For those who prefer the sweet sounds of the airwaves, a DAB digital radio is the ideal companion. We take a look at the best models on offer in 2016.

If you fancy a new digital radio, there's a baffling selection to choose from. To make it easier to pick the right model, we've gone through our digital radio reviews and selected the best DAB radios to buy in 2016. And to make sure we have something for every budget, we've picked models from under £50 to over £300.

It's not just the range of prices to consider, either. There are portable, pocketable and desktop digital radios available alongside in-car DAB solutions, all with plenty of extra features on top of the excellent DAB tuners. Here's our selection of the best on the market in 2016.

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Best pocket DAB radio under £100
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It may have been around for a while, but the PocketDAB 1500 is still a great buy. It's compact, so it slips easily into a pocket or bag, is built to last, sounds good and runs on rechargeable batteries for up to 24 hours.

DAB is ideal for live sport with access to Five Live's extra services, but just for good measure, there's an FM tuner built-in to this radio, too, should you wander out of DAB range. 

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A beautiful wood finish, compact design and refined sound - there's a reason the Pure Evoke D2 is a three-time Award-winner. 

For just £85, you have a stellar radio that not only sounds lovely across all tuners, but will look great in any home. 

We'd consider investing in the ChargePak battery as well - for £28 you can make the radio portable for al fresco listening. 

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Best DAB radio under £200
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The Stream 93i is impressively equipped for a £150 radio, with Spotify Connect, wi-fi and USB playback all on board. It means not only can you listen to FM, DAB and internet stations, but you can also access your digital music library over your home network. 

It may not be the prettiest of radios, but that bulky size has a bonus: it delivers a surprisingly deep bass that doesn't overpower the clarity of the midrange. It's a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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£200 may seem a steep price to pay compared with better-featured rivals, but Ruark's elegance is worth every penny. 

The stylish retro design, the petite size, and that remarkably open, detailed performance make this charming radio perfect for talk radio and music.

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This feature-packed Revo simply blows away the competition. It's not just a radio; it's a streaming music player that will play just about anything from nearly any source. 

The design is attractive: modern with a dash of retro. The sound is impressively weighty and authoritative, with a stunning level of detail and texture with any music you throw at it.

A beautifully put together radio that looks and sounds the part, it's easily the best in class. 

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Best portable DAB radio under £300
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We're big fans of Geneva's wireless speakers, so it's not surprising that its DAB radios are just as appealing.

It may not be as well featured as its rivals, but this Bluetooth-toting portable radio is a sleek, modern machine that's a breeze to use.

The lack of presets may irk some, but the full-bodied and detailed performance is what catches our attention, and makes it worth the price.

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Best DAB radio with iPod dock (Lightning)
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Strong with voices, this X3 goes surprisingly loud for a compact radio.

It also has internet radio, aptX Bluetooth, DLNA, and a Lightning connector dock for newer iPhones and iPods - a thoroughly versatile radio.

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Best DAB radio with iPod dock (30-pin)
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For those with older iPods and iPhones with the the 30-pin connection, the Model S DAB is a great choice if you're after a radio that doubles up as a dock.

The glossy cabinet in black, white or red looks classy, the touch-sensitive controls are responsive, and the 30-pin connector dock spins into view when you power-up. 

Reception from the DAB and FM radio tuners is good, and the sound quality won't disappoint. It's lively and entertaining with a taut, well-defined bass. 

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Best in-car DAB radio
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Tested at £180

If your car isn't already fitted with a digital radio, this is a handy aftermarket option. The Pure Highway 300Di consists of three parts: a main unit with all of the connections (which sits behind your dashboard or in the glovebox and is wired into your existing stereo), a windscreen-mounted aerial, and a controller.

Installation is a complex job that needs to be done by a professional. In addition to DAB, the main unit also has connections for iPods (30-pin), USB memory sticks and a 3.5mm aux in, and your installer should be able to route the appropriate cables to where you need them.

Once done, you'll be able to listen to your favourite stations and tunes right from your car's stereo system.

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