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Proline DAB403

This test report on the Proline DAB403 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.

Proline DAB403 - test report

Proline DAB403​Overall verdict

The Proline is quite simple to set up and use. The screen is on the front and quickly becomes illegible when viewed from an angle. This is a particular problem when using the buttons found on top of the radio. But the buttons are logically laid out on the top of the radio with direct-access preset buttons, although these are too close together to easily distinguish from one another by touch alone. They also require a firm push - a gentle click doesn't always seem to work. Button labels are also very small but have excellent colour contrast (white on black).

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 10 x 22 x 13
Weight (kg) 1.0
Wavebands DAB / FM
Speaker/s stereo
Headphone output stereo
Power mains
DAB presets 5
FM presets 5
Preset buttons or menu 5
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 no

Last updated: August 2011


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