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Sony XDR-S55DAB

This test report on the Sony XDR-S55DAB 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-S55DABSony XDR-S55DAB - test report

  • Price £43
  • Type Hand-held

Overall verdict

Hand-held radio with a useful beep at the end of the station list, and three easy-to-use presets (the rest via a menu). Large text option on the display. Let down by its sound quality but adequate for speech.

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 10 x 19 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.5
Wavebands FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 10
FM presets 10
Preset buttons or menu 3 buttons + 7 via menu
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, for its size
Sound quality at maximum volume limited volume with a lot of distortion
Claimed battery life (hours) DAB 8.5, FM 8
Actual battery running time (hours) DAB 7.5, FM 6.5
Mains power consumption (watts; on standby) 0.1
Mains power consumption (watts; in use) DAB 2.3, FM 2.6

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 52%
by partially sighted people 64%
by people with impaired grip 73%

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

Last updated: August 2011


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