Logic DAB/FM Radio
Logic DAB/FM RadioDirect from Currys
The Logic L55DAB15 DAB+/FM radio measures 24x9x12.5cm and weights 900grams (without batteries).
The base, sides and top are a light wood. A lift handle fills 19cm of the top, the base has four stuck on rubberised feet. Both sides are clear. The back is plastic it has a 60cm six piece rod aerial, below this the battery bay for four ‘AA’ batteries. At the bottom right of the back a 3.5mm headphone socket and the DC power input, a 1.5metre power lead to small power brick in a fitted 13amp plug.
This leaves the front that is metallic, each side has a 6cm circular speaker with three rows of well-marked buttons between them above this a 6x2cm four line display. The top two lines is the digital clock and the bottom two lines the Radio Station and program information, each line has a maximum of 16 characters.
Dependant on the station tuned to there is up to ten different ‘info’ lines available.
You can store up to ten Presets on DAB however despite an Addendum sheet being enclosed with the Instruction Manual what you need to do is not adequacy explained if says that hold the Preset button for two seconds, it does not say that you then have to press tune/enter to store it. Only then is the Preset stored.
For me anyway the ten Presets for FM are far more important. The method of tuning is slow – but quiet – no static and you do not want to do doing this at 6AM bleary eyed, pressing Preset and then selecting one of the ten available is far more human(e).
In all other aspects the 24 page A5 manual is perfectly adequate and explains how to set the two Alarms available, The Sleep timer is one of the buttons on the face as are the Alarm 1 and Alarm 2 but do follow the instructions especially if you rely on it to get you up.
A lot of people set an alarm and then try to hit the correct button to get a ‘snooze’ 5 minutes, this however is not in the handle – as with some such devices but the right hand of three buttons just below the display, not the easiest item to hit with your eyes closed. Dependant on how deeply you sleep the buzzer may be more annoying than the radio – dependant on what’s playing – and at what volume level.
The Snooze Button is also a dimmer button for the display and while the top level of brightness is not at all annoying in a well-lighted room or in daylight it is at night so there are three other levels the lowest is no backlight.
Sound was adequate from the 2watt speakers, great for voice but certainly could be better for music; I see this in the kitchen or bedroom.
The Logik K55DAB15 is available online or from their shops for £49.99.
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