. One charge lasted me about 2 days. I didn't think it was a bad price at £15. I had a more expensive brand one but I hated that the battery kept getting used up and there was no plug. I haven't noticed any difference in quality and at least now I can recharge it by usb. The headphones are also of surprisingly good quality.

Downside is that the display doesn't name the DAB stations just gives them numbers. Can make it very hard to find the digital station you are looking for.

Banned

great deal.

I'm a little out of the loop with these kind of radios. Does this play FM radio stations aswell? I'm looking for a cheap FM radio player for my dad to have with him at the football, he likes to listen to commentary while watching the game. Would this work?

Jaestar69

I couldn't give you an accurate estimate on battery life because I use it … I couldn't give you an accurate estimate on battery life because I use it for short periods at a time throughout the day. One charge lasted me about 2 days. I didn't think it was a bad price at £15. I had a more expensive brand one but I hated that the battery kept getting used up and there was no plug. I haven't noticed any difference in quality and at least now I can recharge it by usb. The headphones are also of surprisingly good quality.



Heya, can it run while it's being charged via the usb? So for example if I want to use it as a Car DAB radio in my car for long journeys. Thanks.

WelshDog

I'm a little out of the loop with these kind of radios. Does this play FM … I'm a little out of the loop with these kind of radios. Does this play FM radio stations aswell? I'm looking for a cheap FM radio player for my dad to have with him at the football, he likes to listen to commentary while watching the game. Would this work?



I picked one up in Asda last night funnily enough and i can confirm that it is DAB and FM so yes it would work for your uses

robskicardiff

I picked one up in Asda last night funnily enough and i can confirm that … I picked one up in Asda last night funnily enough and i can confirm that it is DAB and FM so yes it would work for your uses



when I said 'i picked one up' i meant i literally picked one up to look at rather than purchased one so sorry i can only answer this query allthough I dont think its AA/AAA batteries as I am 99% sure its internal rechargable powersource

It is micro USB to charge and transfer data etc but cant confirm if you can listen and charge at same time

Ta op

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I like how if you zoom on the image (on website) it actually looks slightly smaller ...:|

robskicardiff

when I said 'i picked one up' i meant i literally picked one up to look … when I said 'i picked one up' i meant i literally picked one up to look at rather than purchased one so sorry i can only answer this query allthough I dont think its AA/AAA batteries as I am 99% sure its internal rechargable powersource It is micro USB to charge and transfer data etc but cant confirm if you can listen and charge at same time



Thanks, I'll just pick one up at ASDA. No biggie. You "quoted" the wrong comment though lol.

robskicardiff

I picked one up in Asda last night funnily enough and i can confirm that … I picked one up in Asda last night funnily enough and i can confirm that it is DAB and FM so yes it would work for your uses


Thanks for that. I'll go pick him one up tonight. Thanks.

Sounds pretty bad - no station names and no power meter? crazy design decisions.

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Nevasleep

Sounds pretty bad - no station names and no power meter? crazy design … Sounds pretty bad - no station names and no power meter? crazy design decisions.


Cheap though ;-)

Can only guess it's cheaper to make a seven segment display than an alphanumeric one, although It'll take almost exactly the same amount of raw materials to make either!

What is the reception like on these things? Reception is paramount and I'm not particularly chuffed with the reception on my pricey Pure radio in my kitchen - can only really get the BBC stations. Presumably it's even worse on portable kit...?

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terry's june

What is the reception like on these things? Reception is paramount and … What is the reception like on these things? Reception is paramount and I'm not particularly chuffed with the reception on my pricey Pure radio in my kitchen - can only really get the BBC stations. Presumably it's even worse on portable kit...?


I can't imagine it'll be substantially *better*, as with most things digital, they either work, or don’t.

- you at least have the benefit of being able to go outside with this one and listen to the radio from the street!

ukhotdeals1

[quote=terry's june] What is the reception like on these things? … [quote=terry's june] What is the reception like on these things? Reception is paramount and I'm not particularly chuffed with the reception on my pricey Pure radio in my kitchen - can only really get the BBC stations. Presumably it's even worse on portable kit...?


I can't imagine it'll be substantially *better*, as with most things digital, they either work, or don’t./quote]

Reception is everything with DAB, if the radio is rubbish or your signal is bad it's a painful experience. I doubt the reception on this is better than the Pure, as you say. Different needs though, I wouldn't buy a portable to hook up to a stereo for your kitchen.

ukhotdeals1

I can't imagine it'll be substantially *better*, as with most things … I can't imagine it'll be substantially *better*, as with most things digital, they either work, or don’t.- you at least have the benefit of being able to go outside with this one and listen to the radio from the street!



The reception issue is more than likely to do with your location than the actual equipment you are using.
Edited by: "ipswich78" 6th Dec 2013
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