Digital radio buying guide

We explain how to find the best digital radio to suit your needs

The Pure EVOKE Flow digital radio

The Pure EVOKE Flow digital radio

Shopping Checklist: Digital Radio

Digital radio reception: Make sure you're in the right reception area to receive DAB+ digital radio broadcasts (visit Digital Radio Plus at http://digitalradioplus.com.au for more coverage details).

Advanced features: Make sure your digital radio suits your needs and has the features that you will use now or down the track. For example, can it record from the radio so you can listen to it later? Does it have an alarm clock?

Alarm clock: The majority of digital radios feature an internal clock and alarm function, so you can set the radio to turn on and play music or radio when you want to wake up.

Line In port (or Auxiliary audio port): A 3.5mm audio jack will allow you to connect your MP3 player to play music through the digital radio speakers.

iPod dock: If you want to listen to more than just digital radio broadcasts and you have an iPod MP3 player, then a digital radio like the Revo iBlik RadioStation with an iPod dock will let you play your other music through its speakers. If you have another MP3 player then a line in port (see above) is what to look for.

Headphone port: If you'll be listening to the radio in an open space (for example the office) you may consider using a pair of headphones so you can listen without disturbing anyone near you. Most digital radios have 3.5mm headphone jacks built in.

Portable digital radio: Do you plan to use your radio on the go or have it in a fixed location in the home or office? If you are looking for a portable device be sure to make sure it has a sturdy build while remaining relatively lightweight and easy to carry. Check how many batteries it requires for operation as well.

Carry case: If you have a portable digital radio, check to see whether it includes a carry case to easily transport it and protect it from dust and scratches.

External aerial: If you're buying a digital radio with an external antenna connection, a larger antenna will give you better reception of DAB+ radio broadcasts (and improve the FM reception too).

CD drive: If you're buying a digital radio and plan to listen to your personal music collection on it, consider purchasing a digital radio that includes a CD drive so you can play audio CDs.

Wi-Fi networking: Some digital radios like the Kogan digital radio review can connect to your wireless home network and play music files. If this is a useful feature for you then consider a model that offers this, although you will tend to pay more for a radio with this feature.

Rechargeable batteries: If you are buying a portable digital radio, check whether it has an internal rechargeable battery or whether it requires AA or C-cell alkaline batteries.

DAB+ logo: All digital radios on sale in Australia will display the DAB+ logo – a white cross with a blue background. Make sure you check for this symbol on the product or box to ensure the digital radio you're buying is suitable for receiving Australian broadcasts.

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