Sony XDR-S16 review

Cheerfully retro sound, hefty and attacking sound Tested at £80

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Our Verdict

Could do with more outright clarity, but the Sony is an uncomplicatedly chunky listen

For

  • Cheerfully retro looks and a nice finish
  • sounds hefty and attacking

Against

  • Cramped display
  • jagged top end and so-so frequency range integration

The push towards a retro-radio aesthetic is helped along by Sony in the shape of the XDR-S16.

Just because the S16 packs DAB and DAB+ reception alongside FM, that doesn’t mean it can’t have the looks or the real-wood feel of a transistor radio from the ’50s.

It includes a headphone socket and, tiny two-line display aside, is simple to use. And, when supplied with a broadcast of acceptable quality (BBC Radio 3, for instance), the Sony serves up a solidly weighty stereo sound.

It’s a driving listen, loaded with momentum, and the more attacking and dynamic the source material the happier the XDR-S16 becomes. It’s punchy at the bottom end and agreeably detailed in the midrange.

Spiky treble frequencies are a trade-off, and the Sony doesn’t quite tie the frequency range together as smoothly as some rivals, but it’s an appealing device nonetheless.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeRadio Tuner
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberXDRS16DBPMI.CEK
Product NameSony XDR-S16
Product ModelXDR-S16DBP

Technical Information

Station Presets10 - FM, 10 - Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)
TunerDigital
Frequency Band-Bandwidth170 MHz to 240 MHz Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), 87.50 MHz to 108 MHz FM

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate1.70 kg

Display and Graphics

Display Screen TypeLCD

Miscellaneous

Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE