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Teac R-3

This test report on the Teac R-3 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.

Teac R-3Teac R-3 - test report

Overall verdict

Chunky radio, very stable, with well laid out, easy to turn controls. No station sorting options but auto-select tuning option and five preset buttons.

Features

Size (h x w x d; cm) 13 x 13 x 24
Weight (kg) 1.4
Wavebands FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 5
FM presets 5
Preset buttons or menu 5 buttons
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 fairly loud with some distortion
Claimed battery life (hours) 3 - 3.5
Actual battery running time (hours) DAB 2, FM 2.5
Mains power consumption (watts; on standby) 6.6
Mains power consumption (watts; in use) DAB 11, FM 9.4

Ease of use

Installation and setting up
by blind people ★★★☆☆
by partially sighted people n/a
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 44%
by partially sighted people 58%
by people with impaired grip 79%

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

Last updated: August 2011


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