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Vita Audio R1 MkII

This test report on the Vita Audio R1 MkII 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.

Vita Audio R1 MkII - test report

  • Price £179
  • Type Tabletop

Vita Audio R1 MkIIOverall verdict

The Vita Audio R1 gave good sound quality but was not easy to use. The circle of controls on the top had a central dial that was easy to push for switching the radio on or off, but shallow to grasp for adjusting the volume. It was surrounded by 12 buttons, almost all the same size - too many to learn their positions by touch and requiring fingertip use. Five of these buttons were for presets. There was no channel sorting apart from 'prune'. The display screen was clear and bright but had to be viewed from the front. It was a stable radio.


Size (h x w x d; cm) 19 x 13 x 17
Weight (kg) 1.4
Wavebands DAB / FM
Speaker/s mono
Headphone output stereo
Power mains 
DAB presets 5
FM presets 5
Preset buttons or menu 5 buttons
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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