Asono's Scandinavian DAB

Those Scandinavians and their crazy designers. Don't they know the DAB design rules? First it has to be retro and, failing that, it must at least have

Those Scandinavians and their crazy designers. Don't they know the DAB design rules? First it has to be retro and, failing that, it must at least have a wood panel somewhere.

But, eschewing all that is holy in the digital radio world, Oslo based Asono has announced it's latest understated design triumph – the DAB1.

It's its first foray into digi radio – hence the '1' monicker – having established itself producing DVD and MP3 players. Looks-wise it's already a winner, with its brooding reverse LCD display and clutter-free exterior, but inside it's pulling no punches either.

Top of the spec sheet pile is Sky+ style pause and rewind of live radio. On board EPG also allows you to record Jonathan Ross on Radio 2 without fail. A memory card slot feeds the on-board MP3 player and there's a conventional FM radio to boot.

Did we also mention the wireless auxiliary speaker by Seas and rotating display for positioning the DAB either upright or on its side?

Expect to see the DAB1 from the end of January priced around £135 plus delivery from Asono's website.