August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included) – Good little all rounder

Lots of features for the price. I was specifically after these features:bluetoothbattery powered optionfront facing lcddabaux ini actually struggled to find one that had all of these features at the time. I’ve had this for 3 years now. Never struggled to get a signal – in fact i hardly uncoil the antenna wire at the back at all and get a good dab signal. I use it mainly for dab and bluetooth from my mobile. Sound quality is pretty good for something this size. It doesn’t last long on batteries but sadly no dab radios do :(the only issue i have with it is, despite owning it for 3 years i still regularly turn it off by accident because the power button and the ok button are in opposite positions to where i’d expect them. (the on/off button is in the middle of the direction pad, weird).

Never leave reviews but couldn’t not. Think little radio cost £40, and i’m over the moon. Absolutely one of the best cheap things i’ve ever boughtit has sd slot, dab, bluetooth, usb, alarm clock chuffed to bits, and i thought it would sound like a bibble in a can but it’s actually pretty good.

Excellent little radio for the price – beautiful sound, works so easily using the bluetooth, the usb the sleep timers etc- and i love the colour. I havent tried the aux yet, and have only used it with electricity so unsure how long batteries would last if needed. Cannot recommend this little radio enough. Here are the specifications for the August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included):

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  • WAKE UP TO YOUR FAVOURITE STATION – The MB400 clock radio allows you to choose your favourite station on FM or DAB to wake up to
  • STREAM YOUR MOBILE MUSIC – Connect your mobile phone via Wireless Bluetooth and enjoy high quality sound for your music, podcasts and internet radio
  • PLAY MP3 FILES FROM USB AND SD CARD – Listen to all your digital music, just save from your PC to USB and play it anywhere
  • TAKE DAB RADIO WITH YOU – Powered by mains or C-Type Battery, the MB400 can be used anywhere from a site radio to a bedside alarm clock
  • FUTURE PROOF DAB AND DAB+ TUNER – With both DAB and DAB+ covered, you don’t have to worry about the airwaves going quiet through planned upgrades to DAB broadcasting

This is a great bedside clock radio,it has all of the features one could expect a product at this price range to have, excellent signal, i don’t even need to pin up the arial. My only grumble is that it’s not immediately obvious how to do things like set alarms and set the time, to set an alarm you need to hold the snooze/dim button until alarm 1 alarm 2 etc shows on the display, once you figure this out from the well written ,clear instructions its easy. However they don’t tell you that the radio needs to be off to do this. The volume knob is very sensitive allowing you to choose any volume level that the radio is capable of, unlike my last radio that had up and down buttons that meant i could only select certain levels. During the initial scan it found 40+ stations, all of which were of a reasonable quality.

Not only do you get the choice of fm vs dab on this radio, but it also features a radio alarm function, alarm function without the radio, a usb to plug in music and the ability to stream music via bluetooth to this well built machine. Its sturdy and takes some knocks. The speaker is also very good for its class and price range.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • An alarm clock that forgets the days of the week in odd numbered years, but only in August!
  • The August has almost everything but cannot be charged via a USB able
  • Good sound, easy to use, but why no headphone socket?

Sounds great, i like that it has so many functions. Relatively easy to use once i read the manual, but not intuitive. Connects well via bluetooth to my phone. The sleep timer is good – i can use bluetooth mode to play music from my phone to go to sleep, and it wakes me up with the radio mode in the morning. It did say in the manual that the radio mode allows specific stations to be set for the alarm, but i didn’t see an option for this when setting the alarm.

Great radio and value for money. Dab reception great in the bedroom where i use it. Compact too plus battery or mains. Bluetooth speaker brilliant to play podcasts and audible books from iphone 6s+. Only thing i criticise is the buttons don’t feel that solid and very ‘clicky’ and volume knob goes from ‘stiff’, low volume to ‘looser’ has volume turned up. Still worth it and recommend.

I’m really pleased with this radio. I use it as a bedside alarm and it looks very nice. It sounds even better – sound quality is excellent. I found it very straight forward to set up. Only a few very minor quibbles: 1/ the display is too bright for me at night even at its dimmest so i lean a book against it 2/ contrary to what the instructions say, i can’t find a way to specifiy the dab channel for the morning alarm i. It will just play the last station tuned in to 3/ i put loads of music on an sd card but you can only navigate the sd/usb inputs sequentially track by track, not even by folder, which is limiting. Overall, based on a few weeks of ownership, great product. What i like most is the massive variety of inputs, including an sd card slot (not often featured on similar products).

This replaced the most annoying radio alarm known to man. The old one finally stopped working intermittently so i wanted something easy to program and not too expensive. This was easy to program once we were able to establish a signal in my loft bedroom. It is good value and came well packaged. I can also see the screen; it’s bright enough to read.

This does the job – it connects to bluetooth, and other devices, it allows you to set two alarms, and it has a sleep function. However, it feels like a cheap and poorly designed radio. The clicking sound when you press the buttons is so loud it wakes the baby up, and the features aren’t intuitive – e. You can switch the backlight off when the radio is playing, but not when it’s switched off. It takes a lot of brainpower to memorise how to use the various features. Also, the bluetooth stays connected and looking for signals all night – so woke baby up (again) having listened to bluetooth going to sleep, because i tried to watch a video on my phone the next morning. Most speakers will time out after a few minutes of receiving no signal.

Small & compact replacement for bulky mini hi-fi in kitchen. Very happy with the sound & bluetooth functionality for streaming spotify from my phone. My reason for awarding four stars – i think the designers missed out here by not having a remote control for the unit, a little inconvenient, but i knew this before i made the purchase. Would have been a five star review if it came with a remote.

The august has almost everything i wanted from a bed side radio alarm clock at a good price: 2 alarms, dab+, bluetooth speakers, a usb charge point, a dimmable display with plenty of place for information and the option to be woken up by the radio, a buzzer or my own mp3 tracks from an sd card or a usb stick. Ideally, the device could have been a bit smaller and powered via a usb cable, rather than taking up a 240v socket by yet another unnecessary power adapter. Yes, you guessed correctly, the power adapter reduces the voltage down to 5v = usb voltage. The mind boggles, hence 1 star deducted.

The dab function can cope with my tablet being nearby without descending into crackles, unlike the previous radio. It isn’t especially intuitive to program, but the addition of bluetooth functionality more than made up for that. I love being able to play music on my phone fthough the speakers without fannying around with any cables.

What a fantastic sound from this dab radio. We used it as a speaker for spotify on christmas morning and have hardly turned it off since. It’s very lightweight and easy enough for my 9-year-old to set and use.

This stylish, retro, funky radio arrived today and it is brilliant and fantastic it looks good and sounds good. The bluetooth connection with my iphone is superb and my mp3 player connects to the usb socket. Sd card slot provides additional favourite music storage. Contrary to lesser reviews it is easy to set up and use, those who beg to differ have not looked at it properly. It really is a little gem, if you are considering a purchase then go ahead, you’ll be glad you did.

We now have two of these lovely little radios. The red one matches our camper and it comes away on holiday with us. The blue one goes well in our bedroom. I like that it can be powered by mains or battery. I like the sleep mode – you can choose how long you want it to play. I like that the alarm starts quiet quietly and then increases in sound to your chosen volume. The sound quality is fine – not at all tinny. The size is neat and fits in the spaces that we have available.

Dab signal can be easily interfered with by other electronic devices. The most limiting factor, however, is that you can switch the led display off when playing the radio but at night when you turn the radio off for a bit of sleep, even on the dimmest setting the case of the radio itself glows from the light within and your eyeballs are welded to the back of your skull as the entire room is bathed in an eldritch glow. I replaced my old clock/radio with this one as the low-pitched hum it emitted used to disturb my sleep but there is no chance of sleep with this bedside searchlight. Have to use it in the kitchen now and keep searching for something both quiet and dull.

In terms of versatility, it gets 10/10 from me. You can, one way or another, play music from just about any source. Build quality is ok, no better or worse than i would expect for the price. I can only give it 4 stars though because it is not as easy to use as it might be. I can take a lot of button presses to get from one source to another and it’s far too easy to click once too often and skip past what you want; then you have to start again.

Jusy what i need down my allotment. Easy to follow instructions and it picks up 40 dab stations and stores them easily. If had to give one negative that would be the antenna not being the pull up metal type insted its a wire. . Although it does have a handy loop to pin it up in my shed. It pairs easy with my phone so i can use my spotify and pod casts. Its a neat tidy radio thats brilliant for home, garden and shed.

Lives in the kitchen, but also great in summer in the garden. Bluetooth plays your phone playlist while cooking or relaxing. Good dab reception for local radio, all the national and international stations, and crucially test match special on the patio.

First radio i have bought for nearly 30 years so i was impressed how far they have moved on, the sound of the mb400 is first class t the point of now being the best sound/music system i own now. I haven’t got my head around all the settings as yet but i am sure that will come with a bit more time. One comment would be it maybe better to include the instructions in the language where it’s being sold, e. G uk sheet of instructions for the uk market and then they could be written in larger print for people who have vision impairment (like me). Packaging was about right although maybe a plain wrapper of some sort would improve the security when being delivered. A well made radio at a fair price and now a valuable asset. Btw i received a £10 off offer (instead of the usual £5 one) for a set of speakers which was really useful, thank you.

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August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 - Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You - Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)
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  1. I wanted a dab radio for the kitchen that could take a number of inputs, in particular bluetooth from my mobile phone. 5mm / bluetooth/ memory card / usb. Sound quality is pretty good. It’s not perfect, hence not five stars, ideally would have given 4. So what lost the fifth star?:first it’s not totally intuitive out of the box and i needed the manual to set up the radio presets and connect bluetooth. That said with the manual easy to set up. Secondly i think the power button and the ok buttons should be swapped round. Elsewhere, on remote controls for example, the ok/select button is between the directional selection keys, but on this unit the power button is located in the middle of the directional keys.
  2. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    I wanted a dab radio for the kitchen that could take a number of inputs, in particular bluetooth from my mobile phone. 5mm / bluetooth/ memory card / usb. Sound quality is pretty good. It’s not perfect, hence not five stars, ideally would have given 4. So what lost the fifth star?:first it’s not totally intuitive out of the box and i needed the manual to set up the radio presets and connect bluetooth. That said with the manual easy to set up. Secondly i think the power button and the ok buttons should be swapped round. Elsewhere, on remote controls for example, the ok/select button is between the directional selection keys, but on this unit the power button is located in the middle of the directional keys.
    • Neat radio can get smooth radio on sound is very good on dab. Not happy that have it in living room when go to bed turn it of at night when in morning want it on its fiddly as clock needs resetting on f m if you go on dab you still have press different buttons not straight forward as on or of.
  3. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Neat radio can get smooth radio on sound is very good on dab. Not happy that have it in living room when go to bed turn it of at night when in morning want it on its fiddly as clock needs resetting on f m if you go on dab you still have press different buttons not straight forward as on or of.
    • Looks and sounds great but battery life not good only lasts 2 weeks so we use adaptor now and it’s fab.
  4. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Looks and sounds great but battery life not good only lasts 2 weeks so we use adaptor now and it’s fab.
    • Good durable radio had mine about 5 years still going strong sound ok not as good as a premium radio however fine for kitchen ect searching for dab stations can be a bit fiddly but worth the money i would say.
  5. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Good durable radio had mine about 5 years still going strong sound ok not as good as a premium radio however fine for kitchen ect searching for dab stations can be a bit fiddly but worth the money i would say.
  6. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    This product is the worst thing iv ever brought on amozon it is meant to be bluetooth connection upto 10m but as soon as you move even a m away it goes cracking and u can’t move iv brought cheaper speakers that work better.
  7. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    This product is the worst thing iv ever brought on amozon it is meant to be bluetooth connection upto 10m but as soon as you move even a m away it goes cracking and u can’t move iv brought cheaper speakers that work better.
  8. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    This is the second of these that i have bought – not because of problems or issues, but to put another in a different room. Found it was a good price for a dab radio, sound quality is good and i can connect the phone via bluetooth. My only niggle is that in standby mode it displays the time twice (one is large, the second is a little smaller directly underneath) – i’ve never understood why, but not an issue really.
    • This is the second of these that i have bought – not because of problems or issues, but to put another in a different room. Found it was a good price for a dab radio, sound quality is good and i can connect the phone via bluetooth. My only niggle is that in standby mode it displays the time twice (one is large, the second is a little smaller directly underneath) – i’ve never understood why, but not an issue really.
      • Radio was slightly difficult to set up. Re-reading the manual several times was important. Would have have liked headphone socket to appreciate the the stereo audio. Access forexternal speakers and a standard aerial socket to fit an external or telescopic aerial not provided. However, it surpasses many similar priced models in performance has dab+ and it looks good.
  9. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Radio was slightly difficult to set up. Re-reading the manual several times was important. Would have have liked headphone socket to appreciate the the stereo audio. Access forexternal speakers and a standard aerial socket to fit an external or telescopic aerial not provided. However, it surpasses many similar priced models in performance has dab+ and it looks good.
  10. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Works well as a dab radio in my garage. The aerial is of the cheap flexible wire type, so fine in my garage but wouldn’t look great in the house.
  11. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Works well as a dab radio in my garage. The aerial is of the cheap flexible wire type, so fine in my garage but wouldn’t look great in the house.
    • After a long time looking for a radio which i could also play my recorded music on from my usb sicks i am so happy that i now have just the right radio. I use this mainly in my summer house and it’s fantasic. Would highly recommend this radio it’s coming on holiday with me next year that’s for sure. The one thing i am not to sure is just how long the batteries last. And whilst it works well and sound is good after playing my music from my memory sick through once it then seemed to play up and was off and on through the sick the second time around so not sure if it was due to power loss, as when i put it onto mains it was ok. That is a draw back but overall a great looking radio and tick all the boxes for me.
      • After a long time looking for a radio which i could also play my recorded music on from my usb sicks i am so happy that i now have just the right radio. I use this mainly in my summer house and it’s fantasic. Would highly recommend this radio it’s coming on holiday with me next year that’s for sure. The one thing i am not to sure is just how long the batteries last. And whilst it works well and sound is good after playing my music from my memory sick through once it then seemed to play up and was off and on through the sick the second time around so not sure if it was due to power loss, as when i put it onto mains it was ok. That is a draw back but overall a great looking radio and tick all the boxes for me.
  12. Haven’t used it on battery love it although fm is a bit ropey inside my dog grooming van.
    • Haven’t used it on battery love it although fm is a bit ropey inside my dog grooming van.
  13. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Good product easy to use decent sound big enough to fill a room. Usb playback is a bit picky but not a problem.
    • Good product easy to use decent sound big enough to fill a room. Usb playback is a bit picky but not a problem.
  14. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    I literally spent 3 days viewing dab radios on amazon trying to find one which had most of the features i wanted such as battery powered options, the ability to connect my phone via bluetooth, a usb socket, etc. After all the researching i settled on this radio as seeming to be the best for what i wanted. And the delivery driver lost it in transit. Amazon gave me a refund, so i ordered it again. When it arrived i got it out of the box, and the first feature i set up was the bluetooth. That worked and i was able to play a podcast off my phone via the mb400. The sound quality wasn’t 100% perfect, but it was good enough for me and for what i expected from the radio’s price range. Next i tried to tune the dab radio. I uncurled the aerial, pressed the scan button and.
    • I literally spent 3 days viewing dab radios on amazon trying to find one which had most of the features i wanted such as battery powered options, the ability to connect my phone via bluetooth, a usb socket, etc. After all the researching i settled on this radio as seeming to be the best for what i wanted. And the delivery driver lost it in transit. Amazon gave me a refund, so i ordered it again. When it arrived i got it out of the box, and the first feature i set up was the bluetooth. That worked and i was able to play a podcast off my phone via the mb400. The sound quality wasn’t 100% perfect, but it was good enough for me and for what i expected from the radio’s price range. Next i tried to tune the dab radio. I uncurled the aerial, pressed the scan button and.
      • Powered by batteries in my bathroom, nice to be able relax listening to the radio in the bath without the need for a new set of batts every time.
  15. Powered by batteries in my bathroom, nice to be able relax listening to the radio in the bath without the need for a new set of batts every time.
  16. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    It’s just as discribed i don’t have any negative thoughts about this product.
  17. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    It’s just as discribed i don’t have any negative thoughts about this product.
  18. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    I got this on a special deal, so can’t grumble too much. My main issue with it is the antenna – even when unwound fully & pinned to the wall, it’s still hit & miss for getting dab reception (not such issue on my other dab devices). It just about does the job, but ultimately you get what you pay for.
    • I got this on a special deal, so can’t grumble too much. My main issue with it is the antenna – even when unwound fully & pinned to the wall, it’s still hit & miss for getting dab reception (not such issue on my other dab devices). It just about does the job, but ultimately you get what you pay for.
      • Got it yesterday and im very impressed with it. Did take me a while to work out how to use it but once i read instructions was easy.
  19. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Got it yesterday and im very impressed with it. Did take me a while to work out how to use it but once i read instructions was easy.
    • Warning do not buy this item, after a few days it goes to date not set it will not let you set the date or select dab so it picks up the time. Zero stars a complete and utter rip off you just lose your money.
      • Warning do not buy this item, after a few days it goes to date not set it will not let you set the date or select dab so it picks up the time. Zero stars a complete and utter rip off you just lose your money.
  20. . Needs a strong signal, the controls are not intuitive and the aerial is simply a length of wire. The plastic body feels and looks brittle and ‘cheap’. The sound is thin and not that good with little bass. I guess you get what you pay for and as a budget all singing and dancing radio/bluetooth it does everything it say it will – but just not very well.
  21. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    . Needs a strong signal, the controls are not intuitive and the aerial is simply a length of wire. The plastic body feels and looks brittle and ‘cheap’. The sound is thin and not that good with little bass. I guess you get what you pay for and as a budget all singing and dancing radio/bluetooth it does everything it say it will – but just not very well.
  22. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    This would be a higher rate if the pre-set button worked. I set up one radio station but the system wouldn’t allow any more to be input. A factory reset dropped the one radio station that i had set up and then wouldn’t work again. It’s a shame as it’s a tidy radio. It’s just that a key component doesn’t work.
    • This would be a higher rate if the pre-set button worked. I set up one radio station but the system wouldn’t allow any more to be input. A factory reset dropped the one radio station that i had set up and then wouldn’t work again. It’s a shame as it’s a tidy radio. It’s just that a key component doesn’t work.
  23. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    All plugged in correctly, well as far as i can tell as the instructions started on number 5.
  24. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    All plugged in correctly, well as far as i can tell as the instructions started on number 5.
  25. This review is from : August DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music and Bring it with You – Portable Powered by C Cells (not included)

    Excellent device at a very good price and very fast delivery.
    • Excellent device at a very good price and very fast delivery.
      • Great radio – just what i wanted: fm, dab and mp3 playback plus its got bluetooth. Only wish it would shuffle tracks on mp3.

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