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Technika DAB 121

This test report on the Technika DAB 121 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.

Technika DAB 121Technika DAB 121 - test report

  • Price £35
  • Type Tabletop

Overall verdict

The Technika DAB 121 is not worth thinking about. It gave extremely poor sound quality and was not easy to use. The buttons were flat, in a square with no space between them, so poor access if you have impaired dexterity and difficult to identify by touch if you have no or poor sight. They needed only a light press and helpfully clicked. Labelling was fairly small. There were no preset buttons and no channel sorting options apart from 'prune'. The display screen was small with black text on a grey background, so not easy to see. It was easy to push this radio over.


Size (h x w x d; cm) 12 x 23 x 5
Weight (kg) 0.5
Wavebands DAB / FM
Speaker/s mono
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 no
Selecting the station: press up/down channel buttons yes
Auto-select mode no

Last updated: August 2011

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