This test report on the Sony XDR-S16DBP 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.
Sony XDR-S16DBP - test report
- Price £60
The Sony XDR-S16DBP is a large portable radio that is not easy to use. It doesn't have direct-access preset buttons, which makes setting up and selecting the radio stations a complex process consisting of button presses and use of a dial. The dials are small, slippy and difficult to turn, so if you struggle to grip things this may not be the radio for you. You will need to use a dial every time you switch station or adjust the volume. The small text labels on the reflective buttons are hard to read, and the buttons are difficult to distinguish by touch alone. The screen, while well lit with clear text, is small and cannot be read from an angle.
|Size (h x w x d; cm)||14 x 27 x 12|
|Wavebands||DAB / FM|
|Power||mains and battery|
|Preset buttons or menu||n/a|
|Pause and rewind live radio||no|
|Electronic programme guide||no|
|Selecting the station: rotate dial||yes|
|Selecting the station: press up/down channel buttons||no|
Last updated: August 2011
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