The best DAB radio of 2024

Tune in to a whole new world of digital audio broadcasting and say goodbye to the hiss and static of FM

some of the best DAB radios

by Chris Duffill |
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If you remember spinning a dial to tune an FM radio you’ll already know why DAB radio is a godsend for fans of both decent speakers and the good old wireless. Digital Audio Broadcasting (or DAB for short) has been around for a staggering thirty years now, replacing our crackly analogue radio sets with crystal-clear digital sound. Owning the best DAB radio can truly transform your listening.

But the development of DAB radio hasn’t stopped there. Now your digital radio is a highly capable piece of modern audio tech. Sharing many features with the best portable speakers,  a modern DAB radio is something of a powerhouse for listeners - whether it’s the afternoon drama on Radio 4 or the soundtrack to your entire day.

Best DAB radio of 2024 at a glance

• Best overall DAB radio: Pure - Evoke Spot Radio With Bluetooth - View at Amazon
• Best budget DAB radio: Majority Barton - View at Amazon
• Best portable DAB radio: Roberts Revival RD70DG FM/DAB/DAB+ Digital Radio - View at Argos
• Best DAB radio with CD player: Majority Oakington - View at Amazon

With over fifty stations available you have a much wider choice than old FM radios could muster - and all of them with digital clarity. Need to rock out regularly? DAB station Planet Rock is there to amp up your day. Want to be a wild boy with Duran Duran or dance in the street with Martha Reeves? Absolute 80s and Magic Soul will take you back in time. Or perhaps you’d prefer to relax to the soothing orchestral tones of Classic FM (and yes, despite the name, it’s on digital radio too).

But it’s not all about the stations - DAB radios contain some seriously impressive audio tech too. Many of them are hi-fi separates that connect to your amp and speaker setup, while others are standalone or portable DAB radios that have impressive speakers built into them. If you’re new to DAB, believe us - the days of tinny sound and crackly reception are well and truly over. We’ve put together our picks for the best DAB radios on the market today, and a quick guide to help you choose. So, let’s tune in and see what’s out there.

Best DAB radio of 2024

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Best overall DAB radio

Pure is a brand that anyone familiar with DAB will have heard of. The company was around at the launch of DAB, with a range of iconic Evoke DAB radios to get the nation listening. This Evoke Spot Radio looks set to become another icon, both in terms of refined design and modern feature set. Here we have a very compact radio with a fabric grill at the front that brings traditional speakers to mind. On the top, there’s a popup angled screen that puts all of your essential DAB and audio info into easy view. 

Not only do you get DAB and DAB+ reception, but there’s FM, Bluetooth and  - perhaps unique to this list - wireless connectivity too. That means the Evoke Spot will connect to the internet and let you play your favourite tunes and playlists from Spotify Connect. Handy controls on the top let you skip tracks and more.

Best of all (and one of the reasons that this is more expensive than other compact DAB radios) is that it's engineered for premium sound quality. The 3-inch speaker delivers full-range sound and the bass reflex port really brings weight to any radio station. It’s a real looker, with the smarts to match.


  • Innovative yet traditional speaker-style design that still fits seamlessly into any home decor
  • Solid and quality build with well above average sound
  • Lots of connectivity, including wi-fi for use with built-in Spotify Connect


  • No physical auxiliary inputs

Best budget DAB radio

Majority BartonMajority

We have no idea how Majority has made such a smart and usable DAB radio for this price. Not only do you have a mini tower-style cabinet, but its wood effect and clean controls really give it a simple and homely look.

A single speaker is nicely placed with chrome trim, and the display and essential controls are logically laid out. The clear LED panel will give you all of the essential DAB info such as track names, and it’s also a DAB+ model for all of those extra stations. FM is present too.

And if you did want to use this in a bedroom, it has a dimmable display and a dual alarm function. You can store an impressive 20 stations as presets and plug in some headphones too. A lot of radio for the money.


  • A premium look and a pleasing design make this very home-friendly
  • Being able to store up to 20 stations as presets makes this very usable
  • DAB and DAB+ for even more radio stations


  • Only one speaker, so while this will play stereo music it will downmix it to mono

Best portable DAB radio

Roberts Revival RD70DG FM/DAB/DAB+ Digital RadioRoberts

We love the leather-clad retro styling of this portable little DAB radio from Roberts. Fittingly called the Revival, it really does bring back the minimal yet functional radio designs of yesteryear. The front is a simple inset grill and brass logo, with equally retro volume and tuning knobs on the top.

All of the controls are pleasingly reminiscent of 50s radios thanks to the off-white colour scheme and simple labelling. The colour screen in the centre is really the only thing that gives away what this really is - a DAB+ digital radio with Bluetooth for connecting to mobiles. You can store up to 10 preset stations, and it even has an alarm built-in.

As a portable DAB radio, the Roberts Revival is something of a style icon when out and about. It is a little heavier than some, but we think that just adds to the reassuringly solid feel. Take this on a picnic or a weekend camping trip and you’ll get around 100 hours out of the battery, so your DAB radio stations are with you throughout a long weekend and more.


  • Pleasing retro styling to suit all kinds of decor
  • Slim and portable with respectable battery life
  • When you’re not travelling this will fit onto a shelf or windowsill in a kitchen or study


  • A little heavier than you’d expect for the size

Best DAB radio with CD player

Majority OakingtonMajority

In our review of the Majority Oakington, we found that the beautiful wood-finish cabinet and brushed aluminium panel were high-quality and a great stylish addition to any room. Although it’s not the only DAB radio with CD, USB and Bluetooth to make this list, we do think it steals the show in terms of pure aesthetics. It has that simple control layout that Majority seem to excel at, making this an uncluttered-looking and refined addition to any room.

In terms of DAB and sound quality, the cabinet has rear bass ports - so you’ll get better, richer sound out of this than many others. There are five equaliser presets too - Normal, Jazz, Rock, Classical, and Pop - so you can tweak the sound to suit. We did, however, find the remote to be a little slow to respond at times - but it wasn’t a deal-breaker. As a DAB+ radio, you get a large range of stations - it’ll even charge your phone via USB while you listen. Brilliant.


  • Beautiful design and sturdy build
  • Sound quality is very uniform and reliable
  • Lots of Sources and connectivity to choose from - including a CD player


  • The remote is not that responsive

Best pocket DAB radio

Roberts Sports DAB5 Portable DAB Radio Roberts

Roberts makes it back into our list with this simple and highly usable pocket DAB radio. It has everything you’d want from a neat pocket-sized player. The lines are smooth with the controls on the top - ideal for keeping things comfortable and usable while you listen. Even better for such a compact radio, it can receive both DAB and DAB+ stations and lets you store ten of them as presets. It even has FM.

One aspect we particularly like is that, for a pocket radio, the backlit display is nice and large. After all, when you take it out of your pocket and tune it, or just place it on a desk or your lap while you listen, it’s easy to glance at and see what’s playing.

Running on two AA batteries, the Sport DAB5 portable radio can run for between 15 and 25 hours - but using DAB over FM will drain the batteries faster depending on use. That still means you can go for several days without replacing the batteries - although we recommend investing in rechargeable AAs and a fast charger to make sure you keep this pocket radio portable.


  • A neat design that fits into the pocket nicely while being easily controlled
  • DAB, DAB+ and FM means you get the most stations in one package
  • A large backlit display means you can see what's playing at a glance - ideal when you’re on the move


  • Only AA batteries, so no rechargeable built-in power here

Best smart DAB radio

As audio products go, this is the Rolls Royce of DAB systems. Denon knows a thing or two about sound and this CEOL-N11 DAB Audio Receiver is clearly placing radio at the forefront of its capabilities. You’ll need to provide your own speakers (including a subwoofer if you want to), but once done you have a very compact component style hi-fi with big DAB+ sound. There’s a very understated CD player here, but it’s joined by Bluetooth, and - importantly - HEOS for multiroom and Airplay over wifi.

But, one of the things we love is the integration of Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (via Apple Airplay). That makes this one of the most usable and convenient DAB radio systems here. Skip tracks and adjust the volume and more with your voice. A premium price for premium audio product with DAB radio at its core.


  • Support for several popular smart voice assistants for easy control
  • A huge range of DAB stations plus various other sources like wifi, CD and Bluetooth
  • The Denon design and build make this a high-end hi-fi component with sophisticated looks


  • Doesn’t come with Denon’s matching SC-N10 speakers

Best DAB radio for the car

For those of us driving older cars, fitting a DAB in-car radio might be a step too far or even an impossible task. But if you love your existing car stereo and it has an auxiliary input jack, you’re in luck. This Pure Highway 200 is in an in-car DAB and DAB+ adapter. It’ll pick up digital radio for you and pipe it into your car via the existing stereo. It does this via an aux cable or an unused FM frequency on your existing radio.

We love the fact that this will be a usable addition to your dashboard, as the mountable stand puts all of the controls and text info where you need it. It has a 20-station memory and comes with a small antenna that can be slotted out of sight. It’s also a great price from a great brand, so it’s easily one of the best ways to add DAB to your car without spending a fortune.


  • Compact and easy to install via your existing car stereo aux-in or FM frequency
  • A dash-mountable unit with a readable display and easy-to-find controls for ease of use
  • It can store 20 stations in its memory for simple access to your favourites


  • Make sure you can hide all the wires if you don’t like clutter

Best hi-fi separate DAB radio

Majority Fitzwilliam 3Majority

If you’re looking for a DAB hi-fi separate to add to your stack to bring top-quality radio to your home, this is it. Surprisingly, there aren’t that many on the market - but when we reviewed the Majority Fitzwilliam 3 we found it to be a well-designed multifunction media player.

It certainly has the looks to fit well with other hi-fi components, but under the hood, it’s a Bluetooth, wi-fi internet radio player with DAB+ reception. It also has auxiliary inputs, USB playback and Spotify Connect built-in. 

But back to DAB - there’s the usual ability to set presets and auto-tuning works very well, and the station info is clearly displayed. The DAB aerial is fixed to the back of the unit, so just remember that this will need some room to extend once you add it to your hi-fi stack or cabinet. Being able to relax and have a proper listening session with digital radio through your hi-fi setup is probably the very best way to experience it. The additional remote and separate volume control means you won’t have to get up to adjust the volume - handy if your existing amp is a vintage one with only a manual volume control.


  • A premium look for a sensible price, this will sit well alongside any stack of separates
  • A nice, clear colour display so you can see what DAB station or track you’re listening to
  • Lots of sources to listen to, as well as DAB, make this a great all-around addition


  • Tight AV cabinets could be a problem for the DAB/FM aerial

Best DAB radio with alarm

MangoKit MD3 DAB/DAB+ and FM Portable Digital RadioMangoKit

Not all DAB radios are compact or homely enough to sit well at the bedside, but this MangoKit MD3 does. Not only does it have an attractive fabric speaker grill on the front, but the controls are simple and the display is dimmable - ideal for the bedroom.

With this model, you can set a dual alarm - making sure that you wake up on time to the DAB station of your choice. And if you like to go to sleep listening to the radio, it has a headphone jack too so you won’t disturb anyone else.

This is also a DAB, DAB+ and FM radio, so you have your pick from plenty of stations with 20 presets available. It’s Bluetooth too, and works from mains or batteries - so this really can double as a portable DAB radio and streaming music player if you need it to. It’s not the most powerful sound on offer, at 3 watts, but easily enough for the bedside or small room. All in all, a hugely flexible yet compact clock radio and more.


  • The low-key homely design will fit in well with most bedrooms
  • The dual alarms mean you can wake up to your favourites
  • DAB and DAB+ with FM for lots of radio content


  • If you do need to use batteries, they won’t last long

Best designed DAB radio

At the price, it’s hard to argue with what’s on offer here. This black and walnut audio system from Roxel is an all-in-one audio solution.  DAB and DAB+ radio are the star feature here, alongside FM if you need to listen to non-digital stations. Plus, there’s a discrete CD player for your disc collection, USB playback and Bluetooth  Sources and connectivity  - making this more than just another radio.

We particularly like the alternative look and feel of this radio, as its dark grey tones, wooden cabinet and clear DAB display are a pleasure to look at and use. The only slight downside is the lack of a headphone jack - but this model is really designed to fill your room with sound.

As for DAB features, you can auto-scan to find stations and store up to 15 of them; and the included remote makes it easier than ever to tune in. A pair of three-inch 16-watt speakers finish off the package for excellent power and range.


  • Both DAB and DAB+ radio for even more stations
  • Store up to 15 presets for plenty of choice and quick operation
  • The included remote and other playback options make this a great all-round media player


  • No headphone jack

Best DAB radio of 2024: Buyer’s guide

Choose your radio based on the room

As you can see from the list above, the best DAB radios come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very portable with a satisfying sound stage for their size. Others are much larger and more suited to being placed next to other audio gear rather than moved around. If you only have a small room, like a study or kitchen, there’s not much point in spending more on a larger or more powerful DAB radio. Especially if it needs to perch on a shelf or windowsill.

On the other hand, if you want to fill the room with a quality DAB radio from any of the best speaker brands, it’s worth looking at its speaker power (measured in watts) first. If you want to get serious about amping up your radio content, look at a hi-fi separate that can integrate with your existing stack of stereo components.

DAB isn’t the same as Internet radio

Although both DAB and internet radio stations are, by definition, digital, they’re not the same. Digital Audio Broadcasting is still a wireless signal sent over a certain frequency. It's much higher than FM, but a wireless frequency nonetheless. Your DAB radio’s aerial will still need careful placement for the best reception. But, as DAB makes tuning easy, this is a lot less hassle than the FM radios of old.

But DAB radio and internet radio do have something in common...

In most cases, all digital radio stations, whether broadcast over the DAB frequency or over an internet connection, are compressed. That means that the information that makes up the audio is reduced to enable broadcast. Internet radio stations have a bit more bandwidth to play with, depending on their needs.

The bitrate (or compression) of DAB is 128 kbps (or less if it’s part of the DAB+ range of stations). So, while it’s not up to MP3 standards, it’s still great for radio - especially with all the reception benefits that DAB brings. Some smart speakers have DAB built in, so you have the best of both worlds.

What about DAB+?

DAB has now been joined by DAB+. The latter is a new range of DAB frequencies that support even more stations. A standard DAB radio won’t be able to receive those DAB+ stations. But DAB+ radios can receive both.

a Pure DAB digital radio
DAB radios have come a long way since the early Pure Evoke-2 model ©chris duffill, wtb

Best DAB radio of 2024: FAQs

Which is better DAB or FM?

In terms of audio quality, it depends. As DAB is a digital signal. Compressed to fit across the available airwaves, it can be measured in kb per second. FM is analogue so the same measurements don’t apply. Some analogue fans claim that FM sounds better, but that assumes perfect reception; while DAB fans claim that the clarity and reception of digital audio are best.

We think that DAB is best for radio. The quality and ease of tuning (particularly while on the move) are excellent. Regardless, listening to it through a quality radio like the ones here, or a great hi-fi system with high-quality bookshelf speakers, will really deliver the best that DAB has to offer.

Do I need the internet for DAB radio?

No. DAB is broadcast digitally but is still received over the airwaves. It’s transmitted free of charge from a network of masts.

Can I record DAB radio broadcasts?

As with our recommendation above, the Majority Fitzwilliam 3, the easiest option is to buy a DAB hi-fi separate (or any DAB radio with an auxiliary output) and hook it up to your hi-fi. Then you can use any recording device you like to suit your needs.

Chris Duffill is a Tech Product Writer for What's The Best. His background includes writing, editorial, marketing, design, video production and photography.

He specialises in home entertainment and audiovisual tech, including speakers, amplifiers, turntables, streaming media players, and TVs. He is also one of our resident experts in computing (PCs, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches), DSLR photography and all kinds of digital cameras. He also writes about retro gaming, game consoles and various electronic gadgets. If it plugs in, lights up or makes a noise, he’ll write about it.

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