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Panasonic RF-D5

This test report on the Panasonic RF-D5 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.

Panasonic RF-D5

Panasonic RF-D5 - test report

Overall verdict

No stations sorting options but 10 presets and autoselect tuning dial. Good-size controls needing little force.

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 16 x 27 x 9
Weight (kg) 1.7
Wavebands FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output mono, left ear only
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 10
FM presets 10
Preset buttons or menu 5 buttons + 5 via shift
Pause and rewind live radio no
Electronic programme guide no
Recording no

Performance

DAB reception ★★★☆☆
DAB sound quality ★★★☆☆
FM sound quality ★★★★☆
Volume control covers useful range yes
Sound quality at maximum volume very loud with some distortion
Claimed battery life (hours) DAB 25, FM 50
Actual battery running time (hours) DAB 29.5, FM 46
Mains power consumption (watts; on standby) 0.9
Mains power consumption (watts; in use) DAB 3.5, FM 2.5

Ease of use

Installation and setting up
by blind people ★★★☆☆
by partially sighted people ★★★☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★★☆☆
Everyday use
by blind people ★★★☆☆
by partially sighted people ★★★☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★★★☆
Advanced use
by blind people n/a
by partially sighted people n/a
by people with impaired grip n/a
Overall ease of use
by blind people ★★★☆☆
by partially sighted people ★★★☆☆
by people with impaired grip ★★★★☆
Features score
by blind people 42%
by partially sighted people 57%
by people with impaired grip 68%

Note: Star ratings range from poor (★☆☆☆☆ - 1 star) to excellent (★★★★★ - 5 stars).

Last updated: August 2011


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