What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Tue, 11 Sep 2007, 12:00pm

Myryad RS

Tested at £230
80100
4

Myryad’s first ever DAB portable is a fine achievement.

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For

  • Easy to use
  • articulate and informative sound
  • pleasing build

Against

  • Lean balance may not be to all tastes
  • treble could be more refined

Myryad isn't a name you'd associate with DAB portables, but times are changing and even hi-fi specialists need plenty of strings for numerous bows to ensure long-term survival. The RS – the initials stand for radio system – marks the company's expansion beyond separates hi-fi, and there's no doubt the company has approached this product with the same seriousness as one of its high-end products.

The RS is a well-made unit with an intuitive control system. After a quick scan through the well-written instruction manual we doubt whether anyone would be stuck when using this products. This is another DAB/FM unit, though Myryad is soon to launch a matching iPod kit, which consists of a control cable and remote handset. The kit will cost £60, though initially RS owners will be able to get it at half price.

Side-firing drivers
Though compact, this is a stereo product: there are two side-firing drivers and a larger, downward facing unit to handle the lower frequencies. Despite the trio of drivers the RS has a lean, slightly lightweight presentation that majors on transparency and resolution over richness or authority.

Some rivals have the edge on a quick demo, but take a longer listen and you'll find this Myryad surprisingly informative and articulate, particularly with the well-spoken announcers on Radio 4 or complex music such a Mahler symphony.

Performance with FM is just as impressive as DAB, though you'll need to be in a strong signal area for truly impressive results.

Flaws? The RS hasn't the smoothest treble: there's a hint of sharpness at high frequencies that even the tone controls can't eradicate. In the face of tough competition it's enough to dock a star – however, it's a minor complaint in the face of everything this set does right.

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