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This test report on the Sony XDR-S16DBP is one of a series of digital radio reviews. If you have reached this page from an internet search, we suggest you begin by reading the Introduction to our guide to DAB digital radios. For more information about the options listed below, see also the criteria by which to judge performance and what are the main features to look for.

Sony XDR-S16DBP - test report

  • Price £60

Sony XDR-S16DBPOverall verdict

The Sony XDR-S16DBP is a large portable radio that is not easy to use. It doesn't have direct-access preset buttons, which makes setting up and selecting the radio stations a complex process consisting of button presses and use of a dial. The dials are small, slippy and difficult to turn, so if you struggle to grip things this may not be the radio for you. You will need to use a dial every time you switch station or adjust the volume. The small text labels on the reflective buttons are hard to read, and the buttons are difficult to distinguish by touch alone. The screen, while well lit with clear text, is small and cannot be read from an angle.


Size (h x w x d; cm) 14 x 27 x 12
Weight (kg) 1.6
Wavebands DAB / FM
Speaker/s stereo
Headphone output stereo
Power mains and battery
DAB presets 0
FM presets 0
Preset buttons or menu n/a
Pause and rewind live radio no
Electronic programme guide no
Recording no
Selecting the station: rotate dial yes
Selecting the station: press up/down channel buttons no
Auto-select mode no

Last updated: August 2011

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