Ted Baker Finisterre radio
Style meets substance
£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.