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Bush Heritage Bluetooth digital radio
This old-style digital radio features Bluetooth and is very easy to use
- Easy to use
- Good sound quality
- A little pricey
- No Wi-Fi or built-in Internet streaming
- No remote control
The Bush Heritage Bluetooth digital radio blares the sounds of the 21st century through a design that looks like it's straight out of the 1950s. It's a good digital radio all up, and it's especially easy to use. We also like the built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and the sound quality from the stereo speakers is also enjoyable.
Price$ 269.00 (AUD)
The Bush Heritage digital radio has an old-style look that would suit those of you who want to add a bit of 'retro' to your surroundings. Its 1950s concept is something that we think many of you will dig, but at the same time we're a bit over the whole 'radio is an old medium so here is an old-looking radio to match' school of design.
This type of old design is what Bush seems to do best, though, and the Heritage is one of the better looking radios in this respect. The wooden enclosure, the metal grille at the front, and the overall subdued, golden colouring give it a warmth that's appealing. There are two dials on the front for dealing with radio station selection, settings, and volume, and there's a row of buttons above that so you can easily change modes and explore some of the radio's other features.
Indeed, the Heritage isn't just a digital radio; it can also be used to connect devices via a line port, and it's capable of connecting to your smartphone, tablet or laptop via Bluetooth. This versatility makes it a convenient external speaker for portable devices, and it comes in handy when you want to listen to your own personal tunes, or to stream radio from the Internet (the radio on its own doesn't have Wi-Fi or Internet streaming). And if you get bored with all that, then you can just go back to the good old digital airwaves and try out some of the newer stations to hit the Aussie dial.
Using this radio is very easy and we imagine that it could be a good addition to your household if you have any technophobes (or technoklutzes) around. If your radio isn't already pre-tuned, you can tune it by pressing the 'scan' button, which was really quick to find all stations in our tests. You can change radio stations by turning the dial that's located on the right side and then pressing it to select the station you want to hear. Meanwhile, the dial on the left changes the volume.
The LCD screen in the middle shows you the station information, which can include song information or show names, depending on the station's implementation. You can press the 'info' button just above the volume dial to cycle through the different information that the LCD can display (including time and date, though the time is always displayed in the main part of the screen regardless). It's clear and comfortable to read, even though it only has a few lines to display all its information.
It's simple to store presets simply by holding down the 'preset' button a couple of seconds on the current station that you are listening to. You can store up to 10 digital station presets, and they can all be accessed by pressing the 'preset' button again and scrolling through the stations with the dial on the right.
You can use this radio as an alarm clock if you wish, and its easy to set the alarm time by pressing the 'alarm' button and using the right control dial to scroll through all the options that make the alarm work. You can set the alarm time, the alarm duration, and whether it buzzes or whether it uses FM or DAB+ to wake you up. There is a 'sleep' button, too, for those times when you want to fall asleep to some music and not worry about turning off the radio manually. Little icons show up in the LCD display when these features are enabled, and they look nice in addition to being informative.
All aspects of this radio worked as expected, from the digital radio to the Bluetooth connectivity and the alarm system. The sound from it is quite clear and rich, too, from its twin 10W speakers, and we think it will make a fine radio for a bedroom or study where loud volumes and lots of bass aren't required. You can change the output by playing with the equaliser settings, too.
To sum it all up, this radio sounds good for what it is, and it's simple to use. In end, we also fell for its looks and quite enjoyed having it around. Its price of $269 is perhaps a little steep for a radio without Wi-Fi and Internet streaming features, but still we think it's a worthy digital radio to consider, especially if you're also after the convenience of Bluetooth so that you can listen to music from your mobile devices.
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