A battle rages in our household. The battle which means that when I get up in the morning and go down to the kitchen, I immediately change the radio station to something upbeat and poppy, or should I say upbeat and rocky. One of the biggest differences between Pete and I is our radio habits. He’s happy with Talk Sport – which I have to confess I don’t mind every now and then because I do have more than a passing interest in most sports and would always vote for sport on the TV instead of soaps or reality TV. He also listens to Radio 4 a lot but that’s just too much for me. Yes I know it’s interesting and topical but I need to feel alive and cheery rather than depressed and deadbeat, especially when I’m getting ready for work.
So we have a lot of radios. One by the side of the bed which he puts on BBC 6 Music and I put on Absolute 80s. One in the kitchen. A portable one that we tote around. Not to mention obviously the car radio and then laptops/TVs. However, such is our love of competing stations that you can never have too many and Swedish homewares store Clas Ohlson recently sent me the Excibel DX25 DAB/FM Radio to add to our collection. If you follow the blog then you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of this high street chain which offer good value items for the home and I’ve long been a customer since before I started the blog as my previous partner was Swedish and we spent several summers in Sweden in my early 20’s.
So how did the Excibel radio compare to some of our others? First of all I love the finish – glossy white which means it fits in well with our decor and looks stylish and clean, especially in our little home office where everything has to be small to fit and our desks are also white gloss. It can be powered either by mains or battery (requires 4 x AA batteries) which is perfect since Pete has moved all his gym stuff into the outbuilding at the bottom of the garden and of course now needs a radio out there too.
It’s very easy to use, I’m not a lover of uber-technology where you need a PhD to figure out how to operate something and can accommodate up to 20 station presets and has an alarm clock with snooze. If I had a small criticism, the sound quality isn’t as good as a more familiar brand like PURE, however at £39.99 it’s very good value for money and is the perfect addition to our growing radio collection. Let station-switching battle commence!
Thank you to Clas Ohlson for sending me the Excibel radio at no cost in return for an honest review. All words, opinions and images are my own unless otherwise stated.
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