Vita Audio is celebrating its first birthday with the launch of a special edition R1 Dream DAB/FM radio. The £180 unit was engineered in the UK for optimum sound quality, and is designed to appeal to those who want their digital radio to look as stylish as it sounds.

It will be available from select stores including Selfridges, Harrods, The Conran Shop, Peter Jones and Paul Smith. Don't expect to find it in the Argos catalogue, then.

The R1 Dream is made from pressed steel and wood composite, and is finished in white piano gloss with a white-on-black liquid crystal display.

A line-in socket on the front enables an iPod or MP3 player to be connected to the R1 Dream, and Vita has created its own RotoDial control system so users don't have to operate a mass of confusing buttons.

Vita Audio was founded a year ago by Alan O'Rourke and Neil Adams. O'Rourke also founded speaker manufacturer Ruark Acoustics with his father Brian in 1986.

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