They’re old-fash­ioned, but still have a few tricks

The hum­ble ra­dio has come a long way – it’s now more like a mini-sys­tem or mul­ti­me­dia streamer. One of these might be the ideal so­lu­tion to your ta­ble-top hi-fi needs

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You don’t have to spend all your pocket money on a fancy hi-fi sys­tem if you want to lis­ten to mu­sic. For some, all you need is an old­fash­ioned ra­dio. No longer con­fined to just a few fuzzy sta­tions, the four new ra­dios in this round-up also dou­ble up as mul­ti­me­dia stream­ers, even mini hi-fi sys­tems that let you play your own mu­sic.

Ideal for the bed­room, kitchen or liv­ing room, they range from £120 to £400, and have FM and DAB tuners as stan­dard. But that’s not all.

There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one here: small and portable (Sony), com­pact with in­ter­net ra­dio (Philips), a retro de­sign that dou­bles up for stereo sound (The+ra­dio), and “I’m more of a fea­ture-packed streamer than a ra­dio, re­ally” (Roberts).

Take your pick.

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