Review Price £99.99
The Sonoro CuboGo has just the one speaker. You don't get stereo here, just mono. But the same can be said of many desktop radios, including the excellent Pure Evoke Flow.It uses a 2.5in driver that's responsible for the entire frequency range. Thankfully, it makes great use of the volume of its frame in order to create fairly authoritative-sounding output. The Sonoro CuboGo compares pretty favourably with most of the £80-150 worktop radios we've tested recently, offering a similar level of volume and a similar level of fidelity.
This makes it perfect as a picnic, bedside or BBQ radio, but audio enthusiasts probably wouldn't want to rely on one as a day-in, day-out music source. Its sound signature is a little like Pure's radios, with a full and warm tone. Intricacy and top-end fidelity aren't its strong suits, but we found the CuboGo very easy on the ear. And in its testing as a bedside radio over the last couple of weeks, we have felt no need to switch back to the £300 "Hi-Fi" DAB radio sat next to it - although this thing won't wake you up as it has no alarm clock function.
However, hat a somewhat style-orientated, small radio can level-peg with larger units of the same price is good to hear. And the upward-firing style makes it supremely unfussy about placement.
Sound quality is not the Sonoro CuboGo's problem. It's that it offers fewer features than most (if not all) of its rivals, and that FM radio feels as old as a dusty Victrola. The signal quality of FM is fine, but it lacks some of the UK's best stations including BBC 6 Music and 5 Live. We believe the curious style of the CuboGo is a symptom of its Germanic origins - where DAB radio is much less popular than here in the UK.
There's a strong tilt factor working the Sonoro CuboGo's favour, though. It's different, it's convenient and with so many colour sleeves on offer, it looks a lot more interesting than most too. Great value? Perhaps not, but this is a radio we'd quite like to actually own.
The Sonoro SuboGo is a device that doesn't sound all that convincing on paper. A mono FM radio, for a hundred quid? The reality is much more appealing. It's portable, extremely well-made, has a distinct, customisable design and sound quality that can compete with larger desktop radios. However, lacking DAB and internet radio, you need to rate its design and portability for its £99.99 outlay to make sense.
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- Sound Quality