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Argos CDAB8R review

It might be cheap, but even at this price this own-brand DAB radio's thin sound makes it a liability Tested at £25

Our Verdict

It might be cheap, but this DAB radio's no bargain


  • Looks good
  • affordable
  • well-made


  • Very thin sound

It's easy to assume that the ever-decreasing price of DAB radios can only be a good thing.

Judging by the quality of this Argos own-brand set, there can certainly be a downside. Having said that, this is far from ugly and feels reasonably well made, and with its slim dimensions is eminently portable.

There's a headphone socket (built into the back of the unit), and ten user presets each for DAB and FM.

The problem is the sound. Tune in to talkSPORT on DAB, and the delivery is thin and weedy enough to rob the presenters' voices of their natural tone.

This is exacerbated when listening to music, and Radio 1's pop playlist lacks any weight or detail, and distorts badly when the volume's raised anywhere above very quiet.

It's cheap, but we'd rather spend a little more on something decent.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameArgos
Product TypeRadio Tuner
ManufacturerArgos Limited
Manufacturer Part NumberCDAB8R
Product NameArgos CDAB8R

Technical Information

Station Presets20
Frequency Band-BandwidthDigital Audio Broadcast (DAB)

Physical Characteristics

Width18 cm
Depth4 cm
Height9 cm
Dimensions9 cm (H): 18 cm (W): 4 cm (D)

Battery Information

Number of Batteries4
Battery SizeAA

Display and Graphics

Display Screen TypeLCD