John Lewis Nova DAB/FM Bluetooth Mini Clock Radio
Had this for over two months now overall it's a good value for money machine. Sound quality is good, dab reception is very good. I was initially a bit worried when I saw the old school type arial but so far have not even extended it so the unit looks good. The Bluetooth connection is a real bonus allowing streaming through my phone.
Initially I couldn't figure out how to dim the light as it was really bright at night but you can set this to dim level with a time of 10 seconds from when you last touch a button. For the price you get a lot more for your money than bigger named brands and the sound quality is good.
25 October 2014
Great radio, hopeless clock
For a relatively small device, this unit has great DAB reception and sound quality. However, as a clock it is hopeless because it is either too bight at night or too dim in the day.
You can set the brightness to one of 3 levels, it needs to be set to bright to be visible in daylight, yet this lights the whole room up at night. There is no auto-dim so if you want it dim at night you have to go into the menu and change it (which is only possible when the radio is on - like all other settings - another annoyance) ... even on dim it is still bright at night.
There are setting to set the bright and dim display levels, however, bright setting is either always on (no use at night) or on a timeout of up to 3 minutes, from the last time you pressed a button, before going dim (which means it goes dim even when the radio is on). Just to complicate matters the instructions don't even explain this functionality clearly.
If it at least stayed bright while the radio was on and dim when in standby that would go someway to improving usability (or perhaps if you could program the brightness levels at different times of day) but without an auto-dim it will never be practical. All that said, with a backlit display you will never get enough contrast on the display without lighting up the room at night.
I live with it for the radio and the alarm and just have to cover it at night which does somewhat compromise its functionality as a clock!!!!!!!!
20 September 2014
Radio stopped working after a couple of days. Going back to JL for a replacement. I hope the next one lasts a bit longer
09 September 2014
Good looking radio
I bought this as a decent alarm radio for the bedroom. It is larger than I would have preferred but the sound quality is good. The screen can be set to dim after a chosen time and is not intrusive. My only criticism is having to set the sleep mode each time as my previous clock just had a button to press. Overall I am pleased with the purchase and as usual great delivery service to my local Waitrose.
03 September 2014
Sound quality excellent. Very stylish and easy to use.
28 August 2014
Looks and sounds great
I bought this Nova DAB/FM Mini Clock Radio in white. It looks lovely and the sound quality of the radio is excellent for its size. It is straightforward to use. The only downside is that the blue figures showing the time are very luminous, even on the lowest light setting and show up rather too brightly in the dark.
29 July 2014
Very nice radio
We bought 5 of these radio alarms. The DAB and Bluetooth connections are a doddle to setup and work very nicely. They look nice, and are a bargain to boot.
24 July 2014
Ticks All The Boxes
I bought this Blutune 50 to replace a clock radio. It took a few minutes to set up and the functions are all clear and very user friendly. It is very nicely designed and looks good on my bedside table where it's compact size is a neat fit without hogging too much space.
The DAB radio is nice and clear sounding, I don't find it too bassy or booming at all after several long listens to my favourite stations.
Bluetooth is also quick to set up and to connect my iPhone. Again, the sound is good enough for me and is very clear.
I'm very pleased with my purchase of this Blutune 50 and from my point of view, this radio is much underrated for its sound quality and as a very user friendly radio alarm.
24 June 2014