Perstel DR301 review

This smart, sturdy pocket unit isn’t content with just being an FM and DAB radio – it also includes an SD memory card slot Tested at £150.00

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Our Verdict

Good features, enjoyable to use, and it looks and sounds good to boot

For

  • Detailed, intimate sound
  • simple, smart and small
  • doubles as a music player and recorder with SD card

Against

  • Headphones decidedly average
  • only room for three presets
  • pity you can’t rewind more than one minute

It may sound like it's made by a detergent manufacturer, but this smart, sturdy pocket unit isn't content with just being an FM and DAB radio. It also includes an SD memory card slot, so you can record DAB radio on it and play MP3s from it.

It's powered by three AA batteries or a mains adapter(not supplied), but while it's easy to find stations on the FM tuner, there are only three presets. Switch to DAB and, after a quick scan, the '301 throws up over 50 stations – all presented with scrolling station info and the right channel labels.

Other useful features include the ability to rewind the last minute of any DAB broadcast, or to record at the bit-rate of your choice, ten minutes at 128kbps using 10MB of SD card capacity. File transfer is PC-only, and the DR301 works with MP3 and WMA formats.

MP3 or DAB sound via the supplied earbuds is on the bright side, but upgrade to a decent pair of headphones, and things are far more balanced.

If you want DAB and MP3 in one, the Perstel is a great option. Try it!

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.perstel.co.uk
Brand NamePerstel
Product TypeRadio Tuner
ManufacturerPerstel Limited
Manufacturer Part NumberDR301
Product NamePerstel DR301
Product ModelDR301

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • DR301 Radio Tuner
  • Stereo Ear Piece
  • Wrist Strap
  • User Manual

Interfaces-Ports

HeadphoneYes

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorPortable
Width10.8 cm
Depth2.7 cm
Weight Approximate140 g
Height6.1 cm
Dimensions6.1 cm (H): 10.8 cm (W): 2.7 cm (D)

Technical Information

Connectivity TechnologyWireless
TunerDigital
Frequency Band-Bandwidth87 MHz to 108 MHz FM, Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), 174 MHz to 240 MHz VHF, 1452 MHz to 1492 MHz L Band

Battery Information

Number of Batteries3
Battery ChemistryAlkaline
Battery SizeAA

Display and Graphics

Display Screen TypeLCD

Memory

Memory Card SupportedSD