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Sony XDR-S56DBP / DAB+ / DAB/FM Digital Radio

Released on 16 November 2011

Manufacturer: Sony

3.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Great sounding digital reception, with a huge choice of stations. DAB/DAB+/FM tuner, LCD display, headphone jack, AC and battery power.

Find thousands of digital radio stations. Lightweight design for total portability. Quick access to your top 3 preset stations.

DAB/DAB+/FM tuner
Featuring DAB/DAB+ (Band III) digital radio for a huge choice of stations, plus presets to start you off

Sound quality
Great sounding digital reception, with Sony audio quality, for interference-free listening

Portable design
Lightweight stylish design lets you take your digital radio anywhere - indoors and outside on the move

Preset stations
Three direct preset station buttons, for easy access to your favourite stations

LCD display
Get DAB+/DAB programme info on the easy view, 2 line dot LCD display as you scroll

Sleep timer and clock
Set your digital radio to turn off with your lifestyle at home

Battery or mains powered
Plug your digital radio in to charge at the mains, or use battery power for use without cables

Headphone jack
Connect up your headphones and listen to your favourite stations in private
  • DAB Digital Radio
  • Easy to use simple operation
  • Full Dot Matrix LCD Display
  • 3 Station Presets
  • AC power adaptor supplied
  • Sleep Timer& Clock
  • Headphone Jack
  • Battery or Mains powered

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 Very good DAB radio.

| | See all Woody010's reviews (1)

Bought as my first DAB radio and am impressed with the quality. The layout of the controls is logical and intuitive, I like the buttons being on the top as the radio doesn't move about when pressed. The reception is good in the house and garage. Volume and sound quality also good.

 nice but no

| | See all Gavsy77's reviews (5)

Radio is good, sound is good and layout is good but if you plan to use it without the mains don't bother getting it as the batteries drain so fast. lucky for me i bought this for 20pound in the sale

 SONY XDR-S56DBP

| | See all SCHOLE's reviews (19)

I've owned this little radio for about 4-6 months.
Generally it looks nice but thats about as far as the positives go. I've never used it with batteries, just the mains so cannot comment on battery life.

The first problem with it is that it takes ages to start up and initialise (about 20 seconds). Also it always starts on Absolute 80's radio station (which I hate!). This is really annoying and then you have to re-tune it in again to station you prefer. The buttons are not very nice either. The tuning button is a swizel one on the side of the case.

When I was using it earlier in the kitchen the radio cut off. No light on the display or sound but still writing and words displayed on the screen. I tried turning it off and on, still no sound. I gave up tried it 2 hours later and it worked again. Strange....

Oh, and lastly, the sound quality is very poor, not as good as Pure Classic which I also have. Not very impressed with this little radio. Maybe I'm expecting too much and have been spoilt by the FM sound quality compared to the DAB poor quality.

 Do Not Buy This Radio!

| | See all haynek's reviews (1)

If you want a battery operated DAB radio I suggest you do not buy this one - this has a battery life of just thirteen hours! (13 and a half if you only listen to FM!).
That means if you use this radio for just one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening you'll need to replace the batteries before the week is out. That's over 100 pounds on batteries a year - twice as much as the radios worth.
Compare that with my old Sony ICF-303 which would only need changing 2 or 3 times a year. A rip-off.

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