NEWS: Vita Audio celebrates its birthday with a special edition Dream DAB/FM radio

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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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.