There is a proper off switch on the side, which you might want to use to save electricity when you’re not using it regularly. Next to this is a line-out for feeding to an external source and a headphone socket for private listening.
A point worth making is how good the manual is, being well written in plain English – this seems to be too much to ask from many manufactures these days.
As well as DAB, pressing the mode button switches to FM, which is a good backup should DAB not be available. However, there’s no Medium Wave or Long Wave. When in FM mode the arrows let you scan the frequencies as you would expect and the ten presets can be used and don’t overwrite your DAB ones.
Performance of the FM radio wasn’t great though and I didn’t manage to get a clear inference free signal when testing. However, where there was DAB reception though the Bush performed very well indeed with a loud clear sound that could go seemingly quite loud for the 1.5W RMS speakers without too much distortion. At normal levels the sound was easy and clear to listen too.
The Bush TR04 doesn’t have the advanced features that rivals such as the higher end models from Pure boast, such as rewinding live radio, recording or alarms. This means that it’s best placed in somewhere like the study or the kitchen rather than the bedroom. It is great to look, sounds good ad is easy to use but it will really have to go with your decor to make it worthwhile paying the asking price that’s twice the price of some DAB radios.
If you want a DAB radio that looks stylish, is simple to use and sounds good, then it’s easy to recommend this Bush. The blue backlit touch sensitive buttons are cool and work well but it does pick up fingerprints easily so keep your cleaning cloth handy.
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