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The new radio from Kaiser Baas is an affordable way to get acquainted with DAB+. It is small, portable, easy to use, and delivers very basic functions.

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Measuring 169 x 51 x 123 mm, this radio has a handle for easy transport, can be battery powered so users can listen to digital radio outdoors, and has a headphone port for solo listening.

As soon as the unit is turned on, the radio automatically scans for available digital stations. In our North Sydney office, we were able to receive 41 stations, but the number of stations that the unit gets depends entirely on where you are living.

The 2-row backlit digital display shows the current station, the music artist, and the song title by default, but can be changed to display signal strength, station frequency, signal error, bit rate, date, and time by pressing the display button.

If digital radio is not available in your area, you can easily switch to FM mode by pressing the DAB/FM button located in front of the unit. Other buttons located up front include the power, scroll back and forward, select, preset, scan, display, and menu buttons. The volume keys are on the right side of the unit, while removing the cover on the left side reveals the AC power port and headphone jack.

Users can store up to 10 of their favourite stations by pressing and holding the ‘Preset’ button. The unit also comes with a ‘Scan’ button that allows a user to scan for new stations. Finally, a user can perform manual tuning, audio adjustments, and even factory reset the unit via the ‘Menu’.

The sound coming out of the speakers is good for its size, although you shouldn’t expect thumping bass and crystal clear highs. The Kaiser Baas Portable Digital Radio is sold exclusively from Dick Smith Electronics for $98 and is available in white or black.

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