Digital radios: Compare features & prices Red NE-3111R DAB wooden radio review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/audio/reviews/digital-radios/red-ne-3111r-dab-wooden-radio/review/
The Red NE-3111R from Sainsbury's is a sub-£50 radio, so it may appeal to those looking for a cheap tabletop DAB/FM radio. However, low-priced radios often disappoint in our tests when it comes to sound quality, so we put it through our tests to see if it could buck the trend.
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Unuseable as a bedside radio
Admittedly it is not advertised as a bedside radio, and I think as a general purpose radio it would be excellent at the price. But as a bedside radio(1) When running the light it bright enough to read by! Yes it dims in standby, but it is still ridiculously bright. I had to switch off the power entirely to actually sleep.(2) More seriously, it was almost unlistenable to on volume setting 1 (the lowest of 10), and not much better on 2, due to an oscillating background hiss. This hiss didn't increase when you upped the volume, so by 3 its fine, but this setting is too loud to be relaxing at night. The fact that speech sounds a bit like it is being passed through a sock doesn't help either.So I took it back. Basically my 15 year old MW radio was better for low volume.
My Red wonder
I love my Red wonder, it gives me clear Radio 4 without crackling or hiss. I can listen to it all day long in the kitchen, which was quite impossible with my FM radio. I think your reviewers are looking for all singing all dancing quality when all many of us want is 'Listenability' to the spoken word. 10 out of 10 for my Red wonder. Only downside was that Sainsbury's had marked at £29.99, Now only half price, and I'm not sure it was ever on sale at £59.98.
My RED treasure box
I have two RED Dab radios, cheap and cheerful from Sainsbury's. They have been in use for a couple of years and never let me down. I mostly use them for listening to Radio 4 and 4x but also Radio 3 or Classic FM, while working in my office or relaxing at night. I am not interested in sound quality because for less than £30 I have no expectations. This radio is excellent for spoken word sound, never crackles, never goes blank. The presets work fine. Keeping down the power button, the screen light goes off which is good in the bedroom. I have no complaint at all and disagree with some of Which? findings. In the end, you get what you pay for and for the small amount I have paid, I seem to have a much better return than the more expensive models such as PURE.
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