Philips Portable Radio AE5430 DAB+/FM, Digital tuning 20 presets Headphone jack Battery or AC operated is rated
Rated 2 out of
An exception to the rule
I am generally a fan of Philips products but in this instance my faith was not justified. Given its price, the quality of this radio does not live up to my expectations on the aesthetic or sonic fronts. I bought this radio "blind" on the assumption that being a Philips, and, priced at the level it is, that it would be well crafted and sound good - nothing could be further from the truth. Despite the appealing pictures it is very, very plasticky in its design and build, and, that lack of quality is reflected in the sound too. No one is expecting a portable radio to sound like a hi-fi but this radio has a thin, tinny sound more appropriate to a cheap label product costing a third the price. Also, close up, it looks cheap and nasty - I am surprised that Philips would "sign off" a product like this as it simply isn't in line with offerings (including many at a lesser price) from other leading radio manufacturers such as Roberts. I don't often say this, but a huge "thumbs down" for this radio - tinny and cheaply built yet quite highly priced.
Date published: 2012-02-05