Wednesday, October 27

The four best value-for-money portable transistors to listen to the radio wherever you want

Despite the emergence of new technologies, radio is still present in the lives of many people. According to him General Media Study (EGM), throughout the day they are 22 million listeners those that at some point are connected to the waves.

Whether in the car, in the shower or while preparing food, the radio can be a good companion to liven up certain moments of the day with music, although there are also people who use the radio as the main source of information, being this its fundamental connection with the news.

For this reason, a portable transistor can be very useful now that the good weather arrives and we want to go for a walk or relax in parks, forests and meadows. In this regard, most of them are mainly focused on being tuners for the AM and FM waves. Due to their size and battery, they are usually the best option to always carry; either inside the house or during a trip.

Keys before buying

Before recommending some models, it is important to highlight the main parameters to take into account. The first are the types of transistors on the market according to their technology. Thus, we can count on digital models and analog models.

Analog transistors will only have the option of listening to AM / FM radio; On the other hand, digital ones usually incorporate other functionalities such as Bluetooth or music playback. The former are ideal for those looking for something simple and just to listen to the radio; the second type may be the best option for someone looking for something else. Between two types, actually, has and few price differences.

You also have to take into account lsound outputs. Thus, if we are one of those who like to listen to the radio on public transport, it is important that the portable transistor has an output for headphones, especially the jack type.

The other great conditioner is the autonomy of the transistor. Some use batteries, so it will be necessary to change them once they are exhausted, and they can leave us stranded in the most unthinkable situations. Others, on the other hand, work through batteries, so they can also be used while charging.

And finally we will take into account the DAB support. DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) technology is a radio frequency that has a higher bandwidth than AM or FM. That is, it gives better audio quality. But in Spain it is not very widespread today, although little by little there are more options.

Recommended models

Sony ICF-P26

Sony is one of those great brands when it comes to sound. The Sony ICF-P26 portable transistor is one of the cheapest and best performing options on the market: 30 euros – although on offer it can go below 20 euros -.

It is an analog portable radio with an AM / FM tuner weighing approximately 190 grams. It has a headphone jack output and a hand strap that makes it easy to carry. Of course: it works with AA batteries, so, over time, they will have to be changed.

Energy Sistem Fabric Box

But what if you’re looking for a more aesthetic analog portable transistor? Then maybe the best alternative is the Energy Sistem Fabric Box. An analog radio for 20 euros moving away from classic blacks to mimic bluetooth speakers.

It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours of use, plus headphone output. Also, you have an option to save up to 50 stations. However, the biggest but of this portable radio is that does not have an external antenna, so there will be situations where you can lose the signal.

Panasonic RF-2400DEG-K

The Panasonic RF-2400DEG-K is a classic portable radio: it has a carry handle, an antenna to improve AM / FM tuning, and a high-quality loudspeaker for listening. For 29 euros, is a reliable, simple and practical radio for those who love the airwaves.

This transistor also has a digital tuner to extend the signal reception range. In other words, you don’t have to be particularly precise when tuning in to a specific station. It also has a headphone output, but it runs on AA batteries.

At the same time, for 35 euros, Panasonic also offers the RF-3500E9-K radio, which is an improvement on the previous one. It is less portable, since it weighs almost a kilogram, but it gives the option of using it both with battery and connected to the network. It has a handle to carry it and an output power of 1000mW. This is perfect to have at home and change rooms.

Avantree 3 in 1

If the above options fall short, the Avantree portable transistor may be the alternative for those looking for a more complete device and without almost increasing the budget. By 35 euros, the Avantree is a portable “radio”, speaker, and SD card reader.

As far as radio is concerned, the Avantree has an (internal) antenna for FM waves, although it allows to use the USB charging cable as an antenna. In addition, some stations can also be saved.

Regarding the other features: the Avantree radio has Bluetooth 5.0, so it can work as a speaker for the mobile, tablet or PC. It also has an SD card slot, but it is noted that it only supports the following formats: MP3, WAV and WMA.

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