Magicbox Touch review

MagicBox has gone for a sophisticated design with its new Touch DAB/FM radio Tested at £53.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

If you want stylish looks and a smooth delivery, this could be right up your street


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    Stylish looks

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    big, open and rich delivery


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    Text scrolling is useless

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    slightly lethargic sound

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MagicBox has pushed the boat out with touch-sensitive controls. You can't sniff at that when the price is a little over £50. The glossy finish and fabric speaker cover also help the Touch look like a premium product.

The display is a more qualified success. Static text is clear, but scrolling text (programme or track info) breaks up terribly.

Far more important is the way a radio sounds, and here the MagicBox is very decent. The delivery is big, open and rich, with music reproduced in smooth, easygoing fashion.

It's not the most energetic or punchy presentation – there's a degree of lethargy and muffle next to the clarity and precision of the best – but if you want stylish looks and smooth sounds, the Touch is well worth a try.

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