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Sony Launches Two DAB+ Radios [Update]

David Gilbert


Sony Launches Two DAB+ Radios

Sony currently has its fingers in a lot of pies. From laptops, games consoles and cameras to headphones and possibly tablets but it has now announced its first ever DAB+ radios.

The DAB+ digital broadcasting standard currently being rolled out across Europe, the retro-styled XDR-S16DBP and the XDR-C706DBP clock radio are the company’s first foray in the DAB world. The XDR-S16DBP comes encased in a wood cabinet giving it that yesteryear look. It comes with ten DAB/DAB+ presets as well as 10FM presets and you can listen to the radio station of your choice from the 0.8W+0.8W stereo speakers. If you are like us and listen to the radio while nodding off to sleep, the XDR-S16DBP has a Sleep Timer, which switches off after a predetermined delay. It also comes with a standard headphone jack.

The XDR-C706DBP on the other hand comes with a large LCD screen to let you know what time it is and can be programmed with up to four separate alarms. There is also a snooze button and sleep timer and as with its retro cousin, the XDR-C706DBP has ten DAB/DAB+ presets and ten FM presets.

These aren’t exactly going to set the technology world on fire but if you’re in the market for a retro-looking radio or need to know what time it is at all times, then these could be for you. We are awaiting official pricing from Sony but the XDR-C706DBP and XDR-S16DBP are available immediately.

Update: Sony has been back onto us the pricing is as follows: XDR-S16DBP: £80, XDR-C706DBP: £60

Source: Sony


April 1, 2011, 6:09 pm

Either this is a very boring April Fools attempt or the opening sentence 'Sony currently has its fingers in a lot of pies..... but it has now announced its first ever DAB radios' is a bit outdated considering I bought one last year. Should DAB read DAB+ ?


April 1, 2011, 9:57 pm

I'm very interested in the XDR-C706DBP as a replacement for my temperamental Pure Chronos.

I really wish Sony would hurry up and release a DAB+ in car radio preferably with Bluetooth, I really miss my old CDX-DAB6650.


April 4, 2011, 3:34 am

Ok, no need to thank me for pointing out your DAB/DAB+ typo but could you explain to me and a million others what DAB+ is all about ? Thanks.


April 4, 2011, 7:32 pm

Yes, i was wondering the same thing too. What is DAB+ and why have i never heard of it before?

David Gilbert

April 4, 2011, 7:52 pm

@ducati900fe Thanks for pointing out the typo @mistrip The DAB+ standard will, as you would imagine, offers higher quality sound than the current DAB standard. Currently the UK uses the DAB standard and while no mention was made in the government digital radio action plan last July of DAB+, it is expected the UK will eventually upgrade to DAB+.

Some older DAB radios won't be able to receive the DAB+ standard but since around 2009 most digital radios have been fitted with multi-standard chips allowing them to be upgraded. Obviously these Sony radios can pick up the current DAB standard and DAB+ standard.

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