Most DAB radios fall into one of three categories - bedside, kitchen or portable - but Sony's XDR-S50 manages to straddle all of these and put in a decent performance. Not that the XDR-S50 is armed with a plethora of features to help it in each environment: its basic nature makes it easy to use.
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Sony's neat XDR-M1 DAB radio also manages to cram in an FM radio too, so you get the best of both worlds, which is useful if you happen to be outside a DAB broadcast area.
Pure Digital has the credit for fuelling the digital radio revolution, but now everyone's jumping on the bandwagon - Panasonic, Roberts and Philips have all released kitchen sink DAB radios in the last year, and now Sony has joined the throng
Ignoring 'traditional' kitchen radio style, Sony has produced something that looks completely new for it's first entrant to the crowded DAB radio market. There's more here than a design coup, though