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Goodmans Personal DAB/FM Digital Radio

Released on 09 August 2011

Manufacturer: Goodmans

3.0 out of 5 (16 customer reviews) | Write a review

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What is the Goodmans GHDAB101 Personal DAB Digital Radio? The Goodmans GHDAB101 is a pocket digital radio with an exceptional level of performance! While reception can be an issue for some DAB Radios this little device handles this issue excellently making it the perfect pocket radio for using whilst out running walking gardening or any other outdoor activity.

What does the GHDAB101 Digital Radio offer? DAB and FM Tuner The GHDAB101 has both a Digital Radio and an FM tuner which allows you to switch between frequencies if required ensuring that you will enjoy the benefits of radio wherever you are. Favourite Stations Feature A really useful and interesting feature of this product is the favourite stations feature which allows you to tag a number of your favourite channels and tune through these only. This saves a lot of hassle searching through the numerous channels in the DAB space.

Lightweight and sleek design The GHDAB101 is a small lightweight item which makes it perfect for listening to radio on the go. It measures 69.5mm by 44mm by 21.4mm and weighs a tiny 0.036kg. The item is also designed for clarity with a white LCD display which displays black text. This display is also backlit which gives the screen an increased clarity. The GHDAB101 comes with stereo earphones and is powered by 2 x AAA batteries. The Goodmans GHDAB101 delivers up to 10 hours digital playback and there's a keylock for security. Goodmans GHDAB101 Features Digital Radio/FM Tuner. Favourite stations feature. White backlit LCD display with black text. 10 x Digital Radio presets. Up to 10 hours Digital Radio playback. Keylock. Stereo earphones. Quick Start Guide. Instruction Manual.
  • Personal Digital Radio/FM Tuner
  • Favourite stations feature
  • White backlit LCD display with black text.
  • 10 x Digital Radio presets.
  • Up to 10 hours Digital Radio playback.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (16 reviews)

 Cheap for DAB but sound quality and build is poor.

| | See all KeepCalmAndCarryOn's reviews (1)

When I saw the picture and specs, I assumed this was the guts of the Technika DAB-108P (no longer sold) in a different shell.

With my Technika having died after 2 years of good service, I thought at 50% lower price I was onto a winner. The buttons were the same layout, the features and user guide seemed identical.

That's where the similarity ends, I'm afraid. The build quality is poor, the buttons are wobbly and the sound is atrocious, no matter what EQ you set it to.

I've got a pair of Sennheisser CX-300 II headphones which make the cheapest mobile sound good, but somehow this Goodmans managed to make even DAB sound like it was broadcast via a baked bean tin and string.
Imagine a multiband EQ set "flat" across the spectrum, then knock out all the mid and top except for a couple at the bottom-end so it sounds all woolly. That's what "megabass" sounds like.
It's the audio equivalent of flicking over to Babestation then realising you're watching what almost certainly used to be a guy gyrating a load of cellulite at you.

The reception is dire - we live in a "tricky" area for both DAB and FM, but whereas the Technika and my mobile manage it, the Goodmans struggles. And at least when the DAB signal reached the edge of the "digital cliff", the Technika just glitched and did the "boiling mud" effect, so you could still get the gist of the sentence with speech, or it was mildly annoying with music. But with the Goodmans, it actually mutes the audio for about a second.

Finally, it eats batteries ridiculously fast. I could do a 3 hour walk with the Technika, the Goodmans had eaten the same high-power premium Duracell NiMH rechargeables in just over an hour. And when it runs down, instead of just turning off, it keeps trying to restart once a second until the batteries are totally flat, which made my digital charger think they were defective. Although I revived them in an old standard charger, I'm pretty sure the radio shouldn't do that.

I'm only giving it as many as 3 stars because if you're near a transmitter, need DAB and don't care too much about quality, this would actually be quite good value.
But in all other respects, it's rather poor. If there was any reasonably priced portable alternative and I hadn't already scratched metallic plastic on the extremely thinly coated battery cover, I'd probably have sent it back.
As it is, it works, I suppose. That's about as glowing a recommendation as I can give.

 no complaints.. very happy

| | See all Andymanc's reviews (7)

i find the sound quality and reception excellent .. i use rechargeable batteries and they last about 5 hours .. .. i don't understand some of the other reviews perhaps there has been some quality control issues i for one am a very happy bunny ;-)

 very poor product

| | See all bride73's reviews (1)

I bought this product due to the price. But i had to retun it within 2 weeks as it broke. The DAB screen crashed, you couldnt read the screen, and the reception was very poor, as soon as you moved about you lost the signal.
And it states that the batteries last 10 hours when using DAB, but i used brand new Duracell batteries and they didnt last 5 hours.
I would avoid this product and sepnd your money on something better.

 What do you want for under 25 quid?

| | See all nobby64's reviews (1)

I bought this product in the new year. I use rechargable 2600mah batteries and they last for about 18 hrs. The sound quality is good for the money. I have read the other reviews and the bad reviews are nothing like my experience of this product. What do you want for under 25 quid anyway? If your expectations are of home stereo or ipod qulity then you may be slightly disappointed. Go buy an ipod for 3 times as much money.

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