Technika DAB radio

If you want a cheap DAB radio, you could do worse than this Technika DAB-106 from Tesco. (Technika appears to be Tesco’s own brand for Far East-sourced electronics.)

Technika DAB-106 Digital Radio

I wanted a radio for my kitchen to entertain me whilst cooking, and I’m pretty much sold on DAB. It may not sound perfect, but it’s better than a poor signal on FM or AM—and it’s not drowned out by the sidebands of South London’s numerous pirate stations. There’s also a much wider choice of stuff to listen to. DAB radios are still a new enough technology that it’s quite hard to find a good cheap one, so I was interested when I saw this one on the shelf at Tesco for £35, less a few pennies.

However, I was wary, and I wouldn’t have bought it if they hadn’t had one plugged in for me to hear what it actually sounds like. (There’s a lesson for retailers there.) It sounded acceptable in the shop; having listened to it at home, I can confirm that it does, indeed, sound pretty good. The bass response is what you’d expect from a radio of that size: limited but respectable by virtue of the volume of air in the enclosure. It’s certainly not offensively squawky in the way that some portable radios can be.

You do get what you pay for, to a certain extent—the fake wood of the case doesn’t benefit from detailed scrutiny, and the front panel is only silver plastic, for example—but it’s solidly constructed, simple and elegant, and doesn’t feel cheap or shoddy. The interface is easy to use, and the screen is clear. It also receives FM broadcasts, and seems to do so well enough. It will even run off batteries, although, given the elevated power draw of DAB sets, that’s probably not a great idea unless your surname is Duracell.

All in all, it’s a reasonably-priced, thoroughly competent DAB radio. I’m satisfied with it.

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  1. Martin riches

    Wrote at 2007-01-18 12:34 UTC using Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows XP:

    Hi Paul
    Just wanted to thank you for your well considered and fair review of the Technika DAB radio.
    On the basis of your review, I purchased one through eBay, recently and am very satisfied with it.

    Mine also lives in the kitchen and is so much more convenient to use (hopping from station to station) than the thumbwheel tuning and volume controls of our (twenty year) old Ferguson!

    Thanks again

    Martin
  2. Derek Vivian

    Wrote at 2007-09-26 10:39 UTC using Internet Explorer 7.0 on Windows XP:

    I now have 4 of these radios! DAB signals are not very good where I live at Whyteleafe Surrey, but FM is OK. I have a portable in each room plus my office and garage. I bought the radios for less than £10 each from the ebay market and 2 wre faulty which I repaired easily. A new telescopic aerial also from ebay cost just £1.00 delivered (as part of 5 in a job lot)! Good basic portable and well recommended.
  3. Patricia Scott

    Wrote at 2008-01-14 20:42 UTC using Firefox 2.0.0.11 on Windows XP:

    wonder if you could help I was given a Technika dab radio 106 but am fining it a fairly obscure process to tune in,preset stations etc. is there anywhere i could download instuction leaflet, can,t seem to find appropiate web site p scott
  4. mrs m stewart

    Wrote at 2008-12-21 16:35 UTC using Internet Explorer 7.0 on Windows Vista:

    like patricia scott, I too have difficulty in tuning all the programs into the preset facility on my dab radio as i do not have the instructions. please advise the appropiate webb site. m stewart
  5. Barbara

    Wrote at 2010-12-28 15:56 UTC using Chrome 8.0.552.224 on Windows 7:

    I have this radio and its great but would like another for my partner, can’t seem to find them anymore . Any recommendations please
  6. roy rodger

    Wrote at 2013-07-24 07:18 UTC using Chrome 28.0.1500.72 on Windows 7:

    i cant get many stations now only bbc 2, talk sport and classic. is this because iv had it too long ? 4 years.
  7. malcolm gooding

    Wrote at 2014-01-05 15:30 UTC using Mozilla 11.0 on Windows 7:

    how do I retune the radio toreceive different digital channels
  8. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2014-01-05 18:44 UTC using Firefox 26.0 on Linux:

    Malcolm: press MENU, SCROLL UP, SCROLL UP until the display says “Autoscan full”, then SELECT.

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