Bush BR10DAB

This Bush doesn’t beat on about itself, it's DAB+ on a budget and what you see is what you get.


6.0
CNET Rating


DAB+ needn't be expensive to receive and listen to, so if you don't fancy shelling out big bucks, the Bush BR10DAB has to be the most affordable option available so far. A very simple radio — as radios have always been up until now — the Bush offers the latest basics: DAB+ and FM reception, 10 presets for both, a two-line LCD display, a headphone socket and the ability to run off the mains or battery power.

Quite often the simplest designs are the best, and in this regard the Bush won't offend the most technophobic radio listener. If you can tune in your car stereo or pocket transistor, you can work this DAB+ radio. Designed as a desktop radio for use in the kitchen, study or bedroom, the Bush's meagre one Watt power output and tiny speaker will fill smaller spaces with background sound, but don't expect party volume levels. It sounds clean and crisp, if a little tinny with broadcast material, but like we say, if you're after some background sounds while preparing the dinner or falling off to sleep, it does the job just fine.

The tuner itself is reasonably sensitive and it had no trouble picking up the dozen or so DAB+ radio stations available in our test area. The small display shows the minimum of station info, such as the name, signal strength and volume, and to its credit the BR10DAB was quick to switch between FM and DAB+ modes. Plus, it searched and tuned into digital stations reasonably quickly.

Available in kitchen-friendly white only, this compact and easy-to-use Bush radio is a perfect and very affordable unit to get into digital radio. If you want more DAB+ bells and whistles, look elsewhere; but for value for money it's hard to complain at this price.

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jb posted a comment   

The Good:price, simplicity

The Bad:pre-selects not working

maybe it's just me but i'm unable to save in pre-selected stations...

 

rsjhutt posted a comment   

I am very happy with this radio I recently purchased. The sound quality is excellent and everything works fine EXCEPT for one thing. The LED panel light goes out within minutes of my switching the radio on. I am running the radio from a power point and not from batteries. The sound continues with no interruption, but I can no longer see anything whatsoever in the display panel - which is incredibly irritating. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why this may be happening and what I might do about it ? The radio is less than 2 weeks old.

 

KymS1 posted a reply   

To rsjhutt, There is an option in the manual to set the timeout for the LCD backlight, set it to ON.

 

Tim posted a comment   

The Good:Audio Quality

The Bad:Slow to start up

This unit is quite basic but works well as radio for general listening in the kitchen etc. Its not fantastic but it does what its designed to do and sounds good and works well. Its mono and with a quite acceptable maximum audio output. Its a bit slow to start up but maybe all the others are the same! I recommend it as a replacement for a similar AM/FM radio. We bought it to replace our AM/FM radio we used to listen to ABC radio as the AM suffers a lot of hum & noise nowdays all over the house. The sound form this radio is crystal clear (CD Quality) and better than FM.

 

Not yet DAB posted a reply   

On the AM hum and noise; I found my Apple Universal Dock is the culprit. I unplug this and all AM reception is OK. With it plugged all AM radios in the house have bad hum and noise. Hope this helps.




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  • jb

    jb

    "maybe it's just me but i'm unable to save in pre-selected stations..."

  • rsjhutt

    rsjhutt

    "I am very happy with this radio I recently purchased. The sound quality is excellent and everything works fine EXCEPT for one thing. The LED panel light goes out within minutes of my switching the ..."

  • Tim

    Tim

    "This unit is quite basic but works well as radio for general listening in the kitchen etc. Its not fantastic but it does what its designed to do and sounds good and works well. Its mono and with a ..."

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