John Lewis Nova DAB/FM Bluetooth Mini Clock Radio
Great sound but the display
Our old Pure radio finally had a terminal software malfunction so we bought this. The sound quality is great and the bluetooth streaming works very well, meaning that this was a better buy than the related model that acts also as a dock.
BUT..... LCD displays with almost 180° angle of view are so readily and cheaply available, but this one is almost 1970s so that you have to look just about straight at it to make out what is there. Not compatible with glancing over from a half-awake state to see what time it is
And then, the settings for the display are either on (very bright at night) or off (on which setting you have to press one of the buttons to get the display - not too much hardship), but why not a permanent 'dim'?
23 March 2014
All round great product
This radio is generally great. Really easy to set up and use and the sound quality is good. The only minor issue is that the back light for the screen on standby is quite bright as I have it beside my bed and I have to cover the screen at night to block it out.
11 March 2014
John Lewis Nova DAB?FM clock radio
Excellent sound with the radio gradually increasing in volume as the alarm wake up means no shock wake up call, but you'll need to turn that volume down, so wake up you will! Overall very pleased. Only disappointment is that to go to one of the other Preset channels is fiddly. 'Why do they have to make these things so difficult' was the quote of my wife.
28 January 2014
Great DAB radio with Bluetooth
Purchased this DAB radio to replace an old model that I had and am so far very pleased.
It looks really good & works perfectly.
The display is clear & bright and the sound is very good.
The DAB finds the stations instantly and the Bluetooth connection syncs easily with my iPhone and playback is excellent.
I use it in the kitchen so haven't used any other functions but really happy with this especially as other brands models that include DAB and bluetooth are much more expensive.
15 January 2014
It could have been great
Nice DAB clock radio at a decent price, good sound not tinny and cheap. Feels as it's made well. Unfortunately the buttons are small and fiddly especially the power . The front main function/control has multiple functions so difficult to navigate in the dark and when drowsy. Repeated use of this function/control will lead to early failure I suspect. Mine didn't work properly from the out set so returned it for another make.
31 December 2013
Good quality & good value.
I received this as a Christmas present and have to say that so far, I've been delighted with it. Easy to set up, configure the preset channels and connect via BlueTooth.
Most importantly however, its sound quality is very good and that's really what I was after from a DAB radio. Having access to digital stations - with a strong signal reception - gives a real boost to time spent at home and being able to stream audio through my smartphone's bluetooth is an added bonus. My only very minor complaint is that the display is very bright. Perhaps you can adjust this by going through the various menu options (not tried this yet) so am not marking it down for that very minor quibble.
All in all, it's a great product and I'd recommend it to anyone.
31 December 2013
Poor display, FM tuning bewildering!
As others have said, the sound on this unit is reasonably good. Bluetooth works well, and DAB sounds good when reception is strong.
However, the display is unreadable in the light, and too bright in the dark. I have messed around endlessly with the settings, to no avail.
Also, FM scanning doesn't seem to work at all.
All in all this unit is very poor. Look elsewhere. I wish I hadn't squashed the box, or else it would be going back!!
29 December 2013
Disappointed / unreliable
Excellent one to one service in John Lewis Oxford street but must be jinxed with John Lewis own brand radios.
Spent hours choosing for my teenage daughter. Ticked all the boxes and she loved it.
Excellent sound quality compared to the cheaper one I returned, with 2 speakers.
Easy to set up, automatically sets time and display easy to read
DAB works on LBC and all BBC channels I use.
However my daughter is very disappointed that the radio died after 5 minutes! Is this a one off or have other customers experienced problems with John Lewis own brand?
I have bought several alarm clock radios of a specific brand [no longer supplied] in the past from John Lewis and feel that this new brand lets John Lewis's good name for quality down. I am an extremely loyal longstanding John Lewis customer but may sadly be forced to shop elsewhere for a reliable specific brand alarm clock radio.
08 December 2013