It’s not the first eye-catching digital radio, but iTech’s new iDAB should rattle the Pure Chronos with its nifty cube-shaped design.
At 130mm in each direction, it’s a tidy little number. iTech has coined it the Cutey Cube, which is almost enough to make us run screaming in the opposite direction. It is, however, quite sweet with its speaker nestled on top like a fresh crop of baby hair.
As well as the cutesy modelling, the iDAB does everything you’d expect from a digital radio – auto scanning for setup, plenty of presets to choose from and the usual on-screen information about song and artist. And if you’re lucky enough to live in the right area, you should get distortion-free reception and FM-besting sound quality.
Previously, iTech brought us such great hits as XFM’s DAB radio, a pricier and bigger DAB radio finished with an iPod-esque white case and blessed with a pause and rewind listening mode.
So, are we impressed by its latest offering? In short - yes. Given the inclusion of an FM tuner, alarm clock radio and distinctive design the iDAB does look likely to give Pure’s Toblerone-shaped Chronos - a welcome return to form after the weird looking Bug - a run for its money.
The iDAB is available now for a modest £70 from Nevada Radios.