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MagicBox Parabola

This test report on the MagicBox Parabola is one of a series of digital radio reviews. If you have reached this page from an internet search, we suggest you begin by reading the Introduction to our guide to DAB digital radios. For more information about the options listed below, see also the criteria by which to judge performance and what are the main features to look for.

MagicBox Parabola - test report

  • Price £50
  • Type Tabletop

MagicBox ParabolaOverall verdict

The Magicbox Parabola was a reasonably priced, medium-sized DAB radio giving satisfactory sound quality, but was not easy to use. The buttons were the same size, with no space between them and quite hard to press, and with small, thin labelling. The space below the handle would not accommodate swollen joints. This radio did have an autoselect option for selecting stations. There were no preset buttons - favourite stations had to be saved through a menu.

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 15 x 29 x 11
Weight (kg) 0.9
Wavebands DAB / FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 0
FM presets 0
Preset buttons or menu n/a
Pause and rewind live radio no
Electronic programme guide no
Recording no
Selecting the station: rotate dial no
Selecting the station: press up/down channel buttons yes
Auto-select mode yes

Last updated: August 2011


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