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.
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.
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.
Key specs for DAB+ Clock Radio Bluetooth Speaker – August MB400 – Wake to your Favourite DAB, FM or MP3 Music – Portable Stereo Powered by C Cells (not included) or Mains Plug:
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- WAKE UP TO YOUR FAVOURITE STATION – The MB400 clock radio allows you to chose 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
Comments from buyers
“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?”
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.
This is my first dab radio and i’m more than happy with it. I was attracted to this particular unit because it has lots of options for playing music including usb and sd card. I’ve tried both and they’re fine, as are the dab, fm and bluetooth options. Set up for everything, including the alarms, was easy enough if you read through the guide. There are a couple of concerns. The buttons are a bit stiff and you do need to be pretty quick when you are storing stations since the display is a bit too speedy in returning to the top of the list. Other reviewers have pointed out the white noise at very low volume and this is annoying. However, at this price and with the options it offers, this unit is really good value for money.
This is a nice, slightly retro-looking clock radio with alarm. I love the way the alarm starts quietly and then builds up in volume. I always have it on beeper, rather than radio, but there are options to use any music device via bluetooth, or even a card reader. What i’m not so happy about is the dim display. Waking up in the middle of the night and peering groggily at the clock, it’s hard to decipher the numbers, so i never know what time it is. The picture of the radio on the amazon website shows nice clear figures. They are not this clear, honestly. My old clock radio had bright red figures, so very easy to see even without my glasses on. I realise that perhaps the bright red glow would keep some people awake, although i never had that problem. Perhaps that’s why this clock has such dim little numbers.
Happy with this radio – very clear, good quality sound, we have it by the bed as an alarm and you can see the time perfectly without it being too bright to sleep next too – the radio appears to be of good quality and well made, its not to light and flimsy feeling so all in all a good product worth buying.
I can’t be alone in struggling to find a decent ‘non retro’ looking dab radio / alarm clock right?to my view, this is well styled, is fully featured and sounds very reasonable for its size. The only reason it does not get 4 stars is the unintuitive user interface – why design in a control that was clearly designed for up / down / left /right / ok functionality and use it for something completely different?it is also disappointing that it only has a single volume control rather than a separate per function – e. Dab radio broadcast levels are different to fm, which are different again to a bluetooth deviceto end on a positive note, it was very pleasant to find the alarm have the option of being only active on weekdays (other options are every day or weekends), though of course a full schedule would have been even better (for those that don’t work a regular monday to friday schedule).
Sound is fine, and you can use a usb stick to have your own music to wake up. The metadata or filenames are not displayed on the screen though (it only displays rds/digital radio information), and you can only access your music in sequence and try to remember the number. The alarm clock has an everyday/weekdays only/weekends only switch which is convenient. The main problem is with the power : if you unplug the power cord from the wall socket, or if there’s a power outage, the radio will stop and lose all its settings even if you have batteries.Batteries wil only rescue the radio if you unplug the power cord from the radio itself first — not very helpful for power outages.
Works well in my location, albeit i need to move it a bit to get the station signal fixed. Dropping it to 4 stars is because it isn’t the easiest to set up if your not techie minded. Another point to note is when playing the tracks on your usb stick it doesn’t display the title of the track, so looking for a particular one is only possible if you print out your track list first. It has a nice tone to it though.
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.
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.
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.
And here why-1) wakes me up mon – fri via it’s alarm to the sound of the radio. But then leaves me alone come the weekend (not like my old one. That thing would blare out rubbish pop tunes whether i was hung over, really wanting a sleep in or not wanting to face the world. We had more than one falling out)2) it’s cute. Do not underestimate the level of cuteness this radio brings. Sometimes i just sit and look in awe of this little radio. No worries just press the dab radio & it’s done. Easy peasy4) it has fancy functions- you can do bluetooth via your phone or fill up a sd card with music. Sounds cool, personally i haven’t a clue how to do those things. Still my old radio alarm clock did not do these things.
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.
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.
Solid unit that is well built. The nfc chip is great for pairing with my lg nexus 5 phone. Sound quality is very good at typical volumes but starts to struggle when cranked up. In my kitchen, it’s only a problem if the dishwasher is on. Controls are not all that intuitive but the instructions are more than adequate to get it tuned in and working. Nice little touch is the ability to dim the display – ideal if used as an alarm clock next to the bed.
This is the second unit i have bought, since the sound quality is excellent and i have been able to secure them at a good price (this radio/speaker is available elsewhere for up to £70). I have one unit as a bedroom alarm clock and radio, and one as a radio in my bathroom- how nice to shower to decent sound. The one drawback is that everything is geared towards inputs- i. Playing things through the speaker, such ad your mobile phonest, usb stick, or mp3 player. Did no-one think it might be a good idea to have a headphone socket??. Sometimes it’s imperative to be able to listen to music without disturbing other people. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a small, robust, easy to use radio with good clear sound, i can recommend this.
Really good quality product which gives a lovely clear sound. Does everything i could want and the bluetooth facility is superb. Perfect for use in the garden as battery operated as well as mains. Would recommend both product and seller, dispatch was very swift, arrived a day early.
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.
It’s a great little alarm clock, decent quality too. However, my one bug bear is that in 2015 it forgot that the week started on monday and finished on friday, and the weekend was saturday and sunday. It though the weekend was friday and saturday and the week was sunday to thursday. Not good for an alarm clock. I contacted support and they said it was only for 2015 and only for august. I could live with that, so i did. They did offer me a small refund of some of the price but i let it slide. Come august 2016 – no problems. Problems again – the same mix up between when the week and weekend starts and finish.
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.
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.