Ted Baker Fin­is­terre ra­dio

Style meets sub­stance

Mac Format - - KIT RATED -

£173 Man­u­fac­turer Ted Baker, ted­baker.com Fea­tures FM/DAB/DAB+ ra­dio, Blue­tooth speaker, alarm clock

Di­men­sions 27.7x13x16cm Weight 2.3kg

The Fin­is­terre ra­dio is one of many dig­i­tal ra­dios on the mar­ket, but it’s the only one with Ted Baker’s dis­tinc­tive styling. It’s a blend of retro cool and mod­ern sim­plic­ity, con­structed of brushed alu­minium and leather, with a sturdy leather strap. Its build qual­ity is ex­cel­lent.

It comes with a power sup­ply and on the rear panel you’ll find a USB port for firmware up­dates, a mini au­dio jack line in­put for con­nect­ing other de­vices (per­haps those with­out Blue­tooth) to the speak­ers, and a mini jack head­phone out­put. The top sur­face is easy to use with alu­minium but­tons, tun­ing and vol­ume di­als, and a large dis­play.

There are three modes. A stan­dard FM ra­dio uses the ex­tend­able aerial. In DAB mode the sig­nal is crys­tal clear and in­for­ma­tion about the sta­tion and pro­gramme scroll across the screen. In Blue­tooth mode you can stream sound from a de­vice, and there’s also play­back con­trol from the ra­dio. An alarm clock and sleep timer are nice ad­di­tions.

The sys­tem can go sur­pris­ingly loud and bass is as­ton­ish­ingly ro­bust for what is quite a small ra­dio. In fact, you might want to use the EQ menu to roll off a lit­tle of the bass, as it can get over­whelm­ing at higher vol­umes with some kinds of mu­sic. Oth­er­wise, au­dio clar­ity is very good, though it could per­haps use a lit­tle more mid range. Again, this is some­thing you can add us­ing the EQ set­tings. Hollin Jones

You can run a CD player or an­other non-Blue­tooth de­vice through the speaker.

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