There’s no getting away from it, when you think Morphy Richards, you think kettles. This means that if you’re in the market for a portable DAB radio, it’s probably not the first name you’re likely to think of. The company is clearly serious about the digital radio thing however, and even has a posh web site for its extensive line of radios at www.morphyrichardsaudio.com. These include a DAB boom box, a DAB Micro system and a DAB EPG radio capable of scheduling recordings from an EPG, Sky Plus style, a cutting-edge feature that it managed to bring out ahead of DAB specialists Pure.
Now Morphy Richards has added this portable DAB unit to its range. In the same vein as the Sony XDR-M1, the MPIO PD100 and the Pure Pocket DAB. In fact, the Morphy Richards deserves the latter’s title considerably more, as it truly is pocketable and as you can see from the picture below is comfortably the smallest Portable DAB radios we’ve yet tested.
However, that said it is the most feature light. It can receive FM as well as DAB, and can play MP3 (but not WMA) with this model offering 256MB of built in storage (a 512MB version is also available) but it won’t record or pause live radio as the MPIO and Pure Pocket DAB can.
Though it’s slightly shorter than the MPIO player it’s slightly thicker. It looks bulbous and it while its competitors are also made of plastic the Morphy Richards is the only one that really looks it. The silver, grey and white does it no favours.
Instead of being powered by a built in battery, the Morphy Richards uses two standard AA batteries. There is a power port on the left-hand side but a wall charger isn’t supplied. The battery is rated for 16 hours, considerably more than the 9 hours of continuous DAB playback stated by MPIO and the 10 hours of the Sony.